Editorial Board   

Mr. Wasik

Michael S. Wasik

Chairman, CEO, Interim CFO, Roomlinx Inc.

Michael Wasik joined the Roomlinx Executive Management team in August of 2005 after executing the merger of his company, SuiteSpeed with Roomlinx. Currently Mr. Wasik is responsible for leading Roomlinx, which includes the development and market penetration of Roomlinx' newest product, Roomlinx Interactive TV. Roomlinx Interactive TV provides HD Hollywood movies, high speed internet, HD specialty content, international and U.S. television programming, music, MP3 player connectivity, business productivity tools, concierge services, games and more via the in-room flat screen television. Roomlinx also supports 25,000 internet connected (wired and wireless) hotel rooms throughout the US and Canada. Prior to the Roomlinx merger, Mr. Wasik was the CEO/Founder of SuiteSpeed Inc. a wireless Internet provider within the hospitality market. Having launched SuiteSpeed in late 2002, Mr. Wasik was responsible for defining technology architecture, market direction, and the overall vision for this fast growing WiFi company. Since starting SuiteSpeed, he has expanded the company's geographical coverage from its Denver backyard to serving hotel chains and independents across the U.S. Under his direction, SuiteSpeed was on Mercury's top 100 fastest growing companies list for 2003 and 2004. Mr. Wasik is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of TRG Inc. an IT consulting company. Having launched TRG in late 1997 with no outside funding, Mr. Wasik has been responsible for the overall sales and marketing effort, and defining TRG's overall vision. Under his leadership, the company achieved average growth of 300% per year, over the first four years with positive EBITDA. Since starting TRG, Mr. Wasik has expanded the company's billable resources from 6 consultants in 1997 to 60 consultants in 2000 serving Fortune 500 corporations across the U.S. Mr. Wasik has managed over 60 people in 4 offices throughout the United States. Mr. Wasik was nominated for the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and currently sits on the Editorial Board for HotelExecutive.com

Mr. Wasik can be contacted at 3035441111101 or mwasik@roomlinx.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.