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The 16th annual Executive Vendor Summit has been POSTPONED

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2020 EVS Speakers

John Burns

John Burns, CHA
Hospitality Technology Consulting

Identified by Lodging Magazine as one of the ten hospitality experts changing the travel industry, John Burns established Hospitality Technology Consulting to assist hotels and other travel companies deal successfully with the increasingly complex world of electronic travel distribution.

Jan Freitag

Jan Freitag
Senior Vice President

Mr. Jan D. Freitag is a Senior Vice President for STR, a Costar company.  STR provides clients from multiple market sectors with premium, global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. STR was acquired in October 2019 by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces.
STR maintains a presence in 10 countries around the world with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and an international headquarters in London, England.
In his role, Mr. Freitag oversees a variety of projects, all charged with the accumulation and interpretation of global lodging data.  He is a sought-after public speaker and is frequently quoted in trade publications and the general news media such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes, etc.
Prior to joining STR, Mr. Freitag was the Director of Content Integrity at in upstate New York and a hospitality consultant with Ernst & Young in Phoenix. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, and received his Executive MBA, with honors, from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Freitag resides in Nashville, TN.

Sean B. Cox

Sean B. Cox
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

Sean Cox is a partner in Hall Booth Smith's Atlanta, Georgia office. His clients include individuals, insurance companies, small enterprises, and Fortune 500 companies. Sean received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgia State and his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. After law school, he clerked for the Georgia Superior Courts Judges of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina. He lives in Georgia with his wife Abby and lab Meatball.


Pete Havel
Author, The Arsonist in the Office

Pete Havel, author of The Arsonist in the Office, is an experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications pro who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Indpendent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Havel is committed to helping leaders and organizations face their challenged and provide tools that sharpen 'smart skills' that improve performance and protect careers and organizational cultures. He brings his skill in politics to help organizations and individuals survive office politics.

Pete serves as Sr. Counsel of Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. He grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home. He's a graduate of Baylor University and is a legendary BBQ smoker in his own mind.

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Mark Hoare, Partner
Prism Hospitality Consulting

Capitalizing 35+ years in the hotel industry, Mark has developed a unique capability to bridge the gap between business need and technical solution. Gaining his hotel operations & management experience with The Savoy Group, Sheraton, and Royal Classic Hotels, Mark later transitioned to the technology and distribution side of the business holding senior Product Management positions with HIS, Disney, Hilton Intl, Anasazi, Pegasus Solutions and HBSi.

Matt Muta

Matt Muta, VP Innovations & Operations Technology
Delta Air Lines

Matt Muta is Vice President – Operations Technologies and Innovation for Delta Air Lines. In this role, Matt and his team are responsible for driving results through innovative solutions and technology that will have a positive impact for the commercial side of the business.

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