ihmrs, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, November 8-11, 2014 Jacob K. Javits Center, NYC

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September 26, 2014

For the hospitality industry, accidental fire sprinkler floods are one of the largest culprits of costly damages and headaches to hotel and motel owners. Just one activated sprinkler head can cost up to $1,000 for every minute left flowing and the chances of a hotel’s insurance premiums rising due to multiple water damage incidents, increases with each occurrence.

Shutgun is an innovative Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool, engineered and tested to shut off activated fire sprinkler heads within seconds, avoiding damage while keeping the remainder of the building fire safe. Shutgun works on all exposed, semi-recessed and even broken or sheared sprinkler heads. They will also be unveiling their new Concealed Head Shutgun, specifically designed for those concealed sprinkler head models found in conference centres, lobbies, ballrooms and theatres.

When a sprinkler head is accidentally activated, quick shut off time is critical. Water is released at pressures as high as 170 psi and up to 25 gallons per minute, which is enough to fill a bathtub in under two minutes.

"To a hotel manager, the time wasted looking for a solution can be the difference between a single room being out of operation for a few days to multiple rooms being unavailable for weeks. This can now be easily avoided with the Shutgun," said Shutgun engineer and co-inventor, Greg Patterson.

"More and more facilities around the globe are requiring the Shutgun with every floor’s fire extinguisher box because they know that the longer water flows, the more it will cost them in clean up, repairs and potential lost business," he said.

Shutgun will be showcasing their new products along with their Shutgun Interactive Demonstration Box at the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show from November 9-11 at booth #1616.


Over 15,000 Shutguns have been purchased by such hotel chains as Marriott, Choice, Beach Properties as well as major universities, hospitals and other leading commercial property companies because they work. Shutgun’s unique fusible link offers dual protection by melting and releasing the tool in the event of a fire – thus giving the rest of the building full fire protection despite the activation. For more unsightly and shocking cases of hotel sprinkler damage visit #ShouldaHadaShutgun and share your own stories with @shutguntool.


Shutgun contact: Greg Patterson 1-866-827-8711

Media contact: Amanda Sutton 705-791-7209

Sfera-C With UVC System
September 23, 2014

The new SFERA-C UVC Ray, is a new innovation made in Elegen, this machine can be used to Sterilize  the food during vacuum Cycle , or can be used to sterilize in stand alone, tooling or food.   SFERA-C UVC is a unique product into the worldwide market.


Enhanced V8 CRM Delivers Management Information in 3 Finger Swipes or Less… New cloud and mobile technology makes access to important sales and marketing information easier
September 23, 2014

New York, NY, Nov. 9-11, 2014 – According to Adam Dubroff, CEO of Alpha Inn Management (“AIM”) –, “The latest upgrade of the V8 CRM enhances the user experience and delivers hotel management the information they need to power their sales and marketing efforts on tablets and mobile devices – in three finger swipes or less! Hotel management teams are challenged to drive future revenues through sales and marketing efforts on a daily basis. The V8 CRM solution – is a complete, team oriented, direct sales and marketing solution that instantly delivers all hotel management team members, critical sales and marketing information about current efforts  in just three mouse clicks/finger swipes or less. The instant access to daily information sharpens the management team focus and dialog as well as eliminates the time spent on report preparation and the “need to wait” to review the status of current sales and marketing activities.”

Based on years of Alpha Inn Management –  successful, proprietary CRM (Client Relationship Management software) use and enhancement suggestions by its management teams at multiple franchise and independent hotel properties,  AIM is offering hotels the cloud and mobile based V8 CRM – with pricing under a $1.00 per day per user and is guaranteeing results.

“Sharing the AIM - real world, team oriented CRM system experience  along with its hotel direct sales and marketing expertise differentiates the V8 CRM solution from alternative CRM offerings and is an integral part of the V8 CRM value proposition. We are so confident from our own system use, that AIM guarantees results for small hotel management teams using the V8 CRM.” Says Dubroff.

In addition to the experienced AIM implementation, training, and support, several key V8 CRM features include:

-          The “Future Snapshot” providing instant access to current hotel sales and marketing plans to - book tentative reservations, call top & target accounts, and marketing/action plans;

-          The “Monthly Recap” providing instant access to past monthly hotel sales and marketing efforts tracking reservations booked, potential future reservations identified, sales call and marketing/action plan results;

-          Easy to Use forms capture all client, sales call, follow-up, reservation,  displacement analysis information, marketing, action plan, and follow-up information.

For more information on the V8 CRM solution stop by Booth #3255-19 at the International Hotel, Motel, & Restaurant at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, November 9-11, 2014  visit or contact Adam Dubroff at or 303-513-1586.


About Alpha Inn Management: Alpha Inn Management (“AIM”) is a hotel asset management, development, and consulting company based in Ridgway, CO. AIM is focused on delivering a higher level of hospitality and financial performance to hotel properties. Alpha Inn Management has been recognized for a variety of achievements including being an early industry leader using VOIP to offer hotel guests - free domestic and international long distance phone service and also was an early Sales Force Automation - CRM user leveraging the IBM-Lotus Notes platform. For more information on Alpha Inn Management call 303-513-1586 or visit

SnappyScreen: World’s First Touchless Sunscreen Application System
September 23, 2014

Wish putting on sunscreen could be fun?...easier?...faster?. After spending an hour applying sunscreen on a family vacation, Kristen McClellan determined there has to be a better way. At that moment, the idea for SnappyScreen was born.

SnappyScreen is the worlds’ first touchless sunscreen application system and a new, easy, and effective alternative to the tedious manual application of sunscreen. The device disperses a fine mist that completely and evenly covers the user with sunscreen from head to toe in seconds. This sunscreen solution offers three SPF choices (SPF 15, 30, 50) and two height selections (Above 5 ft tall and below 5 ft tall). SnappyScreen's nozzles eliminate blotchy uneven tans and reduce the risks of sunburn and skin damage. All you need to do is stand in front of the device, select your SPF, and let SnappyScreen do the rest!

Over the past three decades, skin cancer has risen to epidemic levels due to excessive sun exposure. More people have skin cancer than any other cancer combined, and 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime (  Yet, while skin cancer rates continue to rise, so do sunscreen sales. The United States sunscreen market is a $1.3 billion industry (  “The problem is not the availability of sunscreen; it is the difficulty of the application process and lack of awareness regarding the frequency sunscreen needs to be reapplied,” Kristen McClellan, Founder & CEO says.  “SnappyScreen solves this problem by making sunscreen application convenient and easy,” she added.

The team launched the newest SnappyScreen design at Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas this summer.  The Atlantis Resort has approximately 3,000 rooms, 11 pools, 3 beaches, and a 141-acres waterpark. The device was located at one of the main attractions of the hotel, The Mayan Temple Pool, and SnappyScreen was fully integrated into the resort’s Point of Sale (POS) system. Atlantis sold SnappyScreen cards to guests in three packages: 5 sprays, 2 sprays, or 1 spray.   SnappyScreen had over 1,000 guests try the machine and received rave reviews from customers of all ages:

"After getting sunburned year after year at the beach, finally with this new sunscreen solution, SnappyScreen, I spent all day in the sun and no burns!"

"This is one of the best inventions! I used it this past week at Atlantis and today when I was getting ready for the beach with my kids I said 'I need SnappyScreen.'" 

"I spent a week in tropics and with SnappyScreen daily, not a trace of sunburn. It feels great! SnappyScreen is fast, it’s easy, it’s fun, and you never miss a spot" 

"What a delight! In 7 seconds I was covered in sunscreen!  I don't know who doesn't have 7 seconds to protect themselves from the sun and be sun safe."

The SnappyScreen team is now preparing for the 2015 launch of additional devices across the US and Caribbean.  “We are currently in discussion with several interested hotels across the globe and will begin our implementation starting in December 2014. We truly believe that SnappyScreen is the next big thing for sunscreen application. We're not only going to make sunscreen application easier for people but provide something that is going to help the skin cancer epidemic," said Kristen. 

For more information about SnappyScreen visit  If you are interested in employment opportunities at SnappyScreen team, please contact Katelyn McClellan at

September 23, 2014

MOORESTOWN, NJ – Amenity Innovations will be rolling out their red carpet (literally!) at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, November 9-11, 2014. Anyone interested in affordable, high-quality amenities, should stop by their booth, #3036, to snap an “Amenity Awards” photo with the red carpet wall!

Amenity Innovations is devoted to providing high-quality amenities at affordable prices. Whether you need a collection that brings out your guests’ wild side, or one of pure bliss, they have it all. It’s all about guest satisfaction, so what better way to achieve that, than to start with the small things.

If you would like more information about this topic, or Amenity Innovations, please visit or contact Priscilla Shinn at 856 840 8550 or email at

Hospitality Name Badges – We’re #1 in the Hospitality Industry
September 22, 2014

8600 hotels are currently using the Imprint Plus™ name badge system. That’s a growth of 10% over last year. We must be doing something right!

Since we launched 30 years ago, the Imprint Plus™ name badge system has been popular with the hospitality industry. We think it’s because our system fits perfectly with the hospitality business model. Name badges are standard in the hospitality industry, so we don’t have to convince you of their value. The burden of proof we bear is to show you why you should pick our badge system over that of our competitors’.

One of the main reasons why the reusable name badge system continuously beats out the competition is because of just that! Our name badges are part of a comprehensive system, as opposed to many name badges that are created and sold as a one-off. Our program gives you the power: Badges are sold in all-inclusive 20-unit kits, which are designed to last a small to medium size property about a year, reducing your shipping costs dramatically (not to mention lead times on new badges). You’ll have the tools on-site to personalize and create badges for your property.

