Art Norins is a proven entrepreneur, who has successfully built multiple businesses from concept to reality. Currently he serves as the Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Nor1.
Through the building of Nor1, Art has developed an impressive network of high level relationships in the travel industry, investment community (Blackstone, Colony Capital, TPG, major VC firms) and Silicon Valley.
Prior to creating Nor1, he founded Sandium, a B2B commercial heating ventilation and air conditioning system equipment supplier which provides engineered solutions for mission critical applications such as bio-tech facilities. Sandium also has initiatives in the high-end residential market along with partner manufacturing facilities in Germany and China. Art continues his role as Chairman of Sandium. Art is passionate about supporting fellow entrepreneurs; whether that be via angel investment, mentoring / board / advisory board roles or speaking engagements [Cornell University, Erasmus (Rotterdam), Harvard, Purdue, Stanford, etc…]. He has philanthropic initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and serves on the Board of the Indiana Institute of Global Health along with Purdue University’s Strategic Alliance Council. Art has traveled extensively (visited over 100 countries spanning six continents) and has lived internationally. He is a patent holder and earned an Engineering degree from Purdue University.
Jason Bryant, Nor1 Founder and co-CEO, oversees day-to-day operations, provides visionary leadership and strategic direction for the upsell technology company.
With Jason at the helm, Nor1 has quickly emerged as the technology leader in upsell solutions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Nor1 provides innovative revenue enhancement solutions to the hospitality industry.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Mr. Bryant has over 20 years experience building and leading international software development and operations organizations. Prior to Nor1, he founded and grew DRCI into a world-class offshore software development organization which maintained facilities in India and Mexico. DRCI focused on providing services to the travel industry, specialized in both high-volume transaction systems and Internet technologies.
Mr. Bryant is a frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship at global events such as World Travel Market, the Hospitality Upgrade Vendor Summit, ITB Berlin, and many other industry events. He also volunteers his time to a number of non-profit organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Holtzman has over twenty-five years of experience in financial management and administration. Prior to joining Nor1, Mark served as the CFO of Skymoon Ventures as well as the acting CFO of certain early stage companies in the Skymoon portfolio. He also served as a financial advisor on both the Webvan and Excite-@Home bankrupt estates. Mark was one of the initial hires at Webvan, where as the CFO of Webvan Bay Area, Inc., he helped create the infrastructure for its rapid growth and IPO. Prior to Webvan, Mark was Group Controller at MicroAge, overseeing several finance administration areas for this Fortune 500 company ($5B revenue). Mr. Holtzman earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA degree from the University of Michigan.
Mario Bellinzona oversees all international operations for Nor1, expanding the client base in all markets worldwide. Based in our regional office in Frankfurt, Germany he manages the European Account Revenue Management and Support Analyst
Group, providing operational support to our clients and partners in international markets.
Prior to joining Nor1 Mario was part of the Executive Team of Trust International, an international operating hotel distribution company, where within 7 years he was holding positions as VP Global Sales and Marketing, Sr. Manager Strategic Initiatives and Key Account Manager. Prior to Trust International he was Product Manager for electronic corporate booking solutions and Management Information Systems at Amadeus Germany, a provider of global travel technology and distribution solutions.
Mario holds a Bachelor degree of Economics and Business Management with focus on Travel and Hospitality, earned at the Department of Cooperative Studies of the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
For more than 20 years, Pierre Boettner has been influencing technological innovation in the hospitality industry. He currently is Senior Vice President of Hospitality Technology for Nor1. In this role, he is responsible for bringing Nor1’s industry leading up-sell technology to the front desk operations of thousands of hotels worldwide.
Prior to joining Nor1, Mr. Boettner worked for Micros Systems, the world’s leading developer of enterprise applications, in various positions including director of product development, Product Manager, and MAC executive. Under his leadership, the company’s integration engine (OXI) grew exponentially to more than 11,000 sites and he successfully introduced the company’s revenue management system to the industry. Additional positions include revenue management consultant for OPTIMS France and Director of Sales for Movenpick Hotels & Restaurants. Mr. Boettner is an esteemed graduate of L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.
Extending and broadening Nor1′s leadership position in upsell technology is the new role of Utpal Kaul as Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations for Nor1, Inc. He joins the company with nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry with leading global brands like Taj Hotels & Resorts and Oberoi Hotels International. Utpal most recently held the position of Regional Director of Market Management for Expedia where he oversaw lodging revenue for western U.S. In four years, he was instrumental in negotiating several strategic brand and ownership group contracts, nearly doubling the region’s market share.
Well-respected throughout the industry, Utpal often lends his expertise as a speaker at events and conferences for organizations such as Eye For Travel and HSMAI. Utpal holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University with a major in Distribution Strategy and Revenue Management.
Sanjay Wahi has spent 15 years in the consumer internet and ecommerce markets in product management, analytical, and strategic roles. As Senior Vice President of Product Management & Analytics for Nor1, he is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in offer optimization, product strategy and development.
Sanjay was most recently Director of Data Insights at Yahoo! where he led teams responsible for generating actionable insights on ad effectiveness, funnel economics, targeting, retention, engagement, monetization, and other aspects of behavioral analytics. He holds a patent on advanced processing and segmentation methods of web usage data.
Previously, Sanjay was a member of the founding team of Orbit Commerce Inc (acquired by Digital River), an early pioneer in ecommerce web services, where he led the development of the company’s initial product. He also spent five years as a management and technology consultant at Stax Inc and Accenture, respectively. He earned a BA in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ravneet Bhandari, Chief Commercial Officer, heads the Strategic Advisory Group at Nor1, and is also responsible for all global business development initiatives and executive-level relationships with Nor1′s largest global clients.
Under Ravneet’s leadership, the Strategic Advisory Group provides C-level advisory services and highly effective end-to-end solutions in the areas of Loyalty Marketing, CRM, E-commerce, Revenue Management, Distribution, Pricing and Targeted Upselling.
A 20 year veteran of the Hospitality Industry, Mr. Bhandari recently joined Nor1 from Starwood Capital Group, where he served as an Executive Consultant for Marketing & Technology, and was responsible for asset managing various strategic projects at Louvre Hotels Group, SCG’s largest owned subsidiary, in Paris. He previously served as Senior Vice-President of Revenue Strategy & Technology at Trump Entertainment Resorts, where he managed a diverse functional portfolio comprising Revenue Management, E-Commerce, Distribution, Sales, CRM/Loyalty, Marketing, Casino Services and Business Intelligence, and also served as the CIO for the company. Previous roles include VP of Business Strategy for Harrah’s Entertainment, Corporate VP of Revenue Management for Caesars Entertainment, and he was also the first-ever Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Hyatt International Corporation.
Mr. Bhandari holds a MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC in France, a Bachelors degree in Hotel Management from IHM, New Delhi and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.