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
Duke University Golf Club 9th Hole

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!”

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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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!

Another successful trip to Dubai!

Our CEO, Michael Velasquez, and Global Director of Sales, Kevin Yarnell, just got back from visiting our Dubai office this past week. This marks the second trip for both this year – a trip well worth the long flight!

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Michael and Kevin spent the bulk of their time overseas collaborating with one of our top partners, Cisco, within the UAE region, as well as with other great partners such as Interel. In addition, our team members visited multiple large hotel brands across the Middle East and Asia as part of our effort to capitalize on this growing region.

 

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Just as Percipia has begun to expand within the UAE, so has the region itself. In effort to prepare for the 2020 World Expo, the number of hotels in the UAE is expected to double! Dubai will hold the 2020 World Expo and is slated to open more than 35,000 hotel guest rooms between 2015 and 2020, bringing the total number to more than 100,000 guest rooms within the city alone!

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Michael and Kevin had an extremely productive trip and felt right at home while staying at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort and Towers. With business booming it’s only a matter of time before another visit is around the corner!

 

Where’s Kal? | The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs

Need a place to unwind? The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a perfect spot with picturesque mountain views and private location create the perfect escape. This stunning Palm Springs hotel has three lounge pools, a 60ft waterslide, and a championship golf course.

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Photo by: StarwoodHotels.com 

Listed as one of Golf Digest’s® Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America. This stunning course features two championship Troon golf courses that are available to guests, the Pete Dye course adjacent to the resort and the Gary Player Signature Course. Pete Dye is one of the game’s top designers, and his designs often host major championships. Gary Player offers a wide array of expertise from winning 165 tournaments including nine major championships.

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The Resort presents many choices for guests to relax, renew and refresh. With resort amenities and endless activities, we are an ideal location for Palm Springs family vacations, romantic escapes or refreshing meetings. Lush landscaping creates an oasis where guests of all ages can enjoy a multitude of recreation opportunities, including our Palm Springs tennis facility, as well as golf, spa, pools and an array of Palm Springs Kids activities.

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Local Hot Spot

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Photo by: Kal Matar

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which attracts half-a-million visitors per year has two tram cars that hold up to 80 visitors each. Both tram cars climb Chino Canyon from an elevation of 2,643 feet to 8,516 feet above sea level. This breathtaking 10 minute gently rotating cars provide a panoramic view of the Coachella Valley all the way down to the Salton Sea. Be prepared for the temperature and wind shock: It was about 90 degrees in the city, but about 54 degrees and windy at the top of San Jacinto Mountain. Many are advised to bring a sweatshirt and comfortable shoes.

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Photo by: Kal Matar

Desert View Trail through Long Valley, are considered perfect for novice hikers. At the end of the 1.5 mile trail is a remarkable view of the Coachella Valley and the Salton Sea. Stunning trees and rock formations lend themselves too many photo opportunities. The only sound you will likely hear is the wind whistling through the pines, or a bird tweeting happily in the woods.

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This is why staying at The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas is a perfect spot for individuals, families, and friends.  You can choose to be in 90 degree weather or climb Chino Canyon and experience 50 degree weather.


Did you locate Kal?! Let us know where he is in the comment section! If you have ever been to The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs or plan on visiting, please let us know! Tweet us @Percipia1 if you want us to feature a specific property!

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

HTNG 2015 North American Conference

The HTNG’s 2015 North American Conference for Hospitality Technology has begun. This conference helps hospitality IT executives network, educate and personal development for hospitality technologists across the globe.

This 4 day conference is split up into two day events.

“Tech Days (Monday & Tuesday) sessions are focused, technical topics intended for smaller groups.  There are concurrent sessions from which you can pick topics of greatest interest to you.  Also, as part of Tech Days activities, the Software Forum and the Infrastructure and Device Forum will each hold a forum meeting.  Participants can view presentations about the latest technologies from 2014 during a revamped technology innovation competition. 

Strategy Days (Wednesday & Thursday) will include our general session presentations which are designed for a broader hospitality audience. The conference concludes for senior level hoteliers with the Hotel IT Leaders’ Roundtable. The Roundtable allows participating hoteliers (limited to two per company) to choose their preferred topics for an open dialogue.”

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HTNG has also introduced a new and improved innovation competition, building on its popular Most Innovative Hospitality Technology award. The new TechOvation Award will be more competitive, offer greater visibility, provide expanded PR opportunities and feature live audience participation.