Another feature of the Imprint Plus™ badge program that sets us apart is the product’s reusability. Sure, a lot of badge companies boast reusability, but are they truly reusable? Many employ adhesive tape to personalize the badges, so when you want to change the name, you have to un-stick and peel off the tape. Un-sticking tape from a badge (or anything really) can leave behind a sticky residue that is hard to clean off and ruins the professional look of the badge. From our perspective, tape personalization is not true reusability-it’s more of a band-aid solution.

The reusable name badge from Imprint Plus™ is truly reusable: The badge plate, personalized insert, lenscover and signature magnetic fastener fit together by design, not by tape. This means that they can be snapped together or apart easily and without damage. When a new team member comes on board, just toss out the old insert and slide in a new one. You won’t have to compromise at all on quality or style. The reused name badge will look exactly the same as the original one. We’re so proud of the innovative design and quality craftsmanship that went into our badge. We’re confident that you and your staff will love it, too.

The Statistics Speak for Themselves

  • Imprint Plus™ is the category leader for hospitality name badges
  • Imprint Plus™ serves 8 of the top 10 hotel corporations worldwide
  • 92% of the largest hotels in the world use Imprint Plus™* as their preferred, endorsed or mandated supplier of reusable name badges
  • Imprint Plus™ is the premier global supplier of luxury reusable name badges for the hospitality industry*
  • 417,666 badges were sold to hospitality in 2011 alone!

*Source: Smith Travel Research (September 30, 2010)

Why Reusable Badges from Imprint Plus™ are #1 in Hospitality

Sometimes it seems as if the reusable name badge was made for the hospitality industry. Our system will support all your goals for your name badge and signage programs:

  • Implement a polished, consistent look for all front-line staff
  • Enforce brand consistency across franchises and multiple properties
  • Consistent look across badge and signage programs
  • Facilitate personal relationships between staff and guests
  • Enhance guest experience
  • Breed guest loyalty
  • Simplify administration of name badge program
  • Spend less time on name badges overall
  • Eliminate typos
  • Save money per badge
  • Fold name badges into green budget
  • Make sure name badges are ready for new staff
  • Make new staff feel special
  • Communicate promotions and special events

System Features and Benefits

Name badge and signage solutions from Imprint Plus™ have many features and benefits that will work for you, but these are the ones we think really make our system valuable for the hospitality industry:

  • No significant start-up cost
  • Premium product on par with permanent alternatives
  • True reusability by design (not by tape)
  • On-site badge and signage creation
  • Easy to design and personalize with software (included in most starter kits)
  • Instant personalization with insert sheets that print like mailing labels
  • Kitting reduces admin time spent on badges, shipping costs and lead times
  • Durable badge components and strong fasteners work for every job type
  • Cost per insert is low so changing the name or message is a non-issue
  • Perfect as an affordable marketing tool for seasonal messages or promotions
  • A name badge your employees will love
  • 1 year limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship

We’re Green

We’ve noticed that many hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are going green! Of course you’re eco-consciousness is important to your guests, but in many cases it’s also economical. That’s the case with Imprint Plus™ product lines-the fact that they’re green can save you money. Reusing the name badge components for employee to employee can bring your cost per unit down as low as 25¢ cents per badge, and that’s not even factoring in the reduction in shipping costs you’ll experience by ordering in kits. With Imprint Plus™, you can fold your name badge purchase in to your green budget.

Find out more about Imprint Plus­™ green policies under the“About Us” section of the website.

Teledex M Series Telephones Offer Optional Built-In Wi-Fi Access Point.
September 22, 2014

Guests Are Bringing Up To Five Mobile Devices Into The Guest Room. Are you ready?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 22, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO - Whether traveling for business or leisure, who can live without their smartphone or tablet these days? According to a 2013 SmartBrief poll, 50% of respondents travel with two devices, and another third travel with three or more devices.

Teledex M Series telephones help resolve the connectivity challenge via an optional integrated Wi-Fi access point designed to support improved guest connectivity by placing the wireless connection point directly in the guest room. The guest may alternatively plug into the M Series telephone Ethernet port for secure online communications.

According to a 2011 New York Times survey, back in the early days of hotel WiFi, access per night was under 10 percent of the available room nights, not the actual room nights rented. Now it’s over 60, if not 70 percent of the rooms rented. As if bandwidth wasn’t already a challenge for hoteliers, placement of WiFi access points in a ceiling down the hall exacerbates the problem of supporting multiple smart devices in the room.

In addition to helping facilitate in-room connectivity, M Series telephones also connect multiple guest wireless smart devices in the guest room via Bluetooth technology to place and receive calls on the over their own cell network, and facilitate guest music streaming and speakerphone calls via a high performance built-in music-grade stereo sound system that replaces stand-alone audio devices in the guest room. Two side-mounted M Series USB ports support charging of both smartphones and tablets.

For the first time ever hotel guests are able to use the in-room phone handset or speaker as an extension of their smartphone, answering and placing mobile phone calls using the desk handset or speakerphone for a more relaxed, professional calling experience. Road warriors will appreciate the increased productivity and the comfortable, familiar feel of a desk phone without incurring costly guestroom phone charges. 

Patented Teledex OneTouch voice mail retrieval technology automates guest messaging by automatically activating the speakerphone and speed dialing into guest voice mailbox. AutoSync M Series cordless RediDock handsets automatically register with the base unit when in the cradle to eliminate connection failures with misplaced handsets. 

According to President and CEO Dr. Bing N. Sun, “Our commitment, history and innovation drive the Cetis Advantage. The form, function and design of new M Series are a testament to that commitment. It is, essentially, the guestroom telephone…redefined. More than just a telephone, M Series is changing in-room connectivity.” 

“These phones are groundbreaking on so many levels,” says John Grubb, Cetis Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “They are not only visually appealing, but incorporate never-before-seen feature sets that are intuitive, easy for the guest to use and add a level of convenience that truly impacts the guest experience.”

For additional details on Teledex M Series telephones, call 719-368-6544, write, or visit 

About Cetis, Inc. 
Cetis, Inc. (, is the ISO-9001, RoHS, and WEEE-certified manufacturer of Teledex®, TeleMatrix® and Scitec® brand telephones and Y Series high-speed Internet wired and wireless access point devices. Designed and engineered in America, Europe, and China, Teledex M Series, E Series, I Series (formerly Teledex iPhone), Opal Series, Diamond Series, Nugget Series; TeleMatrix 9600 Series, 3300 Series; and Scitec Aegis-08 Series telephones are preferred by all major hotel brands globally. Cetis maintains sales and support facilities in North America, Beijing, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, Mumbai, and United Kingdom.

Valore, LLC
September 22, 2014

In early 2005 Valore Furniture opened for business in Newport, Tennessee. The company is owned and managed by partners Clarence Dyer and David Hearn. Dyer and Hearn met in 1993 while working in the residential furniture industry. Later, they worked together in the commercial furniture business prior to forming Valore.

Each partner brings to the company specific talents. Dyer has a strong background in furniture engineering and travels the globe to find the best design and sources for product. Hearn is a true leader of people and guides the manufacturing team as well as assists other companies with the implementation of lean manufacturing. The partners share a noticeable passion for the business. Both are “hands-on” in the operation of the factory.

Valore sources and manufactures a wide variety of product. This includes small custom orders as well as multi-million dollar projects. The emphasis is on contract furniture, primarily for use in restaurants, hotels, and offices. However, most applications requiring furniture expertise can be addressed by the Valore team.         

Newport, Tennessee is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and along the edge of the “furniture belt”. The abundance of skilled labor in the area makes it possible for Valore to flex in labor as needed for larger products.

The Valore products are sold through independent sales representatives with jobs managed by in-house project managers.

CleanBrands Takes the Fight Against Bed Bugs to the Mat In AMERICA'S BED BUG CAPITAL - NEW YORK
September 22, 2014

CleanBrands Takes the Fight Against Bed Bugs to the Mat In AMERICA’S BED BUG CAPITAL – NEW YORK


Sporting CleanBrands MicronOne Green Shield, CES MMA fighter and network star joins Team CleanBrands to demonstrate how tough and rip resistant MicronOne fabric compared to the competition, set to battle Bed Bugs in

Nation’s Most Infested City



New York, November 9 – CleanBrands, a trusted leader in mattress, box spring and pillow protection, announced today that rising New England MMA star Lewis Corapi is joining Team CleanBrands to help fight bed bugs across America.    CleanBrands will be showing their product suite at The International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show (IHRMS) booth #2551.


Standing 5’9 and 170 pounds, Mr. Corapi, with a record of 6-1-0 and expected to be featured on the new Mark Cuban sports TV network debuting in 2015, is the first MMA fighter to agree to protect and defend against bed bugs.  He is being featured in the company’s CleanRest advertising, social media, educational campaigns, and marketing materials at specially-selected trade shows.  Mr. Corapi competes against the world’s toughest fighters and now he begins a new battle against a fearless blood sucking opponent that attacks its victims in the middle of night, showing no mercy and always coming back for more.  Bed bugs may be growing in numbers in New York but Mr. Corapi promises to protect all through an aggressive marketing campaign intended to support contractors, retailers, and consumers alike.


            Team CleanBrands is excited to introduce the new and improved Zip-N-Click, zipper enclosure system and the green MicronOne ® shield, a technology which has defined the new standard of clean in sleep protection products available today.  The MicronOne® shield means maximum protection against micro-toxins, and comes with the best warrantees in the business. 

