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Mr. Schrils

Gustaaf Schrils

Chief Information Officer, White Lodging

Gustaaf Schrils is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for White Lodging based outside Chicago.   He is a passionate member of the Executive Committee and responsible for leading all aspects of technology applied by this enterprise.   Mr. Schrils led the creation and successful execution of a complete digital transformation program and as a result build a resilient and highly scalable computing platform.    He leveraged enterprise wide information to drive business insights and continuous improvement.   He is a key advocate of technology to his colleagues.

White Lodging is a privately owned company that develops and operates 100 hotels representing 28 brands, 40 Restaurants, a Winery, Brewery and a Farm with almost $1.5B in gross revenue.  White Lodging employs 10,000 associates and has 10 hotels under construction.    White Lodging has won the 2018 and 2019 Gallup Great Workplace award, and recipient of 2019 Conde Nast Reader's choice award, Marriott Best Full Service Franchise Hotel and General Manager, Leisure Magazine number 1 resort hotel in the U.S. and number 2 in the world.

A proven leader, with over 30 years of hospitality technology experience, Mr. Schrils has been with White Lodging for 4 years now.  He is most widely recognized for his tenure of 20 years at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where he held several senior technology positions with global responsibility.

Mr. Schrils is a board member for HTNG, member of several technology advisory committees and advisor to technology start up's and VC in Chicago. 

Mr. Schrils holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and a Master's Degree in Engineering Management both from the Florida Institute of Technology.   He was born in Curacao and is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamentu.

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

Mr. Schrils can be contacted at +1 219-472-2969 or gustaaf.schrils@whitelodging.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.