Ted's Technology Summit 2020

Role technology can play post COVID-19

Friday 13 November 2020 

Thank you for attending the 2020 Ted’s Tech Summit


Ted’s Technology Summit is once again bringing to Sydney exceptional international Keynote speakers that are leaders in their field.

International Keynote speakers:

John D. Burns, CHA

John D. Burns, CHA

President, Hospitality Technology Consulting

Identified by Lodging Magazine as one of the ten hospitality experts changing the travel industry, John Burns established Hospitality Technology Consulting to assist hotels and other travel companies deal successfully with the increasingly complex world of electronic travel distribution.

Born and educated in Canada, Mr. Burns began his career managing university conference centers in Ottawa and then in Vancouver.

In 1980 he joined Hyatt International Hotels, initially as Assistant Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and later in the corporate HQ in Chicago as Director of Reservation Services.  He subsequently held increasingly senior positions at Ramada, Inc., THISCO (later Pegasus Solutions) and at technology-innovator INTRICO. 

Burns founded Hospitality Technology Consulting in May 1992.  Since then as HTC’s president, he has headed this international consulting service specializing in assisting hotel chains and independent hotels in optimizing their central reservations, electronic distribution and revenue management programs. 

 Burns was inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. He has also received the ISHC Pinnacle Award and the HEDNA Outstanding Contributor Award. 

An AH&LA Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and a co-founder of Hotel Technology-Next Generation (HTNG), Burns is active in HEDNA, HFTP, HTNG, and HSMAI. 

Mr. Burns and his wife Judy reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Michael Levie

Michael Levie

Chief Operations Officer, CitizenM Hotels

Upon graduating from IHMI, worked for various international hotel chains including Sonesta Hotels and NH Hoteles all over the world. As Vice-President of Operations he managed large portfolios of hotels. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed the European office. Owning his own hotels and venturing upon a new hotel chain, Michael Levie is currently a partner and CEO of citizenM hotels. It is all about people and caring for them, in combination with creativity. 

Ted’s Technology Summit would not be complete without our Asset Managers panel and this year, we are thrilled to be hosting a wide ranging discussion on the very timely topic:

What technology should hotel owners invest in 2021

Moderated by Julian Bish, Director Jaybee Hospitality, our panellists include Grant Alchin, Head of Asset Management, Capitaland, Ross Beardsell, Snr Vice President, Strategic Advisory – Australia, JLL, and Nigel Greenaway, National Director Hotels, Collier International.
Julian Bish

Julian Bish

Director, JayBee Hospitality

Julian helps hotels and hotel chains select and implement technology solutions. Over his 30+ years in the industry, Julian has worked with global hotel chains and technology suppliers alike, to manage successful implementations of technology projects.

Nigel Greenaway

Nigel Greenaway

National Director – Hotel, Colliers International

Nigel joined Colliers International in 2017 and specialises in:

  • Hotel Asset Management
  • Transaction management
  • Feasibility and market demand studies
  • Strategic hotel investment (acquisition, divestment, asset repositioning and operational value-add assessment)
  • Hotel ownership and operating structures
  • Hotel debt and equity.

 Nigel’s 30 year career in the hotel industry has spanned hotel operations, working for leading hotel operators and more recently heading two of Australia’s leading wholesale hotel investment funds.

His experience includes operations and financial management whilst working for hotel operators as well hotel investment fund management including buying and selling, funding and asset management for several of Australia and New Zealand’s leading hotels.

Nigel has had an active involvement in the Australian tourism industry including chairing the Tourism Accommodation Association as well board roles with several other global and national tourism groups.

At Colliers, Nigel heads our investment and asset management providing a range of value add, compliance and owner representation services to hotel investors.

Ross Beardsell

Ross Beardsell

Executive Vice President – Strategic Advisory, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Project & Development Services, JLL

Ross has over 12 years’ experience with JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group providing asset management and operator selection services on behalf of hotel owners to maximise Hotel value.

Prior to joining JLL, Ross has an extensive 20 year career working in various hotel General Management roles across Asia Pacific. During this time he was responsible  for  the  improvement  of  operational  and  financial  performances,  launching  hotel brands, extensive hotel refurbishments and team development.

