Global Software Applications LLC DBA SurferQuest
Kathryn Koning from Global Software Applications LLC DBA SurferQuest named on CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel List
State College, Pennsylvania April 27, 2022 —
Global Software Applications LLC DBA SurferQuest,
today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Kathryn Koning, CEO to its
Women of the Channel list for 2022. This esteemed list honors the incredible accomplishments of female
leaders in the IT channel. Those named on this annual list come from all corners of the IT channel
including vendors, distributors, and solution providers whose vision, expertise, and contributions make an
impact on the industry every day.
By bringing innovative concepts, strategic business planning and comprehensive channel initiatives to
life, these extraordinary women support partners and customers with exceptional leadership. CRN
celebrates these women, who are so deserving of recognition, for their constant dedication to channel
Kathryn E Koning, CEO and Founder of Global Software Applications LLC, has been providing software
and technology platforms to multiple verticals including hospitality, through her DBA SurferQuest since
Successfully implementing the first of its kind business center solution to the Westin Times Square,
consequentially starting a new amenity in the hospitality industry, and has continued success ever since.
Kathryn has served as CEO for Wayfinding Pro and Flighttime TV; as well as currently holding the
Director of The Board for Darkness2Hope a 503c nonprofit which assists in combatting Human
Trafficking. Kathryn is an advocate for women and an active member of the Woman’s Business
Enterprise National Council (WBENC)and the Small Business Council for Technology.
With has a passion for philanthropy and the human connection, and her compassion for people, Kathryn
has continuously donated her time and resources to foundations such as The National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children to help bring families back together. The pro-bono project was branded as “the
modern-day milk carton” by CNN referring to the creation of a real time digital data base of missing
children displayed across multiple platforms nationwide.
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The team at SQ Hospitality/SurferQuest is excited to announce that our founder and CEO Kathryn Koning, has been listed as PA Business Central’s top 100 women CEOs. Congratulations Kathryn, you earned it!!!
EV Hotel Group has recently welcomed our president Kathryn Koning to their hotel advisory board. Kathryn is happy to join and offer over 20 years of expertise in the hospitality industry. We are proud and happy to be guided by her leadership at SurferQuest! Check out what they have to say about her new role:
We are pleased to announce that we have strengthened our EV Hotel Group Advisory Board with the appointment of Kathryn Koning. The appointment marks a new chapter in our company’s history as we embark on an ambitious programme of growth for 2021 and further down the pipeline.
Ms. Koning has been an expectional leader on multiple platforms and especially with technology. She can write a book of all her experiences and accomplishments.
A member of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association Technology and Education Committees assisting in advancing technology and furthering education within the hospitality industry
CEO and Founder of Global Software Applications LLC, has been providing software and technology platforms to multiple verticals including hospitality, through her DBA SurferQuest since 2000. Successfully implementing the first of its kind business center solution to the Westin Times Square, consequentially starting a new amenity in the hospitality industry, and has continued success ever since.
Advocate for women and an active member of the Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council and the Small Business Council for Technology.
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672 Tyrone Pike
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SurferQuest CEO Kathryn Koning was featured for Women’s History Month by Maureen Borzacchiello of Maureen Borzachiello Incorporated. Borzacchiello is a women’s advocate, and supporter of woman entrepreneurs. Kathryn is an awesome example of women leaders in business and we are happy to share the interview!
Today, during our celebration of Women’s History Month we are featuring Kathryn Koning- CEO of Global Software Applications LLC
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED:
Not to take myself too seriously…and NEVER take no for an answer!
WOMAN WHO INSPIRES KATHRYN AND WHY:
I admire my mother, who showed me what never giving up looks like.
I also admire my daughters, who no matter what challenges they face they always push forward , head first believing that anything is possible if you can just see it in your mind.
A celebrity and professional that admires me is Betty White. Why? Because she has shown the world what a feisty, fearless woman can accomplish. She faced many challenges starting a career in a time that women were just starting to be recognized for being more than stay at home mothers and wives. She was regarded as a pioneer of television, she was one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom.
Data breaches within the hotel industry are a growing concern, with hackers targeting personal and credit card information that is collected during a guest’s stay. Last year, hackers breached hotel giant Marriott and had access to the sensitive information of more than 300 million guests. In a second attack, another 5 million guests were put at risk. The year before, MGM reported a data breach that affected over 10 million hotel guests. The pandemic has increased the threat level to data security and hotel fraud is becoming more common.
Beyond the financial ramifications and large liability to hotel chains, identity theft leaves long lasting marks on those who have been targeted. Many people whose information has been exposed and stolen, report long lasting effects including anxiety, financial stress and worry for the security of friends and family members.
Individuals can take precautions to protect themselves, such as using complex passwords, reviewing credit reports and not sharing personal information with unverified sources; but what can be done when this isn’t enough? What measures can hotels take to further protect their guests?
Routinely changing employee passwords and verifying the cloud security of data management platforms could help defend against data breaches and attacks. Further verifying the security measures used by any vendors collecting data is also a key component to defending against potential data breaches.
SurferQuest was designed with this in mind. Currently SurferQuest is serving thousands of hotels, and is installed within many of the large hotel chains we have all grown to love. To date, SurferQuest has never experienced a data breach after over two decades in business. This is due to an important security feature that removes any and all guest information from public devices after each use. Any personal information that has been entered into a guest computer or tablet is completely erased after every use and the device is restored to start state. It is a smaller component within the large scheme of hotel operations, but is one that comes with the guarantee of security and peace of mind. Once it is installed, vulnerable guest devices are one less worry.
While data hacking and breaches may always be a threat, we can all take extra precautions to ensure that it doesn’t happen. Visit http://www.surferquest.com for more information.