3 Reasons to Visit PERCIPIA at TribalNet 2015!

We’re only 3 DAYS away from one our our favorite conferences we look forward to every year: TribalNet!

So in honor of our anticipation for the event, we’re giving you three reasons to visit Percipia at TribalNet next week!

1) S.T.A.R.
We’re beyond excited to show off S.T.A.R. It’s our newest product, and, simply put, it’s a easy-to-use solution-based software that makes property management simple. You can learn all about S.T.A.R. here.

2) Meet the team
We have a great team of hospitality technology experts coming to Austin for TribalNet. Our team boasts a cumulative 30 years in industry experience!

3) Experience our products in action
We can tell you all about how great our products are, but trust us, you’ll want to see them in action! We’ll be showcasing S.T.A.R., Latitude and our other great products at booth #5, so stop by and check them our for yourself!

BONUS item:
4) Visit us and win!
We’re also giving away a $100 Amazon gift card at our booth. Visit us at the conference to find out how you can win!

For more information on TribalNet, read our last blog post here!

Percipia Goes To Six Flags

Every summer, our office goes on a summer outing. This year’s event? A trip to Six Flags!

It was a beautiful day to ride roller coasters.

While some of our employees are roller coaster vets, there were a few of us who were pretty new to them too! (Myself included.)

It didn’t take long after our first stop (The Raging Bull) for me to get a hang of it though.

I think everyone’s favorite ride had to have been the Superman. Since we purchased fast passes (which means NO LINES) we were able to go as many times as we wanted! I went four times myself!

Suffice to say, it was a great time!

Thanks again to our awesome CEO Mike!

2015 Red Nose Day

Thursday, May 21st, is Red Nose Day. This massive campaign is dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty.  What sets this campaign apart from the others is that is solemnly requires people to have fun and make people laugh.  The Red Nose organization tackles three key benefits:

  1. Keeping children safe
  2. Educating children
  3. Making sure children are healthy

In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe. Since the first Red Nose Day, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to help people in need around the world.

The money donated is split in half; 50% of the proceeds will help children and young people in the US and the other 50% is spent in some of the poorest communities in the world.

This event is held in the US and will allow people to watch the Red Nose Day show on NBC and donate. The show will be live and feature actors, comedians, musicians, sketches, parodies and musical performances.

If you would like to donate click here. Since this is the first time the U.S. will be hosting the event, we hope we reach the highest record of amount donated!

Be sure to watch the live event Thursday, May 21st, at 8/7c on NBC!

80th Annual NFL Draft

We are less than a week away from the 2015 NFL Draft. This year the event will be hosted in Chicago at Grant Park, Congress Plaza, and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The NFL as well as Chicago organizers say the event will be a major production that will turn parts of downtown Chicago into professional football’s second biggest event of the year.

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The 900,000-square foot Draft Town, across the street from the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago’s Grant Park and Congress Plaza, is a free admission “Town” for fans to come and partake in competitions, meet players, enjoy food, drink and music and buy NFL merchandise.

Photo Credit: Show Me Chicago

Although many spectators are excited for the event, Chicagoans dread for the day when street closings and transportation reroutes take over the city. The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced a series of road closures for the Draft. Traffic around Grant Park and Roosevelt University will be diverted to make way for Draft events April 30 to May 2. OEMC officials encourage residents to allow extra time, expect delays and consider alternate routes to avoid the impact of the event.

Draft Town times and Dates:

Thursday, April 30: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, May 1: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 2: 10 p.m. – 7 p.m. (concert at 8 p.m.)

Free Concert

A free concert featuring American Idol winner and platinum-selling songwriter PHILLIP PHILLIPS will provide a grand finale to the three-day Draft celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

If you are attending the 80th annual NFL Draft leave a comment below or tweet us @Percipia1 and let us know how the event went.

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!

St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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In the 1600s, the Catholic Church created St. Patrick’s Day to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has become the world’s most celebrated holiday. In Chicago it’s a holiday when the Irish taverns are packed, crowds jam the city streets and the Chicago River sparkles brilliant shades of emerald green. Spectators come from all over the world to celebrate this grand Irish tradition.

