Hotel Technology Next Generation adds Todd Davis and Wendy Mertz as governors to its board and John Burns as an executive advisor. Davis is CIO for Choice Hotels International. Mertz co-heads the IT department for Hard Rock Hotels. Burns founded Hospitality Technology Consulting.
Davis establishes and oversees the company’s global information systems strategy on operations, information security and data privacy, global infrastructure, corporate systems and business intelligence solutions. He has been with Choice Hotels for 20 years and immediately prior to joining Choice, he was an engineer for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Cendant Corp.
Mertz has more than 25 years in the hospitality industry in a variety of positions and companies including Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Marriott and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She joined Hard Rock in 2000 where she directed the implementation of a variety of systems and created the system standards for Hard Rock Hotels. In her current role, she co-heads the IT department where she has financial and overall responsibility of both long and short term application strategies associated with the selection, implementation and support of restaurants and hotels.
In addition to the new governors elected, the board also appointed Burns as an Executive Advisor. Executive advisors attend board meetings, serve on many board-appointed committees, and may act as board liaisons for HTNG workgroups.
Burns established Hospitality Technology Consulting to help hotels and other travel companies deal successfully with electronic travel distribution in May 1992. Burns is a Co-Founder of HTNG. In 2006, he was inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. That year he also received the International Society of Hospitality Consultants’ Pinnacle Award. Burns began his hotel management career at university conference centers before he moved to Hyatt as a director of sales in Vancouver and then at Hyatt HQ in Chicago. From there he moved to THISCO (now Pegasus Solutions) as its VP-Product Development, and then moved to technology-innovator INTRICO. He also worked as director of reservations at Ramada, Inc., then later became director of property systems support.