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8:00 - 8:10
Welcome
Harry Javer
Co-Founder and Producer
The Lodging Conference
President
The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:10 - 8:30
Industry Overview
Presented by
Vail R. Brown, CMHS
Senior Vice President, Global
Business Development & Marketing, STR
JP Ford, ISHC
Senior Vice President
Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI
Managing Director
HVS
Mark Woodworth
Senior Managing Director
CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
8:30 - 8:50
Economic Outlook
Presented by
Aran Ryan
Director Lodging Analytics
Tourism Economics / Oxford Economics
8:50 - 9:00
Presentation for the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation
9:00 - 10:15
GENERAL SESSION
Lodging Leaders Panel: A View From The Top (Part I)
Moderator
Don Landry
Owner
Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
Panelists
Jim Abrahamson
Chief Executive Officer
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Geoff Ballotti
President & CEO
Wyndham Hotel Group
Roger Bloss
Founder, President, CEO
Vantage Hotels
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr.,
Chairman of the Board
FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated
Eric Danziger
Chief Executive Officer
Trump Hotels
Bruce Patel
2016 Chairman
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
10:15 - 11:00
Refreshment Break
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Western Alliance Bank
11:00 - 12:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 2   Buy, Hold or Sell: What Smart Owners are Doing at this Stage of the Cycle
The up-cycle that we have enjoyed for the last 7 years is at the top. Is this the end or will it level off for a while? Learn what the experts are saying about the current cycle and executing a successful hotel portfolio strategy in this environment.
Moderator
William H. Reynolds, Jr.,
Senior Managing Director
MCS Capital LLC / The Marcus Corporation
Panelists
Bob Olson
President
R.D. Olson Development
David Roedel
Managing Member
Roedel Companies
John Sonnier
Senior Vice President
Hodges Ward Elliott
Paul W. Whetsell
President & CEO
CapStar Hotel Company
Peter Willis
Executive Vice President
Chief Investment Officer, Chatham Lodging Trust
T - 3   Brand Update: Consolidation, New Brands, Hot Sectors
Extended stay, select service, full service, luxury, world class, historic, chic, boutique, and everything in between…Discover what’s next here at home and around the world and what it may mean for your current portfolio or next transaction.
Moderator
David Eisen
Editor-in-Chief
Hotel Management
Panelists
Kathleen Flores
Executive Vice President of New Brands and Innovation
Trump Hotels
Greg O’Stean
Chief Development Officer
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Chip Ohlsson
Chief Development Officer
Wyndham Hotel Group
Mark Shalala
Vice President
Development
Choice Hotels International
Alex S. Xu
Chairman and CEO
GreenTree Inns Hotel Group, Inc.
T - 4   Commercial Lending Outlook
Credit is tightening,and billions in CMBS loans are maturing, but deals are getting done. Experts discuss recent noteworthy transactions, anticipated borrower demand, risk versus return, underwriting, market liquidity and economic indicators.
Moderator
Stephen Gaylor
Senior Vice President
Capital Markets
Hunter Hotel Advisors
Panelists
Peter Berk
President
PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
Chris Hew
Vice President
Walker & Dunlop
Brian Holstein
Partner
US Hotel Advisors
Francisco Nacorda
Executive Vice President
Business Development
LD Realty Capital, LLC
David Turley
Principal
Cronheim Hotel Capital
T - 5   From the Ground Up: Dynamics of a New Build
Create a hotel with long-term value as our team focuses on market analysis, construction management, branding, engineering, innovative design and more.
Moderator
Ryan Black
Founder
R. Black Global
Panelists
Christopher M. Kearney, PE, LEED AP
Director of Hospitality, exp
Tom Lander
Vice President
Mortenson Development, Inc.
Jay (Jimmy) Patel
President
JAM Hospitality
Mitch Patel
President & CEO
Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Russell C. Savrann
Partner
Sandman Savrann PLLC
T - 6   2017 Intelligence Report
Plan for the year ahead armed with in-depth analysis of the latest transactions, price per key, value trends, occupancy, ADR, RevPAR, supply, demand, revenue and new construction pipeline.
Presented by
Vail R. Brown
CMHS Senior Vice President Global Business Development & Marketing
STR
JP Ford
ISHC, Senior Vice President
Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI
Managing Director
HVS
Mark Woodworth
Senior Managing Director
CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
12:15 - 1:45
Lunch
Sponsored by
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Chesapeake Hospitality
Magnuson Hotels
1:15 -
Above & Beyond Award
1:45 - 3:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 7   What Do Guests Really Want? It’s NOT What You Think
Whether it’s the Silent Generation or Baby Boomers, Gen Xers or Millennials, this panel will look at empirical analysis and discuss what today’s guest really wants.