            “Hey New York, help against bed bugs is here!    While nothing says protection better than our MicronOne Shield and our world class patented Zip-N-Click® technology, Lewis ensures that bed bugs never have a fighting chance or think twice about approaching CleanRest protection products!  Our competition’s fabric rips easily because of the low yarn count and poor quality materials, MicronOne™ is strong like iron, so box spring encasements wont tear where they meet the bed frame” said Gary Goldberg, founder and CEO of CleanBrands.  “If you are at IHMRS, make sure to visit our latest team member and take the Zip-N-Click challenge.”

            Mr. Goldberg noted that the new Zip-N-Click has been independently tested by Pest Control Operators with live bed bugs to ensure the brand’s quality and integrity, Zip-N-Click was proven to be escape proof.  Improved compliance and less tampering ensures faster and easier inspection, a critical element to any successful integrated pest control program.

            More information is available and by e-mail at  Learn more about Mr. Corapi:



CES MMA was founded in 2010 as an expansion of the famed boxing promotion, Classic Entertainment & Sports. CES MMA boasts an ever-growing roster of top MMA prospects to complement their stable of well-known fighters in their journey to achieve the next level. CES MMA events are broadcast live on AXS TV FIGHTS’ prestigious Friday night line-up called by commentators UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and award-winning sports journalist and renowned commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello. To learn more about CES MMA go to or contact Jimmy Burchfield Jr. (401) 454.1212


About CleanBrands LLC

            Founded in 2006, CleanBrands LLC is a Rhode Island-based company that designs and manufactures the world's most innovative and advanced products devoted to improving the health and comfort of the sleep environment. Leveraging a breakthrough, patented fabric technology called MicronOne®, the company's CleanRest®, Healthy ZZZ's and BeneSleep® brands of bedding products provide the world's most effective and comfortable barrier against the millions of toxins, allergens and bed bugs that can naturally accumulate inside mattresses and pillows. Designed by a third-generation textiles innovator, backed by science, and recommended by physicians, MicronOne® products work. Look for the green MicronOne® shield to ensure that your home becomes the healthy refuge you and your family deserve. Visit for more details.

September 22, 2014

CONTACT:     Gary Goldberg


(401) 427-1376







Green MicronOne Shield Ensures Best Possible Fabric Quality, Durability, and Highest Level Protection and Comfort, While Being Easy to Install and Inspect



            New York, NY, November 9, 2014 – To ensure the world’s best possible protection against bed bugs and other micro toxins, CleanBrands, a trusted leader in mattress, box spring and pillow protection, is bringing a suite of new products that feature the green MicronOne Shield to the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS) at booth #2551.


            The new MicronOne technology, found in CleanRest Signature mattress protectors and born from the CEO’s desire to protect his son from the natural micro-toxins, offers the best possible sleep.  The MicronOne fabric, the most technologically advanced fabric used in the manufacture of CleanRest encasements, actively regulates body heat, which means that consumers will notice no increase in surface temperature and no trapped body heat in all seasons when they slip between the sheets.  Less heat means more comfort and a sign that the CleanRest Signature high-tech high-performance fabrics are working. 


            Offering the best possible protection, MicronOne is the only material scientifically proven and independently tested by Pest Control Operators and Allergists to be bed bug bite proof while blocking out, micro-toxins, and allergens down to one micron.  Unlike Vinyl and Plastic materials on the market, CleanBrands fabrics are durable, breathable, comfortable, and quiet.

            MicronOne will be featured at IHMRS alongside Zip-N-Click, which will be featured in all CleanRest encasements, designed for consumers and property owners/managers demanding maximum protection and peace of mind.  MicronOne and Zip-N-Click have been independently tested and proven to be both bite proof and escape proof.  Improved compliance and less tampering ensures faster and easier inspection, a critical element to any successful integrated pest control program.

            “A great sleep can make all of the difference for your guests,” said Gary Goldberg, founder and CEO of CleanRest parent company CleanBrands.  “With our proven technologies, we can help ensure the best possibly stay which will result in increased customer satisfaction, higher reviews and eventually better profits.”

            More information is available and by e-mail at


About CleanBrands LLC

            Founded in 2006, CleanBrands LLC is a Rhode Island-based company that designs and manufactures the world's most innovative and advanced products devoted to improving the health and comfort of the sleep environment. Leveraging a breakthrough, patented fabric technology called MicronOne®, the company's CleanRest®, Healthy ZZZ's and BeneSleep® brands of bedding products provide the world's most effective and comfortable barrier against the millions of toxins, allergens and bed bugs that can naturally accumulate inside mattresses and pillows. Designed by a third-generation textiles innovator, backed by science, and recommended by physicians, MicronOne® products work. Look for the green MicronOne® shield to ensure that your home becomes the healthy refuge you and your family deserve. Visit for more details.

September 22, 2014

CONTACT:     Gary Goldberg


(401) 427-1376








            New York, – November 9, 2014 -- –  CleanBrands, a trusted leader in mattress, box spring and pillow protection, will be showcasing its commercial grade CleanRest Pro Bed Bug Mattress Encasement for Queen, Full and Twin sized Sofa Bed and Roll Away mattress encasements at booth #2551 at the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS)..


            The CleanRest® PRO Bed Bug Blocking Mattress Encasements, offering the most effective way to protect the mattress from bed bug infestation, features the industry leading MicronOne® and Zip-N-Click technologies, which give extra protection against bed bug migration and liquid contamination.  Other features include:

  • Protection from pet dander, dust mite waste and other harmful allergens.
  • Sspecifically designed to fit narrow height pull out sofa mattresses and stow away cots with a stretch fabric sidewall
  • Water Proof  
  • High breathability, ensuring maximum comfort
  • Twin encasement measures 72" L x 38" W x 4”-7” stretch depth
  • Full encasement measures 72" L x 54" W x 4”-7” stretch depth
  • Queen encasement measures 72" L x 60" W x 4”-7” stretch depth
  • Machine wash
  • 15-year limited manufacturer's warranty


            “Our CleanRest Pro line has been the work horse of our product offering in the Hotel and Lodging industry.  Our customers told us they wanted the same protection for their pull out sofa beds and stow away cots, so we answered their call. Setting the industry standard,  the CleanRest® PRO Bed Bug Blocking Mattress Encasements are the most effective way to protect your mattress from bed bug infestation,” said Gary Goldberg, founder and CEO of CleanBrands.   “I invite you to visit us at IHMRS this week, take the Zip-N-Click test, and feel the MicronOne difference yourself.”


            MicronOne® patented fabric technology was born from Mr. Goldberg’s desire to protect his son from the natural micro-toxins, like dust mite waste or mold spore, that build up over time in any pillow, mattress or box spring.  The result of several years of research and development is a process which creates a uniform pore structure used in our suite of allergen and micro-toxin barrier fabrics. MicronOne technology fabrics can filter airborne particles down to one micron essentially matching the protective performance of vinyl without sacrificing any of the comfort and moisture vapor breathability that is essential for a good night’s sleep.


About CleanBrands LLC

            Founded in 2006, CleanBrands LLC is a Rhode Island-based company that designs and manufactures the world's most innovative and advanced products devoted to improving the health and comfort of the sleep environment. Leveraging a breakthrough, patented fabric technology called MicronOne®, the company's CleanRest®, Healthy ZZZ's and BeneSleep® brands of bedding products provide the world's most effective and comfortable barrier against the millions of toxins, allergens and bed bugs that can naturally accumulate inside mattresses and pillows. Designed by a third-generation textiles innovator, backed by science, and recommended by physicians, MicronOne® products work. Look for the green MicronOne® shield to ensure that your home becomes the healthy refuge you and your family deserve. Visit or e-mail  for more details.

September 22, 2014

CONTACT:     Gary Goldberg


(401) 427-1376




CleanBrands Visits IHMRS With One Goal –

a Healthier, Cleaner Sleep


At CleanBrands, our sole mission is to help you get a better night’s sleep.  And not just better, but healthier. We design and manufacture the world’s most advanced and medically effective allergy bedding-barrier products.”


            New York -- November 9, 2014 –  A trusted leader in mattress, box spring and pillow protection, CleanBrands, developers of the industry leading CleanRest®, will be visiting the  International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS) at booth #2551for one goal:  to enable the industry to get a healthier, cleaner sleep for all attendees and their millions of guests.


            How?  The idea for CleanRest®started when the CEO’s oldest child began suffering from night time breathing and sleeping difficulties. Numerous doctors agreed that his problems were due to the harmful micro-toxins, allergens and dust mites that live inside everyone's mattress and pillows. The CEO decided to use his textile-science background to help his son.


            “My family has three generations of experience designing and manufacturing some of the world's finest high-performance fabrics,” said founder and CEO Gar Goldberg, a third generation textile technology expert.  “Armed with this knowledge, I created MicronOne® fabric technology, the first fabric that's able to block even the tiniest micro-toxins, creating a breathable barrier between you and them.”


            What is CleanRest®CleanRest® is a family of products designed to provide the user with the cleanest, healthiest sleep possible. CleanRest® features an advanced technology called MicronOne®, which offers the highest level of protection available today. It protects you from all microscopic toxins that exist naturally in every bed and pillow. Each square inch of the patented MicronOne® fabric contains about 3 billion pores; a weave so tiny moisture can’t get in and micro-toxins can’t get to you. It creates a breathable, yet effective barrier between you and what’s in your bedding. CleanRest® provides protection from bed bugs and bed wetting, creating the cleanest and safest sleep environment possible. CleanRest® products include mattress encasements, pillow encasements, allergy-free pillows, comforters and duvet encasements, which all give complete 360° coverage against allergens. This revolutionary new product is the quickest, simplest way to improve your sleep.


