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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.