Moderator
Kenneth R. Greger
Managing Director
AETHOS Consulting Group
Panelists
Layton Han
Chief Executive Officer
ADARA
Robert Rippee
Director
Hospitality Lab International Gaming Institute, UNLV
Alex Shashou
Co-Founder and President
ALICE
T - 8   Upper Scale, Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Hotels: Creating the WOW Factor
Today’s luxury guest is more demanding than ever. Find out what top hotel companies are doing to add value and provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences and personalized service.
Moderator
Jeff Weinstein
Editor in Chief
HOTELS Magazine
Panelists
John Keeling
Executive Vice President
Valencia Group
William J. Nassikas
President & COO
Westroc Hospitality
Gary Steffen
Vice President Global Head Canopy by Hilton
Hilton Worldwide
Lee Weeks
Chief Executive Officer
Coral Hospitality
T - 9   Reposition Your Hotel for Success
Take a fresh look at your hotel as experts help you reevaluate a property’s position and implement the most productive and cost effective changes.
Moderator
Russell C. Savrann
Partner
Sandman Savrann PLLC
Panelists
Jerome F. Cataldo, President/CEO
Hostmark Hospitality Group
Cory Creath, AIA, LEED AP
Principal Architect
AXIS Architecture + Design
Charles R. Lathem
Managing Director
Clarion Partners
Jim Merkel
Chief Executive Officer
Rockbridge
Thomas Prins
Principal
Gemstone Hotels & Resorts
T - 10   What Is Your Hotel Really Worth?
Experts guide you through obtaining an accurate assessment of your property as they discuss the brand, sector, location, price per room, historical data, financials, sustainable revenue generators, and much more.
Moderator
Jeff Higley
Vice President/Editorial Director
Hotel News Now/STR
Panelists
Douglas Dreher
President & CEO
The Hotel Group
Jeffrey Kolessar
Senior Vice President Development
GF Management
Peter L. Nichols
National Director
National Hospitality Group, Marcus & Millichap
Herb Warmbrodt
President
Warmbrodt Hotel Investments
T - 11   Managing the Relationship Between Asset Manager, Management Company, Flag and Owner
With so many cooks, running a property or a portfolio can become a complex endeavor. This panel will discuss each party’s role and the use of various management tools to ensure a positive outcome for the owner(s), flag, manager and asset manager.
Moderator
Stacy Silver
President
Silver Hospitality Group
Panelists
James Carroll
President & CEO
Crestline Hotels & Resorts
Robert Hayward
Senior Vice President
CHMWarnick
David Marvin
Founder & President
Legacy Ventures
Kirby D. Payne, CHA
President
HVS Hotel Management, HVS Asset Management - Newport
3:00 - 3:45
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
Aimbridge Hospitality
B Hotels & Resorts
LD Realty Capital LLC
2:00 - 4:30
Deal Connect (20 Minute) Meetings
3:45 - 5:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 12   CapEx: Delivering the Most Value to Owners and Asset Managers
Find out how you can get the most out of your project team.
Panelists
Steven Angel
Principal
Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
Ted Brumleve
Senior Director Strategic
Development
Wyndham Worldwide
Helen Jorgensen
Vice President Design & Procurement
Host Hotels & Resorts
Steve Tipton
Vice President of Sales Innvision
Hospitality Design and Procurement
Peter Welch
President & CEO
Continental Contractors, Inc.
T - 13   Lifestyle Hotels: Whose Lifestyle Is It Anyway?
Over the past several years, much has been discussed under the heading of Lifestyle. This panel will focus on who this customer is, what they really want, and how newer hotel brands are meeting the needs of the modern travel consumer.
Moderator
Michelle Finn
Senior Vice President
Boutique Design Group, ST Media Group International
Panelists
Barry A.N. Bloom
Executive Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer
Xenia Hotels & Resorts
Ron Pohl
Senior Vice President, Brand
Management
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Jay Stein
Chief Executive Officer
Dream Hotel Group
David Wani
Chief Executive Officer
Twenty Four Seven Hotels
T - 14   How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Hospitality Industry
From smaller, independently owned hotels to multi-brand international hotel companies, learn how to market your product or service to the key decision makers.