            Mr. Goldberg added, “It’s a great feeling to know I have helped my children, and in the process improved my whole family's well-being. Now I have the opportunity to help do the same for you and your family.  “I invite you to try our CleanRest® products and start experiencing a new level of healthy sleep and peace of mind at IHMRS this week.”


About CleanBrands LLC

            Founded in 2006, CleanBrands LLC is a Rhode Island-based company that designs and manufactures the world's most innovative and advanced products devoted to improving the health and comfort of the sleep environment. Leveraging a breakthrough, patented fabric technology called MicronOne®, the company's CleanRest®, Healthy ZZZ's and BeneSleep® brands of bedding products provide the world's most effective and comfortable barrier against the millions of toxins, allergens and bed bugs that can naturally accumulate inside mattresses and pillows. Designed by a third-generation textiles innovator, backed by science, and recommended by physicians, MicronOne® products work. Look for the green MicronOne® shield to ensure that your home becomes the healthy refuge you and your family deserve. Visit or e-mail  for more details.

September 22, 2014

CONTACT:     Gary Goldberg


(401) 427-1376








That “Clicking” Sound from the Industry’s Gold Standard, Ensures Fabric Quality, Durability, and Integrity, while Offering World’s Fastest Installation and Easiest Inspection



            New York, NY, November 9, 2014 – To ensure maximum protection against bed bugs at the most vulnerable point, CleanBrands, a trusted leader in mattress, box spring and pillow protection, is bringing the new and improved Zip-N-Click, zipper enclosure system to booth #2551 of  the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS).  The new CleanBrands-patented Zip-N-Click will be featured in all CleanRest encasements, designed for consumers and property owners/managers that demand maximum protection and peace of mind. 


            Zip-N-Click, providing the best possible protection against bed bugs that technology can offer, ensures the zipper closure, the most vulnerable point in all encasements is sealed and locked for the true professional level installation.   Zip-N-Click, featuring an oversized, contrasting colored zipper pull, requires less dexterity and making it easy to install.  The patented “clicking” sound lets the installer know that the zipper is now locked and offering the best possible protection.  The transparent cover and contrasting green zipper pull improves visibility and saves time when it comes to inspection.

            “We are proud to be bringing the best world’s best protection to the hospitality industry!” said Gary Goldberg, founder and CEO of CleanBrands.  “Our patented Zip-N-Click, marked by the “click” lock-in signature sound, will ensure quick installation and inspection that exceed the needs of the most demanding guest and hotelier alike.  Our  two important improvements to our already ‘best in class’ design which thrilled our PCO test group, offers the best possible peace of mind that only comes with a good and clean night’s sleep.  So take the Zip-N-Click challenge today!!”

            Independently tested with live bed bugs to ensure the brand’s quality and integrity, Zip-N-Click was proven to be escape proof.  Improved compliance and less tampering ensures faster and easier inspection, a critical element to any successful integrated pest control program.

            Zip-N-Click will be featured at IHMRS alongside the green MicronOne ® shield, a technology which has defined the new standard of clean in sleep protection products available today.  The MicronOne shield means maximum protection against micro-toxins, and comes with the best warrantees in the business. 


            More information is available and by e-mail at


About CleanBrands LLC

            Founded in 2006, CleanBrands LLC is a Rhode Island-based company that designs and manufactures the world's most innovative and advanced products devoted to improving the health and comfort of the sleep environment. Leveraging a breakthrough, patented fabric technology called MicronOne®, the company's CleanRest®, Healthy ZZZ's and BeneSleep® brands of bedding products provide the world's most effective and comfortable barrier against the millions of toxins, allergens and bed bugs that can naturally accumulate inside mattresses and pillows. Designed by a third-generation textiles innovator, backed by science, and recommended by physicians, MicronOne® products work. Look for the green MicronOne® shield to ensure that your home becomes the healthy refuge you and your family deserve. Visit for more details.

FAM Capital Group ATM LLC
September 19, 2014

FAM ATM provides full service ATM programs across the nation. We offer numerous machine styles to match the aesthetics of your establishment. With our full service ATM program not only will you be providing your patrons with a desirable amenity, you are also generating additional income for your company with no additional cost. 

Matrix to Spotlight its ‘ETERNITY LE’ – ‘The IP-PBX specialized for Large Hotels’ at IHMRS 2014, New York, NY USA
September 19, 2014

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Matrix to Spotlight its ‘ETERNITY LE’ – ‘The IP-PBX specialized for Large Hotels’ at IHMRS 2014, New York, NY USA


Matrix, a leading manufacturer and provider of IP based Phone Systems and Voice Gateways, is pleased to showcase its newly launched  ETERNITY LE’ – ‘The IP-PBX specialized for Resort, Casino, Large Hotels’,  at  NTERNATIONAL HOTEL, MOTEL + RESTAURANT SHOW® 2014 at


Jacob K. Javits Convention Center  New York, NY USA


Matrix ETERNITY is a feature rich IP-PBX designed to meet the diverse communication needs of hospitality industry. It incorporates all hospitality functions including support for Property Management System (PMS) Auto Attendance, Music on Hold and Call Accounting. It supports PSTN, T1-PRI/RBS, IP-SIP, GSM/3G networks and HF/VHF/UHF Radio CNR interface; and contributes in streamlining the routine hotel operations with increased staff mobility and productivity.

The eye catcher for the show - Matrix ETERNITY LE is a powerful hospitality communication solution designed for large hotels to transcend all technological, organizational and geographical boundaries. This thorough breed solution offers advanced functionality backed by reliability and flexibility that today's hoteliers expect from a communication solution. ETERNITY LE provide CNR interface with HF/VHF/UHF Radio network which enable hotel staff to communicate between PBX and radio network seamlessly.  Its advanced call capabilities and comprehensive features facilitate to serve guests more efficiently without any human error. ETERNITY LE is an energy efficient, compact, single rack solution that eliminates the need of large power stations and stacking multiple cabinets to offer scalability up to 2000 Guest Rooms connection.


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It’s about time…rethinking the guestroom alarm clock!
September 17, 2014

Recognizing the continued importance of accessible power at the nightstand, Brandstand Products is about to revolutionize the nightstand environment by taking a fresh approach and designing an alarm clock that combines time and power.  In doing so, Brandstand solves two problems with one product - CubieTime!

With the growing success of the Cubie and CubieMini, it was only a matter of time before Brandstand set out to provide hotels with another clever power solution.  CubieTime enhances the guest room experience by keeping guests on time and powered up! 

CubieTime’s one knob, one function design delivers a simplified interface. The 4.5” square footprint, takes up minimal space and the sleek styling integrates  into any guest room decor. CubieTime also features surge protection, single day alarm, auto update for daylight saving time, display dimmer function, pass-through plug and abides by strict UL standards including the UL spill test.  

About CubieMini™: ?The CubieMini is compact by design but big on power and provides a perfect power and charging solution for the nightstand where space is limited. Features include: 2 power outlets, 2 USB charging ports, surge protection, pass-through plug and two decorative faceplates.


About Cubie™: ?The Cubie with it’s retro-fit design brings additional power to the  guest room desktop or nightstand. Features include: 3 power outlets, 2 USB charging ports, surge and over-current protection and a pass-through plug! The versatile mounting bracket can be installed to a variety of desktops.


About Brandstand Products: ?Brandstand Products, a subsidiary of TXS Industrial Design Inc., offers innovatively designed, user-friendly amenity products for the hospitality industry.

For more information, please visit

IM-500 Hoshizaki Square Cuber Wins Award
September 11, 2014

Hoshizaki America, Inc. is Winner in ACHR News 2014 Dealer Design Awards

Peachtree City, GA, July 21, 2014 Hoshizaki America, Inc. was recognized for excellence in product design in the 11th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 92 entries. The company’s IM-500SAA, Stackable Square Cuber was the Bronze Award Winner in the Refrigeration & Ice Machines.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, "These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions."

“In the last few years the ACHR News and HVAC judges have recognized Hoshizaki for award winning refrigeration and ice machine products. The tradition continues with the IM-500SAA Stackable Square Cuber, winner of the Dealer Design Award for achievement in Design and Engineering.”  At Hoshizaki we listen to our customer’s and deliver! Hoshizaki is very proud to receive this award again.”

Gary Weyhausen, VP of Sales & Marketing

Now Factory Direct
September 09, 2014

Party Express is NOW FACTORY DIRECT!  As of 2014 Party Express has been aquired by The Beistle Company, the nations oldest and largest Party Goods Manufacturer.  Founded in 1900, we are now offering factory direct pricing right to the hospitality industry.  With over 114 years of experience, 9500 different items, and 1 million square feet of manufacturing space Party Express is here to serve you!

SkyTouch Technology Hires New VP of Technology Delivery, Steve Randle, to Lead Advancements of SkyTouch Hotel OS Platform
September 04, 2014

Randle will implement his proven methods in the technology delivery process for SkyTouch Technology’s SaaS and mobile offerings.

Restaurantware achieves #366 on INC 500
August 27, 2014


Monday, August 25, 2014 

Chicago-based Restaurantware, A Leading Hospitality-Industry Supplier 

of Eco-Friendly Products, Announces Inc. 500 2014 Fastest Growing 

Companies Placement, Plus Design Award

Now Ranks #366 Nationally On Inc. 500, Illustrating 1,307% Growth

Biodegradable Bamboo Serving Cone Lands #2 Spot On Best Designed Products Of 

The Year

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Restaurantware is pleased to announce the Company is the 

 fastest-growing privately-held firm in the United States as recognized by Inc. 


