From his early days selling MICROS 8700 to Parque de la Costa in Argentina in 1996 to now overseeing Oracle Hospitality sales across Latin America, Gabriel Pestalardo has helped hospitality companies innovate their operations and served as a role model for countless colleagues.
For his industry achievements spanning 25 years, he’s been named to this year’s HITEC 50 – the top 50 most influential and notable professionals in technology across Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.
Established in 2011, the annual HITEC 50 awards celebrate the contributions of Hispanic leaders to the hospitality industry. Honorees are evaluated on their accomplishments in the ever-changing global landscape of technology and for their mentoring and professional development activities. HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior-level business and technology executives.
“During these unprecedented times, we’re proud to recognize the top 50 technology leaders across the Americas that have contributed to the advancements in their field, which ultimately, allows the world to stay connected,” said Omar Duque, president of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). “We are living in a world where physical contact is limited, yet we stay connected across the globe now more than ever and technology has been the driving force providing us this ability of interconnectedness.”
For Pestalardo, technology’s role in bringing cultures together is a passion.
“One of the joys of working in hospitality is welcoming people from different corners of the world,” said Pestalardo, vice president, hotels, Latin America. “The exchange of ideas and greater understanding that’s fostered during such encounters is invaluable in the global community in which we now live. It’s an honor to be a part of Oracle Hospitality and help facilitate that process and share my appreciation of diversity with my colleagues and customers.”
HITEC’s network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a technology-centric world. Its membership includes executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas.
“The HITEC 50 represents a group of technology leaders that we, as a global community, look to for inspiration, innovation, and impact. It is an honor to recognize and celebrate the HITEC 50 leaders and to showcase HITEC’s global reach throughout Ibero-America,” said Guillermo Diaz Jr., HITEC chairman and CEO of Kloudspot.