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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 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.