Magazine’s annual Inc. 500 List for 2014. Founded only four years ago, capitalizing 

on exponentially higher market demand for eco-friendly hospitality-industry serving 

products, Restaurantware’s explosive, audited 1,307% revenue increase is fueled by 

designing forward-looking, “fashion for food” product lines, particularly in biodegradable 

products utilizing sustainable, fast-growing bamboo. The Company’s Bamboo Serving 

Cone, a modern, conical product with 100% compostable qualities, was also named by 

Inc. as the #2 Best Designed Product of The Year out of only four standout products in 

all categories, including technology, lighting and home goods.

Says Restaurantware Founder Jamil Bouchareb, “Both of these awards validate a lot of 

effort and hard work as Restaurantware continues to not only grow, but innovate eco-
friendly serving products that genuinely resonate within the restaurant and institutional 

food service communities. We are incredibly proud of our teams in both Chicago and 

Miami – these awards belong to them. Our Bamboo line of products is truly fashion for 


Restaurantware designs, manufactures and directly distributes over 500 individual 

restaurant-supply products, annually shipping over 20 million individual pieces to 

domestic and international chefs, catering companies, restaurants and institutional 

food providers. In 2010, with revenues of ~$168,000, the Company has since grown 

sales over $2.3 million through extensive product R&D, investing in eco-friendly supply 

chains, international sales team expansion in Miami, and trend-spotting. Buoyed by the 

Inc. 500 list and design award recognition, Restaurantware plans a transformational 

2015, doubling existing product lines and acquiring both talent and companies that 

illustrate a passion for fashion for food. 

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Chicago-based Restaurantware strives to create innovative, eco-friendly products that 

are beautifully designed while conserving resources. Serving thousands of domestic 

and international hospitality-industry clients such as top chefs, restaurants, caterers 

and institutional food providers, Restaurantware designs, manufactures and distributes 

over 22 million items of 553 products annually from its 30,000 square foot headquarters 

in West Chicago and eco-audited Asia-based ISO9003-certified production facilities. 

Founded in 2010 by hospitality veterans Jamil Bouchareb and Richard Rinella, 

Restaurantware’s commitment to quality and service is illustrated by supplying best-
in-class institutional food service clients, including Aramark Food Services, Morrison 

Dining Services, AVI Foodsystems and Compass Group. 

Topic-follow Restaurantware on social media at #FashionForFood


For more than 30 years, Inc. Magazine has been the premier publication for 

entrepreneurs and business owners, globally distributing over 700,000 print copies and 

serving millions of readers at The Inc. 500 is an annual list of the 500 fastest-
growing privately-held companies in the United States, ranked according to audited 

revenue growth over a four year period and further qualified by generating at least $2 

million in annual sales. The Inc. 500 also conducts annual Conferences and Awards 


William Roam brings made in the USA personal care amenities to hotels
August 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – August 21, 2014 – William Roam, a new company creating “Made in the USA” personal care products within the hospitality market is swiftly gaining momentum, and seeing strong sales since it’s launch in November of 2013.


“We saw an amazing opportunity to turn the amenity market on it’s ear, and not just with on-trend designs and stunning products, but being a part of a larger movement to bring manufacturing back to the US.” Says Ali Murphy, CEO of William Roam.  Historically, the hospitality market has a rich history with offshore partnerships, but during extensive competitive research, William Roam made a conscious choice to develop, create and manufacture products in the USA.


William Roam is the first, and only, amenity company in the hospitality market to offer American-made products, from concept to completion. Some of the largest retailers in the United States have also committed to shuttering offshore partnerships in favor of American manufacturing, as more businesses can balance consumer demand with the massive shift in vendor sourcing and time intensive development phases. “Businesses can affect change within their industry, and once our partners and customers understood what we had created, and why, the response was overwhelming, ” said Bryce Lowry, President of William Roam, “the market has been ready, and waiting, for quality American-made amenities.”


Product and Availability

William Roam, inspired by the spirit of modern American travel, has three distinct collections all designed, crafted and distributed in America. Each collection speaks to the William Roam manufacturing story, and beautifully mirrors the vast, American landscape with purposely chosen extracts and ingredients. A robust product line offers more than 60 skus of bath, body and hair products, complete with sundry items for thorough in-room set-ups, various sizes and packaging options, mobile ordering, same day shipping and no minimums.


About William Roam

William Roam creates high quality, American-made luxury hotel amenities in the spirit of modern American travel: refined but approachable, sophisticated but spirited. A new kind of company—one that holds itself to the highest standards of quality and style, driven by the desire to do business in the most ethical and sustainable manner. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook.

Green Key Meeting Launches v2.0
August 25, 2014

Green Key Global (GKG), in partnership with MPI Foundation, announces the release of version 2.0 of the Green Key Meetings Program, a comprehensive environmental assessment tool and third party audit for facilities, both lodging and non-lodging, that host meetings of any scale. Developed with the assistance of senior meeting planner professionals, the Program has been updated to ensure incorporation of current meeting practice elements as well as to complement the well-known APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Standards.

Green Key Meetings is a comprehensive assessment evaluating participants in six key areas of sustainable performance and management: Core Areas (energy, water, waste); Communication (information, training, policies & management); Activities (community, procurement, auditing); Exhibitions; and Audiovisual & Production. The program, as with its predecessor, is also designed to accommodate limited-service facilities enabling them to opt out of areas that do not apply to their facility. Upon completion, the facility is awarded a ranking of 1 to 5 Keys and provided with a thorough performance report that includes recommendations, best practices and potential areas for improvement and savings. Participating properties are listed on the website, a valuable resource for meeting planners.
For more information contact

GreenEarth® Silicone Is Now a Recognized Option for Garment Care
August 20, 2014


August 21, 2014 00:00 ET

Silicone Added to International Care Labeling Standard

GreenEarth® Silicone Is Now a Recognized Option for Garment Care

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - August 21, 2014) - It has been nearly twenty years since a new solvent has been added to the world's care labeling standards. But in June it became official. Silicone is now an official recommendation for the cleaning of textile products according to ASTM D3136, Standard Terminology Relating to Care Labeling for Apparel, Textile, Home Furnishing, and Leather Products.

The ruling comes after GreenEarth Cleaning, a voting member of ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles, proposed amendments to the care labeling standards with the goal of improving professional garment care. This ruling makes GreenEarth silicone the first new dry cleaning solvent specifically referenced for care labeling by ASTM International since fluorocarbon in 1996.

Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International is one of the world's largest development and delivery systems of standards and related products and services. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate trade, and build consumer confidence.

ASTM's new definition of dry cleaning is now "in the care of textile products, a cleaning process using solvents such as perchloroethylene, a petroleum, or a silicone." The phasing out of Perc has caused a strong demand for alternative solvents. Silicone is now a recognized alternative on a worldwide basis.

"We believe that the inclusion of the silicone option by ASTM will assist garment manufacturers to address the increasing regulation of perc and hydrocarbons in the dry cleaning industry. GreenEarth's silicone process provides an alternative that is gentler for garments and the planet," said Tim Maxwell, President of GreenEarth Cleaning. "We believe our alternative is good for everybody."

The name GreenEarth and the GreenEarth logo are registered service marks of GreenEarth Cleaning, LLC. Two of the world's largest companies, General Electric and Procter & Gamble, are Founding Members of GreenEarth Cleaning, LLC. To learn more, visit

Contact Information

For more information contact
Tim Maxwell
U.S. (816) 926-0895


Chetu on Inc.500 for 3rd Consecutive Year
August 20, 2014


Plantation, FL -- Inc. magazine today ranked Chetu Inc. NO. 2038 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“We are honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine in this year's ranking, and to be listed for 3 years in a row is an amazing accomplishment. We accept this award on behalf of our fantastic team of employees who work very hard to deliver an outstanding customer experience to our clients," stated Atal Bansal, CEO of Chetu Inc.

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 20 to November 30), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000’ s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

"What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 15 through 17, 2014 in Phoenix. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Michael Dell, Martha Stewart, host of the CNBC show “The Profit” Marcus Lemonis, Container Store Founder and CEO Kip Tindell, and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya.


About Chetu, Inc.


Chetu is a 14-year old software development provider that delivers World-Class IT Solutions serving entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 clients. With a growing team of over 800 skilled engineers spread across seven global locations, it is able to provide a unique delivery model that blends an onsite / offsite team in a setting that fits customer's budget, yet does not compromise on local interaction or real time collaboration. Beyond providing IT resources, Chetu also excels in providing industry specific and niche technology solutions in Healthcare, Retail, Finance, Telecom, Gaming, Hospitality, Travel, E-Learning, Supply chain or others. Its services include process and systems design, package implementation, custom development, business intelligence and reporting, systems integration, as well as testing, maintenance and support. Chetu's expertise spans across the entire IT spectrum.


More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000



The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at   


About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto VenturesInc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit .

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit


August 18, 2014



Winners and finalists in 19 categories to be recognized at the 34th Gold Key Awards Gala, Monday, Nov. 10, at the Mandarin Oriental New York




CINCINNATI, OH, August 18, 2014 – The finalists for the 34th Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s most prestigious honor, have been announced by the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS).


A panel of nine prominent judges considered more than 280 entries for these coveted awards, which recognize outstanding design worldwide for hospitality projects that were completed or renovated from March 1, 2013 through March 1, 2014.


“The record number of entries and the quality, creativity and functionality of the submissions all reflect the dynamism of this industry,” said Mary Scoviak, executive editor of Boutique Design magazine, which co-sponsors the Gold Key Awards alongside HOTELS magazine. “This year’s finalists redefined what outstanding design is all about.”


