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The 17th Annual Executive Vendor Summit


2022 EVS Speakers



VJ Vesnaver

VJ Vesnaver
Business Operations & Strategy Manager
Coinbase


Speaker: Cryptocurrency

VJ is a Business Operations & Strategy Manager at Coinbase where he leads a team supporting Coinbase's Legal, Compliance, and Public Policy orgs in developing and operationalizing cross-functional strategic initiatives to tackle the challenges posed by Coinbase's expansions into new product verticals and exponential growth in the crypto industry. VJ has been a "crypto nerd" since 2011 and has been heavily involved in the community since 2014. 
 
Prior to Coinbase, VJ spent 8 years in management Consulting at BCG and FTI where he led teams and supported client engagements across several industries including Financial Services, Tech, Transportation, and Consumer Packaged Goods. Functionally, VJ's consulting experience included support for large M&A Transactions, Post-Merger Integrations, Operational Transformations, and Private Equity Due Diligence.
 
VJ earned his B.A. in Government and Economics-Mathematics from Colby College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School ('19). While at HLS, VJ spent most of his time studying the intersection of Law, Business, and the emerging Cryptocurrency/Blockchain industry and launched the Harvard Law School Blockchain and Fintech initiative to help educate law students on the impact of this important technology.

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Eva H. Novick

Eva H Novick
Of Counsel Privacy, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Foster Garvey PC


Speaker: Legal & Privacy
 
Eva Novick brings significant privacy and data security experience, including enforcing consumer protection statutes against various industries; investigating data breaches, privacy issues and scams; and assisting with the consumer protection legislative agenda. Certified as an Information Privacy Professional, she is a frequent industry conference speaker on consumer protection and privacy laws.
 
Prior to joining Foster Garvey, Eva served as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section and the Civil Litigation Section of the Oregon Department of Justice.

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John Rovani

John Rovani
Managing Partner & Founder
PONTERRA Business Advisors


Speaker: Merger & Aquisition Strategy

Global B2B M&A strategist, dealmaker, and certified business coach with 19 years of technology M&A advisory experience. Former leader of two SaaS companies and Fortune 500 executive with 16 years of operating experience.
 

James Filsinger

James Filsinger
Managing Director at Ponterra Business Advisors
Ponterra Business Advisors, LLC



Speaker: Merger & Aquisition Strategy

James is a B2B M&A dealmaker with 25 years in the travel technology industry. Before working at Ponterra, James managed the sales process of Yapta to Coupa in January 2020.  At Yapta, he was CEO, leading the company to unprecedented growth. Prior to joining Yapta, James was CEO of EZYield.com, where he successfully sold the company to TravelClick. Earlier in his career, James was CEO and General Manager of Moneydirect. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade at Sabre, where he represented the company on the buy-side of acquisitions.

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Andrew Arthurs

Andrew Arthurs
CIO
Aimbridge Hospitality


CIO Panel

Andrew J. Arthurs is chief information officer of Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in third-party hotel management. He joined the company in 2019 as a result of the merger between Aimbridge and Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where he was CIO. Prior to Interstate, Arthurs was chief information officer at Two Roads Hospitality where he oversaw the integration of Destination Hotels and Commune Hotels and Resorts to create the world’s largest independent, lifestyle hotel management company. He also held various IT leadership positions at Vail Resorts, where he spent 13 years. Since joining Aimbridge Hospitality, Arthurs has overseen several strategic initiatives, including a major investment in data and analytics.

Arthurs earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. In his free time he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

Cameron Hammond

Cameron Hammond
Vice President
Global Field Technology Services, Hyatt


CIO Panel

Cameron Hammond is Vice President – Global Field Technology Services at Hyatt where he is responsible for Field IT at Managed hotels, Corporate offices, Global Contact Centers, Shared Service Centers, Hyatt Service Desk and Property Technical Operations teams, which manages 700+ Opera hosting environments. During his 30-year career at Hyatt, Cameron has held various IT management roles in US, Europe, China and Australia.

Dan Kornick

Dan Kornick
CIO
Loews Hotels & Co.


CIO Panel

Dan Kornick is the Chief Information Officer at Loews Hotels & Co in New York City, where he is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology including strategy, systems development, infrastructure, IT operations, internal customer support and working across the organization on the evolution of IT. He is a Global digital and global technology leader with vast experience in multiple industries including Hospitality & Travel, Telecom and Financial services.

Prior to Loews, he has held CIO roles with TracFone Wireless, Wyndham Hotel Group and Cendant’s Vacation Rental Group in Europe. He has successfully led multiple business, technology and digital transformations focusing on the customer and team experience, while leveraging the investment in technology to achieve the overall objectives for the organizations.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, Dan previously served on the Board of Governors for Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), and currently sits on Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Youth Chorus.

Richard Tudgay

Richard Tudgay
CTO
Highgate


CIO Panel

Richard Tudgay is the chief technology officer at Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company. He joined the organization in 2015 as vice president of IT services after almost 15 years at Omni Hotels & Resorts, where he served as vice president of technology. His career also includes IT management roles at Pegasus and at specialty retail chain The Container Store.

