Dr. Robert Harp

Founder, CEO & Publisher


About GlobalHotelNetwork.com

GlobalHotelNetwork.com is the premier provider of Hotel Investment Insights, Thought Leadership & Industry Intelligence for C-Suite Executives & Leaders/Influencers in the global travel & tourism industry.

Established in 2000, GlobalHotelNetwork.com (GHN) is a Trusted Voice in the global travel & tourism sector. 

  • Reports on breaking tourism news via social media channels;  
  • Conducts interviews with travel & tourism CEOs & industry leaders; 
  • Provides hotel investment and operations insights on regions, countries and cities worldwide;
  • Offers GHN members a global platform for providing thought leadership; 
  • Features intelligence from organizations such as WTTC and UNWTO;
  • Fosters industry innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Recognizes CSR efforts of travel and tourism companies globally;
  • Sponsors 50+ hotel investment conferences in every region of the world.

GHN is committed to excellence in business and innovation, and in the spirit of Johann Sebastian Bach, our work is also done Soli Deo Gloria.

About the Founder, CEO & Publisher 

An entrepreneur and first mover in digital publishing, Dr. Robert Harp founded GlobalHotelNetwork.com in 2000. 

Harp is also Executive Director of the Office of Innovation at Biola University and Catalyst for the Lausanne Movement Workplace Ministry.

He earned a BA in Economics and an MA in Communications from Wheaton College, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Workplace Theology, Ethics, and Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of Faith at Work, an online curriculum published by Our Daily Bread Ministries -- and is currently working on developing online courses, in partnership with Biola LEARN, in the areas of entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. 

About the Director of Marketing and Operations

Natalie J. Harp is the Director of Marketing and Operations at GlobalHotelNetwork.com. An articulate writer and speaker, Natalie champions Right To Try, based on her own personal story of living with cancer. She is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, B.B.A. Entrepreneurship, and Liberty University, MBA. 


Our Inspiration

Howard P. "Bud" James and Donald E. Stephenson 

Howard P. "Bud" James (pictured left) and Donald E. Stephenson, (pictured right) are the inspiration behind GlobalHotelNetwork.com.

Bud served as Chairman, CEO and President of ITT Sheraton Corp., from 1970-1985, and Don as executive vice president from 1977-1985. Prior to ITT Sheraton, the two industry executives pioneered the famed Del E. Webb Corp into the hotel business, including parts of Asia. 

From Corporate Executives to Entrepreneurs

During the mid 1980s, Bud and Don retired from ITT Sheraton and established Global Hospitality Corporation, as a private hotel management company. Among resort properties managed were the world-renowned La Costa Resort and Spa and Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort, on behalf of Japanese ownership. 

The two also formed a related company, Global Hospitality Resources, Inc., to serve the hotel industry as a private real estate brokerage and advisory firm.

At the dawn of the Internet age, Global Hospitality Resources, Inc., entered the publishing business, launching GlobalHotelNetwork.com, as a premier provider of Hotel Investment Insights, Thought Leadership & Industry Intelligence for C-Suite Executives & Leaders/Influencers in the global travel & tourism industry. 

World class digital publishing platform inspired by World class hoteliers.