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Annual Elections to HTNG's Vendor Advisory Council Welcome Six Industry Representatives

Friday, July 10, 2020  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (July 10, 2020) – Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) introduces six qualified representatives to serve on the organization’s Vendor Advisory Council.

HTNG’s Vendor Advisory Council leverages insight from industry vendors to address the needs and concerns of technology providers, and ensure HTNG is devoting efforts to these needs. The Vendor Advisory Council contributes thought leadership across multiple platforms and discusses ideas around potential new initiatives and the roadmap of the association.

There were 22 candidates nominated for this year’s five available positions in the general election and four candidates nominated for an additional Startup seat. All six representatives were nominated and voted on by consultants and the vendor community. The new and re-elected members joining HTNG’s Vendor Advisory Council are:

  •  Ali Abidi, Partner, PwC
  • Mike Gray, Senior Manager, Hospitality Practice Manager, Americas, NEC Corporation
  • Dmitry Koltunov, Co-founder and CTO, ALICE
  • Frank Melville, CEO, Phonesuite
  • Tanya Pratt, Vice President, OPERA Cloud Strategy and Product Management, Oracle Hospitality
  • Pedro Torres, Co-founder and CEO, YooniK *Startup Seat


Now consisting of 18 members, the HTNG Vendor Advisory Council will continue to align industry vendors and the hospitality IT executives serving on HTNG’s Board of Governors.

For more information about HTNG’s Vendor Advisory Council, please visit




About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)


The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, 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 and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.


Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 22 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3.1 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. 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