HFTP Announces HITEC Minneapolis CEO Panel Featuring Leading Hoteliers

General session “Technology Talk in the C-suite: 2020 and Beyond” to feature executive from AHLA top hotel companies Radisson Hotel Group, Red Lion Hotel Corp. and Omni Hotels & Resorts

7 May 2019

The upcoming Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) is set to provide attendees an insider's look at the pressing technology strategies prioritized in the C-suite. The General Session: "Technology Talk in the C-suite: 2020 and Beyond" on Tuesday, June 18, will be moderated by Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), and features an impressive panel line up of leading hotel executives. The discussion will revolve around how their organizations are addressing topics such as: cybersecurity, data protection legislation and policy, consumer-facing tech platforms, the future of robotics and AI to name a few. Produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), HITEC Minneapolis will be the second, and largest, HITEC event of 2019, and will be held from June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

"Technology is now central to a hotel's operations, reaching almost every function of the property," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Having a candid discussion like this is the essence of HITEC, because it will highlight the strategies hotel companies are deploying to an audience of individuals that will make it happen."

Session Moderator:

  • Chip Rogers - President and CEO for AHLA


  • Ken Greene - President, Americas for Radisson Hotel Group
  • Greg Mount - President/CEO for Red Lion Hotel Corp.
  • Peter Strebel - President for Omni Hotels & Resorts

In addition, HITEC Minneapolis will present two other big thinker presentations. The Opening Keynote "Beyond Tomorrow – The Human Revolution," will be presented on Monday, June 17 by Chris Riddell. He is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. Riddell is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today's highly disrupted digital world.

The Closing General Session on Thursday, June 20 will be presented by John Picard, when he will present his ideas that promote innovation and sustainable solutions in every sector of the new economy. ­Picard began his professional career as an architect building homes which eventually led to his work in designing sustainable buildings. Recognized for his innovation and creativity, Picard soon built and re-built homes for Hollywood executives, helped to green the film industry, and received calls from Fortune 500 companies around the globe requesting his expertise to help them envision and implement sustainable business solutions.

HITEC Minneapolis has scheduled a full education program that runs from June 17-20 covering the biggest industry topics such as: AI, distribution, technology investment, 5G, data privacy regulations, biometrics, data protection, sharing economy, revenue management and more. The exhibit hall is open June 18-20 and hosts over 350 solution providers displaying a range of products and services to support the hospitality technology industry.

In addition to HITEC Minneapolis, HFTP in partnership with Naseba is producing HITEC Dubai on November 12-13 at the Festival Arena in Festival City Dubai, UAE. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. 

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