Mike Blake, of Commune Hotels joins the StayNTouch Board

Bethesda, MD – January 15, 2014StayNTouch Inc., a developer of next-generation cloud-based staff & guest mobility solutions for hotels, is pleased to announce that Mike Blake, CIO at Commune Hotels has joined the StayNTouch Board of Directors.

With has more than 20 years of experience in finance and technology, Mike is currently CIO at Commune Hotels where he provides strategic leadership and perspective contributing to the ongoing evolution of Commune’s global IT functions for the brands Joie De Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels and Tommie Hotels.  Prior, Mike served as CIO at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, as Senior Vice President of IT for First Data, VP of IT Finance at Kaiser Permanente, and Director of IT Finance for Sears. In each of these roles, he was the highest ranking IT Finance resource and a key advisor to national senior leadership teams. Prior to that, Mike was Director of Financial Planning for United Airlines. He has an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an MS in Information Technology from Northwestern University. Mike is based in the Bay Area.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our Board.” said Jos Schaap, StayNTouch CEO & Founder.  “With his extensive technology and finance background, and as an early visionary in how mobility can drive guest loyalty and increase the hotel’s bottom line, Mike is uniquely qualified to help StayNTouch achieve our vision of providing affordable, smarter and better designed software for hotels.”

“I look forward to joining the StayNTouch Board. They have a great product vision, have put together an excellent team and have partnered with a strong strategic investor.  All told, they have everything in place to execute and deliver on their vision. StayNTouch brings fresh thinking to our industry, which is needed.  Their product strategy will help hotels reduce IT expenses and enhance revenue opportunities,” said Mr. Blake.

Designed as a technology overlay to the existing hotel PMS, StayNTouch is bringing the power of mobility to hotels and hotel groups of all sizes.  We firmly believe that freeing your staff from the front desk via the Rover PMS Tablet will dramatically increase customer service for your guests as well as increase staff flexibility.  Further, on the same platform, the Zest Smart Phone App delivers to your guests choice on how and when to be serviced, providing increased connection and loyalty to your hotel.

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Pioneering new technology for the hospitality sector, StayNTouch is leveraging the convergence of cloud, tablet, mobile and social technologies to create a new approach of how hotels can dramatically streamline operations and increase margin, how the hotel connects and engages their guests and how guests experience their hotels.  The result is a more nimble and effective hotel staff and dramatically increased guest engagement and loyalty.  Learn more by visiting

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