“We are thrilled to offer a more engaging competition this year,” said Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President & CEO of HTNG. “

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Dave Berkus is acknowledged as one of the most active angel investors in the country, having made and actively participated in 108 angel technology investments, achieving an IRR of 97%. In regard to his role, Dave Berkus said, “The pace of technology change is increasing, and the hotel industry must continually be challenged to provide technology leadership in areas that enhance guest service, increase revenues or decrease costs. The HTNG TechOvation Award is a chance to highlight and encourage innovation that is relevant to both hotel guests and owners.”
This year will feature a substantial list of speakers. Click here to see list. 
Where: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa | San Antonio, TX
When: February 23-26
Dress Code: Business Casual

Croc’s Casino & Resort

On February 12th, 2015 Croc’s Casino and Resort will have its grand opening.  The 152 hotel room/ 44 beachfront condo property is located on the beautiful blue beaches of Jaco, Costa Rica. The feature that makes Croc’s unique would be the full Las Vegas style casino.

“With the management of experts of the gaming industry in Las Vegas, our Casino will be a living experience every day, with top service and entertainment in a tropical setting with ocean views.”

Here is list of features at Croc’s Casino & Resort:

  • Full casino
  • 152 Beachfront Hotel Rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Salon
  • Luxury spa
  • Dance club
  • 3 restaurants
  • Oceanfront bars
  • Retail stores

Whether you are there for vacation, business or weddings Croc’s has everything for everyone. The resort is family friendly and has a ton to offer the little ones like local adventures and water sports. Wedding packages are on their website and feature very reasonable prices for a destination wedding.

We were honored getting selected by Croc’s to install our Latitude and Parallax products at this stunning property. Click here to connect to our website to see the full list of our products.

The resort is now featuring special offers for the month of June 2015, if you are interested in visiting the new property.

Welcome Liam to the Team!

Please help us welcome Liam Doring 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 Ian a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Let’s get started!

Q: What is your official work title?

A: I am a System Support Specialist.

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

A: I spent a lot of time in the technical theater world, which usually involved lots of wood and metal working, as well as some electronics. I then worked repairing Segway vehicles for a rental company and finally decided to focus on linux and coding.

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

A: I still love to see live theater and occasionally perform. I like rock climbing and I want to see Chichen Itza next.

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

A: I am very excited to be able to travel and work with such a talented group of people! I plan on learning as much as I can from my colleagues to help secure our customers’ trust.

Now on to the more personal questions.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: My favorite movie, at the moment, is Stalker by Tarkovsky.

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?

A: Enya, ugh, I know!

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?

A: My favorite place to visit so far has been Florence, Italy. As the hub of the renaissance, it is just filled with mind blowing art and culture. The central area still uses the medieval streets so it’s easy to be a pedestrian.


Q: What is something that inspires you?

A: I am inspired most by the potential of Moore’s law that computers will double in computing power every two years. I feel very privileged to watch humanity adopt and develop the myriad technologies around us. Prometheus, eat your heart out!

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


You can send Liam some fan mail by tweeting @PercipiaNetwork

TribalNet15

This year the team headed to Las Vegas for TribalNet15. TribalNet is an industry resource for technology professionals in the Native American industry and is the connection between tribal IT leaders and technology available for this unique and specific market.

The conference was held on November 10th – 13th. With speakers and trade show booked throughout. TribalNet is a very important event for Percipia, we see so many individuals in our industry and it is always a blast to network.

Here is a timelapse video we made at the resort!

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2014

Our CEO, Michael Velasquez, and Global Sales Director, Kevin Yarnell, have ventured their way to the 2014 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an annually held convention that keeps you at the forefront of the latest trends and insight in the global casino-entertainment industry. 
This year G2E will be held from Monday, September 29th to Thursday, October 2nd, 2014. 
This year will feature the largest show floor in North America; G2E is expecting 450+ exhibitors. Hundreds of new products and show specials will be offered. There is a full line up of networking opportunities available:
  • AGA Gaming Hall of Fame
  • Tribal Gaming
  • Global Gaming Women
  • Latin American Gaming
  • G2E Meet-Ups
“We have worked hard to create events and atmosphere that will truly allow for the types of introductions, interaction and discussions that at the end of the day will be meaningful for all types of casino executives,” said Mike Johnson, industry vice president at Reed Exhibitions. “We are excited to bring these unmatched opportunities to network to the industry.”
Here are some pictures from our Michael and Kevin: