Hotel Online  Special Report

StayOnline Strengthens Management Team with Three
New Hires; Wireless Hospitality Professionals Parrish,
Lewis and Watkins Join Company
April 19, 2005 – Atlanta – StayOnline, Inc., the early innovator and current market leader in WiFi hospitality solutions, announced today that it has added three new executives to its management team: Barry J Parrish, as vice president of Western Sales, Patrick Lewis as vice president of operations and Allan Watkins as director of development. 

“Our significant growth in the last year has led us to search for the best in the industry to fill these positions as we continue to lead innovations in the wireless industry,” said Antonio DiMilia, President and CEO of StayOnline.

A hospitality marketing veteran, Parrish brings more than 30 years of successful marketing, sales, and advertising experience to StayOnline.  He has been honored with more than 20 awards for marketing and advertising excellence.  Parrish has worked with such companies as Cunard Cruise Lines, Sunterra Resorts, American & Mexicana Airlines, American Express Travel Service, Reno and Lake Tahoe tourism, Hyatt Hotels, and others.

Prior to joining StayOnline, Parrish was the vice president of Corporate and Strategic Marketing for the Sunterra Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada.   He attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and has a BA in Mass Communications from Chicago’s Columbia College.

In addition to Parrish, StayOnline named Patrick Lewis to the position of vice president of operations.  Prior to this appointment, Lewis was the president and CEO of Promasa, LLC, a strategic technology consulting firm specializing in wireless public access networks.  While at Promasa, Lewis was responsible for managing deployments for such clients as The Hilton Corporation, Orient-Express Hotels, Sonesta Hotels and Resorts, Trump Hotels and Harrah’s Casinos and Resorts.
Before leading Promasa, Lewis directed account and partner relationships for enterprise clients for Cisco Systems in the southeast. There, he specialized in IP telephony, LAN switches, routers, firewalls, wireless LAN/WAN technologies, and VPN/security products for customers, partners and prospects.

Lewis has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Radford University in Virginia.

StayOnline also announced the appointment of Allan Watkins to the position of director of Product Management. Watkins brings more than 15 years of experience to StayOnline.  He was the founder and previous CTO of Lighthouse Integrated Computer Systems which served the hospitality community with software products and services for the cruise ship industry.  In 1990, Watkins’ produced a shipboard management system for the entire fleet of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that is still in use today. 
In addition, Watkins worked in the Professional Services department on wireless application development for AppForge, Inc.  The global operation served companies such as Ford, Snapper, Hamilton Beach, Dell, Coca-Cola and others with AppForge tools, assisting with quick design, development, and deployment of custom mobile device applications.

Watkins graduated from the University of Florida in 1987 with a BS in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems. 

All three appointments come just as StayOnline gears up for its first-of-a-kind hospitality WiFi Symposium to be held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida beginning April 20.  The Symposium will focus on WiFi technologies designed to support many aspects of hotel operations. Concentrated focus group sessions will center on identifying areas of operations in which WiFi will be most valued by the end consumer. Other areas of focus will be about the most effective WiFi technologies, minimum product requirements, service standards and customer expectations. 

Attendance at the Symposium is by invitation only.  Invitees will include forward-thinking industry leaders who have shown interest and initiative in the development of wireless applications.  DiMilia added, “It is exciting to be able to put all of these players, along with our experts in one room with the key focus being WiFi in hospitality.”  

About StayOnline
StayOnline’s wireless high-speed Internet solution is installed in 63,000 guest rooms in more than 440 hotels and resorts across North America in more than 30 hotel brands, as well as a variety of unique boutique and historic properties. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, StayOnline provides secure wireless high-speed Internet access solutions and flexible wireless infrastructure for the hospitality industry. The company operates the largest, 100% WLAN in hotels in North America.  StayOnline meets the highest quality standards and is Intel® Centrino™ verified.  For additional information on StayOnline, visit


