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Mr. Davis

Todd Davis

Chief Executive Officer, SkyTouch Technology

Todd Davis is a Hospitality technology executive with 30 years of experience leading innovative technology solutions delivery to the hotel industry. Mr. Davis led the team that took choiceADVANTAGE, the first hotel property management system (PMS) built entirely in the cloud, and created what is now SkyTouch Technology. SkyTouch is the provider of the most widely used cloud-based property management system, designed to help hotel companies enhance guest experience, advance performance, and achieve growth. Before taking the reigns as SkyTouch CEO, Mr Davis was Chief Information Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc. There he led Choice Hotel's global IT strategy, providing high-performing solutions to the company and its 6,300-plus franchised hotels worldwide. Mr. Davis joined Choice Hotels in 1995, where he held multiple positions, most recently serving as chief technology officer before his promotion to chief information officer in March 2013. Under Mr. Davis' management, Choice Hotels earned multiple honors for technology excellence, including a Hospitality Technology Visionary Award and an Oracle Innovation Award. Before joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Davis was an advanced systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) focusing on hotel industry solutions. Prior to EDS, Mr. Davis designed global reservation solutions for Cendant Corporation and focused on the consolidation of Cendant's multiple systems and data centers. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with emphasis in hotel and restaurant management. He serves on the NAU School of Hotel Restaurant Management and Computer Information Systems Advisory Board.

Please visit http://www.skytouchtechnology.com for more information.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at 623-201-8148 or tdavis@skytouchtechnology.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.