Editorial Board   

Mr. Wasik

Michael S. Wasik

Chairman, CEO, Interim CFO, Roomlinx Inc.

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

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

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.