Executive Advisors
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Executive Advisors are appointed annually by the Board of Directors and serve as nonvoting advisors to the Board.  They attend board meetings, serve on many board-appointed committees, and may act as board liaisons for HTNG workgroups.  Many of the Executive Advisors are former board members who wish to remain active in the organization but are no longer eligible to serve as Directors; others are founders of the organization who have been active since the start.

In addition, one Executive Advisor serves as regional coordinators for HTNG in the Asia-Pacific region.


John Burns - Executive Advisor
President, Hospitality Technology Consulting

John Burns established Hospitality Technology Consulting to help hotels and other travel companies deal successfully with electronic travel distribution in May 1992. Burns is a Co-Founder of HTNG. In 2006, he was inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. That year he also received the International Society of Hospitality Consultants’ Pinnacle Award. Burns began his hotel management career at university conference centers before he moved to Hyatt as a Director of Sales in Vancouver and then at Hyatt HQ in Chicago. From there he moved to THISCO (now Pegasus Solutions) as its VP-Product Development, and then moved to technology-innovator INTRICO. He also worked as Director of Reservations at Ramada, Inc., then later became Director of Property Systems Support.

Dr. Daniel Connolly - Executive Advisor
Dean of School of Business Administration
Portland State University

Dr. Daniel Connolly is associate dean of undergraduate programs for the Daniels College of Business School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and an associate professor. Connolly joined the College in 2001 as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and the Department of Information Technology and Electronic Commerce. Previously, he held academic positions with Michigan State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Cornell University and Concord College. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. When working with the media, Connolly is able to discuss the impact and use of information technology in the hospitality industry. He resides with his wife Sarah and three sons in Centennial, CO.

Guilain Denisselle - Executive Advisor & Regional Coordinator (Europe)
Hôtel Conseil

Guilain Denisselle is co-Founder of TendanceHotellerie.fr, a webzine dedicated to the French Hospitality community. TendanceHotellerie.fr also provides educational sessions to the industry through conferences and workshops. Mr. Denisselle is the Founder and CEO of Hotel Conseil, a hotel consultancy company, where he has worked since June 2001. The company's main domain of activities includes distribution, marketing, and related technologies for the hospitality and travel markets. Mr. Denisselle was also a Co-Founder of Must Limousines, a private limousine services company. He is also a European co-coordinator of Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), a trade association that facilitates development of next-generation, customer-centric technologies to better meet the needs of the global hotel community. He organized, chaired and spoke about Hospitality & Travel at numerous conferences in France and in the UK.

Jane Durment - Executive Advisor

Former Chief Information Officer, The Marcus Corporation
Former Director and Secretary/Treasurer, HTNG

Jane Durment was the Chief Information Officer for The Marcus Corporation. The Marcus Corporation is comprised of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Marcus Theatres, Inc. Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and manages independent and franchised full service City Center and Resort Hotels throughout the US. Marcus Theatres, Inc. owns and manages the 9th largest Movie Theatre circuit in the US. Jane joined Marcus 10 years ago to take responsibility for a completed refresh of enterprise and property systems and networks, and to develop and launch the company's new E-Commerce, Distribution and Business Intelligence plans. Jane's staff participated in the first HTNG Work Group and is now working as members of the In Room Technology Work Group. As an HTNG Director, Jane has been working with The Open Group on the implementation of the HTNG Certification program.  Prior to joining Marcus, Jane had 20+ years of experience working for Technology Vendors, including 10 years in management with Tandem Computers, who brought fault tolerant computers to the market for mission-critical applications. Jane has a Computer Science Degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Fraser Hickox - Executive Advisor
Managing Director, The Conceptual Group
Former Board Member, HTNG

Until recently the General Manager of the Peninsula Group's research Lab in Hong Kong, Fraser in retirement remains a consultant to Peninsula and other companies around Asia and in the Middle East as well continues to develop specialized electronics for different companies. A keen advocate of HTNG and the participation of hoteliers within this organization for a common good. Fraser was inducted into the HFTP Hall of Fame in 2008 and is the recipient in December 1993 of the Personnalite de Lannee Distinction International Hotellerie. He holds a number of degrees in Engineering and Sciences and has had a diverse career spanning broadcasting, civil aviation, banking and manufacturing.

Ted Horner - Executive Advisor
Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates Pty. Ltd.

After graduating with formal qualifications in Catering & Hotel Management from Victoria University in 1976, Ted was involved in the establishment of several companies specializing in supplying technology for the hospitality industry. In 1989, he launched a Consulting Practice specializing in Technology Consulting to the Hospitality Industry which is now recognized as the leader in the Australian market. In 2005 he was awarded his first consulting assignment in Dubai with Jumeirah. In 1995, he launched the first newsletter dedicated to technology in the Hospitality Industry, HTR this was then replaced in 2002 with the launch of Australia's first hospitality technology portal site. In August 1996, he launched the first dedicated Australian Hospitality Technology Conference and Exhibition held in Sydney. In 2004 he was the first non US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. In 2002 he was one of the founders of HTNG and is now an executive advisor.

Jim Peterson - Executive Advisor
Former Senior Vice President, Information Resources, Marriott International
Former Director and President, HTNG

Jim Peterson was the Senior Vice President, Information Resources, Technology Strategy and Enterprise Architecture for Marriott International, Inc. In that role, Jim provided strategic leadership in the establishment of and adherence to a comprehensive strategy and framework and approach to the development of information technology based products and services to support all of Marriott International's businesses. Working both as an independent consultant and a corporate technology executive, Jim also led the development of information technology plans, systems and processes to meet the strategic, global business objectives of large corporations including Georgia-Pacific, Pillsbury/Grand Met's U.S. and European based businesses, Target Corporation, Tyco International and Fortune 100 level multi-national companies. He is a former partner and CPA for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Jim is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration.

