Utell, a subsidiary of Pegasus Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEGS) and the world`s largest third-party hotel representation service(1), announced that Roland Tanner, Utell`s vice president of information technology and distribution, has received the honor of being elected to serve as the 2002 president of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA).
HEDNA is a not-for-profit hotel trade association founded in 1991 by the hotel industry to stimulate the booking of hotel rooms through electronic channels, such as the global distribution systems (GDS) and the Internet. Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions is a leading provider of hotel industry transaction processing solutions and electronic commerce services.
According to Tanner, his new leadership role with HEDNA is especially meaningful due to the Pegasus Solutions` instrumental role in hotel electronic distribution. “Pegasus` heritage is rooted in the establishment of the hotel industry`s first hotel electronic distribution system, and HEDNA`s mission is to continue to drive electronic distribution across the hospitality industry. It`s a perfect fit and a wonderful honor to serve as president of HEDNA,`` Tanner said.
Roland has been a member of HEDNA since 1994. In his role at Utell, Tanner is stationed in Omaha, Neb., and is responsible for all of Utell`s information technology services worldwide, including software development, application support, network services, product management and development, and development and support for electronic distribution channels. In 1998, Tanner joined RezSolutions, which was acquired by Pegasus Solutions in 2000. Prior, he worked for Forte Hotel Group and Le Meridien for 10 years.
Other new HEDNA officers elected for the 2002 term include executives from Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Millennium Copthorne Hotels, and Carlson Hospitality Worldwide. HEDNA Executive Advisors chosen for 2002 are Bill Nicholson, president and chief operating officer of Pegasus Solutions, and Lalia Rach, associate dean at NYU Hospitality School.