HTNG Elects First Co-Chairs of Software Resource Team

  • HTNG
  • 08.26.14
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) has elected SiteMinder and AjonTech LLC executives as the first co-chairs of its Software Resource Team.

Having led all votes, the co-chairs of the newly-established Software Resource Team are David Chestler, executive vice president of global enterprise sales and business development at SiteMinder, and John Bell, founder and president of AjonTech LLC.

Both offer more than thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Chestler is a renowned figure, having served in various senior roles, including at BirchStreet Systems, Pegasus Solutions, Visual Data Corp and, most recently, Sceptre Hospitality Resources. Today, he plays a key role in the global development of SiteMinder, a company continually driven to positively disrupt the industry through its online distribution and direct booking technology.

Bell founded Ajontech LLC after 35 years in the IT industry and 12 years at Marriott where he served as the enterprise architect. He created the architectures for many of the hotel giant’s systems– including its website, and mobile and services-oriented infrastructure. In 2012, he helped to create a secure payment framework for the hotel industry. Bell is the co-author of several software development books and is also an associate professor for the Center of Applied Information Technology at Towson University. In addition to HTNG’s Software Resource Team, he co-chairs the HTNG Secure Payments Framework working group and SOA Reference Architecture working groups for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Open Group.

Douglas Rice, executive vice president and CEO at HTNG, said the two appointments are testament to Chestler and Bell’s demonstrated leadership within the hotel technology space. “Chestler and Bell have a strong track record of developing solutions to increasingly complex technology challenges– and, importantly, embody tremendous passion and knowledge of our industry. They each bring impressive credentials with regards to innovation in the hotel technology space and we are delighted to have them lead this initiative for us,” he said.

Established in 2014 and operating within HTNG’s Software Forum, the Software Resource Team will be a place for HTNG members to explore new technologies, to debate the potential use of a technology or approach in the hospitality industry and to research open questions. Deliverables– to be led by Chestler and Bell– will include educational webinars, industry frameworks, best practice documents and the creation of new software workgroups to support paradigm shifts such as cloud computing, mobile devices and geolocationing.

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