The 2014 Gold Key judges echoed that sentiment. “Just looking at some of the photos, I thought, ‘This is design at its best. I want to live in one of these projects,’” said judge Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ vice president of design. According to John McMullen, Highgate Hotels’ senior vice president of construction, “What these projects proved again and again is that the right design, the right detail makes a project unforgettable.” Judge Ron Kollar, Tishman Hotel Corp.’s chief design officer, added, “This year’s finalists show that designers are writing and rewriting concepts until they say something new, and saying  it with integrity. And, they’re telling their stories in ways that will still be relevant in years to come.”


Finalists will be recognized and winners will be revealed in each of this year’s 19 categories at the Gold Key Awards Gala, now a cocktail reception and dinner, from 6:30pm – 10:00pm on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Presented by Boutique Design magazine and HOTELS magazine, the ceremony will culminate with the naming of Designer of the Year.


The 34th Gold Key Award finalists are:


Best Eco or Socially Conscious Hotel

COMMUNE (Los Angeles): American Trade Hotel & Hall, Casco Viejo, Panama

Natalie Sheedy Interiors (Chicago); DelaRosa Studio (Chicago); Legat Architects (Chicago): Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Chicago


Best Guest Room Luxury

HDC Interior Architecture + Design (Los Angeles): St. Regis New York, New York

Richmond International (London): The Langham, Chicago


Best Guest Room Midscale/Budget/Focused Service

Bill Rooney Studio, Inc. (New York): Residence Inn by Marriott Manhattan/Central Park, New York

EoA, Inc. (Coral Gables, Fla.): Lord Balfour Hotel, Miami Beach

Daroff Design (Philadelphia): Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando, Fla.


Best Guest Room Upscale

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Shenyang, Liaoning, China

CBT (Boston): Hotel George, Washington, D.C.


Best Hotel Budget/Focused Service

Ester Bruzkus Architekten with DesignAgency and WAF Architects : Generator Berlin Mitte

DesignAgency (Toronto): Generator Venice


Best Hotel Luxury

HOK (New York): Rosewood Abu Dhabi

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta): The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Metex Design Group (Istanbul): Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem


Best Hotel Midscale

COMMUNE (Los Angeles): Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): NYLO New York City

Group One Partners (Boston): Residence Inn Downtown/Seaport, Boston


Best Hotel Upscale

G A Design International (London): Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Istanbul

Looney & Associates (Dallas): Omni Nashville, Tennessee

White Jacket Pte. (Singapore): Naumi Hotel, Singapore


Best Lobby Luxury

concrete (Amsterdam): Hotel W Verbier, Switzerland

Tara Bernerd & Partners (London): Thompson Chicago

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): Paramount Hotel, New York


Best Lobby Midscale/Budget/Focused Service

Universal Design Studio (London): Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Daroff Design (Philadelphia): Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando, Fla.


Best Lobby Upscale

dash design (New York): The Lexington Hotel, New York

nemaworkshop (New York): W Mexico City

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China


Best Nightclub/Lounge

YWS Design & Architecture (Las Vegas): Hakkasan, Las Vegas

Jeffrey Beers International (New York): Moon Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Ramsgard Architectural Design (Skaneateles, New York): The Gig, Verona, New York

Rockwell Group (New York): TAO Downtown, New York


Best Resort

BLINK Design Group (Singapore and regional offices): Regent Bali, Indonesia

YANG/Yangbangsheng & Associates Group (Shenzhen, China): Haitang Bay No. 9 Resort, Sanya, Hainan, China

Wilson Assoc. (Dallas): Sofitel Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia


Best Restaurant Casual Dining

AvroKO [New York]: General Assembly, New York

Rockwell Group (New York): Five50 Pizza Bar, Las Vegas

Aria Group Architects (Oak Park, Ill.): Nando’s Flame-Grilled Chicken, Toronto

Schoos Design (West Hollywood, Calif.): Puesto, San Diego, Calif.


Best Restaurant Fine Dining

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): St. Cecilia, Atlanta

Studio Mapos (New York): Sopra, New York

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): The Wayfarer, New York


Best Spa

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Rockwell Group (New York): Awii Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta): Baku Flame Towers Fairmont Hotel, ESPA, Azerbaijan


Best Suite

HOK (New York): The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz, The New York Palace, New York

Robert Angell Design International (London): Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, New Forest, UK

TAL Studio (Las Vegas): Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawaii

II by IV Design (Toronto): Crystal Serenity Penthouse, Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles


Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership

Indidesign (Los Angeles): Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Honolulu

Studio Gaia (New York): Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Israel


Judges’ “So Cool” Award

Meg Sharpe Interior Designs (New York); Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, New York

JOI-Design Interior Architects (Hamburg): Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, Oberschleißheim, Germany

Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): The Nomad Hotel Rooftop Event Spaces, New York

Marriott Global Design Strategies (Bethesda, Md.): Marriott Hotels Design Strategy, Marriott International, Bethesda, Md.


Judges for the 2014 Gold Key Awards were:


Alan Philips, Chief Marketing Officer, Morgans Hotel Group

Dana Kalczak, Vice President of Design, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Danette Opaczewski, Chief Operating Officer, Ian Schrager Co.

John D. McMullen, Senior Vice President of Construction, Highgate Hotels

Lora Spran, Interior Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI)–Interiors

R. Tyler Morse, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, MCR Development

Ron Kollar, Chief Design Officer, Tishman Hotel & Realty LP

Serena Rakhlin, Vice President, Hotel Development and Acquisitions, Americas, Trump Hotel Collection

Trisha Wilson, Chairman, Trisha Wilson Global


Finalists were selected based on excellence in: concept, execution, innovation and “wow factor.”


The 34th Gold Key Awards coincide with the fifth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair, serving hospitality design professionals, and the 99th IHMRS, held concurrently at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


Tickets for the Gold Key Awards Gala (cocktail reception and dinner) are available now for $375 and can be purchased as part of IHMRS/BDNY trade fair registration or as an event ticket only. More Gold Key information is available at and



The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Nov. 8-11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, Nov. 8, IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, Nov. 9, through Tuesday, Nov. 11. The market will present 650 exhibitors and attract more than 16,000 industry professionals.


IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA); the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC); and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). Additional IHMRS 2014 information is available online, at





Press Inquiries:

Megan Alexander


July 01, 2014

- “BOWLS” concept model to be featured on exhibit floor -

NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2014…The Nyman Group of Scottsdale, AZ & Las Vegas, NV and Robert Rippe & Associates of Minnetonka, MN, have been selected as the winners of the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show’s 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept. The foodservice consulting groups’ “BOWLS—Food That’s Good For You!” concept will be built to a scaled working model on the exhibit floor during the IHMRS, November 9-11, and will host demonstrations throughout the Show.

            “IHMRS attendees are not only looking for innovative products and equipment, but also for edgy concepts and engaging ideas to wow customers,” said Phil Robinson, IHMRS Show Director.  “In the eyes of the judges, BOWLS best achieved the competition objective of developing a retail foodservice concept that can succeed in an under-used, non-traditional location not specifically outfitted to foodservice.”

BOWLS is a 500-square-foot, quick service style, healthy and natural foods concept offering hormone- and nitrate-free ingredients with no additives. Included are bowl bases such as gluten-free noodles, brown rice, quinoa or warm lavosh to which are added proteins, seasonal vegetables and other ingredients to order.

According to Robert J. Nyman, President, The Nyman Group Ltd., “BOWLS is a personalized experience, allowing guests to create their meal based upon flavors, emotions, personal preferences, allergies and time of day. The service line is non-linear, and chefs guide the guests through the various ingredients, offering tastes and explanations about where food is from and its nutritional value, while preparing each personalized BOWL.”

The competition judges also complimented BOWLS’ commitment to technology — a 100% wireless, Wi-Fi based operation — and to sustainability. The concept includes plant-based disposable serviceware, flatware and beverage cups. If designed for actual operation, the concept also would include a full recycling program encompassing waste water, trash and food waste for composting. BOWLS has a living wall of fresh herbs, hydroponically grown with recycled water, which chefs access as they prepare food. Freestanding locations would use a bank of solar panels on the roof, designed to capture energy and further minimize BOWLS’ environmental impact.

BOWLS elicited many comments from judges, including:

“The concept addresses the need for a healthy, affordable and convenient dining experience with a unique approach. Concept is very interactive with personal attention to customer needs. It addresses a wide array of sustainability issues and incorporates a number of technologies.”


“Good menu selection, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. A strong 21st century concept.”


 “BOWLS is very cutting-edge in terms of concept and menu. Designers made thoughtful use of materials and were spot-on for allergen-free selections on the menu.”

* Renderings of BOWLS can be accessed here.

Judges for the 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept were Michael Atanasio - Overlook Hospital; Melanie Corey-Ferrini - DYNAMIK Space (The 2013 Foodservice Pioneering Concept winner); James Dale - Grand Hyatt New York; Robert Doland - Jacobs, Doland & Beer; Maura Doran - New York Methodist Hospital; Mark LoParco - University of Montana, Geoffrey Mills - Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan; and Tracy Nieporent - The Myriad Restaurant Group.

Second Place in the 2014 competition was awarded to “Al Dente” by A’La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group, Houston, TX, and Third Place went to Cafebellas (formerly named, Healthy Foods Coffee & Tea Co) by Steven Cote, Winnetka, IL. Graphic illustrations for both projects also will be on display at IHMRS 2014.

Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine is the official media partner of IHMRS 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition.

