Global online distributor, SiteMinder, has appointed well-known American hotel industry personality, David Chestler, to head up its expansion into the Americas market.
As SiteMinder’s Executive Vice President for the Americas, Mr Chestler will help continue expanding SiteMinder’s footprint in the Americas market, with primary focus being on the growth in the US. Heading the agenda will be Mr Chestler’s attendance at the world’s largest hospitality technology conference, HITEC, in Minneapolis, from June 24-27, 2013, where he will represent SiteMinder as a major global player in online distribution (booth number 1436).
Announcing the appointment, SiteMinder Managing Director, Mike Ford, said Mr Chestler and his wealth of experience in the industry would help accelerate the company’s growth in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
“SiteMinder is in the process of establishing a major US presence to look after the Americas region where we have experienced strong adoption of our technology by hotels. The addition of David to the team signals our continued commitment to this process” Mr Ford said.
Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr Chestler said he was looking forward to building a team that would replicate the rapid growth SiteMinder had engineered in Europe, Asia and the Pacific region in recent years. “The US market has embraced online distribution for many years and we are excited to bring a new, revolutionary distribution model to the region. My job will be to expand SiteMinder’s footprint in new markets and show the industry why SiteMinder has experienced exceptional growth in other parts of world, driven by robust technology, strong support infrastructure and a very appealing commercial model for both hotels and technology partners,” Mr Chestler said.
“I’m excited to join an entrepreneurial company with whom I share a passion for the power of online distribution. I have worked for a number of organizations and by far I prefer teaming with successful companies like SiteMinder that possess a pioneering, strategic vision. I look forward to excelling the growth that SiteMinder has already experienced within the US and to continue building relationships such as our recent partnership with The South Beach Group in Miami.”
Mr Chestler brings to SiteMinder extensive experience spanning close to 25 years in the hotel technology industry, most recently at US eCommerce firm, Sceptre Hospitality Resources. Mr Chestler has also worked in senior roles at BirchStreet Systems, Pegasus Solutions, Utell International and Visual Data Corp to name a few.