Ms. Michael

Petra Michael

Founder & CEO

SkyBlue™ LLC

Renown bedding technology innovator and “Queen of Bed Bugs” Petra Michael (formerly Minoff) has revolutionized the retail and hospitality protective bedding industry. In 2005, while working as a contractor for a leading protective bedding company, she conceptualized the now industry-standard bedding encasement. She has been credited with being instrumental in designing and developing the world’s first scientifically proven bed bug isolation and control device. Ms. Michael's award-winning protective bedding innovations have provided a sound investment for hotel owners and managers interested in reducing costs and mitigating risks associated with potential bed bug infestation. Now she is taking that idea one step further. Her expertise in biology and chemistry, along with training in textile design, have enabled her to create the next-generation solution—combining protective performance with style in a bedding encasement designed exclusively for hoteliers and retailers worldwide.

In 2011, Ms. Michael founded SkyBlue™ LLC, the world’s first company dedicated to the design and development of stylized protective bedding encasements that safeguard bedding investments while enhancing beds’ visual appeal. SkyBlue’s revolutionary DreamTec™ bedding technology offers advanced protection from bed bugs, as well as stains and liquids, in an attractive streamlined encasement style that complements the look of any guestroom. The DreamTec line offers a selection of designer-quality, top-of-the-bed fabrics that are Nanotex® treated to strengthen the material and provide world-class stain and fluid resistance. Plus, its patent-pending BB-Lock™ technology provides maximum control of bed bug entry and escape along with bite-proof protection. Ms. Michael’s focus on protecting bedding investments, while managing total cost of maintenace without tradeoffs for ease of use and asthetic value, is unique in the industry.

A popular speaker at hospitality conferences and events, and a sought-out expert on bed bug control for the industry, Ms. Michael has been quoted in key publications including Lodging Magazine, Lodging Hospitality, and HotelLawyer.com. Her proactive Bed Bug procedures and prevention recommendations have been distributed to thousands of hotel owners/operators by hotel corporations and management companies worldwide. In addition to producing game-changing solutions for hotels, she consults with hotel owners, designers, and manufacturers across the country to develop and implement an aggressive approach to eradicating bed bug infestation.

Ms. Michael graduated from Edith Stein Gymnasium in Germany with a major in Chemistry. She also has a degree in fashion design from Academia d' Alta Moda Koefia in Rome, Italy. Born in Germany, she speaks German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Ms. Michael can be contacted at 650-877.2331 or info@skybluetextiles.com

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review




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Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.