Art Norins is a father, passionate philanthropist and proven serial entrepreneur, who has successfully built multiple businesses from concept to reality.
He currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highgate Ventures (www.highgate.com), where he supports many of their technology investments in the travel and hospitality space. His focus is to harnesses the power of big data / artificial intelligence(AI) / deep domain experience to transform data analytics and predictive pricing initially in the hospitality industry.
He is also a passionate philanthropist (Founder, Chairman and CEO of HartHub, Inc.) who deeply cares about the future of planet earth and all its inhabitants. At the beginning of 2017 Art transitioned out of his venture backed high tech company, Nor1, Inc., to focus his time, energy and capital on social impact work. He specifically gravitated to quality early childhood and parent development, because it goes upstream to the source of societies major challenges (homelessness, poverty, physical/mental health issues, substance abuse, incarceration, etc.) and attempts to prevent them. Art found if society invests a $1 early in life (prevention), society can save $7-$17 downstream with reduced homelessness, incarceration, poverty, heath issues, etc.
Prior to HartHub, Art founded Nor1, Inc., a venture backed travel and hospitality internet company. There he served as its Founder, Chairman and CEO. Travel suppliers leverage Nor1’s innovative and patented solutions (business intelligence and analytics) to increase revenue while simultaneously enhancing their guest’s travel experience. Nor1 has a global footprint with headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, offices in Asia/Australia/Europe and revenues in 70+ countries and 30+ currencies. Nor1’s investors include SAP (Concur) Goldman Sachs, Accel Partners (major Facebook investor) to name a few. Some of Nor1’s customers include Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, InterContinental, Caesars, Wynn and Accor.
Prior to creating Nor1, Art founded Sandium, Inc, a B2B commercial heating ventilation and air conditioning system equipment supplier which provides engineered solutions for mission critical applications such as bio-tech facilities. Sandium also has initiatives in the high-end residential market along with partner manufacturing facilities in Germany and China. Art continues his role as Chairman of Sandium.
In his free time Art is passionate about supporting fellow entrepreneurs; whether that be via angel investment, mentoring / board / advisory board roles or speaking engagements/TED talks at major institutions like: Berkeley, Cornell University, Erasmus (Rotterdam), Harvard, MIT, Purdue, Stanford, etc... His philanthropic initiatives include work in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he served on the Board of the Indiana Institute of Global Health and worked with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. He also serves on the DocuSign Advisory Board and Purdue University's Strategic Alliance Council. Art has traveled extensively (visited over 100 countries spanning six continents) and has lived internationally. He is a proud father, patent holder and earned an engineering degree from Purdue University.
Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum