Technology-Next Generation (HTNG)
in Advisory Roles
|BELLINGHAM, Wash. (August 21, 2004) - Hotel Technology-Next Generation
(HTNG), the two-year old industry association dedicated to creating new
technology solution sets that interoperate seamlessly across multiple vendors,
announced today that two high-profile hospitality technology experts have
joined the organization in advisory roles.
Richard G. Moore, Professor Emeritus at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, will join HTNG in the newly created role of Honorary Fellow. He will assist HTNG in developing a close working relationship with the academic community, and he will also help HTNG in communicating its message to the hotel community. Professor Moore was instrumental in establishing information technology as an integral component of the Cornell Hotel School's curriculum. In 1992, he was awarded the coveted HFTP Technology Hall of Fame Award.
"HTNG represents a long-needed and overdue initiative to foster cooperation in the development of hotel technology," said Professor Moore. "As an industry, we have squandered our scarce technology resources by continually trying to re-invent the wheel. HTNG has established a practical approach to dramatically reducing that waste, and its early results are very promising."
Ted Horner, Managing Director of E. Horner & Associates Pty. Ltd., based in Sydney, Australia, will join HTNG as an Executive Advisor. Mr. Horner was this year's winner of the HFTP Technology Hall of Fame Award, and is recognized as the leading authority on hotel technology in Australia and surrounding countries. Mr. Horner was one of the original founders of the HTNG effort and will assist the group in raising its profile and membership in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mac Smith, another founder of HTNG and Managing Consultant of Hospitality Project People, has retired from his Executive Advisor role due to other commitments and has been named an Honorary Fellow. Mr. Smith, formerly Vice President of Information Services for Hilton International, will continue to provide valuable assistance to HTNG in recruiting European participation in the organization.
With these additions, the HTNG leadership team expands to a fourth continent and rounds out a commitment to extend its ties to the academic community, where the industry's future leaders are being trained. "We are delighted that two such distinguished professionals have volunteered to support our efforts," said Dr. Matthew Dunn, Executive Director of HTNG. "The level of voluntary commitment we have gotten from these individuals, as well as and from our existing Board of Directors and Executive Advisors, represents clear evidence that HTNG has migrated from a good idea, as outlined in its seminal June 2002 White Paper, into a successful process of innovation that has produced, and will continue to produce, tangible results. Already, some of our vendor members are reporting news sales that they attribute to the products they developed within the first HTNG workgroup and showcased at this year's HITEC show," said Dr. Dunn.
HTNG's leadership structure now includes the following individuals and geographic diversity:
Board of Directors
Dick Moore is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he taught many of today's hospitality technology leaders. During his 35 years at Cornell he was instrumental in establishing information technology as an integral component of the school's curriculum. Professor Moore's areas of interest and expertise are in the development and use of information technology in the hospitality industry. Professor Moore was a member of the Hospitality Industry Standards (HITIS) advisory committee of the American Hotel and Motel Association and was chairman of the Posting Devices subcommittee. Professor Moore earned a CDP from the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals. He received an MBA and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Moore was inducted into the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional's (HFTP) Technology Hall of Fame in June 1992. In 2000 he was presented with a distinguished service award at FS/TEC for his contributions to the food service technology industry. In 2004 the Hospitality Information Technology Association (HITA) elected him a fellow of the association.
About Ted Horner
About Mac Smith
About Hotel Technology-Next Generation
HTNG is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide leadership that will facilitate the creation of industry solution sets for the lodging industry that:
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