Hospitality Monetary and Know-how Professionals (HFTP®) is happy to announce two champions of hospitality expertise, Jeff Bzdawka and Jeff Edwards because the 2022 HFTP Worldwide Hospitality Know-how Corridor of Fame inductees, each acknowledged for his or her expertise and management in selling hospitality innovation and expertise. Bzdawka serves as CEO at Knowland. Edwards is senior vice chairman of Property, Proprietor and Enterprise Merchandise and Platforms at InterContinental Lodges Group (IHG). The 2022 inductees will probably be honored on the upcoming Hospitality Trade Know-how Exposition and Convention (HITEC®) in Orlando, Fla. on June 28, 2022.
The Worldwide Hospitality Know-how Corridor of Fame is HFTP’s highest degree of recognition within the space of expertise. Since 1989, 51 people have acquired this award as a mirrored image of their contributions to the hospitality trade. Bzdawka and Edwards are the fiftieth and 51st inductees and their induction on the HITEC Headliner stage in Orlando can even fittingly be when the occasion celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.
For Jeff Bzdawka, his profession ardour lies inside hospitality and the assumption that expertise – when utilized appropriately – can allow change and create higher experiences for all these concerned.
“I’m honored to be inducted into the Corridor of Fame, amongst so many achieved leaders in our trade,” stated Bzdawka. “This recognition goes past me to the numerous mentors, friends, colleagues and organizations who’ve influenced me and supported me alongside this journey. As a lifelong learner, I attempt to constantly develop, and I’m grateful to HFTP for giving me a platform to do this in addition to assist others alongside the way in which.”
Bzdawka’s hospitality journey started as a company administration trainee at Hyatt, the place he spent 20 years throughout two stints with the model. In his early years at Hyatt, Bzdawka recognized a necessity to enhance occupancy forecasting to help labor scheduling. This initiative led to the event of a program utilized by a number of Hyatt properties to streamline processing and enhance operational efficiencies. Later, as senior vice chairman of worldwide expertise at Hyatt, he orchestrated the primary profitable self-hosting mannequin for Opera PMS, introducing best-of-class digital experiences in addition to a game-changing, built-in person expertise that simplified the front-office atmosphere.
Bzdawka has additionally served as head of Pegasus Monetary Companies and senior vice chairman of service supply at Pegasus Options. Whereas at Pegasus, he launched an digital reconciliation and monitoring product to cut back friction factors between supply-and-demand channels, bettering provide chain expertise and lowering time to market considerably.
In the present day, Bzdawka holds the position of CEO at Knowland the place he leads the corporate to allow quicker, smarter selections and stronger efficiency for hospitality’s group enterprise by way of its best-in-class knowledge insights.
Modern product growth and expertise implementation are the primary drivers behind Jeff Edwards’ spectacular profession within the hospitality trade and consultant of what it takes to be a Corridor of Fame inductee.
“Being inducted to the Corridor of Fame is a real profession honor, as it’s a recognition by my trade friends,” stated Edwards. “I’m happy to be alongside a bunch of excellent professionals, every with their very own specialties all culminating within the excellence and progress of the hospitality expertise trade.”
Edwards brings a flexible trade outlook, having labored throughout the board for distributors, shopper manufacturers and main lodge manufacturers. All through these roles, Edwards has championed the usage of expertise to advance the trade and create lasting change. His contributions to distribution and reservation expertise, in addition to lodge model and proprietor expertise, have been groundbreaking legacies to the hospitality trade.
Throughout his time as president of Amadeus’ lodge division, Edwards led a workforce that developed a next-generation method to a cloud-based reservation system. This new method established larger flexibility in managing lodge stock and enabled larger visibility into shopper choices in comparison with the legacy instruments of the previous. Edwards has extra not too long ago been targeted on advancing IHG Concerto™, IHG’s proprietary lodge working platform. Earlier to his roles at IHG and Amadeus, Edwards served as CIO for Wyndham Lodge Group, president and CEO of OpenTable, Inc. and president at MICROS-Fidelio.
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2022, HITEC North America will happen on June 27–30 on the Orange County Conference Heart in Orlando, Florida USA. HITEC is the world’s largest hospitality expertise exposition and convention. It gives a singular mixture of top-notch hospitality expertise training, led by trade friends and consultants, and an unparalleled commerce present showcasing the newest hospitality expertise services. Registration for HITEC Orlando is now open.
Hospitality Monetary and Know-how Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit affiliation headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with workplaces in United Kingdom, Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is acknowledged because the spokes group for the finance and expertise segments of the hospitality trade with a world community of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the trade’s urgent points and assists its stakeholders to find options to their challenges extra effectively than any group. HFTP gives skilled networks, academic sources, profession growth applications, analysis, management alternatives and conferences and occasions. HFTP Is the writer of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Trade (USALI). For extra details about HFTP, go to www.hftp.org. For the newest information, go to the HFTP Information web page at information.hftp.org and the HFTP Join weblog at weblog.hftp.org.
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