Meet the HITEC Advisory Council.

Behind the scenes of every HITEC is a group of highly knowledgeable industry veterans from around the globe, lending their expertise to the planning and coordination of the conference’s education program. These individuals share a deep understanding of the strengths, complexities and constant evolution of the hospitality industry. They take the challenges that often face hospitality professionals and collectively seek the voices that can share sustainable solutions to these challenges.

Meet the individuals coordinating the education program for HITEC Charlotte 2024.

Katie Lee

Co-chair | CIO • AKA Hotels + Hotel Residences

McLean Xavier, CHTP+

Co-chair | CIO • Innvest Hotels

Ajay Aluri

Founding Director, WVU HIT Lab and Associate Professor • West Virginia University

Zach Black

VP • 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

Integrated Resorts Advisors

Neil Foster, CHTP, MBA

Advisor • Growth Advisors International Network (GAIN)

Roger Franke

VP / CIO • Aramark Destination

Mark Gage, CHT

VP / 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, Hotel Operations • Resort World Las Vegas

Keryn McNamara

SVP, Hotel Technology • Aimbridge Hospitality

Christine Moffett

CIO, Technology and Innovation • Kessler Collection

Harikrishna (HK) Patel

Board Director • AAHOA

Neal Patel, CHO, CHIA

Immediate Past Chair • AAHOA I Managing Partner • Blue Chip Hotels

Henri Roelings

Founder / CEO • Hospitality Net

Matt Schwartz

CTO • Sage Hospitality Group

Prakash Shukla

Managing Partner • Wayfare VC

Rich Siegel

President / Publisher • Hospitality Upgrade

Jason Smith

VP, Marketing Communications • HSMAI

Tariq Valani

SVP, IT – Middle East, Africa, India & Turkey • ACCOR

Ira Vouk

Author / Industry Consultant • Hospitality 2.0

Lyle Worthington, CHTP

CEO • Worthington Tech

Alison Lockett

Staff Liaison I Meetings and Events Manager • HFTP

Frank Wolfe, CAE

Staff Liaison I CEO • HFTP

Bryan Wood

Staff Liaison I Chief Learning and Events Officer • HFTP

Millicent Athanos

Staff Liaison I Staff Vice President, Administration & USALI • HFTP