HTNG Adds Three New Board Members
Monday, May 11, 2015
CHICAGO (May 11, 2015) – Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the membership association that unites the world’s hospitality companies and technology innovators to solve industry challenges, announces the addition of three new members – all from management and ownership groups – to its Board of Governors.
"HTNG has always been fortunate to have strong representation from the industry's leading brands from around the world on our Board, but we recently identified the need for stronger representation from management and ownership groups," explained Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President and CEO of HTNG. "We sought out some of the best leaders from that segment and are very pleased to have the volunteer support of these three distinguished executives on our Board. The Board drives the organization to address the most pressing technology problems facing the hotel industry, so diversity is essential.”
Raman P. “R.P.” Rama is one of the owners and the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer of JHM Hotels. R.P. is responsible for establishing JHM’s management information system and technology initiatives. R.P. has a Certified Hotel Administrator and CHA Emeritus designation from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He is also a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional and has a Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive designation from the Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals Association. He has been a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association since its inception, and serves on several committees. He is a Past President of HFTP and is currently on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. He serves on Brand IT Advisory Councils and is a founding board member of Global Hospitality Technology Professionals, which was created in India in March 2015.
Jason Shane joins the board representing Hersha Hospitality. As Senior Director of IT, Jason reports to the CEO and leads technology strategy and planning for the Hersha group of companies. Under Jason’s leadership, HHM’s IT team manages all technology for more than 4,000 associates at over 105 hotels across brands, geographies and ownership groups. After starting his career by building his own IT services firm, he joined Hersha Hospitality in 2004 to build the IT department to support the rapidly growing organization. Jason holds a BS in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University and lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Martin F. Stanton is Chief Information Officer for Lowe Enterprises / Destination Hotels, where he leads a team of over 50 technology professionals who focus on driving the company’s technology vision toward unified, aligned applications and solid, secure infrastructure. He has worked nearly 30 years in hospitality after graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. Mr. Stanton joined the firm in 1994 when The Inverness Hotel became part of the Destination family. Mr. Stanton has been engaged in both the Technology and Finance disciplines throughout his tenure with Lowe Enterprises. Mr. Stanton participates on numerous industry and related organizations and is a frequent speaker at company and industry events.
With these new Governors, HTNG's Board is now larger than at any other time in HTNG's history and represents a broader range of hotel ownership, management and brand viewpoints. The members of HTNG's board have oversight for nearly 19,000 properties with roughly three million guest rooms under their influence. HTNG's website has bios and photos for each of the 21-member Board of Governors.
About Hotel Technology Next Generation
The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality and other industry members including consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards. Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world's leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 21 top IT leaders from hotel companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for about three million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.