Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) adds three new members, all from management and ownership groups, to its board of governors. With these new governors, HTNG's board is now larger than at any other time in HTNG's history and represents a broader range of hotel ownership, management and brand viewpoints.
"HTNG has always been fortunate to have strong representation from the industry's leading brands from around the world on our board, but we recently identified the need for stronger representation from management and ownership groups," said Douglas Rice, executive vice president and CEO of HTNG. "The board drives the organization to address the most pressing technology problems facing the hotel industry, so diversity is essential.”
Raman P. “R.P.” Rama is one of the owners and the executive vice president and chief technology officer/chief information officer of JHM Hotels. R.P. is responsible for establishing JHM’s management information system and technology initiatives. Rama has a certified hotel administrator and CHA emeritus designation from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He is also a certified hospitality technology professional and has a certified hospitality accountant executive designation from the Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals Association. He has been a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners association since its inception, and serves on several committees. He is a past president of HFTP and is currently on the executive board of the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging association. He serves on Brand IT Advisory Councils and is a founding board member of Global Hospitality Technology Professionals, which was created in India in March 2015.
Jason Shane joins the board representing Hersha Hospitality. As senior director of IT, he reports to the CEO and leads technology strategy and planning for the Hersha group of companies. Under Shane’s leadership, HHM’s IT team manages all technology for more than 4,000 associates at more than 105 hotels across brands, geographies and ownership groups. After starting his career by building his own IT services firm, Shane joined Hersha Hospitality in 2004 to build the IT department to support the rapidly growing organization.
Martin Stanton is chief information officer for Lowe Enterprises/Destination Hotels, where he leads a team of more than 50 technology professionals who focus on driving the company’s technology vision toward unified, aligned applications and solid, secure infrastructure. Stanton has worked almost 30 years in hospitality after graduating from Bradley University with a bachelor of science degree in Management Information Systems. Stanton joined the firm in 1994 when The Inverness Hotel became part of the Destination family. He has been engaged in both the Technology and Finance disciplines throughout his tenure with Lowe Enterprises.