Board of Directors
Lisa Fues is Marriott's Director of Reservations, Inventory and Distribution. Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,600 lodging properties in 71 countries and territories. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for.
Ms. Fues is responsible for providing electronic distribution perspective and business requirements, project management, and best practices support to strategic Marriott initiatives in the areas of reservations and distribution systems. She is a 25 year Marriott associate and has had various roles in eCommerce, leading internal and external systems development projects, product rollouts, and marketing to support electronic sales through marriott.com, GDS, and eChannels.
As part of Marriott's eCommerce organization, Ms. Fues was the business project manager for Marriott’s first Direct Connect interface using the OpenTravel specification. She has participated in subsequent internal and external Marriott implementations of OpenTravel messages since becoming active in OpenTravel in 2001.
VP, Supplier Merchandising
As Vice President of merchandising for Sabre Travel Network’s supplier lines of business, Shelly is responsible for articulating the company’s vision and driving the company’s strategy and technology investment for travel supplier merchandising initiatives across air, hotel, ground transportation, rail, cruise, and tour.
Bundling, unbundling and personalized, dynamic-offer generation have become essential to travel supplier profitability and success. Enabling these capabilities through Sabre’s Travel Marketplace has become increasingly important to deliver more travel options for agencies and their customers as well as to deliver product differentiation, brand loyalty and additional revenues for travel suppliers.
As an expert in travel supplier commerce, Shelly leverages her extensive travel and technology background to further establish Sabre’s leadership in enabling travel suppliers to achieve their business objectives through the world’s largest travel marketplace.
With more than 20 years experience in the travel industry, Shelly has held several leadership positions within Marketing, Technology and Strategy Development. Prior to her current role, Shelly was responsible for leading Sabre’s airline merchandising efforts – developing business and product strategies for new airline merchandising efforts – including branded fares and ancillary products. A native of Texas, Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of North Texas.
Cheryl Reynolds is the Director of Distribution Channel Strategy for the The Hertz Corporation where she is responsible for all channel strategies including leading relationships with GDS and XML partners. Prior to Hertz, Cheryl was the Executive Director for the OpenTravel Alliance, a travel industry distribution trade association, where she successfully led the organization through a transistion period.
Previous to OpenTravel, Cheryl spent four years at the California based airline Virgin America, leading distribution and sales strategy and five years at United Airlines in the Worldwide Sales division with a focus on data, analytics and reporting.
Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Leisure from the University of Manchester and a Master of Science degree in Air Transportion Management from Cranfield University.
VP of Architecture
Stuart Waldron is the VP of Technical Architecture at Travelport leading the transformation of travel content acquisition and distribution. He is also a former board member of the OTA and longtime member of the OTA architecture work group.
Prior to this Stu was the lead architect at Amtrak for ResNG on their next generation reservation effort, leading internal and external (OTA) efforts to define a rail common service model for commodity reservation functions. Before that, Stu was the architect for global Travel and Transportation in the IBM Distribution Industry business unit. He was the overall technical lead for IBM solutions, relative to the travel and transportation industry (air, car, hotel, ground), including a travel industry framework and rail offerings. Stu was responsible for coordinating the various technical and product teams in IBM, as well as IBM strategic partners. Stu left IBM after 23 years as a Senior Technical Staff Member and was a member of the Enterprise Software Architecture Board and other technical forums.
Stu has over 30 years experience in the T&T industry, starting in 1977. He has been deeply involved in every major upgrade of reservation and departure control systems for the North American airlines and active with many international carriers as well. Stuart has worked for Eastern, United, and American airlines He was also chief architect at Sabre responsible for the next generation GDS system. In rail, Stuart has worked at the French railroad (SNCF) to reinvent passenger reservation services to meet the needs of high speed rail traffic. Stuart has also worked with India, China, Italian, and Egyptian and other rail carriers as they work to modernize their passenger service system.
Paul is the Senior Vice President of Development at OpenJaw Technologies. Since joining OpenJaw in 2007, Paul has directed the teams that manage the OpenJaw t-Retail Platform and its components. Paul's responsibilities extend from Product Management to Product Marketing and Product Development.
