The Lodging Conference 2019 will take place from September 23rd - 26th.
The agenda from this past year's conference follows below


View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:30 AM -
Hike Squaw Peak or Biking
8:30 AM -
Golf Tournament
Sponsored by:
Sandman Savrann PLLC
2:00 PM - 5:30
Conference Check-In
Sponsored by:
SalesBoost
3:00 PM - 4:00
Speed Networking
4:00 PM -
Open Bar Happy Hour
Sponsored by:
IDeaS Revenue Solutions
StormHarbour
6:00 PM - 8:30
Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by:
Access Point Financial
Choice Hotels International
Concierge by Foodbuy
exp
PSAV
8:30 PM - 10:00
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Nightcap

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:30
Conference Registration
Sponsored by:
SalesBoost
7:01 AM - 8:00
Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Hall Structured Finance
Valencia Group
8:00 AM - 8:10
Welcome
Harry Javer, Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:10 AM - 8:30
Industry Overview
Presented by:
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Ali Hoyt, Senior Director, Consulting & Analytics, STR
Ben Bates, Commercial Manager North America, Booking.com
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
8:30 AM - 8:50
Economic Outlook
Presented by:
Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group, LLC
9:00 AM - 10:15
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
A View from the Top
Sponsored By:
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Moderator:
Don Landry, Owner, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
Panelists:
Liam Brown, President, Franchising, Owner Services and MxM Select Brands, North America, Marriott International
Eric Danziger, Chief Executive Officer, Trump Hotel Group
Dave Johnson, Chairman & CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality
David Kong, President & CEO, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, AH&LA
Jon Mehlman, President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust
10:15 AM - 11:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Marriott International
Western Alliance Bank Hotel Franchise Finance
11:00 AM - 12:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 1   Power Players: Owners and Operators
Join some of the industry's leading minds as they discuss expansion, development, investment strategy, M&A and more.
Moderator:
Jeff Weinstein, Editor In Chief, HOTELS Magazine
Panelists:
Arash Azarbarzin, President, SH Group
Plato Ghinos, President, Shaner Group
Naveen Kakarla, President & CEO, HHM
Doug Kessler, President & CEO, Ashford Hospitality Trust / Senior Managing Director, Ashford Inc.
Leslie Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
T - 2   The Current Pace of New Construction
With thousands of projects and hundreds of thousands of rooms in the pipeline, find out who, what and where they are building and where your next new-build should be.
Moderator:
Jeff Higley, VP/Editorial Director, Hotel News Now/STR
Panelists:
David Bader, Managing Principal, Cumming Construction Management
Nate Gundrum, Vice President, Real Estate Development, Mortenson Development, Inc.
Mark Laport, President, CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Vinay Patel, 2018-2019 Secretary, AAHOA
President & CEO, Fairbrook Hotels LLC
Julienne Smith, Senior Vice President, Development and Owner Relations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
T - 3   The Explosive Growth of the Sharing Economy
Home and apartment rentals, office space, travel experiences, car, bike, ride sharing and so much more...The panel discusses key challenges, strategies and trends of the peer-to-peer online marketplace.
Moderator:
Roger Bloss, Executive Consultant, RLHCO
Panelists:
Drena Kusari, General Manager, Southwest Region, Lyft
Carl Langford, P.E., Traffic Engineering Supervisor, City of Phoenix - Street Transportation Department
Brad LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, Franchise Sales & Development, Serendipity Labs Coworking
Scott Shatford, Founder & CEO, AirDNA
T - 4   Soft Branding: Is this the Right Choice for You?
While affiliated with a major chain, these soft-branded assets retain their own distinct personalized, authentic flair. Join the conversation as the panel discusses new brands, loyalty programs, distribution, sales & marketing, financing, supply and demand, occupancy, development and more.
Moderator:
David Eisen, Director, Hotel Intelligence & Customer Solutions, HotStats
Panelists:
John A. Belden, President & CEO, Davidson Hotels & Resorts
Jenn Connell, VP and Global Brand Leader, Autograph Collection + Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International
Kathleen Flores, Executive Vice President, Brands & Innovation, Trump Hotel Group
David Marr, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Full-Service Brands, Hilton
Jagruti Panwala, 2018-2019 Vice Chairwoman, AAHOA
President & CEO, Wealth Protection Strategies, Inc.
