HFTP Announces 2023 HITEC North America Advisory Council; Experts to Design Program Covering Crucial Topics in Hospitality Technology
HITEC North America will be June 26–29, 2023 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) has put together an expert group of industry professionals to serve on the advisory council for its upcoming North American event. HITEC is the largest and oldest nonprofit event of its kind hosting 300+ exhibiting companies and a thoughtfully designed education program with over 50 education sessions. In its five plus decades, HITEC has become a respected, must-attend event for the industry. HITEC 2023 will take place from June 26–29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Members of the HITEC Advisory Council are selected by HFTP leadership for their experience and expertise. The roster updates annually and the 2023 HITEC North America Advisory Council will determine the education program for Toronto. Leading the group are co-chairs: Shannon McCallum, Vice President of Hotel Operations for Resort World Las Vegas and Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP+, Director of Property Technology Services, Hotel Systems for Hilton Worldwide.
“HITEC has had a strong commitment to bettering the industry through education,” said D’Erasmo. “This year’s Advisory Council draws upon a diverse group of experts and practitioners. Our challenge is to look at the needs of our industry through each member’s unique perspective, consider the educational needs of all attendees; seasoned and less experienced, and to develop a comprehensive curriculum that fosters learning at all levels.”
"There has been an acceleration of innovation in hospitality that has changed the way we service our guests and supports the need for efficiency in our business,” said McCallum. “As we prepare for HITEC 2023, it is more important than ever to share these new trends and ensure that we explore perspectives of both operators and technology professionals to offer a pertinent and valuable curriculum at the conference. I feel strongly the unique perspectives of the knowledgeable individuals on 2023 HITEC Council will bring fresh ideas to the educational sessions and broaden the appeal for all HITEC attendees."
The Advisory Council will kick off its program planning with a topic-development meeting in January 2023. Based on the topics they identify as priority at this initial meeting, the council will continue to work over the following months to fine-tune the sessions and select expert speakers to present the information.
The 2023 HITEC North America Advisory Council includes:
Chair Shannon McCallum │ Vice President, Hotel Operations │ Resorts World Las Vegas
Chair Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP+ │ Director, Property Technology Services, Hotel Systems │ Hilton Worldwide
Ajay Aluri │ Founding Director, WVU HIT Lab and Associate Professor │ West Virginia University
Jonilda Bahja │ Ph.D. Student, Business IT │ Virginia Tech
James Barton │ Group Head of Business Transformation, Hotels │ Merlin Entertainments / LEGOLAND Resorts
Art Burger, CHAE+ │ Principal │ Art Burger Consulting
Andrew Buwalda, CHAE │ CFO │ Hotel Association of Canada
Scot Campbell, CHTP │ CTO Concerts, North America │ LiveNation
Danny Dang │ Director, Hospitality Technology │ Canucks Sports & Entertainment | Toptable Group
Hannah DeMaio │ Vice President, Brand Strategy │ Women Leading Travel & Hospitality and Women in Retail Leadership Circle NAPCO Media
Roger Franke │ VP and CIO │ Aramark Destination
Mark Gage, CHT │ Vice President and Executive Director, IT │ Enchantment Group
Nelson Garrido, CHTP │ Senior Vice President, IT │ Brookfield Properties
Ron Hardin, CHTP │ Director, IT │ Sandestin Investments LLC
Amie Holm │ Director of Finance and Administration │ Atlanta Country Club
Michael Lederman │ Vice President, IT │ The Leading Hotels of the World
Sherry Marek │ Former Director │ HFTP Global Board
Keryn McNamara │ Senior Vice President, Hotel Technology │ Aimbridge Hospitality
Joshua Morgan, CHTP │ Director of Technology │ Horizon Hospitality
Mark Pate, CHAE, CHTP, MBA │ Assistant Controller and IT Director │ Highpointe Hotel Corporation
Mayur Patel │ Managing Partner │ Prosper Hospitality
Neal Patel, CHO, CHIA │ AAHOA Chair and Managing Partner │ Blue Chip Hotels
Henri Roelings │ Founder and CEO │ Hospitality Net
Matt Schwartz │ CTO │ Sage Hospitality Group
Prakash Shukla │ Managing Partner │ Wayfare VC
Rich Siegel │ President and Publisher │ Hospitalty Upgrade
Jason Smith │ Vice President, Marketing Communications │ HSMAI
Tariq Valani │ Senior Vice President, IT │ Middle East, Africa, India & Turkey │ ACCOR
Ira Vouk │ Author/Industry Consultant │ Hospitality 2.0
Lyle Worthington, CHTP │ CEO │ Worthington Tech
McLean Xavier, CHTP+ │ Vice President, Technology │ Innvest Hotels
HFTP Liaison Millicent Athanos │ Staff Vice President – Administration & USALI │ HFTP
HFTP Liaison Alison Lockett │ Education Coordinator │ HFTP
HFTP Liaison Frank Wolfe │ CEO │ HFTP
HFTP Liaison Bryan Wood │ Chief Learning and Events Officer │ HFTP
HITEC 2023 exhibit space is 83 percent reserved, with general sales open for the remaining space ([email protected]). Registration and hotel reservations will open in January 2023. For more information about HFTP's events, visit www.hftp.org or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at [email protected].
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in the EU and Middle East. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. In addition, it oversees the hospitality-specific Pineapplesearch.com® and the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org. For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.
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