About the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show: The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11. The market will present 650 exhibitors and attract more than 16,000 industry professionals.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG).

Additional IHMRS 2014 information is available online, at  # # #

Elegant Hampers
June 20, 2014

Elegant Hampers: Is changing the philosophy in the hospitality industry one hamper at a time!

New Concept for Hotels "Think Inside the Box"

  • The best hotels continuously strive for a Clean and conscientious environment.
  • Be a trendsetter in a new standard by not encouraging guests to throw their used towels on the floor.
  • Simple innovative solution for your hotel to emphasize its level of customer service and luxurious amenities.
  • Assist in cleaning a room faster and readiness for new arriving guests.


Rid your guests of the awkward feeling of placing their used towel on the floor – while assisting the housekeeping department in so many ways!



Founded on RESEACH AND DEVELOPMENT: Elegant Hampers Logically Benefits your Entire Organization:

  • For Management: Collection of towels becomes a functional, user-friendly, staff supported item which will save time, money and supply.  Retains uniformity throughout your establishment. Conveys a feeling of added cleanliness and hygiene to any room, pool, spa or public area.
  • For Finance: Spend less on replacing mistreated inventory. Low acquistion costs and virtually maintenance free due to high quality of materials used in manufacturing. Liners are a resuable, certifiable product of the highest of quality.
  • For Human Resource Managers: Spend less on insurance claims due to work related lower back injuries and time away from work.
  • For Housekeeping: Maximizing speed and efficiency of staff performance by providing a localized place for used towels and linens. Ergonomically designed to minimize bending. Helps prevent work related lower back injuries and time away from work. Workers and patrons are protected from risks of wet towels on the floor.


The Non Hamper Hamper is a space saving model with all the same benefits.  The Non Hamper Hamper was designed especially for users with limited mobility.  The Non Hamper Hamper by Elegant Hampers is ideal for Assisted Living Facilities, Hospital rehab centers, small rooms, dorms and closets. 



Think Inside the Box - The Elegant Hamper product is classic, unique and serves a genuine purpose for your hospitality establishment.



December 11, 2013

- A refreshed exhibit floor and new initiatives stimulate growth -

NEW YORK, NY, December 11, 2013… North America’s largest annual hospitality industry gathering – the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) took place November 9-12 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. IHMRS presented 550 hospitality industry suppliers to 15,996 trade attendees over four days of exhibits and conferences.

The visitor results marked a significant increase from the 13,048 attendees at last year’s IHMRS, held in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy.  “We’ve had everything from hotel owners to senior corporate representatives from all the major brands, so I can’t be more thrilled with the actual attendance and the types of people that we’ve been able to meet,” said Jonathan Benjamin, President, Xeros, Inc.

IHMRS 2013 debuted several new initiatives which included a re-merchandised show floor with five easy-to-navigate categories: Operations, Technology, Food & Beverage, Tabletop, and Green. The Hospitality Green pavilion, presented in partnership with Green Lodging News, featured its own on-floor education theater and a charity initiative with Clean the World’s ONE Project, where attendees assembled 3,500 hygiene kits over three days at IHMRS to be donated to local charities.

The Tabletop pavilion, in partnership with, serviced a fast growing demand among operators for design-driven tabletop products, and included the first annual “Tabletop Challenge” which was voted on by show attendees. The winning design this year went to Gustavo Gutierrez and Tina Delia of Delia Designs, a Philadelphia based design firm.

The Food & Beverage pavilion featured dedicated spaces for six upward trends in foodservice, with products, demonstrations, and seminars related to each of these trends – gluten free, yogurt, grab-n-go, baking, locally sourced, and mix &mock. Notable speakers and demonstrators included famed mixologist Warren Bobrow, Chef Kevon William Langley and the Black Culinary Alliance, and Chef Robert Ellinger and his instructors from the Dessert and Pastry Guild.

IHMRS also celebrated the best in hospitality design with two annual industry awards events on Sunday, November 10th: the 33rd Annual Gold Key Awards, which recognize outstanding hospitality design worldwide for properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months (click here for winners), and the Editors’ Choice Awards which recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology (click here for winners). From the 7 Editors’ Choice winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award went to Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). 

The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8 at the Hospitality Leadership Forum, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11.  IHMRS will be co-located with the 5thannual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), a trade fair for presenting manufacturers of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa for hospitality on November 9 and 10.  Collectively, the two shows will present 900 exhibitors and attract some 18,000 industry professionals.

For IHMRS exhibitor information, contact Phil Robinson, show director, at  (212) 754-7920.  Additional information for attendees and exhibitors is available online, at

Gexpro and Hilton Universal City LA Launch Largest PACE Financed Energy Project in the U.S.
November 15, 2013



November 15, 2013, Los Angeles, CA—The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is utilizing Los Angeles County PACE financing to fund an astounding $7 million worth of sustainable upgrades, making it the largest commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) project to date in the U.S. Showing a commitment to sustainable living, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City’s extensive energy efficiency project will lead to an annual energy savings of $800,000 and water savings of $28,000, conserving more than 2.8 million gallons of water.

Team Gexpro won the RFP for this iconic project and worked together with sustainability firm RenewAll to assemble an all-star team of contractor and service partners to initiate the green building upgrades. Gexpro and RenewAll worked with Hilton LA Universal City to develop an integrated energy savings plan that led to increases in projected energy savings and decreases in overall costs. Total scope of comprehensive energy solutions includes lighting, motors, controls, HVAC, window film, plumbing and EV Charging Stations.

November 11, 2013

- Phillips Collection Receives Kenneth F. Hine ‘Best of Show’ -

NEW YORK, NY, November 11, 2013…Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) and 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The Awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology.  From the 7 winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected.

The 2013 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.


Design – Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, IA) for the Ribbon Chandelier, an extremely low energy, low profile, even lighting distribution, with remarkable weight to scale ratio. The fixture is scalable from 3ft to 8ft and more and can be combined with others to create larger chandelier installations.

Equipment & Supplies – The Vollrath Company (Sheboygan, WI) for Mirage Induction Rethermalizer, a soup rethermalizer that doesn’t require water for heating, eliminating the need to fill and refill the unit with water. The induction heating technology offers fast retherm times and precise temperature control.


Food & Beverage – TeaVert (Seattle, WA) for the single-use, fully bio-degradable, birch tea infuser. Each infuser is assembled utilizing a natural process without harmful use of chemical adhesives or staples.


Green – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into fun, dramatically-scaled works of art


Operations – Xeros (Manchester, NH) for Xeros Cleaning System for Hospitality, consisting of a specialized laundry machine that uses polymer beads to extract dirt. The system uses up to 70% less water, 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent as compared to conventional washing to deliver superior cleaning results.


Tabletop – Front of the House (Miami, FL) for Harmony Bento™, a totally unique porcelain interpretation of the classic bento box. It offers a multitude of modern compartmentalized serving options in six different configurations and twenty two mix-and-match accompanying pieces


Technology – for, a mobile and online ordering application built to serve dine-in, room service, delivery, and takeout. It is a custom branded web-application for guests to use their own smart device and order off an establishment's menu wherever they are.


Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 100 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

Judges for the 18th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Beth Lorenzini, Foodservice Equipment Reports; Dennis Nessler, Hotel Business; Michelle Renn, Hotel Online; Stephanie Ricca, and Mary Scoviak, Boutique Design.

The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show runs through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IHMRS features three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 12.  The market presents nearly 700 exhibitors and attracts some 18,000 industry professionals.  It is co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY), featuring 325 manufacturers, designers and representatives of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa, and tabletop.  BDNY runs through 4pm, Monday, November 11.

            IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA).  BDNY is a joint venture of AH&LA, HANYC, NYSH&TA and HMG (Hospitality Media Group).  Both shows are now under new management by HMG.

            Additional information is available online, at or


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August 19, 2013

Though nearly 100 years old, the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club continues to impress guests with its ornate lobby, soaring ballroom, five classic restaurants and spacious, well-appointed guest rooms, all enhanced by attentive service. Yet, much of what makes the hotel grand happens out of the guests’ sights.

One of the amenities that contribute to the hospitality and reputation of the property is the quality of the linens. Tablecloths and napkins must be spotless, the towels fluffy. The ultimate reason for the stay – a good night’s sleep – should be enhanced by bedding that is soft, comfortable, and appealing. At the Vinoy, UniMac® on-premises washer-extractors and tumble dryers utilize the latest in laundry technology to efficiently and cost-effectively ensure all hotel linens exceed guest expectations.

A Place in History

Positioned on the St. Petersburg, Fla., waterfront, the Vinoy Renaissance has a storied past, having gone through more than one renaissance of its own. Opening at the peak of the Florida boom in the Roaring ‘20s, the Vinoy is an intricately decorated 375-room hotel.

During its early years, the Vinoy was a stopover for celebrities, the wealthy and U.S. presidents, but its popularity began to stagger following World War II. Leading into the 1960s, changing tastes and a lack of maintenance continued the Vinoy’s steady decline; however, the residents of St. Petersburg did not give up on the hotel, and a 1984 referendum saved it from demolition.

A $93 million renovation project restored the Vinoy to its former glory, and by 1992 it once again was welcoming guests and taking its place as the epicenter of St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. Its current owner, the Renaissance Hotels and Resorts by Marriott, is committed to ensuring the Vinoy is one of its premier properties by offering top-notch amenities and hospitality.

Recent Times

Since the Vinoy’s renovation, the hotel industry has focused on making sleep the most memorable part of a guest’s stay. The purchases of high-end mattresses and pillows have put an increased importance on the quality of linens provided to guests and the upkeep that’s associated. 

