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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 May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.