Paul has nearly 30 years experience in the travel industry. Prior to joining OpenJaw, Paul spent nearly 20 years at Datalex where he held a variety of software engineering and management roles. He spent 5 of those years leading the US development team that delivered product-based solutions to major US clients such as Delta Airlines, ATA Gelco, United Airlines, AeroMexico, Cendant and Best Western.
On behalf of OpenJaw, Paul is an active contributor to the Order Management taskforce as part of the DDXWG pusing forward IATA's NDC initiative.
Paul graduated from Dublin City Univeristy with a degree in Computer Applications and recently completed a Master of Business at the Irish Management Institute.
Buddy Altus is Director of Electronic Distribution in the Online Marketing Group at the Avis Budget Group. Mr. Altus’ responsibilities include managing product development and business from third party e-commerce applications and services. This includes ABG’s XML interface, the private label booking engine used by airlines, corporate accounts, and travel agencies, ABG mobile sites, and Global Distribution Systems.
Mr. Altus' experience prior to ABG includes e-commerce companies in music and content protection and another in group buying. Additionally, he spent 10 years at American Express where he was part of the team that developed AXI, American Express’ first corporate booking tool. Before Mr. Altus moved to travel and e-commerce he developed programming language software at Intermetric
Mr. Dibler has over 25 years of application development and systems integration experience in the education, manufacturing, financial and hospitality industries and is currently responsible for software architecture, development and integration for Best Western International, Inc. - The World’s Largest Hotel Chain®. Best Western is comprised of over 4,000 properties in over 80 countries. His customers consist of Best Western member hotels, international affiliate offices worldwide and corporate staff.
As part of Best Western International’s technology strategy, Mr. Dibler has been instrumental in the adoption and implementation of several mission critical business services utilizing XML and OpenTravel standards. Best Western has been a member of OpenTravel since 2000.
Nancy Little is the Director of Partner Connectivity - Product Management, Global Revenue & Property Based Systems for InterContinental Hotels (IHG) PLC. IHG is a global organization that franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 688,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. Its broad portfolio of ten hotel brands includes, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express Hotels, Staybridge Suites Hotels, Candlewood Suites Hotels, EVEN Hotels, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.
In her role, Mrs. Little has global responsibility for the development and management of all Third Party connectivity including Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and Online Travel Agencies (OTA) and is involved in the development if the new IHG guest reservation system. She manages a team of Product Managers in the United States and China.
Mrs. Little is a seasoned veteran in the travel industry, with extensive distribution experience in hospitality and airline. She has held roles of increasing responsibility with IHG and with the former Eastern Air Lines. She has served on the HEDNA Board of Directors and was a co-leader of the HEDNA Product Automation Working Group.
Jim is a skilled business technologist with more than 25 years progressive experience in a variety of industries. He is regarded as an independent, strong direction setter, self-motivated, and a conscientious technology professional with strong buisness acumen and customer focus.
As Disney's subject matter expert for travel distributor integrations, Jim is an ardent proponent of the OpenTravel interfaces. Through his expertise, in the development of B2B specifications, establishing strong communication protocols, and industry leading best practices and ability to drive tactical and strategic direction enabled Disney to successfully introduce the OpenTravel interfaces to new travel distributors and expand OTA integrations by nearly 400% over the past 2 years. At the same time, he led Disney's effort to increase utilization of OTA interfaces features by transitioning from manual processes to communicate hotel rates and descriptive information to travel distributors to automated notifications.
Matt Blackmon has been part of the travel industry for almost 15 years. He began his career as a flight attendant, then a travel agent and finally becoming a leader in travel technology at American Express. He is currently the Business Architect at SuperShuttle/ExecuCar and owns the integration path.
Matt has spent the last 8 years intensly focused on integrating and uplifting travel systems. He has lead global efforts with major travel agencies that integrated and connected multiple GDS's, customer profile systems, and online booking tools using the OpenTravel schema.
Matt is passionate about creating personalized experiences for travelers through networks of integrated systems and data share allowing for an end to end customer experience. He believes that OpenTravel is the keyto allowing unified messaging amongst partners to acheive these experiences.