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HT Advisory Boards

Members of HT’s advisory boards, the HTF Content Council and the MURTEC Content Council,  are a diverse group of nationally recognized restaurant and hotel innovators, consultants, and academics. Together, they bring compelling insights and thought leadership to our editorial coverage, research studies, and in-person events.

HTF CONTENT COUNCIL

HTF Content Council members are innovative hotel operators, consultants, and academics who help steer HT’s hotel and lodging tech content vision and priorities. The council meets several times a year, both in person and virtually, to brainstorm hot topics and content ideas to inform Hotel Technology Forum sessions and ongoing HT coverage. 

Ajay Aluri 
Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
West Virginia University

Natasa Christodoulidou 
Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
California State University Dominguez Hills

Cihan Cobanoglu
McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor
Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Muma College of Business
University of South Florida

Daniel J. Connolly
Professor of Management
PhD, Dean of the School of Business
St. John Fisher University

Russ Dazzio
Chairman & CEO
R&R Global Hospitality

Simon Eng
Vice President, Information Technology
CTF Development

Mehmet Erdem
Ph.D., CHTP, CHE,  Professor of Hotel Operations & Technology
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Eben Hewitt
SVP & Global CIO
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Lee Holman
Lead Retail Analyst
IHL Group

Jungsun (Sunny) Kim
Associate Professor
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Claudia Infante
Chief Data Officer
Margaritaville

Rohan Jani
Associate Vice President
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Brian Kirkland
Chief Information Officer
Choice Hotels International

Dan Kornick
Chief Information Officer
Loews Hotels

Michael Leidinger
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Hilton Worldwide

Monika Nerger
Group Global Chief Information Officer
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 

Ramki Srinivasan
Chief Digital & Information Officer
Great Wolf Lodge

Ed Skapinok
Chief Commercial Officer
Appellation

David Starmer
Chief Information Officer
Sonesta International Hotels

Scott Strickland
Chief Commercial Officer
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Todd Wood
Vice President, Global Applications and Transformation
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 

Rami Zeidan
Founder & CIO
Life House 

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MURTEC Content Council

MURTEC Content Council members are innovative restaurant operators, consultants, academics, and solution providers who help steer our content vision and priorities. The council assists in brainstorming hot topics and collaborative ideation to inform our MURTEC and MURTEC Executive Summit agendas as well as ongoing restaurant industry coverage.

Ajay Aluri 
Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
West Virginia University

Geoff Alexander
President & CEO
Wow Bao

Kevin Bentley
Vice President of Technology & Automation
Papa Gino’s Pizzeria & D’Angelo’s Sandwiches

Susan Carroll-Boser
Chief Information Officer
White Castle

Natasa Christodoulidou 
Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
California State University Dominguez Hills

Cihan Cobanoglu
McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor
Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Muma College of Business
University of South Florida

Daniel J. Connolly
Professor of Management
PhD, Dean of the School of Business
St. John Fisher University

Flavio Diomede
Director Retail Platform Technology
Starbucks

Tamy Duplantis
CIO, Digital Architect
Return on Information Consulting

Mehmet Erdem
Ph.D., CHTP, CHE,  Professor of Hotel Operations & Technology
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lee Holman
Lead Retail Analyst
IHL Group

Jungsun (Sunny) Kim
Associate Professor
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Skip Kimpel
Principal of Independent & SMB Consulting
ConStrata Consulting

Corey Kline
Executive Vice President, Technology
Noodles & Company

Fred LeFranc
CEO
Results Thru Strategy

Hanson Li
CEO
Lazy Susan

Toby W. Malbec
Managing Director
ConStrata Consulting

Vadim Parizher
Vice President, Technology
Taco Bell

Zerrick Pearson
Chief Information Officer
Five Guys

Tom Seeker
Chief Information Officer
Earl Enterprises

Justin Skelton
Chief Information Officer
Dine Brands

Joe Tenczar
Chief Information Officer
Restaurant CIOs

Jon Tryzbiak
Vice President of Information Technology
Checkers & Rally’s

Vendor Members

Sash Dias
Chief Operating Officer
Incentivio

Robin Schweitzer
Marketing Director Close Team
Paytronix

Michelle Campbell
Sr. Director, Marketing
U.S. Bank Payment Solutions (Formerly Elavon)

Chris Lybeer
Chief Strategy Officer
Revel Systems
 

Research Advisory Board Members

  • Mike Blake, CTO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Natasa Christodoulidou, Professor, California State University
  • Cihan Cobanoglu, PhD, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of South Florida
  • Daniel J. Connolly, PhD, Dean of the School of Business, St. John Fisher University
  • Russell Dazzio, Chairman, R&R Hospitality
  • Mehmet Erdem, Ph.D., CHTP, CHE,  Professor of Hotel Operations & Technology, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Lee Holman, Lead Retail Analyst, IHL Consulting
  • Jungsun (Sunny) Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, UNLV
  • Fred LeFranc, President and CEO, Results thru Strategy
  • Barry N. Shufeld, Senior Managing Director -- BNS Associates, LLC

 

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