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Former Head of Mitel Americas Hospitality Sales Joins Percipia Hospitality Solutions as New Global VP of Sales

CHICAGO, IL. November 8, 2017 – Percipia, a globally recognized technology leader in the hospitality industry, has named Speleos Dravillas as its Vice President of Global Sales. Speleos, a veteran of the Unified Communications Solutions space, brings his expertise to Percipia as they continue their aggressive growth plans globally. Percipia offers custom solutions to improve both the guest experience and back-office Unified Communications needs.

Previously, Speleos oversaw Mitel’s Connected Guests Hospitality Sales for the Americas and held previous Sales Leadership roles with Mitel for eleven years. Before that, Speleos, or “Spe,” was Chief Business Development Officer and VP of Sales for BTI Communications Group, a Unified Communications solution provider in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Minneapolis.

“I am thrilled to join Percipia with their state-of-the-art guest experience technology. Their services are used widely throughout some of the most luxurious hotels ranging from bring-your-own-device to in-room multimedia devices. Percipia’s level of customization allows hotel properties to have its brand fully represented, which improves the overall guest experience and ultimately drives improved ADR and RevPAR.”

Percipia’s CEO, Michael Velasquez, adds, “Speleos’s skills and experience will definitely advance Percipia’s current expansion both domestically and abroad. He will truly showcase how Percipia’s state-of-the-art-technology offers custom solutions to best serve each of our client’s needs. His experience in Managed Cloud Service offerings—both through direct and indirect distribution—will be a vital contribution as we continue our uninterrupted yearly growth.”

About Percipia

Percipia, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is globally recognized as a technology leader within the hospitality industry. Percipia has an established presence as a pioneer in the advancement of next-generation guestroom technologies, including IP Telephony, system integration, messaging platforms, and feature-rich applications. Their versatile and innovative solutions improve operational efficiency and enhance the guest experience. For additional information about Percipia, call 800-806-0408 or visit us at www.percipia.com.

Contact:
Kal MacDonald
kmacdonald@percipia.com
1.800.806.0408 ext. 110

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