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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.