13 March 2007

EHTEC 2007 Interview with Keynote Speaker Michael Levie | CEO Onestarisborn

Interviewed by Jules Sieburgh | HFTP Treasurer

Follow-up interview on Keynote entitled 'What Individual Hotel Operators and CEOs Expect in Terms of I.T., Now and In the Future'. Hoteliers work with technology on a daily basis, yet there still is a disconnection in hotel technology between what hotels need and what is actually produced. Although there are examples of successful cooperation between hotels and software/hardware producers, in general, a dialogue between the two needs to be started to ultimately succeed. This session explored a hotel’s complete technological needs, from a hardware and software point-of-view, as well as covered current trends. The keynote also highlighted the needed dialogue and work towards a future where hotel technology becomes part of a hotelier’s vocabulary. This interview also features an introduction to Michael's new brand: ONESTARISBORN.


About EHTEC | In February 2007, Hospitality industry experts from more than 20 countries convened at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP) inaugural European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference (EHTEC). EHTEC is a forum where hoteliers and suppliers exchange ideas and concerns with each other and their peers. In addition to the educational conference designed by a Pan-European council of hoteliers, consultants, press and educational institutions, EHTEC features a limited number of sponsors. More at .

Michael Levie worked for a variety of hotel chains (i.e. Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, NH Hoteles) all over the world. As vice president of operations he managed large portfolios of hotels, headed up “turn-a-round” and was involved in synergizing merging cultures. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed up the European office. Presently he owns his own hotel company that owns and operates hotels and is partner of a new start up chain “Onestarisborn”, which is introducing a new business hotel concept. More at .

HFTP, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC. HFTP also awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. More at .


How can we make “technology” part of the hoteliers “vocabulary” ? | By Michael Levie

Keynote Presentation entitled 'What Individual Hotel Operators and CEOs Expect in Terms of I.T., Now and In the Future'. Hoteliers work with technology on a daily basis, yet there still is a disconnection in hotel technology between what hotels need and what is actually produced. Although there are examples of successful cooperation between hotels and software/hardware producers, in general, a dialogue between the two needs to be started to ultimately succeed. This session explored a hotel’s complete technological needs, from a hardware and software point-of-view, as well as covered current trends. The keynote also highlighted the needed dialogue and work towards a future where hotel technology becomes part of a hotelier’s vocabulary. This presentation also features an introduction to Michael's new brand: ONESTARISBORN.

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