Yvette Vincent

Yvette Vincent
Continent Technology Leader for U.S. & Canada
Marriott International


CIO Panel

Yvette started in the IT industry as a medical systems programmer and took on various IT roles at a public utility before finding her home for the past 23 years in guest focused hospitality verticals. Positions included management of PMS/POS, ERP development, PCI compliance and creation of a data services platform.

Yvette managed the world's largest POS implementation at MetLife Stadium, and led her team to implement the first subsidiary wide cloud POS system and migration of the majority of the corporate data center to AWS. Yvette's CTO role gave her the opportunity to build from scratch, and lead, new Architecture and Innovation competencies within Delaware North, an almost $4B privately held company specializing in Gaming, Hotels, Parks, Travel and Sports hospitality services. Since January 2021, she became the Strategic technology business leader for the lodging leader in North America for Marriott International.

A member of the Information Technology & Digital and US & Canada leadership teams. The position is the strategic Technology business leader for the Americas representing over 5500 properties and another 1500 in the pipeline. The Continent IT Leader - US & CN provides 1) strategic technology perspective and guidance for the optimization of existing and emerging technology applications and infrastructure for the continent; 2) oversight of all aspects of Continent field based technology activities ensuring effective management, support and operation of all technologies in alignment with business needs, service level agreements and MI technology standards; 3) leadership of technology resources which support all brands; 4) leadership in all aspects of compliance to Marriott International policies relating directly to technology, information security standards, and hardware and software standards; 5) leadership of the Owner-Franchise Technology Council; and 6) Continent representation as part of global technology leadership.

She graduated summa cum laude and top in her class for both her BA in Math/Computer Science and MBA degrees.

John Laplante

John Laplante
CIO, G6 Hospitality LLC


CIO Panel

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Mark Haley

Mark Haley
Partner
Prism Hospitality Consulting




Session: The Upside-Down World of Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) 

Mark G. Haley, CHTP+ is co-founder and Partner of Prism Hospitality Consulting, LLC, a professional services firm serving the global hospitality industry based in suburban Boston, MA.  Prism Hospitality Consulting offers expertise in all aspects of hospitality technology and strategy consulting.  Services include strategy development, marketplace positioning, Internet marketing, needs analysis, system selection, Request For Proposal development and project management.  Mark is a 2021 inductee to the HFTP Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.
 
Core practice areas include Travel Distribution, Customer Relationship Management, On-Line Marketing, and In-Room Services, including High-Speed Internet Access, In-Room Entertainment, Energy Management and Mobile Applications.  Relevant technologies include distribution & reservations systems, CRM & loyalty systems, Internet applications and infrastructure, all aspects of voice and data communications, networks, property management systems, in-room services and more.  Mark’s specific niches include adapting the business and the use of technology to each other and moving business processes to the Internet.

Mark frequently speaks at industry events and contributes articles to a range of lodging and technology publications, including Hospitality Upgrade Magazine. 


Douglas Rice

Douglas Rice
Managing Director,
Hospitality Technology Network, LLC


Session: The Upside-Down World of Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) 

Douglas Rice is an industry leader in the global hospitality technology industry. He currently serves on several technology company boards and advisory boards, writes and speaks extensively on technology innovation, and is involved in several nonprofit and mentoring projects. He was a founder of Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and served as its first chief executive from 2004 to 2015. Douglas was the 2012 inductee into HFTP’s International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics at Dartmouth College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School.

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Matt Busch

Matt Busch, SVP & GM - Insurance, Communications, Energy and Travel
Equifax



Matt Busch has more than 20 years of diverse commercial experience focused on driving revenue and profit growth through innovative, transformational programs and capabilities. He is strategy focused and execution oriented. His expertise spans marketing, loyalty, sales, distribution, demand planning, inventory, merchandizing, revenue management and pricing strategies across a wide-range of industries. He consults with CEOs, Chief Commercial Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Chief Revenue Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Digital Officers other leaders to devise targeted strategies to maximize growth and minimize risk.
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Tony Espinoza

Tony Espinoza, CEO
CallTek


Mini - Session 
A natural problem-solver, Tony Espinoza has dedicated his professional life to creating technology solutions that help businesses turn obstacles into opportunities.  As a young man his love for technology took him from Southern California to the Philippines where he created his own opportunity and founded CallTek in 2004.
 
Over the past 18 years, his passion and commitment has turned CallTek into a global enterprise that touches billions of consumers each day though the myriad of technology operators and service providers who depend on the company for support.
 
Tony’s background in engineering enables him to be able to identify and create solutions from the ground-up. He holds numerous patents for technology protocols that provide solutions for CallTek clients every day.
 
Based in Cebu City, the Philippines; Tony enjoys introducing clients to the rich culture of is adopted home and makes darn good tacos on the side.

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Mandy Reid

Mandy Reid

Area Associate Director of Sales
Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort and Spa and Sheraton Stonebriar- Frisco, TX


Session - Selling the Dream…in Five Minutes or Less

In her 24 years of hotel sales experience handling most Social and Corporate market segments, Mandy has worked in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and finally Frisco. Presently, she is managing a group segment focusing primarily on the Technology, Publishing, Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare, Association and Automotive industries for the Westin and Sheraton Stonebriar Hotels. She and her husband, Matthew (another hospitality professional on the F&B side), reside in McKinney, TX, and enjoy cycling, traveling, cooking and walking their dog, Mugsy in their free time.  

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