Thayer Lodging Group, a privately held investment company that produces strong Alpha Returns for investors in hotel real estate, announced that Mike Dickersbach, its Vice President, Information Technology, has been elected Chairperson of the AH&LA’s Technology e-Business Committee.
The Committee acts as a technology resource for AH&LA members, providing advice and guidance on hospitality technology issues -- including general advice on the applicability of new and emerging technologies to the hospitality industry, and on specific regulatory issues related to or impacting hospitality technology. The Chair is elected for a two-year term. Jim Lamb, Chief Information Officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, was elected to the position of Vice Chair.
“We welcome Mike to this important role,” said Joshua Sumption, Vice President of Information Technology and Staff Liaison, American Hotel & Lodging Association.
“Mike’s leadership, industry knowledge and technology experience make him an ideal selection to enhance the committee’s commitment to providing current and relevant industry education and awareness.”
A 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mike Dickersbach is responsible for overseeing the technology, systems infrastructure, and Audio Visual integration within the Thayer Lodging Group portfolio of hotels and the corporate office. Along with key project management, Mr. Dickersbach also oversees the daily IT operations of Thayer Lodging Group Inc. and EMCVenues.
"Technology plays an ever escalating role in the success and sustainability of hotel operations,” said Naomi Stark, the Committee’s Outgoing Chair, and President, Stark Service Solutions, LLC. She concluded,
”For years, the Technology & E-Business Committee has been a cornerstone in the industry, providing timely information and guidance through a rapidly evolving landscape of technological advances. As our new Chair, Mike brings essential experience, vision, leadership, and energy, to both the Committee and AH&LA members. We are thrilled to work with him as our new Chair."
About Mike Uwe Dickersbach
Mike Dickersbach is Vice President, Information Technology, at Thayer Lodging Group. A 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry, he is responsible for overseeing the technology, systems infrastructure, and Audio Visual integration within the Thayer Lodging Group portfolio of hotels and the corporate office. Along with key project management, Dickersbach also oversees the daily IT operations of Thayer Lodging Group Inc .and EMCVenues.
In 2004, he helped establish the Cloud presence of EMCVenues, allowing the company to become one of the first Meetings Management Companies of its kind. Dickersbach continues to support EMCVenues and has helped it grow to become a full service strategic meetings and housing management company.
Prior to joining Thayer, Mike worked in the Hospitality industry as a Systems & Control manager for Hilton Hotels and as a restaurant manager for Doubletree Hotels, after graduating from Johnson & Wales University (magna cum laude.)
Along with his Certified Hospitality Technology (CHTP) designation, he is a Comptia A+ and NET+ certified technician, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Within the industry, Mike is an active member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) Technology Task Force, sits on the Advisory Board for Hospitality Technology Magazine and serves on the American Hospitality and Lodging Association's (AHLA) Technology and e-commerce advisory committee.
About Thayer Lodging Group
Thayer Lodging Group, based in Annapolis, Md., is a privately held hotel investment company that was formed in 1991 by Frederic V. Malek and Leland Pillsbury. Since its founding, Thayer has established a consistently successful track record spanning every investment cycle. In 2010, Thayer acquired Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the world's largest third-party, independent hotel manager, which operates nearly 400 hotels globally. Through Thayer and Interstate, the company has invested in more than 100 hotels. For more information about Thayer, visit the company's web site, www.thayerlodging.com.
About the AH&LA
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. You can access the AHLA Technology committee directly via their website http://www.ahla.com/technology/.