Greg Dawes and Monika Nerger will be
inducted into the Hospitality Financial and Technology
Professionals (HFTP) International Hospitality Technology Hall of
Fame at the 45th Annual Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition
and Conference (HITEC) in Toronto, Ontario Canada next month.
Both were recognized for their generous
knowledge-sharing, using their expertise to collaborate with
industry professionals outside their organizations to further
advance industry practices and move hospitality technology
Since 1989, 42 individuals have received this award as
a reflection of their contributions to the hospitality industry.
Dawes and Nerger were nominated and selected by their peers for
representing the best in innovation and application, and for being
leaders in their profession.
Greg Dawes is currently solutions
architect/technical director at VT Group. He has 30+ years of
experience in the communications industry with more than 15 years
building relationships in the hospitality, education, government
and healthcare verticals. He is a true GPON expert, and has been
involved with optical LAN almost since the inception of the
technology; his strength lies in designing and promoting Passive
Optical LAN as the preferred infrastructure of choice in these
Dawes is an active member of Hotel Technology Next
Generation (HTNG), where he has authored a wide range of published
works including: white papers, best practice guides, case studies,
webinars and more.
In 2012, he founded HTNG’s Fiber to the Room
(FTTR) workgroup, and has been the chairman or co-chair of the
group ever since.
“In technology, one must keep looking forward
and embracing the next big challenge while learning from our
past,” Dawes said. “The challenge is that most of the time we are
asking others to follow us to places we ourselves have never
Monika Nerger is currently CIO at Mandarin
Oriental Hotel Group where she is responsible for navigating the
company through the wide-ranging challenges and innovations that
are brought on with technology.
Most recently she has overseen the
development and is in the process of executing a five-year
strategy at Mandarin Oriental, “IT 2020”, which includes the
transformation of core systems to cloud and mobile-based
solutions, in conjunction with a rapid deployment of a
guest-centric digital strategy.
Over her career she has held
multiple technology roles in different hospitality areas
including: gaming/casinos, cruise lines, consulting and luxury
Nerger is very active in the hospitality industry, and
holds leadership positions for different organizations including:
HTNG president; HITEC Toronto advisory council member; Gaming &
Leisure advisory board member; CHTA advisory board member;
Jardines CIO council member.
She is also a frequent speaker/panelist at
hospitality industry events and contributor to numerous industry
“I’m excited and honored to be included in the
HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame, alongside
many distinguished peers and mentors in our industry,” said Nerger.
“To be recognized amongst so many talented and committed leaders
is truly humbling. I’m especially grateful to receive this honor
in Toronto, where I began my career in hospitality!”
This year’s larger North American event HITEC
Toronto, HFTP’s second HITEC of 2017, will take place from
26-29 June at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto,
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Hall of Fame.