T - 5   Changing Hands: Who's Buying? Who's Selling?
Single asset and multi-property deals are still getting done. Lenders, brokers, investors, developers and owners discuss the current market and if you should be a buyer, seller, or hold on to your hospitality assets.
Moderator:
Teague Hunter, President, Hunter Hotel Advisors
Panelists:
Peter Berk, President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
Adi Bhoopathy, Principal & Executive Vice Presiden, Noble Investment Group
Mike Cahill, CEO & Founder, HREC Investment Advisors
Russ Flicker, Managing Partner, AWH Partners
John Murray, President, Hospitality Properties Trust
Al Young, Chief Operating Officer, LaSalle Hotel Properties
T - 6   Executive Insights from Outside Hospitality
Customer relationships, loyalty programs, labor challenges, brand relevance...find out how executives from diverse industries meet the challenges, identify opportunities and deliver results.
Moderator:
Alan Benjamin, President, Benjamin West
Panelists
Michael Famiglietti, SVP, Manufacturer Relations, Super Premium Brands, Penske Automotive, Inc.
Mark Grenoble, President & COO, 360 Pacifica
David McCown, President, Air Partner
Bruce W. Stratford, President, Swift Air Travel LLC
T - 7   2019 By the Numbers: Market Analytics
Experts present the latest forecasts on occupancy, ADR, RevPAR, valuation, markets and submarkets, supply, demand and transactions.
Presented by:
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Ali Hoyt, Senior Director, Consulting & Analytics, STR
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
12:15 PM - 1:45
Lunch
Sponsored by:
CBRE Hotels
Chesapeake Hospitality
Magnuson Hotels
Mortenson
1:00 PM -
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by:
Michael A. Leven, Chairman & CEO, Georgia Aquarium
Recipient:
Patrick H. Ford, Chairman and Founder, Lodging Econometrics
1:15 PM -
AAHOA National Public Policy Update
Presented by:
Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AAHOA
1:45 PM - 3:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 8   REIT Outlook
Spin-offs, acquisitions, property values, the economy, share prices…the panel discusses the most relevant drivers impacting hospitality REITs today.
Moderator:
Stacy Silver, ISHC, President, Silver Hospitality Group
Panelists:
Jeff Dauray, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, RLJ Lodging Trust
Chris Kilcullen, SVP of Acquisitions, Legendary Capital
Ian McAuley, President, American Hotel Income Properties
Jon Mehlman, President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust
Marcel Verbaas, Chairman & CEO, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
T - 9   On the Fast Track with Extended Stay
This sector offers the perfect guest experience for business and leisure travelers and provides owners and investors with some of the strongest ROI. Find out about the latest brands, developments and more.
Moderator:
Joseph A. McInerney, President & CEO, McInerney Hospitality International LLC
Panelists:
Jim Alderman, EVP & Chief Development Officer, Extended Stay America, Inc.
Stan Kozlowski, Principal, CooperWynn Capital
Adrian Kurre, Global Head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton
Mark W. Tiedemann, AIA, CEO, MWT Hotel & Resort Architecture
Tye Turman, Senior Vice President of Lodging Development, Marriott International
T - 10   It's A Team Effort: Renovation Projects
Leading owners, managers and contractors will discuss differences between doing a brand PIP and an independent or soft brand renovation and offer forward-thinking solutions to identify the project team, coordinate communication, manage problems and ensure quality assurance and on-time completion in a very tough construction labor environment.
Moderator:
Michelle Finn, SVP, Hospitality Division, ST Media Group International
President and Co-Founder, Hospitality Media Group
Panelists:
Douglas Dreher, President & CEO, The Hotel Group
Eric Horodas, President & CEO, Greystone Hotels
David Marvin, Founder & President, Legacy Ventures
Daniel Welch, Senior Vice President, Continental Contractors, Inc.
T - 11   The Big Picture: Hotel Ownership and Investing Late in the Cycle
Regardless of what inning we are in, it's late in the cycle so it's critical to look at hotel investing and ownership from a different perspective. This panel will discuss the elongated cycle, investment criteria, valuations, lending options and operating strategies.