Moderator
Glenn Haussman
President
Rouse Media
Panelists
Sumner Baye
President/Partner
International Hotel Network, LLC
Anand Patel
Founder/Creative Director
Myriann
Dan Richardson
National Director, Hospitality
Entegra Procurement Services
T - 15   DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS: Navigating the Digital Marketplace for Hotel Owners and Operators
There are a multitude of channels for consumers and hoteliers and the landscape is constantly changing. Learn how smart hoteliers are managing both direct and third party channels.
Moderator
Cindy Esti Green
CEO and Co-Founder
Kalibri Labs
Panelists
Laura Brouk
Chief Revenue Officer
White Lodging Services
Todd Dunlap
Managing Director
Americas, Booking.com
Eric Stoessel
Vice President of Marketing
Duetto
Monica Xuereb
Chief Revenue Officer
Loews Hotels & Resorts
T - 16   Master Planning a Stress-Free Renovation or Conversion
Project managers, designers, architects and construction experts will help you create buzz with renovation and design suggestions that will keep your hotel open, meet your budget and timeline and increase revenue.
Moderator
Megan Sullivan
Executive Editor
Lodging Magazine
Panelists
Sam E. Cicero
President
Cicero’s Development Corp.
Vito Lotta
Senior Director of Design
Hilton Worldwide
Hitesh (HP) Patel, CHA, CHO
Treasurer
AAHOA
President & CEO
Capital City Hospitality Group
Stephen Siegel
President
h-cpm (HospitalityCPM)
David Winkler
Vice President & Director of Western Operations
The Allied Group
6:00 - 9:00
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7:55 - 8:05
Welcome Remarks
Harry Javer
Co-Founder and Producer
The Lodging Conference
President
The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:05 - 8:20
One-On-One Interview
8:20 - 9:15
GENERAL SESSION
A View From The C-Suite
Moderator
Katherine Lugar
President & CEO
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Panelists
Jim Amorosia, President, CEO, G6 Hospitality LLC
Kirk Kinsell, President and CEO, Loews Hotels
David Kong
President and CEO
Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Thomas Magnuson
Chief Executive Officer
Magnuson Hotels London UK
Neil H. Shah
President & COO
Hersha Hospitality Trust
Lance Shaner
Chief Executive Officer
Shaner Hotels
9:15 - 10:15
GENERAL SESSION
A View From The Top (Part II)
Executives from leading hospitality companies discuss the current hotel environment, key initiatives, international and U.S. growth opportunities, brands, sectors, innovations and more.
Sponsored by
DIRECTV Hospitality
Panelists
Joel Eisemann
Chief Development Officer, The Americas
IHG
Phil Hugh
Chief Development Officer
Eric Jacobs
Chief Development Officer, Lodging Development
Marriott International
Brian Kim
Managing Director
Blackstone
David Pepper
Chief Development Officer
Choice Hotels International
10:15 - 11:00
Refreshment Break
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IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Simmons Hospitality Bedding
11:00 - 12:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 1   CUBA: Development and Investment Opportunities
The Future is Here! As the current hotel landscape continues to evolve, the panel will bring you up to date on the latest breaking political developments, trade, tourism, brands, locations and much more.
Moderator
Joseph A. McInerney, CHA
Consultant
American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute
Panelists
Marco Cardillo
Managing Director
Hotel Saratoga
W. David Oliver
President
Strategic Hospitality Services Inc
Rubén Ramos Arrieta
Minister Counselor, Economic and Trade Office
Embassy of Cuba
James Williams
President
Engage Cuba
Lenny Wormser
Senior Managing Director Hospitality
Division
NAI/Latter & Blum
W - 2   Go-To Sources of Financing
From private equity funds and foreign capital to traditional banks and institutional lenders to private partnerships and alternate funding sources, join experts as they discuss financing franchised vs. independent, new build vs. older properties, construction, renovation, PIPs, and more.
Moderator
Mitch Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Miller Law Group, P.C.
Panelists
Michael Jaynes
President
Hall Structured Finance
Mark Laport
President, CEO
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Mehul Patel
Chairman & CEO
NewcrestImage
Sanat B. Patel
Chief Sales Officer
AVANA Capital
Michael Sonnabend
Managing Member
PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
W - 3   Leveraging Your Hotel Management Company
Management Companies can make or break your investment. This panel will discuss fees, contracts, staffing, sales and marketing, financial reporting, ecommerce, guest services and how to optimize performance and maximize value.
