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JUNE 18-21, 2018 GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER
HOUSTON, TEXAS USA

HITEC HOUSTON 2018 SPEAKERS

Listed alphabetically by last name.

Kerryn Abel
Director of Hotel Operations
Vdara Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel in a Big Box World​: Monday

Ahtesham Ahmed
Vice President, International Sales
CardinalCommerce Corporation

Millennials Reshaping the Industry, Wednesday

Buddy Altus

Buddy Altus
Vice President of Distribution
Avis Budget Group

Digital Journey: Thursday

Tech Talk: Hotel 2.0: Thursday

Amir Amidi
Managing Partner
Plug and Play

Emerging Technologies - The New, New Things: Tuesday

Joshua Anderson
Principal Sales Consultant
Oracle Hospitality

 

Exhibitor Tutorials: AI in Hospitality: Practical Uses versus Science Fiction: Tuesday

Sandy Angel
Specifications Director
OpenTravel

Tech Talks: Hotel 2.0 Release: Thursday

Andrew Arthurs

Andrew Arthurs
SVP & CIO
Two Roads Hospitality

Guest Facing Technology: Tuesday

Ken Barnes
CIO
Omni Hotels and Resorts

Is More a Perfect Hotel Room: Wednesday

Michael Bennett
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing
Cendyn

Technology Showcase: Hotel Marketer’s Guide to Personalization at Scale: Tuesday

Josh Bergen, CHAE, CHTP
Controller
Venza

Ethics: Tuesday

Dave Berkus
Managing Partner
Wayfare Ventures LLC

Investing In Technology: Monday

Jim Bina, CHAE+, CHTP
Corporate Controller
Rosen Hotel & Resorts Inc.

Independent Hotel in a Big Box World: Monday

Ethics: Thursday

Matt Blackmon
Client Solutions Architect
Switchfly

Digital Journey: Thursday
Tech Talk: Hotel 2.0: Thursday

Floor Bleeker
CIO
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

CIO's Over the Generations: Monday

Rosemary Browning
Founder
Global Career Horizons

Talent Leadership & Development: Monday

Jacob Buckstead
Vice President of Sales  Hotels, Travel & Leisure
First Data Corporation

Trends in Payment Systems around the World: Wednesday

Gustaf Burman
CIO
Montage Hotels and Resorts

Is More a Perfect Hotel Room: Wednesday

Scot Campbell, CHTP
Chief Technology Officer
Live Nation Concerts

Future of POS: Monday

Mike Carlo
CEO & Founder
XanderPay LLC

Trends in Payment Systems around the World: Wednesday

Mark Carrier
President
B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group

General Session: Technology and the Power of the C-Suite: Tuesday

Amitava Chatterjee
Director
Deloitte Digital

How do You Integrate New Technology into Legacy Systems: Monday

Anthony Clark
Vice President, Business Development
Thinix

Tech Talks: How Hotels can Implement 4G Internet Failover & How 5G Will Change the Future: Wednesday

Janelle Cornett
Executive Director of Organizational Revenue Management Education
MGM Resorts International

Talent Leadership and Development:Monday

Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP
Director of Technology, Planning Point of Sale Systems
Hilton Worldwide

IT Initiatives - Who's Got the Hot Potato: Owner, Brand, Manager or IT?: Monday

Robert Dawson
Consultant
IRECKONU

Exhibitor Tutorials: Creating the Ultimate Guest Experience Platform: Tuesday

Yani Deros

Yani Deros
CEO and co-founder
CIRQ+

Tech Showcase: Technology Transforming Hotels — Smart Rooms for Smart Guests: Monday

Matt Donnelly
VP
FreedomPay

Technology Showcase: Trends in Payment Systems around the World: Wednesday

Rom Eizenberg
Director, Bluvision Sales
ASSA Abloy

Technology Showcase: Internet of  Things (IoT) - The Connected World of Visibility and the Big Data: Tuesday

James England
Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Fourth

Exhibitor Tutorials: Perfecting Purchasing:  Ensure the Right Price, Right Product, Right Vendor: Wednesday

Diane Estner
President
DANNI Enterprises

Saving Energy While Others Pay the Bill: Sustainability and CSR: Monday

Thomas Fanger
VP Multimedia
MGM Resorts International

Guest Facing Technology: Tuesday

Jody Farrar
VP of Marketing
Chute

Tech Talks: Traveler Social Media Preferences and Habits: Wednesday

Carlos Flores
CEO & President
 Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

 Is More a Perfect Hotel Room: Wednesday

Neil Foster, CHTP
IT Consultant
Tech-Tonic Hospitality Services

Technology and How It Shapes Brand Standards, Monday
Millennials Reshaping the Industry: Wednesday

Mohit Garg
CEO
Proxce, Inc.

