Monaker Group appoints Tim Sikora as CIO

US: Technology-driven travel firm Monaker Group has appointed Tim Sikora in the newly-created role of chief information officer.

Sikora will be tasked with managing all information technologies including the integrations of travel distributors with the company’s Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), a customisable, instant-booking platform for alternative accommodations and vacation rentals. He will lead Monaker’s technical teams to drive platform development, innovation and design for scale.

The MBE currently provides access to more than 2.6 million instantly bookable vacation rental homes, villas, chalets, apartments, condos, resort residences and castles.

The CIO will bring more than 22 years of IT, sales and operational experience in the travel industry to Monaker.

Sikora previously served as director of sales for North America at Boeing, and led the expansion of IT services companies Peak 10 and Ciber. He was also director of Information Technology End User Services at US Airways, VP of airline operations and chief information officer at Caribbean Sun Airlines, and manager of information technology at DHL Airways.

He said: “Having focused on travel innovation throughout my career, I’m especially excited to join a first-mover like Monaker who has pioneered the development and deployment of ground-breaking technology that fulfils the unmet need for instant booking of alternative lodging.

“I believe Monaker’s novel approach to connecting vacation rental property managers with the world’s largest travel distributors positions Monaker for exceptional opportunities and growth over the months and years ahead,” he added.

Monaker CEO Bill Kerby said: “The appointment of a travel IT professional with Tim’s extraordinary level of experience and accomplishments reflects how we have reached a pivotal stage in our growth and market expansion, with increasing numbers of users searching and booking through our system.

“Under Tim’s new leadership, we anticipate a further acceleration of growth and innovation, while ensuring we will continue to deliver an exceptional customer experience,” he added.

For more information, visit the Monaker Group website here.