Moderator
Guy Maisnik
Partner & Vice Chairman, Global Hospitality Group
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Panelists
David Berins
Managing Partner
Berins & Co., LLC
Mary Beth Cutshall
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Business Development
HVMG
W. Chris Green
Chief Operating Officer
Chesapeake Hospitality
Steen Petri
Senior Vice President, Investments
HEI Hotels & Resorts
W - 4   Disruptive and Red-Hot Trends in Global Travel and Tourism
Plan for a profitable 2017 equipped with stats and analysis of business and leisure indicators, generational behavior and leading industry disruptors.
Presented by
Jamie Lane
Senior Economist
CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
Matthew Petrie
President
BDRC Americas
Aran Ryan
Director, Lodging Analytics
Tourism Economics / Oxford Economics
W - 5   Report from Washington: How You Can Affect Change
Whether it is labor regulations, short term rental platforms, or online scams, the hotel industry continues to face a multitude of issues at the city, state and federal level. Our panel of experts will discuss how you can and must foster a relationship with your elected representatives and affect change.
Moderator
Vanessa Sinders
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Panelists
Mark G. Carrier
President
B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
Ravi Patel
President
Hawkeye Hotels
W - 6   Talking Great Design
From new brands to innovative solutions and authentic experiences, we’ve gathered a panel of industry game-changers who are pushing the envelope on design and concepts. Hear about new projects, emerging trends, and successes and challenges.
Moderator
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief
Hospitality Design Magazine
Panelists
Gary D. Dollens
Global Head Design/Product
& Brand Development
Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Roger Hill
Chairman/CEO
The Gettys Group
Kemper Hyers
Senior Vice President, Head of Design Starwood Capital Group
Michael Suomi
Principal, Vice President of Design Stonehill & Taylor
12:15 - 1:30
Lunch
Sponsored by
PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
1:30 - 2:45
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 7   DONE DEAL!
The hotel transaction process can be very complicated. This panel will discuss how to get to the finish line including: where to list or find properties, working with a broker, getting the best price and terms, avoiding obstacles, and finding value in this stage of the cycle.
Moderator
Sanjeev Misra
President & Senior Managing Director
Paramount Lodging Advisors
Panelists
David Capps
Senior Vice President of Development
Aimbridge Hospitality
Marty Collins
Chief Executive Officer
Gatehouse Capital Corp
Anthony Falor
Managing Director/Head of Hospitality
Ten-X
Neil Freeman
Chairman/CEO
Aries Capital, LLC
Mark Gerstein
Chief Capital Markets Officer
IHG
W - 8   Revitalize Your Operations, Decrease Costs and Drive Revenue
Identify opportunities for growth and efficiency with an assessment of staffing, expenditures, financial health, competition, sales and marketing, amenities, maintenance and more.
Moderator
Thomas J. McNulty
Partner
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Panelists
Timothy A. Benolken
Senior Vice President, Hotel
Operations-Western North America
Hilton Worldwide
Phill Burgess
Vice President of Sales and Revenue
Optimization
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH)
John Dnyprowsky
Regional VP of Sales, Northeast
TriNet
Fred Grapstein
Senior Vice President
Vornado Hotels
Geoffrey Toffetti
President and CMO
Frontline Performance Group
W - 9   The Money Is in Select-Service and Limited-Service Hotels
Find out how brands and hotel owners are appealing to budget conscious business and leisure travelers with low-rate strategies, clever design features, cutting-edge concepts and access to PIP/renovation, acquisition and construction financing programs.
Moderator
Christina Trauthwein
Editor
Hotel Business | Hotel Business Design
Panelists
Jay Burnett, Vice President of Real Estate, JHM Hotels
Mathew Crosswy
President
Stonehill Strategic Capital
Cynthia Olcott
President
Horizon Hotels Ltd
Ravi Patel
President
Hawkeye Hotels
Dean Savas
Executive Vice President, Franchise
Development and Management
G6 Hospitality
W - 10   Franchise Agreements: Maximize the Value of the Brand at Your Hotel
Improve performance, competitive position and guest experience as the panel provides no-nonsense, cost-effective answers to your franchise questions including agreement terms, negotiable v. non-negotiable, competition provisions, fees, brand standards, support and more.
Moderator
Michelle Renn
Managing Editor
Hotel-Online
Panelists
Mitch Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Miller Law Group, P.C.
