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Mr. Hvisdos

Michael Hvisdos

Founder & CEO, InQuizo

Michael Hvisdos is founder and CEO of InQuizo, a contemporary Business Solution Agency that helps Fortune 500 companies and start-ups worldwide compete in today's ever changing business environment by developing and implementing innovative solutions, strategies, and messaging to accelerate growth for their Business, People and Customers. Mr. Hvisdos's experience included VP Sales & Marketing for Maritz Loyalty and Motivation where he was responsible for growth. He lead Microgy's renewable energy business as Executive Vice President and COO where he was responsible for growth of the business including Business Development, Project Engineering, Construction, Strategic Relationships, Project Funding, Technology, Marketing, Branding, and Public Relations. In addition, Mr. Hvisdos has held key leadership positions with GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies a $2 billion water treatment and services division of General Electric and with Environmental Management Corporation, a $60 million water, utilities and production outsourcing division of BOC Gases. At GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies Mr. Hvisdos lead the commercialization of GE's water & wastewater outsourcing platform and he has global responsibility for a $140 million business unit.

Mr. Hvisdos can be contacted at 1-163-640-5078 or info@inquizo.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.