20-Year Hospitality Technology Veteran Brings Global Sales Leadership
Newport Beach, CA, and Dallas, TX – December 9, 2008 – BirchStreet Systems, Inc., a leading provider of hospitality industry e-procurement and back office automation solutions, today announced that it has appointed yet another well-known hotel industry veteran to its executive ranks: David Chestler has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. This appointment comes on the heels of last month’s announcement of John F. Davis III joining the company as Chief Executive Officer. Launched in 2002 and headquartered in Newport Beach, California, BirchStreet’s Web-based systems are used by more than 1,800 hotels in more than 25 countries.
Chestler brings nearly two decades of hotel industry sales experience to BirchStreet Systems. His background includes managing sales at three well-known hotel technology providers: Pegasus Solutions, Utell International, and Visual Data Corp. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development for Pegasus Solutions, where he managed global sales for more than six years. While with Pegasus he was responsible for approximately 50 percent of the company’s revenues, managing large hotel reservations contracts and complicated partnerships with major travel distribution players such as Expedia and Priceline. Working closely with Pegasus Solutions’ former CEO John Davis, Chestler played a critical role in supporting Pegasus’ global expansion.
“While BirchStreet has accomplished incredible industry penetration over the last couple of years, it was in need of a strong sales leader with an established hotel industry reputation and relationships,” said BirchStreet Systems CEO John F. Davis III. “David Chestler was undoubtedly the best candidate for the job. With him at my side, I’m looking forward to seeing BirchStreet double or even triple in size over the next couple of years.”
“I am thrilled to be reunited with one of the travel technology world’s best-known visionaries: John F. Davis III,” Chestler commented. “I’m looking forward to executing on his vision as he and BirchStreet tackle the challenges and opportunities in the hotel industry back-office automation arena.”
Prior to joining Pegasus and Visual Data/Hotel View, Chestler served for nine years in sales and development with Utell International, now a hotel representation unit of Pegasus. In this role, he oversaw $400 million in annual revenue and a portfolio of 1,200 hotels. Read more information on David Chestler, or contact him at 949.567.7082.