Investing in Technology, Monday

Catie Gillis
Director of Slot Marketing
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Merging Loyalty Programs: Monday

Barry Goldstein
EVP and Chief Commercial Officer
Wyndham

General Session: Power in the C-Suite: Tuesday

Cindy Estis Green
Co-Founder & CEO
Kalibri Labs, LLC

General Session: Technology and the Power of the C-Suite: Tuesday

Rob Grimes
CEO
IFBTA

Future of POS: Monday
IT Initiatives - Who's Got the Hot Potato: Owner, Brand, Manager or IT?: Monday

Donna Hale
Owner
FEH Consulting, LLC

Ethics 1: Tuesday

Mark Haley,  CHTP+, ISHC
Managing Partner
The Prism Partnership, LLC

Blockchain: Wednesday

Angela Hart
Solutions Architect
Fourth

Exhibitor Tutorials: Perfecting Purchasing: Ensure the Right Price, Right Product, Right Vendor: Wednesday

David Heckaman
Vice President of  Technology Development
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
 

Guest Facing Technology: Tuesday

Christina Heggie
Investment Principal
JetBlue Technology Ventures

Emerging Technologies - The New, New Things: Tuesday

Scott Heinlein 
Marketing Director of Hospitality
Ruckus Networks

Tech Talks: Beyond Wi-Fi: How Will You Up Your Game?: Wednesday

Ted Helvey
CEO
Angie Hospitality

Tech Talks: Purpose-Built vs. Off-the-Shelf Technology for Hotels: Wednesday
 

Dr. Judy Holcomb, CHAE+, Ph.D.
Chair/Assistant Professor
Saint Leo University

Ethics 2: Thursday

Greg Hopkins
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Intelity


Exhibitor Tutorial: Mobile and In-Room Technologies: Wednesday

Ted Horner
Owner
E. Horner & Associates Pty Ltd

CIO's over the Generations: Monday
Future of POS: Monday
Guest Facing Technology: Tuesday

Matthew Hostetler
Senior Vice President
Red Roof Inn

Fireside Chat: View from the Top Day-to-Day Challenges: Wednesday

Laurent Idrac
Hospitality Consultant
Former AccorHotels CIO

Digital Journey: Thursday

Robert Irvine
Celebrity Chef

Comcast Business

Technology Showcase: Serving Up Satisfaction — Technology Solutions for Improving Guest Dining Experiences: Wednesday

Daniel Johnson
Partner/Co-Founder
VENZA

Tech Talks: "Dear Guest, I regret to inform you that we’ve suffered a data breach … “: Tuesday

GDPR Update: Wednesday

Siva Kantamneni
CTO Travel Hospitality and Leisure
Deloitte Digital

How do You Integrate New Technology into Legacy Systems: Tuesday

Ash Kapur
Sr. Vice President Hotel Asset Management & Chief Revenue Officer
Starwood Capital Group

General Session: Technology and the Power of the C-Suite : Tuesday

Dmitry Koltunov
CTO/Co-Founder
ALICE

Monolithic vs Best in Class: Thursday

Thom Kozik
Chief Commercial Officer
Loyyal

Blockchain: Wednesday

Balaji Krishnamurthy
Global Strategy & Corporate Development Executive | Chief Strategy Officer | Product Management | AI/ Analytics
Sabre Hospitality

Artificial Intelligence "from hype to reality": Monday

Bill Kushubar
VP of Sales
Inntopia

Exhibitor Tutorials: Marketing and Commerce Practices to Drive Revenue: Tuesday

Michael Levie, CHTP
COO
citizenM

General Session: Technology and the Power of the C-Suite : Tuesday

Eric Liebman
Vice President, Head of Product Strategy—Travel and Entertainment
Elavon

Exhibitor Tutorials: Payments Paralysis: How to Modernize Payments: Tuesday

Lauren Long
Director of Marketing
Site 1001

Tech Talks: There are No Empty Rooms in a Happy Building: Wednesday

Mark Loyd
Chief Strategy Officer
MSI Solution

Monolithic vs. Best in Class, Thursday
 

Jonathan Margalit
Sr. Business Development Manager
E Ink Corporation

Tech Talks: I Can't Believe it's Not Paper: Tuesday

Ummara Marshall
Director POS
Marriott-Global

IT Initiatives - Who's Got the Hot Potato: Owner, Brand, Manager or IT?: Monday

 