Throughout two shifts the Vinoy laundry room staff ensures that linens maintain quality standards.  On the first shift, three team members load the washer-extractors and tumble dryers, while two or more iron and fold the linens. A three person team then feeds the units during the night shift.

A diligent staff is only part of a laundry operation’s success, however. Updated equipment is also a key factor.

In 2011 management became aware that the equipment, which dated back to the 1990s, could not keep up, according to Joe Lopresti, the Vinoy’s director of engineering.

“Our two 750-pound and one 300-pound capacity washer-extractors reached the end of their useful life,” Lopresti said. “The machines had become expensive to run and maintain, and were excessively increasing our utility costs.”

Better Equipping the Staff

The old equipment also impacted the laundry staff’s efficiency, Lopresti said. The crew had to wait for the washers to finish a cycle and then had to distribute those loads into their four 150-pound tumble dryers. The limited dryer capacity made it necessary for the large washers to be run under capacity.

When the Vinoy staff began to think about upgrading their laundry capabilities, they turned to equipment consultant Jason Downey of Southeastern Laundry Equipment to help identify the best approach. Following an extensive evaluation of the Vinoy laundry facility, Downey and Southeastern developed a plan recommending the right size low-maintenance UniMac equipment to best fit the department’s needs.

“Every laundry is different; in Vinoy’s case, the staff does more pounds of laundry than most hotels their size, and handle many high-end types of linen,” Downey noted.

To reliably serve the Vinoy’s needs, Downey recommended installing washer-extractors with a smaller capacity than the old machines while improving throughput by increasing the overall number of washers to six. The resort accepted the recommendation and Southeastern installed five 150-pound high capacity UW washer-extractors and one 60-pound mid-performance UW washer-extractor*, as well as four 170-pound ultrafast UT tumble dryers.  

With this equipment mix, staff no longer had to worry about a single machine breaking down and impacting the laundry room productivity for the entire day.  

“If service is needed on our laundry units, they are easier to repair due to the way UniMac equipment is packaged,” Lopresti added.  “Plus, quality replacement parts are readily available for order through Alliance Laundry Systems’ Genuine Parts program (UniMac’s parent company). As Genuine Parts are identical to those used at the time of production, our machines will continue to perform at the highest levels.”

Controls Advance the Operation

By selecting the new UniMac equipment, Vinoy operators have been able to take total control of the laundry facility with the UniLinc™ control system. The system, which monitors and manages machine performance and maintenance data, enables staff to select advanced programming of the wash cycles for fabric type and soil level, plus pinpoint drying times for the tumble dryers.

“These advanced features enable the laundry manager to focus on the very busy work flow instead of worrying about equipment performance and maintenance,” pointed out Lopresti.

In addition, while the crew is washing and drying the Vinoy’s considerable stream of laundry, Lopresti can monitor the operation’s performance from his office or anywhere he has Wi-Fi access, thanks to UniLinc’s wireless networking capabilities.

Should a problem develop, he can determine when and where it started and look for performance trends. The control system also tells him whether the problem is with the equipment, or if it is due to how it is being operated. In both instances, data provided by the UniLinc system enables Lopresti to develop maintenance programs geared towards laundry room operations.

“The fact that I can dial into the router wherever I want and see how the laundry units are performing has been a huge benefit to our operation,” Lopresti added.

With UniLinc, the engineers can also receive error reports and other performance information. As valuable as this data is, its usefulness goes beyond equipment maintenance. If quality issues arise, maintenance can pull reports for analysis by their chemical representatives. Meanwhile, the executive housekeeper can obtain production reports that enable management to gear throughput based on anticipated events such as conferences or holidays.

“For my department, this arrangement means my engineers don’t need to spend a lot of time in the laundry, but can still monitor the equipment,” Lopresti said. “The laundry room is a crucial part of the Vinoy image. We can keep it running and free up our people for other maintenance rather than spending time putting out fires.”

The ability to network the control system wirelessly also proved to be valuable when it came to the installation process. In a historic building such as Vinoy, tearing up walls to install wiring could greatly compromise the architecture and cause structural damage in the process. Without having to hard wire behind the machines, they did not have to deal with an elaborate system setup. It took just a few hours to seamlessly install the wireless adaptors to the machines.

An Impactful Performance

Tumble dryers require large amounts of energy and can represent 70 percent of utility consumption in the laundry room. The OPTidryTM Over-dry Prevention Technology offered with UniMac tumble dryers automatically stops machines once the load reaches the ideal level of dryness. Since installation, Lopresti estimated the OPTidry has saved the operation $30,000 in gas costs alone.

In addition to conserving energy on drying times, OPTidry preserves both the softness and life of linens. Studies have shown linens that have been treated in tumble dryers with this technology experience 31 percent less fiber loss.

The UniMac washer-extractors also help improve the Vinoy laundry facility’s bottom line. The high-performance washer-extractors provide an advanced water management system that includes 30 programmable water levels. This allows laundry staff to precisely match wash cycle to linen type, which can help save thousands of gallons of water each year. In addition, the 150-pound washer-extractor’s 300 G-Force extraction speed results in shorter drying times, further increasing throughput.  

Though hotels such as the Vinoy may be best known for their classic design, changing times require these properties to exceed guests’ expectations in all facets of their operation. Vinoy’s use of UniMac laundry equipment proves it is possible to not only exceed these expectations, but do so at the lowest cost of ownership.

*The UniMac UW60 mid-performance washer-extractor is now available as the UW65 mid-performance washer-extractor. The UW65 enhances the UW60 model by integrating a slightly higher capacity with 200 G-Force to help further reduce drying time and increase throughput.


DGS Featured in Green Lodging News
October 17, 2012

Please follow the link to read more about how cleaning your A/C units each year can make a significant impact on your energy consumption and the life of your units.

Kitchen Chic | Women Chefs Shed Their Whites
May 06, 2009

Monday night, food luminaries flooded into New York City for the James Beard Awards — the culinary equivalent of the Grammys. This year, the awards honored Women In Food, inviting over 20 distinguished female chefs from around the country to cook for the festivities. (Apparently a woman’s place was not at the podium last night: only 2 of the 18 female chef/restaurant nominees won awards.)

While their colleagues looked sharp in an array of formal attire, the women at the food stations were dressed in bright orange or black jackets made by Chefwear. The orange wasn’t so flattering, but at least they weren’t the standard-issue baggy whites many of them wear in their restaurants.

Lately, female chefs who want to look stylish at the stove have been taking matters into their own hands. Browse through a restaurant uniform catalog and you’ll see why: the selections are limited, the styles are masculine and those that are made for women have accentuated waists and hips in too much pink and purple. Eventually, those chili-pepper pants start to look good.

At a recent benefit, Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef of Prune in Manhattan — who cooks only in a blue coatdress that she likens to an Italian medical assistant lab jacket — remarked that her female colleagues were trying to stand out by dressing differently. “You could see all the women’s anxieties about how to dress,” she said, noticing their loud colors or shiny clogs or street clothes.

Who’s to say if that’s a sign of insecurity or creativity? Each chef I spoke to had her own fashion philosophy. Jody Williams, the chef of Gottino in Manhattan, said she is the anti-chef-jacket chef. The beauty of being the chef, she said, is that “you get to wear what you want.” For her, that means no jacket, just a flattering apron. Alex Guarnaschelli, the chef of Butter in Manhattan, wears what her cooks wear in order to feel like part of the team. Melissa Kelly, the chef of Primo restaurants in Tucson, Orlando and Rockland, Me., dresses in overalls by Chefware: “When I’m cooking, I don’t want sleeves that drag,” she said.

When women have to wear whites, most turn to Bragard. Its high-quality fabrics are lightweight and durable. Others wear Crooked Brook, which makes a popular wrap-around jacket, or Chefware, which has made strides in women’s chef jackets.

Michelle Bernstein, the chef of Michy’s and Sra. Martinez in Miami, collects buttons and distinctive fabrics and sends them to Crooked Brook, which customizes her jackets. Elizabeth Falkner, the chef of Citizen Cake and Orson in San Francisco, likes her gray Cayson jacket, which is tailored to her body.

“When I buy a suit, I get it tailored. If you’re a woman, have your coat tailored,” said Ming Tsai, the chef of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., who wore a handsomely tailored tuxedo at the Beard Awards.

Some female chefs have found their perfect fit in designs by Shannon Reed. Suzanne Goin, the chef of Lucques in Los Angeles, and Ana Sortun, the chef of Oleana in Cambridge, Mass., heard about the Boston-based designer through the Boston chef Barbara Lynch, who wore Reed’s stunning, Marni-inspired jacket in a recent issue of Saveur.

Reed, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology who’s been designing for 18 years, heard so many chef friends complain about their jacket choices that she started her own business two years ago to sell stylish yet functional jackets for women as well as men (Susur Lee is a client). Her women’s styles, which feature a narrower shoulder and more slender silhouette, include the Trench Chef Jacket, with a collar that falls away from the neck, the motorcycle-jacket-inspired Moto jacket, the Cargo jacket and the Aero Jacket. Reed is inspired by vintage and industrial styles and loves using big snaps and buttons. (One client, though, complained that the stain-resistant, Swiss-made fabric is too stiff and heavy.)

The real draw? Reed’s streamlined fit can make a woman look up to 30 pounds thinner, explained the designer. “These poor women!” she said. “They are beautiful and creative people and have to wear ugly, dumpy jackets.”

Perhaps next year’s Beard Awards should feature Best-Dressed Chef.

Jill Santopietro is a recipe tester, recipe writer and food stylist at The New York Times Magazine.


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