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Mr. Militi

Mike Militi

Division Manager, Wine Guardian

Michael Militi is the division manager for Wine Guardian, an Air Innovations company. Wine Guardian is a world leader in environmental control systems as it relates to wine cellars. From small residential cellars to commercial cellars to large wine storage facilities, Wine Guardian has the solution to meet your collection's unique requirements in temperature and humidity. Mr. Militi has 20 years of experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning project management, sales and applications engineering. He joined Air Innovations in 2001, and is responsible for the Wine Guardian wine cooling systems and Cleanroom Systems divisions, including the AdvancAir and HEPAir businesses. Previously, Mr. Militi worked as a sales engineer for a package testing and reliability equipment company and an industrial blower manufacturer. He began his career at Cleanroom Technology and continued developing turnkey clean-room solutions for an international client base when that company was purchased by Clestra. Mr. Militi has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mr. Militi can be contacted at 315-452-7400 or mmiliti@airinnovations.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.