Pratik PatelMBA, MSIS, CHA
Chief Executive Officer
REM Hospitality
Julienne Smith
Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Rajiv Trivedi
Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Paul Welker
Chief Executive Officer
Sunridge Properties Inc.
W - 11   Development: Up-and-Coming Markets
While some gateway markets are seeing increased supply and barriers to entry, many smart developers are focusing on booming secondary and tertiary markets. This panel will focus on demand drivers, development costs and current hotbeds of new development.
Moderator
Michael Desiato
Vice President & Group Publisher
ALM/Real Estate Media Group
Panelists
Adi Bhoopathy
Principal & Executive Vice President
Noble Investment Group
Daniel P. Hansen
President & CEO
Summit Hotel Properties
Tim Muir
Vice President, Development
Choice Hotels International
Brian Quinn
Senior Vice President, Chief Franchise Officer
RLHC
Kyle Stevenson
Managing Director
Berkadia Hotels & Hospitality
2:45 - 3:45
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
Cooper Carry
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Miller Law Group, P.C.
3:45 - 5:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 12   How Owners are Finding and Enhancing Value in this Stage of the Cycle
The panel discusses hotel acquisitions, development, asset management, positioning and growth strategies to increase near-term value and enhance long-term gains.
Moderator
ohn R. Cauvin, MS
Executive in Residence/Professor
Northern Arizona University, The W.A Franke College of Business – School of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Panelists
Paul Novak
Executive Director - Lodging Acquisitions
Whitman | Peterson
Robert O’Neill
President
American Hotel Income Properties REIT Inc.
Al Patel
President
Baywood Hotels, Inc.
Chris Pfohl
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions
Pyramid Hotel Group
W - 13   Join in the Debate: Independent vs. Franchise
Owners, developers and investors discuss the risks and rewards of independent, soft brand or franchise and the impact on building, buying, marketing and operating a hotel.
Moderator
Dennis Nessler
Editor
Hotel Interactive
Panelists
Jim Chu
Global Head of Franchise Strategy &
Owner Relations
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Walter Isenberg
President & CEO
Sage Hospitality
Michael Morton
Vice President of Owner Relations
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Bhavesh Patel
Vice Chairman
AAHOA
W - 14   Development North and South: Canada, South America, Mexico
Find out what is happening north and south of the border as experts discuss growth prospects, supply and demand, financial conditions, infrastructure, political oncerns, international and domestic tourism and much more.
Moderator
Joseph A. McInerney, CHA
Consultant
American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute
Panelists
Michael George
Chief Executive Officer
Crescent Hotels & Resorts
John Lancet
Director/Partner
HVS Consulting & Valuation
Roland Mouly
Vice President, Development Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Mark Williams
Group President, Upscale Brands, Vantage Hotels
W - 15   Reborn: Adaptive Re-Use
Discover how you can profit from the historic, economic and environmental value of preserving, reviving and repurposing old buildings into innovative hotels.
Moderator
Glenn Haussman
President
Rouse Media
Panelists
Robert Habeeb
President & CEO
First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG)
Kevin Kearney
Vice President, Upscale Development, USA, Canada & The Caribbean
IHG
Ken Martin
Principal, Hospitality Sector
DLR Group
Rishi Patel
Principal
Walton International
John W. Rutledge
Founder, President & CEO
Oxford Capital Group, LLC
W - 16   Distressed Hotel Investment
The panel discusses key considerations for hotel investors including current market conditions, financing, due diligence and value-add strategies.
Moderator
Steve Van
Chief Executive Officer
Prism Hotels & Resorts
Panelists
Scott Andrews
Senior Managing Director
Western Alliance Hotel Franchise Finance
Daniel Beider
Chairman/Senior Managing Director
Paramount Lodging Advisors
Bill Hoffman
Chairman & CEO
Trigild Inc.
6:00 - 9:00
Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by
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Booking.com USA Inc.
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GENERAL SESSION
T - 0   Hotel Owners, Lenders and Investors Forum
The Lodging Conference 2016 concludes with a candid discussion of near-term and long-range trends in hotel investment, financing, up-and-coming markets, supply, and brand outlook.
Moderator
Michael Desiato
Vice President & Group Publisher
ALM/Real Estate Media Group
Panelists
Robert Morse
President of Hospitality
Caesars Entertainment
Jay Stein
Chief Executive Officer
Dream Hotel Group
Jon S. Wright
President & CEO
Access Point Financial
10:30 -
Door Prizes
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