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Supplier News 9 October 2014

Travel Industry Innovator and Orbitz Founding Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Katz to Deliver the Keynote at the econd Annual Revenue Strategy Summit (RSS) – October 16, 2014, Affinia Manhattan

Powered by Duetto, Hundreds of Travel Thought Leaders will Tackle the Next Frontiers in Hotel Innovation at RSS 2014

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New York, October 9, 2014 … Orbitz Founding Chairman and CEO and travel industry disruptor Jeffrey G. Katz will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Revenue Strategy Summit (RSS), a gathering of thought leaders and practitioners who will examine forces reshaping the hospitality industry and how marketing and technology must evolve to meet new demands.


Founder and Managing Partner at KA Holdings, Katz is a thirty-five year leader in travel technology, whose additional roles included CEO of Swissair. His keynote address will highlight a packed agenda that includes innovators from the most dynamic companies in hospitality technology today.

RSS combines education, networking, and high-level information exchange among an anticipated group of more than 300 hotel executives from brands, ownership groups, management companies and respected industry leaders who are responsible for increasing revenue and optimizing demand. It is hosted by Duetto, Kalibri Labs and Silver Hospitality Group, and sponsored by a broad array of hospitality industry organizations and media outlets.

"We could not have found a more appropriate, or compelling keynote speaker for RSS than Jeff Katz, and we are delighted to have him," said Patrick Bosworth, Duetto's Chief Executive and Founder. "As Travel and Leisure magazine noted, Jeff's acumen and vision 'helped him and his partners launch the on-line travel company that shook up the Web' in 2000" - and since then, he has remained at the forefront of travel industry innovation and leadership. We look forward to his comments to kick off an unprecedented day of inspired debate, discussion, and networking."

Scheduled for October 16th at the Affinia Manhattan, the full-day conference will feature industry leaders who will continue to articulate and iterate the evolution of the new discipline of revenue strategy, – while addressing key issues in the integration of revenue analytics and insights, distribution, digital marketing, loyalty and affinity marketing, sales, reputation management and technology.

Distinguished speakers will include:

  • Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Phill Burgess, Vice President of Sales & Revenue Optimization
    John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
  • Tom Botts, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
    Denihan Hospitality Group
  • Bill Linehan, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
    Red Lion Hotels Corporation
  • Jeff Senior, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
    FRHI Hotels & Resorts
  • Michael Levie Chief Operations Officer
  • Jennifer Collins, Vice President
    LaSalle Hotel Properties
  • Maxine Taylor, CHA Executive Vice President of Asset Management
    Chartres Lodging Group
  • Tim Harvey, President & CEO
    Core Ideas
  • Larry Hall , President & Chief Executive Officer
    PAR Springer-Miller Systems, Inc.
  • Steve Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • Jason Bryant, Co-founder and CEO
  • Ash Kapur, Vice President, Hospitality Revenue Management & Distribution
    Starwood Capital Group
  • Shafiq Khan, Senior Vice President Channel Strategy & Distribution
    Marriott International

For a complete listing of the day's speakers, events, opportunities and information, visit,

"We are looking forward to hearing from this incredible group of speakers and panelists," said Cindy Estis Green, CEO and Co-Founder, Kalibri Labs, LLC. "RSS 2014 is a thought leadership event that is not to be missed."

Panel and discussion topics at RSS, will include:

  • Disruption 2020: Vision & Implications for Travel and Hotel
  • The Shifting Landscape: New Players, New Models
  • Market Insights: Intelligence for the Digital Hotel Marketplace
  • Revenue Strategy: Tying it All Together

For information on attending or sponsoring the Revenue Strategy Summit, visit

Registration for RSS is $695 though October 15; and onsite registration is $895.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available. For information, please contact Stacy Silver at [email protected]

About Duetto

Duetto delivers dynamic, intelligent revenue strategy solutions to the world's leading hotels and casino resorts, allowing them to maximize profits through superior, actionable data to better manage pricing, revenue and business mix decisions. Leveraging a cutting-edge, cloud-based architecture, combined with a feature-rich product set, Duetto transforms the way hotels price and sell rooms.

Duetto has attracted many of the highest regarded investors and advisors from the hospitality and technology industries, including, among others, Thayer Ventures, Battery Ventures, Altimeter Capital, Trinity Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Lee Pillsbury, founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging, Marc Benioff, founder, Chairman and CEO of, Mark Lomanno, former CEO of STR, Rich Barton, former CEO/Co-Founder of Expedia and Sam Shank, CEO and Founder of Hotel Tonight.

About Silver Hospitality Group

Silver Hospitality Group (SHG) specializes in building revenues and profitability for hospitality companies through targeted industry relations outreach, creative marketing solutions and specialty events. The firm and its network provide unparalleled experience and relationships in all facets of hospitality.

About Kalibri Labs

Kalibri Labs unique technology and analytics provide insights to hotel operators, owners and brands to enable evaluation of a hotel's revenue performance net of acquisition costs. . Operating at the intersection of sales, marketing, revenue management and distribution, Kalibri's patent-pending cloud technology and apps enable systematic identification of strengths and weaknesses in the revenue net by focusing on profit contribution. The Kalibri team is a seasoned group of executives with deep industry experience and a passion to improve the industry's financial health in a highly challenging and dynamic digital marketplace.

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