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Mr. Xavier

Brandon Xavier

Founder, OnCall

Brandon Xavier is the Founder of OnCall, a mobile (for iOS and Android devices) service that enables consumers and businesses to recruit and retain experts from a multitude of industries. Along with reviews or background information about each professional, as well as the freedom to video chat with the candidates of your choosing, OnCall allows you to find and hire the right specialist - in just a few minutes. This achievement represents a broader theme concerning Brandon's approach to technology, and, with regard to clients and consultants, a more immediate and intimate way for businesses to connect with colleagues throughout the world. That principle humanizes technology: It is Brandon's acknowledgment that we are inherently social beings - we value face-to-face communications, or the appearance thereof - and, to the extent that a mobile application can bridge oceans and continents and reconfigure data into a high-resolution image of a friend or coworker, that the only thing separating two people at opposite sides of the globe is a wafer-thin piece of polished glass, when technology makes this possible - when it gets out of the way - it fulfills our most humane instincts. Brandon makes that experience possible by combining the eternal values of the liberal arts with the timely virtues of the latest forms of technology. This union gives users the options they want with the sense of personalization they crave. A native of Toronto, Brandon holds a BSc in Computer Science from Staffordshire University (UK) and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Please visit http://on-call.me/ for more information.

Mr. Xavier can be contacted at 416-877-2746 or brandon.xavier@voxsync.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.