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

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Eco-Friendly Practices: The Value of Sustainability
The hotel industry continues to make remarkable progress in implementing sustainability policies and procedures in their properties throughout the world. As a result, they continue to reap the benefits of increased profitability, enhanced guest experiences, and improved community relations. In addition, as industry standards are codified and adopted worldwide, hotels can now compare how their operations measure up against their competitors in terms of sustainable practices and accomplishments. This capacity to publicly compare and contrast is spurring competition and driving innovation as hotels do not wish to be left behind in this area. Water management and conservation is still a primary issue as population growth, urbanization, pollution and wasteful consumption patterns place increasing demands on freshwater supply. Water recycling; installing low-flow fixtures; using digital sensors to control water usage; and even harvesting rainwater are just a few things that some hotels are doing to preserve this precious resource. Waste management is another major concern. Through policies of reduce, reuse and recycle, some hotels are implementing “zero-waste” programs with the goal of substantially reducing their landfill waste which produces carbon dioxide and methane gases. Other hotels have established comprehensive training programs that reinforce the value of sustainability. There is employee engagement through posters and quizzes, and even contests are held to increase innovation, sensitivity and environmental awareness. Some hotels are also monitoring a guest’s energy usage and rewarding those who consumed less energy with gifts and incentives. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating eco-friendly practices into their operations and how they and the environment are benefiting from them.