Leisure Sports Inc. Recognized by CIO Magazine as One of the CIO 100 Award Honorees

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Leisure Sports receives CIO magazine award for innovative use of technology with the help of Pelican Wireless HVAC System. Implementing this remote HVAC system has saved on energy consumption without compromising guest comfort at Leisure Sports hotels and fitness resorts.

“In the past, when guests check out of a hotel room, the thermostat could be left on for days in an empty room. Now, with the Pelican System in place, room temperatures are set remotely..."

IDG's CIO magazine today announces Leisure Sports as a recipient of the 2011 CIO 100. The 24th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT but creating genuine business value as well," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

Leisure Sports, an operator of hotels and fitness resorts, was recognized for its use of the new Pelican Wireless HVAC System. By using this innovative system, Leisure Sports was able to significantly cut heating and air conditioning costs without negatively impacting the guest experience at their luxury properties.

“We found that often green technologies and maximizing energy savings are at odds with meeting our customer’s expectations for luxury and high-end service. In order to achieve both the savings and maintain the quality of the customer experience, we match our energy use directly to our occupancy, one of our main business drivers,” said Travis Shannon, Director of IT for Leisure Sports. “In the past, when guests check out of a hotel room, the thermostat could be left on for days in an empty room. Now, with the Pelican System in place, room temperatures are set remotely for a comfortable arrival and then the system is automatically set to an energy saving mode when the guest checks out of the room.”

“Pelican Wireless Systems is extremely proud to provide the technology utilized by Leisure Sports which has helped enable them to win this prestigious CIO 100 award”, said Steve Willens President and CEO of Pelican. “Leveraging our previous background as a supplier of internet routers and access equipment, Pelican has provided a solution that while very inexpensive as a retrofit, provides a significant leap forward in the form of networking in the HVAC arena. Utilizing our new generation of thermostats, cloud computing, and our HVAC configuration and management system, Leisure Sports now has full functional control of their HVAC environment from anywhere authorized employees have Internet access, whether it be a P.C., Mac, iPad, iPhone, Droid or any other smart phone with a web browser. The Pelican Hotel Management interface system allows hotel room HVAC systems to be immediately and automatically shut down the minute the guest checks out of their hotel room.”

The 2011 CIO 100 awards will be presented at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 14-16 at the conclusion of the sixteenth annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.

About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2011 CIO 100 awards will be online at http://www.cio.com on August1, 2011 and in the August 1 issue of CIO magazine.

About Leisure Sports Inc.
Leisure Sports owns and operates 8 fitness clubs and two hotels under the ClubSport, Renaissance ClubSport and The Studio brands. Leisure Sport properties are upscale fitness suburban resorts with amenities and services that vary by location but include the finest in sports and fitness equipment, day-spas, beauty salons, and restaurants. Renaissance ClubSport properties provide equally impressive fitness offerings along with full-service boutique hotels. http://www.leisuresportsinc.com

About Pelican Wireless Systems
Pelican Wireless Systems is a privately held company with headquarters in Livermore, California. The company is focused on providing the next generation of intelligent HVAC management by providing an economical retrofit option to any company desiring centralized management and control of those resources. Find out more at http://www.pelicanwireless.com.

About CIO Magazine
CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including the American Society of Business Publication Editor’s Top B-to-B Magazine since 2000 and two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. CIO websites and printed publications appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Finland, India and Sweden. CIO Executive Programs—a series of face-to-face conferences including the CIO 100 Awards & Symposium™—provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com.


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