Douglas Rice is an industry leader in the global hospitality technology industry, and now advises hotels, technology providers, and investors on strategic technology planning, market development, funding, and mergers and acquisitions. Best known for his role as founder of the global nonprofit industry association Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Douglas served as its first chief executive, growing HTNG over his 11-year tenure from a startup all-volunteer effort to a global industry association with thousands of members, a multimillion dollar annual budget, and nearly a dozen full-time staff.
Douglas was the 2012 inductee into the Hospitality Technology & Financial Professionals (HFTP) Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame; is the only recipient of the Lifetime “Most Valued” Award from China Hospitality Technology Alliance; was recognized in a Hotel Business cover story as one of the most influential technology executives in hospitality; has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences around the world; and has authored dozens of published articles. He sits on the board of directors for two global technology companies serving the hospitality industry, Xn Protel Systems Group and Interel, as well as serving on advisory boards for InnSpire, GEMtech and Winding Tree.
Douglas’s prior experience includes 10 years as President of Stratus Management Group, Inc., a boutique consulting firm focusing on strategic hotel technology, marketing and operational issues for global hotel companies and hospitality technology vendors; eight years as managing consultant and Vice President at The Graycon Group, Inc. (predecessor company to TravelClick); four years in various marketing management positions at United Airlines; and six years as senior economist and consultant at Data Resources, Inc. and Wharton Econometrics (both now part of IHS GlobalInsight).
Douglas earned his Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in Economics and distinction in Mathematics at Dartmouth College. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree with highest distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar.