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Mr. Ortiz

Joseph Ortiz

President, IPIX InfoMedia

Joseph L. Ortiz is a technology development and commercialization consultant with over 20 years of experience in driving innovations to the marketplace. He most recently was Officer and Vice President at IPIX Corporation, where he was managing director of their InfoMedia business unit. Mr. Ortiz defined the unit's strategic vision and business plan, restarting the IPIX Virtual Tour Photography and Movies business that represented the foundation of Internet Pictures Corporation's $72M NASDAQ IPO. Previously, Mr. Ortiz was regional business unit manager at Philips Consumer Electronics responsible for launching the company's first digital photography product in the US. Mr. Ortiz has held various senior technical and business positions within the computer and electronics industries at companies including NCR, Motorola, and startups Pencom Software and On-Demand Technologies. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Ortiz can be contacted at 865-220-6544 or joseph.l.ortiz@gmail.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.