Who We Are - Award of Excellence

The HEDNA Award of Excellence honors an individual or company that has made remarkable contributions toward the advancement of hotel electronic distribution, mainly, though not exclusively, through their activities within HEDNA. The annual recipient is selected by HEDNA's Board of Directors and recognized at the North American conference.

Nominees must be, or have been, active in HEDNA for several years. Current Board members and past recipients are not eligible.

Previous Honorees (PDF)

2017 HEDNA Award of Excellence Winner

Dee Thomas

Dee has enjoyed a career in the travel industry for nearly 30 years with the majority of her commitment in the hospitality sector. She spent 8 years at Worldspan before moving to Pegasus Solutions where she was responsible for the development and support of online distribution in an evolving marketplace. Dee worked to ensure that Pegasus Solutions was in the forefront of development and adoption of distribution and technology across GDS and other online channels. Dee then transitioned to a position at Lanyon utilizing her expertise to lead Product Management for Supplier Solutions. Her areas of responsibility expanded to not only focus on Content Management and GDS but included RFP management.

Today Dee is working at DerbySoft as the Director of Content Services leading the solution development for content distribution across all channels for both supply and demand customers.

In additions, because of Dee's passion for the travel industry she has also been an integral part of the HEDNA organization by serving on the HEDNA Board of Directors for 6 years and participating in various committees. Without a doubt, Dee has been the driving force for the HEDNA Education Committee. She has made it her personal mission to develop the HEDNA U Courses including ensuring HEDNA U 1.0 and 2.0 are available as part of the HEDNA curriculum and for developing HEDNA U Online.



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