Nick Price - Executive Advisor
CEO, NetSys Technology
Former Director and President, HTNG

Nick Price is CEO of NetSys Technology a software development and technology consulting company focussing on the hospitality and travel sectors. Prior to starting NetSys in mid-2011, Nick worked for twelve years as Chief Information and Technology Officer at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he was instrumental in moving the hotel industry’s technology focus from the front desk to the guest room. Nick is an inductee in the HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals) Hall of Fame, a co-founder and past-president of HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) and a board member of Swisscom Hospitality Services. Nick, a UK national, is a global traveller and has lived in Hong Kong since 1995.

Kevin Quinlivan - Executive Advisor
Kevin Quinlivan was in the newly created position of Chief Information Officer of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. With more than $2 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 employees, it is one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Quinlivan had responsibility for information systems, infrastructure services, information technology (IT), project and relationship management, operations support and information security and oversaw Delaware North’s IT Department of more than 50 professionals. He came to Delaware North with global IT experience from companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum Corporation, Schick Wilkinson Sword, where he served as Vice President/Chief Information Officer, and Norwegian Cruise Line, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is a graduate of Worcester State College with a master’s degree in computer science.

Terence Ronson - Executive Advisor & Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific)
Managing Director, Pertlink Limited, Manila

Terence Ronson launched his diversified hospitality career as a Chef, from where he held various general management positions with prominent hotels in the UK and Asia. In the mid 80's he developed his penchant for technology, and in 2000 started Pertlink, from where he became the Technology Editor for HOTELS Asia Pacific and authored numerous industry related articles. CNN's eBizasia program featured him in 2001 for his innovative work at Rosedale Hong Kong, and helped Langham Place Hong Kong win many accolades for its technology deployment. Terence has spoken at several key industry events and currently sits on the Advisory Boards for HOFEX and HITEC 2010, as well as holding a Visiting Lecturer position at HKPOLY U. Terence moderates an online discussion group for in-room technology at: www.wiwih.com and also runs a Hotel Technology Blog. Terence is currently involved in several exciting China based projects to include TANGULA the luxury train that will run from Beijing to Lhasa, Thistle/Guoman Hotels projects located in Malaysia and China, and Zendai Himalayas Hotels (Shanghai) scheduled to open in 2010.

Riko van Santen - Executive Advisor

VP Digital Strategy and Distribution, Kempinski Hotels
Former Director and Vice-President, HTNG

Riko is based at Kempinski's headquarters overseeing the Distribution, E-Commerce, Revenue Management, and Loyalty disciplines. From 2009 to 2012 Riko oversaw 1,100 properties under 7 brands, as Vice President Distribution and E-Commerce at Louvre Hotels Group, a Starwood Capital company based in Paris. Accomplishments include the first hotel brand website to use RSS technology, Mobile-Device distribution and pioneering the implementation of modern GDS functionalities and channel management solutions. He was appointed Director of Electronic Distribution in 2003 and VP of Electronic Distribution & ICT for the Golden Tulip & TOP International Group in 2007.  Early in his career, after working in various rooms division functions, Riko joined Pegasus Solutions in 2000 as Golden Tulip Group Revenue Manager. Riko speaks at various hotel schools and industry events on Electronic Distribution and Revenue Management, and has served on HTNG Board of Directors, HFTP EHTEC Advisory Council, Pegasus Solutions Customer Advisory Board, and HSMAI Europe's Digital Marketing Advisory Board. Riko graduated with an honours degree in Hospitality Management from Middlesex University, London, and holds a degree in Japanese business studies and various software administration qualifications. A Dutch national, Riko was born in Tokyo but has lived over 20 years abroad, he now resides in Geneva, Switzerland with wife Christel and two sons.

Prakash V. Shukla - Executive Advisor

Partner, HandsOn3
Former Director, HTNG

Prakash is a partner with the global management firm HandsOn3 and was a 2013 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. With over 20 years experience in the information technology industry, Prakash Shukla brought valuable expertise to his prior role at Taj Hotels. As CIO at Taj, he was responsible for total IT deployments at the Taj Group and was on the MD's management committee. With a background in some of the industry's most venerable corporations-Unisys / Sperry and IBM-Prakash has provided IT solutions for numerous clients: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Solomon Smith Barney. An American national, Mr. Shukla is a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and English, and New York Polytechnic University with a Master's degree in Computer Science. Mr. Shukla attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Todd Thompson
Chief Information Officer, doTERRA
Former CIO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Former President & Director, HTNG

Todd Thompson is Chief Information Officer of Vivint, a provider of home automation solutions. He was formerly CIO at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from 2006 to 2012. In this role, Todd was responsible for company-wide information technology projects and operations, spanning all systems, networks, servers, data centers, desktops and devices. During most of his tenure at Starwood, Todd served on HTNG’s Board of Directors, including two years as President from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining Starwood in November, 2006, Todd was CIO for JetBlue Airways where he was responsible for companywide IT projects and operations and led improvements to all major customer- and "crewmember"-facing systems. Earlier in his career Todd led Intermountain West consulting practices for both SBI.Razorfish and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and was an IT Director at Nu Skin and a Senior Consultant for Andersen Consulting. Todd has more than 20 years of IT experience with expertise in technology, business processes and project/program management. Todd has applied this experience to a variety of industries and areas. Todd received a BS, Computer Science in 1992 and an MBA in 1999 from Brigham Young University. He lives in Provo, UT with his wife Julie and six children.