Welcome to Percipia

Headquartered in downtown Chicago, Illinois on the prestigious Michigan Avenue, Percipia is the premier provider of voice applications for Cisco in the hotel industry with the most worldwide installations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

With a team of directors with more than 30 years of cumulative hotel industry experience, Percipia has expanded well past voice applications and also offers voice/data solutions, mobile applications, HSIA, wireless, networks, technology procurement, professional services and much more to serve the needs of the global hospitality market.

St. Patrick’s Day Round One

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Percipia’s Chicago office is located just south of the Chicago River.  The St. Patrick’s day festivities were kicked off with the famous dying of the Chicago River and several St. Paddy’s day parades.  Thousands showed up sporting their best and brightest green ensemble.  Feeling like you’ve missed out?  There’s still time to come and celebrate this weekend!  Book a hotel and bring your shamrock-sunglasses for a weekend of Guinness, bangers, and mash. Check out the Chicago Tribune’s time-lapse video of the annual dying of the Chicago River below.

Percipia is a technology services company based in Chicago, offering a wide range of technologies to serve the needs of the global hospitality market.  

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/86197875-132.html

Please welcome our newest employee, Jen, to the team!

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It is always nerve-racking coming into a new company and trying to break the ice. Ensuring that new employees feel comfortable is crucial to building a positive transition within a company. We thought it would be fun to ask Jen a few questions to get to know her a little better.

Q: What is your official work title?
A: Graphic designer/Account associate

Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/history?
A: I worked for a year as Project Coordinator for Sandbox Chicago on the Shire and Monsanto accounts.  I also have a background as a production artist at Rydin Decal. For a short time, I was an office assistant for Matthies Builders where I helped manage accounts/social media efforts as well as built their new website.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I like adventuring to the lesser-known Chicago tourist attractions or playing pool at dive bars.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: Camping with my family in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where we went kayaking around the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  The rocks look like they’ve been painted, but actually, this is the result of different minerals that are leaching out of the sandstone cliffs.

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Q: Favorite movie?
A: Any James Bond film

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: Rolling Stones

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: The advancement of technology and how marketers are using it to drive results

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: I want to become a main influencer in the growth of our company/maintaining our client relationships.  I’d like to find new, creative, and measurable ways to market our business as well as update the look and feel of our creative.

Viva Las Vegas!

A couple weeks ago, our CEO, Michael Velasquez; Account Manager, Kristine Koerner; and Technical Ops Manager, Douglas Warnock took a trip Las Vegas, Nevada. They were able to work on some exciting new projects with our client Boyd Gaming at their “locals” casino on the Boulder Strip.

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It was pleasure getting to connect with our clients, and there was also time for a little sight-seeing! Our Percipia team saw the “Beatles Love Cirque Du Soleil” show at the Mirage, and dined at the Lakeside restaurant inside the Wynn Las Vegas.  

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Happy Presidents Day

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Presidents Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, Presidents Day later became a popular holiday in 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed to create more long weekends for workers.

Celebrated on the third Monday in February, Presidents Day was created with the provision to combine both Washington and President Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, which fall a few days apart in February. By the mid-1980s, the holiday started being marketed as Presidents Day, with sales advertised in stores nationwide.
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” – Abraham Lincoln

Please welcome our newest employee, Peter to the team!

peteIt is always nerve-racking coming into a new company and trying to break the ice. Ensuring that new employees feel comfortable is crucial to building a positive transition within a company. We thought it would be fun to ask Peter a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Q: What is your official work title?
A: Systems Support Specialist

Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/history?
A: I have a background in Linux systems administration and DevOps, as well as a stint as manager of a small motel property in Gatlinburg, TN. My first IT support job was actually with a company contracted by Helmsley Hotels in New York.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I like to spend time outdoors, including hiking and scuba diving. But a bar with good craft beer works, too.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: In 2001, I visited several countries in Eastern Europe, so that was probably the most expansive. In 2010, my girlfriend and I went scuba diving on a live-aboard in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Last June, I hiked a 107-mile section of the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies, from Fontana Dam to Hot Springs, NC. I’ll always remember that hike since the last day was my biggest day ever: 34 miles door-to-door from Standing Bear Farm in Hartford, TN, to Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs. I just returned from a 4-day trip to Miami and Key West, where I went jet skiing for the first time, so that was a great experience too.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Adaptation.

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: Miles Davis (and all bebop jazz).

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: Being able to use creativity and solve problems.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: To grow with the company and see where it leads me.

Local venues: Big eateries

With restaurant week coming to a close and Valentines day lurking in the near future we may have what you need for a special occasion. Chicago offers an amazing selection of restaurants for the foodie in you. Listed are three amazing places to think about for your Valentines day dinner plans. All three restaurants are perfectly suited for a special occasion: romantic atmospheres, upscale menus, and unique features that set them apart from our typical Friday date night locales.

For the foodie…
Storefront Company in Wicker Parkstorefront_20company2Storefront Company is the perfect restaurant to take someone who is a bit of a food risk taker. There’s no a la carte menu here– it’s a regularly updated tasting menu featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The atmosphere is a bit more laidback than you might expect from this type of restaurant. Located in the heart of Wicker Park, the restaurant decor is chic and modern, but the attitude is very relaxed.

If its old school date night your looking for…
Bavette’s Bar & Bouef River Northbavettes-barIf you’re looking to impress someone who is a bit more of a food traditionalist– or you just want to have a good old-fashioned Chicago steakhouse date, Bavette’s is the place to go. Bavette’s is more of a 1920’s European steakhouse vibe than your run-of-the-mill fancy steakhouses. Bavette’s is a perfect mix of classic and cool. Upscale, but not stuffy, with dim lighting and some very cool vintage decor.

For a romantic setting…
RM Champagne Salon West LooprminteriorwbarAre you looking for a romantic date night, look no further than RM Champagne Salon. The restaurant is small and cozy with dim lighting, ornate French-inspired decor, and a beautiful roaring fireplace. The menu at RM features a variety of modern twists on traditional French dishes with a variety of entrees and also a ton of great options for sharing too, which is perfect for a date night.