Karin P. Koser
Koser Pendley Koser

Also See: StayOnline Designs New Generation Wireless for San Francisco's Intercontinental Mark Hopkins / April 2005
StayOnline Shapes the Future of Hospitality WiFi with Industry Leaders; Wireless Solutions Company to Host Symposium on WiFi and Mobility Computing in Hospitality in April / March 2005
Hilton Grand Vacations Company Selects StayOnline for Wireless Expertise / March 2005
The Madison Pairs History with New Technology; DC Landmark Property Installs StayOnline's Wireless Solution / February 2005
Ely, Minnesota Resort Goes Wireless with StayOnline / November 2004
StayOnline Takes Emily Wireless; Fast-Moving Company Combines Technology with Tradition at the historic Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio / September 2004
StayOnline Takes Waikiki Wireless; Moves into Hawaii Resort with Largest 100% Wireless Coverage Install to Date / September 2004
Stranded Airline Passengers and Regular Guests Benefit from StayOnline's Wireless Solution in Dayton / August 2004
New Renaissance Las Vegas to Offer StayOnline's Wired and Wireless Network / August 2004
Highpointe Goes 100% Wireless with StayOnline / June 2004
StayOnline Announces New QuickResponseCoveragePlusSM Wireless HSIA Leader Sets Itself Apart with Innovative Repair Program / June 2004
StayOnline Offers Smooth Sailing/Surfing at Sailport Resort / June 2004
College Station Property Goes Fully Wireless; Lane Hospitality Taps StayOnline Again / June 2004
Mike Henderson Promoted at StayOnline, Inc. / May 2004
Wireless Joins Active Duty at Five CWB Properties; StayOnline Keeps Military Reservists and Other Guests Connected  to Home / May 2004
Chicago’s Historic InterContinental Hotel Goes Fully Wireless in Record Time; StayOnline Meets Hotel’s Challenge for Installation and Coverage / May 2004
StayOnline Helps Hilton Woodcliff Break New Ground; Hotel Noted as State’s Most Technologically Advanced Meeting Venue Adds Wireless Internet Access / May 2004
Amalfi Hotel Connects with StayOnline / May 2004
A Complete Set; Pineapple Management Services Signs with StayOnline to Install Wireless HSIA in Remainder of Properties / May 2004
StayOnline Connects Atlanta’s Historic Georgian Terrace Hotel; Complimentary Wireless Internet Service Now Available for Guests / May 2004
StayOnline Reports Explosive Growth in Usage of Broadband Wireless Service - Wireless User Take Rates Now Match Wired in Hospitality Setting / April 2004
Making the Connection Without Wires; Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre finds Positive + Connection with Wireless / February 2004
History Meets High Tech; Holiday Inn at Six Flags Brings High-speed Internet to 1800’s Building / March 2004
As 2003 Comes to a Close, StayOnline Hits 23,000 Rooms in 203 Hotels / December 2003
Magna Hospitality Group Selects StayOnline; Wireless Provider to Start with Half of Magna Properties / December 2003
StayOnline Installs First High Speed Wireless Connection in Douglas County / November 2003
Cool Springs Marriott Goes Wireless with StayOnline / September 2003
Two More Davidson Hotels Go Wireless with StayOnline; Wireless HSIA Installed at Marriott Hunt Valley and at Park Vista Memphis / July 2003
StayOnline to Market AT&T Wireless WI-FI Service in Thousands of Hotel Rooms Across US / June 2003
StayOnline and Boingo Wireless Announce WI-FI Network Roaming Agreement; StayOnline’s network of fully wireless hotels featuring in-room Wi-Fi hot spots to be integrated into Boingo network / June 2003
StayOnline Connects Hotel Biltmore; Intel campus hotel partners with StayOnline for high speed wireless Internet / June 2003
New Castle Goes Wireless With StayOnline; Leading independent hotel operator to use StayOnline for high speed wireless Internet / June 2003
CNL Hospitality Selects StayOnline - StayOnline becomes approved vendor for installing high speed Internet access / June 2003
StayOnline’s Wireless Solution is Verified by Intel; Nation’s Largest 100% Wireless LAN Provider for Hospitality Industry Now Verified on Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology / June 2003
Lane Hospitality Goes Wireless with StayOnline / May 2003
Coakley Williams Goes Wireless With StayOnline / May 2003
StayOnline Partners With PrintMe To Add Convenient Mobile Printing To Spectrum Of Guest Services / April 2003
The Warwick Hotel Seattle and the Warwick Regis San Francisco Add StayOnline’s Wireless High Speed Internet Service to Their Formidable List of Amenities / April 2003
StayOnline and iPass Announce Agreement - StayOnline to Integrate its Wireless Access Points into the iPass Global Virtual Network for Enterprises / Feb 2003
StayOnline Announces 100 % Wireless High Speed Internet Installation at 100th Hotel / Jan 2003
StayOnline Introduces Hospitality Industry’s First Online Quote Application / Jan 2003
Top North Shore Hotel Now Offers Full Property Wireless High Speed Internet Access / Dec 2002
Davidson Hotel Company Selects StayOnline to Install Wireless High Speed Internet Access / Oct 2002
Foundry Park Inn & Spa Massages History With High Tech; Adds Wireless High-Speed Internet Access through Partnership with StayOnline / Aug 2002
Innkeepers Hospitality, Inc. Connects with StayOnline’s Wireless High-Speed Internet! / July 2002
Noble House Hotels & Resorts Selects StayOnline for Wireless High-Speed Internet Access Program / Nov 2001

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.Online Search

Home | Welcome! | Hospitality News | Classifieds | Viewpoint Forum | Ideas/Trends
Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.