HITEC 2016 show floor
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AUSTIN, Texas — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), has announced four new keynote speakers for  this year’s conference.

Dave Berkus, super angel, author and entrepreneur will present HITEC Toronto’s Opening Keynote, on June 26, discussing technology and its impact on the job market. Berkus is one of the nation’s most prolific angel investors, the creator of berkonomics.com and an inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.

Following the Opening Keynote, HFTP will host the “A Night in Toronto” Opening Party at the Muzik Event Center.

Alex Tapscott, CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, will present from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on June 26, offering insight into the blockchain revolution. Tapscott is co-author of the critically acclaimed book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World and is focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government.

This year’s closing keynote will be presented by Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US, partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP, and Robert Villanueva, executive vice president at Q6 Cyber. Rosen is a member of the Financial Services Practice Group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Taskforce at his current West Palm Beach office. He focuses his practice on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, securities regulation and financial regulation. Villanueva currently leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence Division of Q6 Cyber after spending 25-years working for the United States Secret Service, where he specialized in transnational cybercrimes, access device fraud, network intrusions and identity theft data breaches affecting the private sector.

This year’s North American event, HITEC Toronto, will take place from June 26 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. A full event schedule is available at hftp.org.


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