Moderator:
Robert A. Rauch, CHA, President & CEO, RAR Hospitality
Panelists:
Daniel Beider, Chairman, Paramount Lodging Advisors
Andrew Broad, Principal, Avison Young
Geoff Davis, Principal, F10 Hotels
Anthony Falor, Managing Director, Ten-X
Robert Leven, Chief Investment Officer, TPG Hotels & Resorts
Cynthia Olcott, President, Horizon Hotels, Ltd
Morgan Sickles, Managing Director, StormHarbour
T - 12   Travel Trends: It's Not About Now. It's About What's Next
Gain essential insights into domestic and international travel including emerging opportunities, market dynamics, game changers and disruptors.
Presented by:
Ben Bates, Commercial Manager, North America, Booking.com
Tom Huffsmith, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels
Kurt Weinsheimer, SVP, Property Solutions, Sojern
T - 13   Consolidation and M&A: What Does it Mean for your Company?
The recent wave of consolidation will have a huge impact on ownership, management, brand and supplier strategy. The panel reviews what steps you need to take whether you're merging, selling, acquiring, or you are a client doing business with these entities.
Moderator:
W. Michael Murphy, Head of Lodging and Leisure Capital Markets, First Fidelity Mortgage Corporation
Panelists:
Thomas Barber, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Jeff Dallas, Chief Development Officer, Stepstone Hospitality
Ryan Nesbitt, Principal, Liberty Advisor Group
Ron Pohl, Chief Operations Officer, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Paul Sacco, EVP, President of Global Development, RLH Corporation
2:00 PM - 4:00
DEAL CONNECT (20 minute meetings)
3:00 PM - 4:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Aimbridge Hospitality
B Hotels & Resorts
Design Duncan Miller Ullmann
4:00 PM - 5:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 14   Property Conversion: Converting Up or Down the Food Chain. What Makes Sense Right Now?
With so many new brands across every segment, now is the time to evaluate your assets and refresh or upmarket to maximize revenue and profitability.
Moderator:
Prath Mehta, Associate Director - Asset Management and Acquisitions, Westmont Hospitality Group
Panelists:
Joseph Bojanowski, President, PM Hotel Group
Ian Mahon, President/CEO, Level 3 Construction
Sam Suleman, Principal & Executive Vice President, Equinox Hospitality
Joseph Yung, Senior Vice President of Development, Columbia Sussex Corporation
T - 15   Design Driven Hotels: What is Trending and Why?
We know that today's travelers want experiences but how does that translate into design. This panel will discuss how to differentiate your hotel with innovative design strategies to create a unique sense of time and place.
Moderator:
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine
Vice President, Hospitality Design Group
Panelists:
Gary Dollens, Global Head of Design / Product & Brand Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Christopher M. Kearney, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, exp
Staci Patton, Principal, Hospitality Interior Design Leader, DLR Group
Eric Ullmann, President and Design Principal, Design Duncan Miller Ullmann
T - 16   Debt Availability Driving Deals
It's a great time to be a borrower even though rates are ticking up. Lenders, borrowers and investors discuss the key metrics that affect loan performance and current transaction activity.
Moderator:
Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
Panelists:
Scott Andrews, Managing Director - Hotel Franchise Finance, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Mat Crosswy, President, Stonehill Strategic Capital
Brian Holstein, Principal, US Hotel Advisors
Rushi Shah, Principal & CEO, Mag Mile Capital
Michael Sonnabend, Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC
T - 17   Dual, Triple, Quadruple Branded Development
With hundreds of multi-branded hotel developments open or under construction, find out what the excitement is all about.
Moderator:
Lee J. Eulgen, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Panelists:
Scott Brown, NCARB, Principal Architect, DesignCell Architecture
Jerome F. Cataldo, President/CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Matt Wehling, Senior Vice President, Development, U.S. and Canada, Hilton
William Wilhelm, President, R.D. Olson Construction
T - 18   Unlock the Value: Buy It, Fix It, Sell It
Experts provide an overview of acquiring assets at a discount to replacement cost, proactively addressing operational and physical plant issues, stabilizing the property and selling to maximize the return on investment.
