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April 20 – WIT FORUM – Disruptive Technologies: Technology Innovations & Trends in the Hospitality Industry

As the world becomes more connected, industries must in turn adapt to satisfy the growing demands for real time services and solutions. With millennials emerging as the largest segment of travel and leisure consumers, this is especially true for the hospitality industry. How can hotels, airlines, restaurants and entertainment attractions utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to increase operations efficiency while delivering a more personalized guest experience? What are the latest industry trends that are allowing companies to stand out and consumers to take notice? With a prediction of 26 billion IoT connected devices by 2020, now is the time to adopt IoT technologies. Dan Noyd with Jabian Consulting will lead our discussion on this convergence of technologies and smart environments, and how it will effect business leaders and consumers alike.


Moderator: Dan Noyd
Executive Director
Jabian Consulting

Dan Noyd is an executive director and the leader of the Hospitality Group at Jabian Consulting.  The Atlanta-based management consulting firm focuses on increasing profitability and driving growth for its clients.  Dan can be reached at dan.noyd@jabian.com.


Speaker: Tracie Carillo
Global Head of Hospitality Sales


In her role as Global Head of Hospitality Sales, Tracie is accountable for all hotel and car bookings made through Travelport’s world-wide customer base. To accomplish this, Tracie is supported by a global team of 22 Hospitality Business Development Managers, representing over 15 countries.  The Business Development Managers are the subject matter experts for hospitality to ensure our strategies are fully aligned with our customer’s needs in all regions and that we stay ahead of the trends that impact all of our business.  Working alongside her colleagues in Product Definition and Technology Delivery Travelport has set itself as the distribution leader for hospitality travel commerce. Tracie is now in her 17th year with Travelport, having started her travel career in the Corporate Strategic Partnership Division, followed running the New Business Sales organization for the US and later managed the OTA portfolio including the Priceline Group and Expedia.


Speaker: Diane Estner
DANNI Enterprises


Diane has been enjoying her career in hospitality technology for over 25 years.   Previously working with a start-up telephone billing software company (SDD) in 1996, Diane was successful in helping SDD establish a their products and services into a globally hosted communications service and middleware platform that today, supports most all the major hotel brands. In 2014, Diane created DANNI enterprises in order to expand her role and direct involvement in several of the exciting industry shifts occurring in hospitality.  Diane is passionate about Mobility, Data Analytics, the convergence of marketing with technology strategies to enhance guest personalization, loyalty and our experiential immersion, WiFi & BYOD, Millennial Travel, Hosted UCaaS (unified communications as a hosted service), and Sustainability technology and solutions that help reduce costs and work towards creating a consciousness of environmental stewardship. Considered an industry expert by many of her colleagues, Diane thrives in finding and deploying disruptive business solutions, providing world-class customer services, and in supporting a dynamic evolving industry she loves!


Speaker: Noni Gonzalez
Global Technology Systems
InterContinental Hotels Group

Noni Gonzalez web

Noni is a transformational technology leader with more than 30 years of experience in managing large scale implementations across a broad range of areas including supply chain, logistics, procurement, transportation management, financials, data warehousing, mobile applications, client relation management systems, human capital systems, and enterprise planning applications. Noni joins IHG from AT&T where she spent more than 10 years in a variety of positions, including her most recent role of AVP, Common Cloud Platforms and Solution Engineering. Earlier in her tenure, she was AVP, AT&T Business Network and Corporate Solutions where she oversaw the AT&T Corporate Systems and AVP, Cingular IT Corporate Systems at AT&T Mobility. Earlier in her career, Noni held roles with Oracle and Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Noni graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Georgia State University. She is recipient of numerous awards including recognition as 2014 Top 100 Hispanic Executives by HITEC, an organization for Hispanic professionals in the IT industry.



7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am – 9:00 am Panel Presentation with Q&A
9:00 am Event Ends

Advanced registration tickets are $35, and $30 for TAG members. You can also purchase a table of 10 at the TAG member rate of $300.
Registration will close on Monday, April 18th. 
Please note: walk-up registration price is $40 – register early to get discounted admission!



April 20, 2016

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Organizer: Lenora Kopkin



Ticket Prices

Advanced Registration:
General: $35
TAG members: $30
Table of 10: $300

Walk-up Registration: $40


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