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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.