Moderator:
David Berins, Managing Partner, Berins & Co., LLC
Panelists:
Brian Fry, President, Commonwealth Hotels, LLC
Robert D. Kline, CEO & Co-Founder, Chartres Lodging Group, LLC
Co-Chairman, Kokua Hospitality, LLC
Peter Nichols, Vice President/National Director NHG, Marcus & Millichap
Steve Van, President & CEO, Prism Hotels & Resorts
Herb Warmbrodt, Principal, HREC Investment Advisors
T - 19   New F&B Concepts to Grow Revenue
Grab-n-go, restaurants, bars and lounges, banquet, catering...the robust demand for F&B continues to grow. Find out about the latest trends in F&B including dining experiences, cuisine, revenue generators, procurement services and market opportunity.
Moderator:
Kenneth L. Taylor, Vice President, Strategic Development, MarkeTeam Inc.
Panelists:
Robert Habeeb, President & CEO, Maverick Hotels and Restaurants
David Marvin, Founder & President, Legacy Ventures
Christopher Meskers, COO, Concierge by Foodbuy | S. Sherman Associates
Chris O’Connor, Director, Account Management, Avendra
Garth Peterson, Manager, Americas Sales, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
6:00 PM - 9:00
Poolside Dinner
Sponsored by:
Arizona Biltmore - A Waldorf Astoria Resort

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00
Yoga
Led by:
Cheryl Heisterberg, SVP, DAC Art Consulting
Yoga Mats will be provided and all levels are welcome. Just show up and relax.,
7:30 AM - 5:00
Conference Registration
Sponsored by:
SalesBoost
7:31 AM - 8:30
Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:40
Welcome
Harry Javer, Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:45 AM - 9:45
GENERAL SESSION
A View from the C-Suite
Moderator:
Simon Turner, Managing Director, Alpha Lodging Partners
Panelists:
Keith A. Cline, President & CEO, CorePoint Lodging Inc.
Ken Greene, President, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Thomas Magnuson, CEO & Co-Founder, Magnuson Hotels
Greg Mount, President & CEO, RLH Corporation
Hitesh (HP) Patel, 2018-2019 Chairman, AAHOA
President, Capital City Hospitality Group
9:45 AM - 10:30
GENERAL SESSION
Let's Talk Deals, M&A and Development
Sponsored by:
DIRECTV Hospitality
Moderator:
Michael G. Desiato, President, MGD Consulting Services
Panelists:
Chris Drazba, Vice President, Core Brands & Mexico Development, IHG
Chip Ohlsson, EVP & Chief Development Officer, North America, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
David Pepper, Chief Development Officer, Choice Hotels International
Scott Trebilco, Principal, Real Estate, Blackstone
Jon S. Wright, Chairman, CEO, Access Point Financial, Inc.
10:30 AM - 11:15
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Simmons Beautyrest Hospitality
11:15 AM - 12:30
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 1   Escape to Luxury: When the Journey is About the Destination
A review of the overall luxury market, unrivaled destinations, evolving perceptions of what luxury is, the unique experiences, individualized services, and the must-have amenities for the discerning guest.
Moderator:
Christina Trauthwein, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Business
Panelists:
Phil Keb, Executive Vice President of Development, Gencom
Peter Mack, Founder and CEO, Collective Retreats
Andrew Miele, Director of Development, Americas, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Todd Ruff, Vice President of Development, The Americas, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Brady Smith, Senior Vice President Hotel Development - Americas, Caesars Entertainment
Peter Strebel, President, Omni Hotels & Resorts
W - 2   Tech Forward: A Look at Game-Changing Innovations and Concepts
Tech is changing at breakneck speed. Find out what top brands, owners, operators and tech experts have to say about what's new and what's next including Mobile Apps, Data Protection, GDPR Compliance, in-room automation, and more.
Moderator:
Richard Siegel, President & Publisher, Hotel-Online & Hospitality Upgrade
Panelists:
Pamela Barnhill, COO, MyKey Global Accommodations
Larry Birnbaum, Vice President Global Hospitality, Ruckus Networks
Jeff Fox, DIRECTV Lead, Strategic Hospitality Accounts, AT&T Business Solutions – National Business
David Goldstone, President, The Americas, DigiValet
Robert Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Intelity
Geoffrey Toffetti, President and CMO, Frontline Performance Group
W - 3   Brands and Franchising: What's Next?
The panel will guide you through franchise strategies, new brands, segment tiers, national and international developments, what a brand means to secure a loan, positioning the property, the influence on revenues, guest perception, and overall value.
