CHR Technology Entrepreneurship Roundtable

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April 15, 2015 All day


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The roundtable was chaired by Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Academic Director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, Mona Anita Olsen, Ph.D. '04, and covered the following topics:

"The Cloud: Impact on the Industry"
Moderator: Larry Hall, President & Chief Executive Officer, PAR Springer-Miller Systems, Inc.
Student perspective: Jacob Miller SHA '15

"Venture Capital: Fueling the Travel Revolution"
Moderator: John Balen, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Student perspective: Guy Cook SHA '15

"Guest Service Technology Innovation"
Moderator: Josh Weiss, Vice President of Brand and Guest Technology, Hilton and Rohit Verma, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Student perspective: Kelly McDarby SHA '16

"Market Disruption- Innovative Technologies and Companies in the Hotel Industry"
Moderators: Felix Laboy, Chief Executive Officer, WayBlazer and Bill Carroll, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Services Marketing, Cornell University
Student perspective: Regine Desroches MMH '15

"Brand Activation Through Social & Mobile Apps and Development of A Social Mobile Company"
Moderators: Joe Tagliente, President, Lenrock Management Group and Smoke Wallin, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Skull Rum
Student perspective: Parth Detroja Dyson '17


Karim Abouelnaga '13, Chief Executive Officer, Practice Makes Perfect
John Balen '82 and MBA '86, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Andrew Bate, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SafelyStay
Marco Benvenuti MMH '05, Co-Founder, Chief Analytics and Product Officer, Duetto
Bill Carroll Ph.D, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
Amitava Chatterjee '00, Director, Digital, Travel and Leisure, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Bhanu Chopra, Chief Executive Officer, RaitGain IT Solutions Pvt Ltd.
Bernard Ellis MPS '91,Vice President, Industry Strategy, INFOR
Allison Fitzpatrick, Partner in Advertising, Marketing & Promotions, Davis & Gilbert
Ian Ford, Chief Executive Officer,
Michael Frenkel, President, MFC PR
David Goldstone, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Relationships, SONIFI Solutions, Inc.
Larry Hall '81, President and Chief Executive Officer, PAR Springer-Miller Systems, Inc.
Ashwin Kamlani MMH '03, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Regatta Travel Solutions
Sarah Kennedy Ellis, Vice President, Global Marketing, Sabre
Felix Laboy '86, Chief Executive Officer, WayBlazer
Ben Littauer '78, Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels
Faith Marshall, Director-Travel, Transportation and Hospitality, Tata Consultancy Services
Stacey Nadolny '05, Director or Operations, Partner, HVS
Josh Ogle '08, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Spin Advertising
Sam Pollaro, Chief Executive Officer, Venga
Christopher Sanson MMH '06, Co-Founder, Handsome Code
Michele Sarkisian, President, P3 Advisors
Zeev Sharon '04, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hotelied, Inc.
Jules Sieburgh '72, MBA '74, Principle, Jules A. Sieburgh LLC
Joe Tagliente '89, Managing Partner, Lenrock Management Group, LLP
Sachin Venugopal, Director, Travel Transportation Hospitality, Tata Consultancy Services
Rohit Verma, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Smoke Wallin '89, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Taliera
Josh Weiss, Vice President, Guest Technology Innovation, Hilton Worldwide
Ambassador Barry White, Formally Chief Executive Officer of Foley Hoag LLP
Bernard Yu, Senior Vice President, Marketing, ADARA, Inc.


School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY


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