HITEC North America will be held June 24–27, 2024 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Austin, Texas (December 7, 2023) — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) has assembled an expert group of industry professionals to serve on the advisory council for its upcoming North American event. HITEC is the largest and longest-running nonprofit event of its kind hosting 300+ exhibiting companies and a thoughtfully designed education program with over 50 education sessions. In its five-plus decades, HITEC has become a respected, must-attend event for the industry. HITEC 2024 will take place from June 24–27 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina USA.

Members of the HITEC Advisory Council are selected by HFTP leadership for their experience and expertise. The roster updates annually and the 2024 HITEC North America Advisory Council will determine the education program for Charlotte. Leading the group are co-chairs: Katie Lee, Chief Information Officer for AKA Hotels + Hotel Residences and McLean Xavier, CHTP+, Vice President of Technology for Innvest Hotels.

“I believe that HITEC’s education program is the cornerstone of innovation and progress in today’s hospitality tech landscape,” said Xavier. “Embracing diverse viewpoints isn’t just a choice, it’s our cornerstone to fostering innovation and an imperative. Broadening our educational outreach with a public call for presentations is not only a celebration of that diversity but an investment in the potential of collective growth.”

The Advisory Council will kick off its program planning with a topic development meeting in January 2024. Based on the topics they identify as priority at this initial meeting, the council will continue to work over the following months to fine-tune sessions and select expert speakers to present the information. New this year is a public call for HITEC Charlotte session proposals – the council will consider these submissions, selecting unique industry-specific presentations to help flesh out the event’s noteworthy education offerings to ensure a comprehensive solution-based program. The deadline for proposal submissions is January 10, 2024.


The 2024 HITEC North America Advisory Council includes:

Chair Katie Lee │ CIO| AKA Hotels + Hotel Residences

Chair McLean Xavier, CHTP+ | VP of Technology | Innvest Hotels

Ajay Aluri, Ph.D. │ Founding Director, WVU HIT Lab and Associate Professor │ West Virginia University

Zach Black | Vice President | Spire Hospitality

Mike Blake | VP of IT| Kemper Sports

Art Burger, CHAE+ │ Principal │ Art Burger Consulting

Andrew Buwalda, CHAE │ General Manager of IT, Finance and Operations │ Deerhurst Resort

Scot Campbell, CHTP │ CTO Concerts, North America │ LiveNation

Neil Foster, CHTP, MBA | Advisor | Growth Advisors International Network (GAIN)

Roger Franke │ VP and CIO │ Aramark Destination

Mark Gage, CHTP │ VP and Executive Director, IT │ Enchantment Group

Nelson Garrido, CHTP+ │ SVP, IT │ Brookfield Properties

Ron Hardin, CHTP │ Director, IT │ Sandestin Investments LLC

Michael Lederman │ VP, IT │ The Leading Hotels of the World

Sherry Marek │ Owner | Aiken Street

Shannon McCallum | VP of Hotel Operations | Resorts World Las Vegas

Keryn McNamara │SVP, Hotel Technology │ Aimbridge Hospitality

Christine Moffett | CIO, Technology and Innovation | Kessler Collection

Harikrishna (HK) Patel | Board Director and OTA Committee Chair | AAHOA

Neal Patel, CHO, CHIA │ Managing Partner │ Blue Chip Hotels and Immediate Past Chair │ AAHOA

Henri Roelings │ Founder and CEO │ Hospitality Net

Matt Schwartz │ CTO │ Sage Hospitality Group

Prakash Shukla │ Managing Partner │ Wayfare VC

Rich Siegel │ President and Publisher │ Hospitality Upgrade

Jason Smith │ VP of Marketing and Communications │ HSMAI

Tariq Valani │ SVP of IT, Middle East, Africa, India & Turkey │ ACCOR

Ira Vouk │ Author/Industry Consultant │ Hospitality 2.0

Lyle Worthington, CHTP │ CEO │ Worthington Tech

HFTP Liaison Millicent Athanos │ Staff Vice President – Administration & USALI │ HFTP

HFTP Liaison Alison Lockett │ Education Coordinator │ HFTP

HFTP Liaison Frank Wolfe, CAE │ CEO │ HFTP

HFTP Liaison Bryan Wood │ Chief Learning and Events Officer │ HFTP

HITEC 2024 exhibit space is 74 percent reserved, with general sales open for the remaining space (sales@hftp.org). Registration and hotel reservations will open in January 2024. For more information about HFTP’s events, visit www.hftp.org or contact the HFTP Meeting & Events Department at education@hftp.org.


About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in the EU and Middle East. HFTP is recognized as the spokesgroup for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry’s pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world’s largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. In addition, it oversees the hospitality-specific Pineapplesearch.com® and the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.

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