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Mr. Sisson

Mark Sisson

Co-Founder, NanoTouch Materials

Mark Sisson is the Co-Founder of NanoTouch Materials Mark Sisson is the cofounder of NanoTouch Materials, the world's first and only producer of NanoSeptic continuously self­cleaning surfaces. Mr. Sisson is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to NanoTouch, he ran an award­winning advertising agency serving several clients in the hospitality, travel and food service industries. As a thought leader in creating self­cleaning products, Mr. Sisson is the author of editorial content for prominent industry publications such as ISSA Today, including articles such as The Psychology of Clean , NanoTechnology­The Next Really Big Small Thing , and most recently The War on Germs Goes High Tech He also manages NanoTouch's research and development program, funded by a $2 million grant, to advance self­cleaning surface technology as well as discover new product applications for the hospitality, food service, healthcare, and facility management industries. This research, as well as current product manufacturing, is being conducted at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Forest, Virginia.Mr. Sisson lives on his farm in Amherst County, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Please visit http://www.nanoseptic.com for more information.

Mr. Sisson can be contacted at mark@nanoseptic.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. 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.