Ross has been involved in or responsible for hotel assets with a combined value of AUD $1 billion, where he is recognised for improving the performance of hotels.

Grant Alchin

Grant Alchin

Head of Asset Management Australia, Capitaland

Grant is currently the Head of Asset Management Australia for CapitaLand overseeing 13 properties owned by the Singapore listed Ascott Residence Trust.

    Grant has 25 years experience in the hotel industry working for international operators IHG, Accor and Frasers Hospitality in senior finance, operational and asset management roles.

    Ted’s Technology Summit would not be complete without our Hotelier’s panel and this year, we are thrilled to be hosting a wide ranging discussion on the very hot topic in the industry.


    Moderated by Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor & Founder of The Fifth Estate, our panellists include Guenter Hauber-Davidson,  CEO and  Founder of Watergroup, Jerry Schwartz and Andy Goonesekera, Director  Engineering at the Intercontinental Sydney.
    Tina Perinotto

    Tina Perinotto

    Managing Editor and Founder, The Fifth Estate

     Tina Perinotto is managing editor, publisher and founder of The Fifth Estate, an on-line newspaper for green buildings and sustainable cities, established in 2009.

    The publication has become essential reading for business people, investors, designers, consultants, government officials and politicians working towards a more sustainable the built environment. 

    The Fifth Estate holds thought leadership and interactive events designed to stimulate faster sustainable transformation in the built environment. Key messages from events and related content are typically collated in ebooks distributed to all readers.

    Tina has also spoken at and facilitated a number of industry events.

    She previously worked as a senior writer at the AFR and edited Property Australia magazine and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University.

    Jerry Schwartz

    Jerry Schwartz

    Jerry Schwartz graduated from University of Sydney in Medicine, and has since specialized into Cosmetic Surgery: he also has his own multi-faceted general practice in Matraville. His family was always in hotels, and Jerry himself first invested in pubs.

    He is now CEO for the family business that is the largest private company owner of hotel rooms in Australia, having nearly 4,000 rooms in Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Region, Canberra and Melbourne, which are managed by four different management companies.

    He is actively involved in a continual upgrade of these twelve hotels. His latest project is expanding to Queensland, having taken over the ownership of the Hilton Gold Coast, which will involve him with his fifth management company! He also runs a brewery and a small seaplane service. Further details of his hotels are found at www.schwartz.com.au/hotels

    Andy Goonesekera

    Andy Goonesekera

    Director, Engineering Intercontinental Sydney

    Andy Goonesekera is a dynamic Hotel Engineer who blends his engineering capabilities with his personality and humor, establishing an extensive network both within and outside the hotel industry.

    For the last 35 years, Andy has worked at the InterContinental Sydney, currently holding the position of Director of Engineering, overlooking operations, energy conservation, capital projects and innovation.  Andy’s background, being Marine Engineering, has brought with him the capability of working with multi disciplines and thinking “outside the box”.  He has also gained diverse experience working in multiple IHG properties and with owners on various projects.

    Andy completed his Marine Engineering studies in Australia and then pursued further studies in mechanical engineering.  He has been recognised by various Institutions, locally and globally for Energy Conservation and Environmental Practices, specifically for trialing and testing new systems and concepts with a special interest in sustainability.

    Outside Andy’s professional endeavours, he has a passion for older sports cars however the restoration process is sometimes challenging with the work/wife balance process.  His current project being a Sunbeam Alpine, a rather “Get Smart” venture.  He is also extremely proud of his son and his achievements and especially dotes on his granddaughter.

    Francesca Muskovic

    Francesca Muskovic

    National Policy Manager – Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia

    Francesca is the National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia. She works with representatives from Australia’s leading property companies to develop policy and advocate to federal, state and local governments. Francesca has over 15 years of experience in the built environment sector with previous roles at AECOM, the Green Building Council of Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She is passionate about diversity, ethics in leadership, championing social justice issues in the property sector and advocating for ambitious public policy to support a transition to a zero carbon economy.

    2021 dates to be announced shortly