Robert Massimilian
Senior Voice Product Marketing Manager
Spectrum Enterprise

Tech Talks: How Hosted Communications can improve staff productivity and guest experience: Tuesday

John McAuliffe
President
Achiga

Technology Showcase: Hotel Marketer’s Guide to Personalization at Scale: Tuesday

Nicolas Mercier
Practice Lead, Hospitality & Travel
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Guest Facing Technology: Tuesday

Larry Mogelonsky
Managing Partner
Hotel Mogel Consulting Limited

Check-In Utopia: The Perfect Arrival Experience: Wednesday

Mainak Mojumdar
VP, Central Architectural Group
Mindtree

Artificial Intelligence, "from hype to reality": Monday

Mark Morrison
Managing Director
Neeba Group
 

Talent Leadership and Development: Monday

Raj Mukherji
Vice President of Product and Vertical Marketing
Spectrum Enterprise.

Exhibitor Tutorials: Taking your Brand to the Top with OTT and Fiber: Tuesday

Pradip Mulji
Lodging Controls
Sound Wifi Networks, LLC.

Technology and How It Shapes Brand Standards, Monday

Tyler Mumley
VP of Sales
Inntopia

Exhibitor Tutorials: Marketing and Commerce Practices to Drive Revenue: Tuesday

Jake Necessary CISSP, MSCE, M.Sc.
Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Interstate Hotels and Resorts

Data Security, The Fight for Privacy Monday

Shayne Paddock
VP, GMS Product Development & Innovation
TravelClick, Inc

Tech Talks: Power Your Marketing with Artificial Intelligence: Wednesday

Jeff Stephen Parker, CHTP
VP of  Hospitality Systems
Red Lion Hotel Corporation

Artificial Intelligence "from hype to reality": Monday
Data Security, The Fight for Privacy Monday

 

Miraj Patel
President & CEO
Mirage Hospitality

Millennials Reshaping the Industry: Wednesday

Neal Patel
Managing Partner
Blue Chip Hotels

Technology and How It Shapes Brand Standards, Monday
Merging Loyalty Programs: Monday
Millennials Reshaping the Industry: 
Wednesday

BJ Patel
Baywood Hotels
VP Finance and Development

Fireside Chat: View from the Top Day-to-Day Challenges: Wednesday

Hitesh Patel, CHO, CHA
Chairman
Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Fireside Chat: View from the Top Day-to-Day Challenges: Wednesday

Vijay Patil
Senior Engineer
GX2 Technology

Tech Talks: Avoiding Guest Wi-Fi Disasters at your Hotel: Wednesday

Theresa Payton
Former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Authority

Closing Keynote Speaker: Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & the Internet of Things: Thursday

John Picard
Founder
JPA

Saving Energy while Others Pay the Bill - Sustainability, CSR: Monday

Peri Pierone
CEO
Eleven Software.

Exhibitor Tutorials: The Evolution of Hotel WiFi: Not Just an IT program anymore: Wednesday

Nick Price
CIO
citizenM Hotels

CIO's Over the Generations: Monday
Is More a Perfect Hotel Room:
Wednesday

John Prusnick
Global Director - Property Solutions & Owner Relations
Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Check-In Utopia: The Perfect Arrival Experience: Wednesday

Gene Quinn
Co-Founder
Tnooz

Digital Journey: Thursday
Tech Talks: Open Travel Hotel 2.0 Release: Thursday

Paul Rantilla
EVP Global Sales
Amadeus

Monolithic vs. Best in Class, Thursday

Connie Rheams
Global Head of Hospitality Sales
Beekeeper

Tech Talks: Engage Multi-Lingual Employees Without Emails Using Hospitality’s Most Innovative TechnologyTuesday

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Douglas Rice
Managing Director
Hospitality Technology Network

Blockchain: Wednesday

Chip Rogers
CEO
Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Fireside Chat: View from the Top Day-to-Day Challenges: Wednesday

Andrew Rubinacci
AHRHC consulting and former SVP, InterContinental Hotels Group.

