During HT-NEXT, attendees will have the chance to listen to a panel discussion on the topic: "Myths & Facts: The Future of Connectivity." From 5G to CBRS, experts weigh in on what the latest in innovation will hold for hotel networks and cellular. Will 5G live up to its expectations? What is the true potential of CBRS? This panel will talk about the unique challenges hotels face keeping guests and staff constantly connected and how tech strategies must keep up.
- Alan Ewing, Executive Director, CBRS Alliance
- Jeffrey Parker, CHTP, Vice President, Hospitality Systems, RLH Corp.
- Javier Garcia, Director of Global Infrastructure, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group: With 20+ year of experience in the Hospitality Industry, Javier Garcia is director of global infrastructure at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. In 1995, he received a B.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon graduation, Javier attended continuing education courses at Penn State where he gathered experience in E-Commerce and Internet Protocols. In 1997, he joined Holiday Inn Worldwide, today known as InterContinental Hotel Group. For 17 years, he was part of many technology projects. In 2008, Javier received a master’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and Finance from Regis University. This boosted him to hold management positions at IHG where he participated in Hotel Operations projects, Brand Management and Market Penetration Plans. In 2013, Javier joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he is responsible of developing technology standards for all regions where the company has presence.
- Dayna Kully, Co-Founder, 5th GenWireless: Dayna has over 35 years of experience in sales, channel development, marketing and senior level management, specializing in technology for the hospitality market. Early in her career, Dayna successfully managed sales, technical and operations teams at GE/RCA and Williams Communications, later joining Nortel Networks’ emerging optical and access group. Dayna later went on to lead successful broadband divisions as VP of Hospitality at both Everest Broadband and Mitel Networks. Prior to this, Dayna co-founded Brautovich/Kully, a product marketing firm offering expertise in the strategic marketing of telecommunications products. Dayna is actively engaged in HTNG, currently serves as an executive advisor to the Board of Governors, co-chairs the Modernizing Infrastructure Strategic Pillar and has helped spawn multiple workgroups on topics such as Central Authentication, Scalable Cellular Solutions and Fiber to the Room.
- Russell Vest, President, Wireless Inside, LLC: Russell has 30+ years of driving fundamental changes in the telecommunications industry covering the range from network design and deployment, development of the leading third-party operator to establishing industry best practices and standards. Based on this foundation of change he is committed to delivering connectivity solutions for the enterprise by leveraging advanced technologies toward greater user-control that integrates seamlessly into global networks. He is an active member of HTNG chairing the CBRS Workgroup extending Private LTE knowledge to the hospitality industry. Russell holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the third year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2019, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry. HT-NEXT 2019 will take place April 8-11 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
HT-NEXT (https://www.ht-next.com) brings together hotel technology solution providers with leaders and influencers from leading hotel companies spanning IT, finance, marketing, distribution and operations. In 2018, the event attracted nearly 600 hospitality professionals. After the event, 87% of these attendees said they met a valuable new contact at the show, and 97% of attendees said they brought back a specific idea to implement at their organization.
HT-NEXT features emerging trends and the ability to dig in to work together to solve current industry problems. The program will feature thought-provoking keynotes, diverse educational sessions, HTNG workgroups and a technology exhibit hall for attendees to discover cutting-edge solutions. The Hotel Visionary Awards and the HTNG TechOvation Award are also presented live during the event.