TribalNet 2015!

Percipia is happy to announce it’s attending the 16th Annual TribalNet Conference next month in Austin, TX!

The event is a great opportunity to make new connections in the tribal gaming industry!

Percipia has been attending TribalNet since 2011, and we’ve met some people through the conference. It truly is a great experience, and we’re happy to keep going back every year!

Check out TribalNet’s website to learn more about the conference’s history!

If you’re also coming to TribalNet, be sure to visit us at booth #5!

Thanks for having us TribalNet, we can’t wait for November!

Welcome to the team, Cari!

Please welcome our newest employee, Cari C. to the 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 Cari a few questions to get to know her 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: Immediately after finishing High School I began working in Webhosting Tech Support, wherein I advanced from Jr. Linux Admin, to Dedicated-Server Support, to Datacenter Ops, to midrange Linux Admin, to where I am now. I also practiced pro-bono English Instruction/Tutoring, freelance Graphic Design, and Child Care for Executives.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: Staying creative, making video games, comics, visual art. I also tend a small community garden I started (called The Hero of Thyme), and like to practice RC Aviation. I’d eventually like to obtain a Private Pilot’s license.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: I moved to Argentina to live with my boyfriend (whom I recently married).

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Howl’s Moving Castle

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: The Pillows

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: Other peoples’ success stories and seeing the fruits of their labors. Being able to admire the superb craftsmanship of someone’s project is encouraging evidence that anyone could make something impressive if they’re dedicated to the task. It’s easy to get discouraged by your own failures, but knowing by example that it’s possible to make something work can help oneself to get back in the game.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: Making use of both my IT background and my creative drive, with tasks such as software development.

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!

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!

Boston, Massachusetts 2015

Our Director of Business Development, Katherine Smolko, traveled all the way to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take a family tour of Harvard. While she was there Smolko took some great photo’s of the campus and got to visit Paul Revere’s grave site. Check out the photo’s below!

Smolko also shared that she got to stay at the InterContinental Boston and had a wonderful stay! She thanks them for their astounding hospitality.

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.

Photo Credit: NFL

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 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.

Palm Springs Resort Golf

Photo by: StarwoodHotels.com 
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.

Palm Springs Resort Family Vacations

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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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Photo by: StarwoodHotels.com 

Local Hot Spot

Photo by: Kal Matar
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.

Photo by: Kal Matar
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.

Photo by: Kal Matar

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

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!