Digital Jouney: Thursday

Tech Talk: Hotel 2.0: Thursday

Jordan Salmon
VP Loyalty Marketing
MGM Resorts International

Merging Loyalty Programs: Monday

Adnan Saulat
GM - Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Business
Mindtree

Tech Talks: Demystifying the Personalization Puzzle: Tuesday

Blockchain: Wednesday

Four ways AI is reimagining the future of Hospitality: Thursday

Jos Schaap
Founder and CEO
StayNTouch

Technology Showcase: Your Guests are Changing, So Should Your PMS: Wednesday

Michael Schubach
Strategic Deployments and Program Management Director
Infor Hospitality

Exhibitor Tutorial: The Future of Technology: Is AI Coming to Hospitality?: Wednesday

Farr Shepherd
President
Decypher Technologies

Tech Talks: What You Need to Know About Cellular & Public Safety Antenna Systems: Tuesday

Ankur Sheth
CEO
Moviebeam

Exhibitor Tutorials: Taking your Brand to the Top with OTT and Fiber: Tuesday

Henry Shields
Executive Director of Finance, Corporate Sustainability
MGM Resorts International

Saving Energy while Others Pay the Bill - Sustainability, CSR: Monday

Prakash Shukla
Managing Partner
Wayfare Ventures LLC

Investing in Technology: Monday
 

Rich Siegel
President & Publisher
Hospitality Upgrade

Is More a Perfect Hotel Room: Wednesday

Jay Sigona
Senior Director Enterprise Program Development and Implementation
Choice Hotels

Technology and How It Shapes Brand Standards, Monday

Raj Singh
Founder
GoMoment

Emerging Technologies - The New, New Things: Tuesday

Julie Snyder, CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/G, CIPP/US
Lead Information Security & Privacy Engineer/Scientist
MITRE and Privacy Capability Co-Lead, IAPP Faculty

Data Security, The Fight for Privacy: Monday

Mike Sousa
Senior Product Manager
JANUS Displays

Tech Talks: Where and When to Deploy Digital Signage: Tuesday

John Stojka
Cofounder
Sertifi

Exhibitor Tutorials: Use ACH to Save Thousands and Enhance PCI Compliance: Tuesday

Tim Sullivan
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Cendyn

Technology Showcase: Hotel Marketer’s Guide to Personalization at Scale: Tuesday

John Swain
Director of Product Management
Evolve Controls

Tech Talks: New Guest-Facing In-Room Controls Technology: Wednesday

Sundar Swaminathan
Director, Hotel Solutions Marketing
Oracle Hospitality

Exhibitor Tutorials: AI in Hospitality: Practical Uses versus Science Fiction: Tuesday

Dr. Michael Toedt
Founder & CEO
dailypoint™ - Software by Toedt

Tech Talks: GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation: Wednesday

Rich Tuckwell
Chief Commercial Officer
Avvio

Exhibitor Tutorial: Grow Your Direct Bookings through Revolutionary Technology: Wednesday 

Richard Tudgay
SVP of IT
Highgate Hotels

IT Initiatives — Who's Got the Hot Potato, Owner, Brand Manager or IT?: Monday

David Velasquez
SVP Technology and Distribution
LinksRez

Tech Talks: Hotel 2.0 Release: Thursday

Jenna Villalobos
Vice President, Revenue Management
Outrigger Enterprises Group

Technology Showcase: Hotel Marketer’s Guide to Personalization at Scale: Tuesday

Yvette Vincent, CHTP
Chief Technology Officer
Delaware North

Future of POS: Monday

Mike Walsh
21st Century business designer, futurist, global nomad and author of Futuretainment and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas

Opening Keynote Speaker: Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence: Monday

Matthew Walsh
Managing Partner
Castle Island Ventures

Investing in Technology: Monday
 

Don West
National Channel Manager
MTS Inc.

Exhibitor Tutorials: Transforming HSIA for Your Next Generation Guests: Wednesday

Jeff Wielgopolan
VP Learning and Development
Forbes Travel Guide

Check-In Utopia: The Perfect Arrival Experience: Wednesday

Todd Wood
Vice President  of Technology

Mandarin Oriental

Ethics 1: Tuesday

Lyle Worthington, CHTP
CIO
The Student Hotel

CIO's over the Generations: Monday
Saving Energy while Others Pay the Bill - Sustainability, CSR: Monday

 

Kevin Yarnell
Select Account Manager

Cisco

Ethics 1 : Tuesday

Michael Zetterlund
Product & Marketing Director
ARIANE

Check-In Utopia: The Perfect Arrival Experience: Wednesday

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