Senior Director of Technology -- Hard Rock International
Joe holds a dual BS in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Florida and a MBA in Marketing from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Central Florida Society for Information Managers, the Hospitality Technology Editorial Advisory Board, and is a member of the Central Florida chapter of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
After many years as a Web technologies programmer and manager for banking and financial software companies, Joe led R&D programmers of the second largest arm of the Marriott Corporation. A stint as CIO for a national healthcare company taught Joe the importance of enjoying what you do. He took his hospitality experience with him when he joined Ripley's as VP of Technology during the construction of their Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Canada. Joe is now the top technology executive for Hard Rock International, which owns/ franchises the following globally: Hard Rock Cafes, Hard Rock Hotels/ Casinos, and Hard Rock Live. He specializes in not only the overall tactical technology necessities, but a strategic focus on new technology's place in the industry.