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Dyeing the Chicago River:

Scheduled for 9:15 am, Saturday March 14, 2015 the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Parade:

Step off at noon, Saturday March 14, 2015. The Parade route begins on the corner of Columbus Drive and Balbo then continues North to Monroe.

Credit: Ryan J. Bolger

 Please let us know if you are attending this years festivities! Tweet @Percipia1

15th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge

On March 1st, 2015 the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will commence. Last year more than 3,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan for the Polar Bear Plunge. Participants have the option to go knee high, waist high or even take the full plunge. The event has no registration fee; however participants are required to raise a minimum of $75 on their fundraiser page. Participants will receive a link which they can send around to family and friends so that they can make secure online donations. In 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by more than 7,300 plungers.

(Credit: Brooke Collins, City Of Chicago)
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Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Emanuel  participated in the Plunge last year. Fallon promised Emanuel that he would do the event with him and kept his word. Fallon should up in a suit, while Emanuel wear a green Chicago Public Library T-shirt and shorts.

Participants will enter the water in waves (10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am). Costumes are encouraged. All fundraisers will receive a long sleeved t-shirt and a commemorative towel when exiting the water. All are invited to our post event “Melt Down Party” (11am-2pm) which takes place inside the boat house and in adjacent large heated tents. Music, food, cash bar and more!

Tweet @Percipia1 if you are attending or observing this years event!

Welcome Sajjad to the Team!

Please help us welcome Sajjad Amiri 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 Sajjad 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 really enjoy learning more about computer networks, so I studied telecommunication engineering and continued my education toward master degree on wireless networks. After graduation, I’ve worked as network technician and cooperated with several IT companies to gain experience in many aspects of IT & networking technologies and protocols.

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

A: I love sports especially climbing. It is challenging and fun. I used to do it professionally and I have a few championships in university sport climbing competitions. I also like to read books and watch movies and socialize with my friends.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?

A: It was desert adventure trip in greatest desert of Iran. By day, Dashte-Kavir overwhelms with its scale, but by night the star-serried sky will leave you speechless.

Now on to the more personal questions.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Actually, I can’t think of one specific movie as my favorite one. Blindness , Inception, Into the Wild, Triangle, Cast away, It’s a beautiful life are my favorites.

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?

A: I don’t have one!

Q: What is something that inspires you?

A: For me, inspiration comes from solving big, meaningful problems with people I admire and love to work with, and seeing how the results of our job affects on others lives and their affairs. When the results are effective I’ll be most inspired.

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

A: To become an expert in VoIP technologies.

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

You can send Sajjad some fan mail by tweeting @PercipiaNetwork

Things To Do – Chicago

As the temperature drops in Chicago one would think that the number events would drop as well. Chicago in the summertime is always a blast. With every weekend having an event you would never get bored. Chicago winters are exactly the same.

We recently read an article on TimeOut.com that shared 39 things you could do in Chicago.

Things To Do

Starting out on January 1st, the New Year’s Day 5K gave Chicagoans and visitors a chance to start out their resolutions on a high note. The race coordinators estimated nearly 1,500 runners to attend and about a third to walk. The course route travels north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor before returning to the North Avenue Field House.

Jan 8: The Original Mother’s honors the 80th birthday of the late, hip-shaking crooner withs its annual Elvis Fest.

Photograph: Max Herman

Jan 11: Strip down to your skivvies and draw befuddled looks from clueless CTA riders during the annual No Pants Subway Ride. This event has no rhyme or reason, just to have a little fun. The No Pants Subway Ride is actually a multi city event, featuring in more than 50 cities around the world.

If you are in the Chicago area, here is the Facebook page of the meeting location!

WHERE: The meeting point is at the roof deck of the parking garage at 1210 W Arthur above the CVS. There is a staircase and an elevator entrance on Arthur past the CVS. We want to leave the venue as clean as we found it and there are limited trashcans at the site. please plan accordingly.

Event Info Here

Jan 16–18: The perpetually cursed Wrigley Field residents will showcase management and players at the annual Cubs Convention.

Jan 17, 18: Wanna get away? Plan your next excursion, near or far, at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.

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If you are attending any of these events, lets us know how they went!