The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Visit

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We are thrilled to have visited The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club this week!

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Our CEO, Michael Velasquez had the pleasure of visiting this stunning property earlier this week. The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is one of the most prestigious hotels near Duke University and has an extensive history dating back to 1988.

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Duke University Golf Club 9th Hole
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While there, Michael stayed in one of the beautifully appointed 271 guest rooms located within the 300 acres of the Duke Forest. When asked about his stay Michael said, “The property was immaculate and the staff were incredibly hospitable. It was a brief business trip but I really enjoyed my time and I will definitely be back!”

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Welcome to the team, Jeremy!

Please welcome our newest employee, Jeremy 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 Jeremy 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 studied engineering at the Illinois Institute of technology, decided to join the military, and then went on to co-found an open source hardware project which aims to make learning electronics easier and more approachable to people of all ages.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I’m a member of the Air National Guard and I’m also involved in the Maker Movement. When I’m not doing that I enjoy taking pictures and playing ukulele.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life. Even though I’ve been to Paris, seen the Great Pyramids with my own eyes, and happened to fly over Yellowstone right as Old Faithful was erupting, I’d have to say that my greatest travel experience was coming home for Christmas after being gone for nine months.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Serenity

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: The Pixies

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: What inspires me most is how beautiful the world is. Even in places you wouldn’t expect.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: As a person who’s stayed at fair number of hotels I know how important hospitality is and I definitely want to improve that experience as much as possible. However, I also seek to learn as much as I can about voice over ip and enterprise technologies so that I can help our customers focus on what they’re good at.

On the Road…Percipia & Cetis hit the Suburbs

Last week our Inside Sales Representative, Kristopher Wilcoxon alongside Diana Batsie, Sales Manager U.S. East for Cetis, Inc. hit the road to visit some of our current and prospective clients within the Naperville and Oak Brook Area.

The two visited several properties along the way such as…

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Chicago Marriott Naperville
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Best Western Naperville
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Naperville

The two had a great time meeting with property team members and also informing clients about the cost effective Cetis USB adapters.

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Works with Telematix, Teledex and Scitec Phones

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Stay tuned for more information as to when you can expect a visit from our Percipia/Cetis duo!

MEET S.T.A.R.!

Percipia is proud to introduce its new hotel management solution: S.T.A.R.

S.T.A.R. is a  Service Tracking And Response software comprised of five parts: star-Link, star-Attendant, star-Engineer, star-Rescue and star-Concierge.

star-Link manages guest requests & inter-department work orders through a web-based platform that sends jobs to all types of devices.

star-Attendant simplifies housekeeping operations.

star-Engineer streamlines management and maintenance operations.

star-Rescue replaces traditional log book systems with a comprehensive incident report application.

star-Concierge uses real-time data to support daily concierge functions & processes.

Each component of S.T.A.R. works together to seamlessly make your property more efficient.

Discover more about what S.T.A.R. can do for your property by visiting our website!

Meet Kris!

Please welcome Kris W. to our Chicago team!

You may have seen Kris’s face around and on our social media already: he’s been working part-time for Percipia this summer, but now he’s sticking around, so we thought it’d be fun to ask him some questions to get to know him a little better!

Q: What is your official work title?
A: Inside Sales Representative

Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/ history?
A: I was accepted into a top 10 U.S. internship program for Northwestern Mutual as a life and disability insurance agent after my first year of college. From there, I left to pursue my dream of playing on the PGA Tour and competed professionally in golf tournaments up and down the East Coast of the U.S.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I love to be outdoors. You can always find me playing golf, working out, running, at a concert or just out trying new restaurants!

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: I’ve been to at least 5 islands in the Caribbean and I would have to say my favorite place I’ve been is Jamaica. Never been to Europe or Asia, but I will definitely try to get there ASAP.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Can’t pick one…Wedding Crashers, The Big Lebowski, Forrest Gump

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: John

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: My fear of mediocrity, I’ve always been someone who wants more and will stop at nothing to achieve that.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: To corner the Chicago hotel and hotel development market. I want Percipia’s name in every hotel.

Welcome to the team, Kris! We’re excited to have you!

Welcome Sahal to the Team!

Please help us welcome Sahal Ansari to our Chicago team!

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 Sahal a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Let’s get started!

Q: What is your official work title?

A: My official work title is System Support Specialist.

Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/ history?

A: I’ve worked at lot of different jobs in the past including as a conversational English teacher in Shenzhen, China, as a Product Demonstrator at various grocery stores, and as a Social Services Assistant at a nursing home.

I spent spring semester 2012 in Beijing, China and helped a few of my friends poke holes in the Great Firewall. After I returned to the states, I built a website to help people get around censorship. I’ve been working on it since

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

A: I love to travel, listen to music, bike, and watch tv.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?

A: I took a road trip with my roommate a few years ago to the east coast.  We met some cool people at a New York hostel and traveled with them to other cities.

I was in Thailand during last year’s protests against the Prime Minster. We were trying to get on a domestic flight out of Bangkok on the first day of the protests. After a fun night, having only slept a few hours, we left our hostel for the airport with five hours to spare.  We waved down a few taxies until one finally agreed to get us to the airport.  Although the highway entrances were blocked by protesters we still got to the airport quickly. Unfortunately, the driver charged us triple and we sat bored at the airport for four hours while Bangkok’s citizens exercised their democratic freedoms.
The most difficult thing I’ve done physically is climb Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.  Through all the twenty-eight bends, I didn’t see one tiger…
Now on to the more personal questions.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: I really like bad Kung Fu movies with bad subtitles.

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?

A: Rae Sremmurd

Q: What is something that inspires you?

A: I am inspired by everyone out there that tries hard to achieve their dreams.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?

A: I want to learn a lot about supporting Percipia’s software.

Well there you have it! We are so happy to have Sahal join the team and contribute to the success of Percipia.

You can send Sahal some fan mail by tweeting @Percipia1

Where’s Kal? | The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley offers the best in lodging convenience. The Village features world-class amenities and services. This beautiful property consists of 5 unique buildings surrounded by charming cobblestone walkways. The first level, below the guest suites boasts diverse boutiques, a variety of dining options, lively bars and pubs an art gallery and a full service Spa. The Village at Squaw Valley is an all suite resort property. All Suites have a full size kitchen with granite counter tops and slate tile flooring, a hydronic floor heating system, a full size family room with automatic gas fireplace, private balcony with majestic mountain views.

  • Year Built 2005
  • Exhibit Space 6,000 Sq.Ft.
  • Proximity from Airport 45 Miles 
  • Number of Suites 285
  • Number of Single Rooms 100 
  • Number of Double Rooms 65
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This year-round resort is situated in beautiful Lake Tahoe where on average there are over 300 days of California sunshine. With endless options of activities there’s something for everyone. Check out the map below to discover how close The Village is to you.

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The Village is committed to maintaining the original Olympic House and Members Locker Rooms that have been in use since the 1960s. Squaw Valley was also named the Official Training Destination of IRONMAN for the Western United States.

“We are excited to enter into this sponsorship agreement with Squaw Valley as they will be able to offer our IRONMAN community a terrific training experience,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN). “We are confident that Squaw Valley will continue to develop as a top notch training venue for triathletes.” 

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Did you locate Kal?! Let us know where he is in the comment section! If you have ever been to The Village at Squaw Valley or plan on visiting, please let us know! Tweet us @Percipia1 if you want us to feature a specific property!