Moderator:
Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President of Asset Management (Retired), Host Hotels & Resorts
Panelists:
Jim Chu, Global Head of Development and Owner Relations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Justin Jabara, Vice President of Business Development, Meyer Jabara Hotels
Brian Quinn, VP, Head of Development, New Construction Brands, Choice Hotels International
Rajiv Trivedi, President, La Quinta Brand, La Quinta
W - 4   The New Norm: Modular Construction
Developers are using modular for hotel projects of all sizes and locations. Find out more about this new construction method as the panel answers your questions regarding cost, time frame, building materials, financing, design, site prep and more.
Moderator:
Chuck Pinkowski, Founder, Pinkowski & Company
Panelists:
Michael Merle, Vice President, Business Development, Guerdon Modular Buildings
Alkesh Patel, Chairman, CEO, Founder, Evergreen Hospitality Development Group, LLC
Mehul (Mike) Patel, Chairman & CEO, NewcrestImage
Sanat Patel, Chief Sales Officer, AVANA Capital
Dave Walsh, Senior Director Global Design, Marriott International
W - 5   Limited Service and Select Service Strategies for Today's Market
With a smaller footprint, fewer frills, higher net operating income and a commitment to the highest quality and value, the panel dives into the latest trends to increase your competitive advantage including F&B, tech, transaction activity, revenue management, asset values, soft brands and guest expectations.
Moderator:
Dennis Nessler, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Interactive
Panelists:
James Carroll, President & CEO, Crestline Hotels & Resorts
Jennifer Gribble, Vice President, Global avid hotels™ & Mainstream Growth, IHG
Clint Hodges, Senior Vice President, Hodges Ward Elliott
Biran Patel, 2018-2019 Treasurer, AAHOA
Partner, BHP Investments Company
Lisa Sawyer, President, Budget Host Inns
W - 6   Financing for Your Renovation or New Construction
Ensure that your project is completed on time and on budget as the panel reviews loan products, underwriting standards, market trends, green energy programs and more.
Moderator:
Phill Geheb, Shareholder, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Panelists:
Rickman Davis, Loan Officer, Live Oak Bank Hotel Lending
Ethan L. Elser, Sr., Vice President, PACE Equity
Mike Jaynes, President, HALL Structured Finance
Chris Williams, Managing Director, Western Alliance Bank Hotel Franchise Finance
Darin Young, President, Popular Commercial Lending Group, Inc.
W - 7   Today's Workforce: Recruiting, Staffing and Training for Profitability
Labor costs continue to rise. The panel weighs in on managing labor costs, the latest software and analytics, hiring qualified candidates and providing ongoing training to energize your team.
Moderator:
David Sherwyn, John & Melissa Ceriale Professor, Director of CIHLER, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
Panelists:
Gretta Brooks, Founder & CEO, SalesBoost
John R. Cauvin, MS, Executive in Residence/Professor, Northern Arizona University, The W. A. Franke College of Business and School of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Brian Fry, President, Commonwealth Hotels, LLC
Terri A. Haack, President, Terranea Resort
Brad Rahinsky, President & CEO, Hotel Equities
Joe Rice, Managing Partner/CEO, Joseph David International (JDI)
12:30 PM - 2:00
Lunch
Sponsored by:
Mag Mile Capital
2:00 PM - 3:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 8   Private Equity Sources and Deals
In this ever-changing environment, find out about the investment strategies, structures, projects, sectors and locations targeted for creating value.
Michael G. Desiato, President, MGD Consulting Services
Panelists:
Shaan Bhatia, Vice President, Starwood Capital Group
Christopher Diffley, Managing Director, Investments, Rockbridge
Mark J. Gordon, Partner, Intrinsic Hotel Capital
Guy Maisnik, Partner & Vice Chairman, Global Hospitality Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
W - 9   Lifestyle Momentum
Discover how these trendy hotels continue to lead the industry with guest services, design, amenities, and opportunity.
Moderator:
Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President of Asset Management (Retired), Host Hotels & Resorts
Panelists:
John Cohlan, Chief Executive Officer, Margaritaville Holdings
Siddharth Narang, Chief Development Officer, sbe
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Mark Shalala, Vice President, Upscale Development, Choice Hotels International
W - 10   Mixed-Use: It's in the Details
If you thought building and running a hotel was complex, add in residential, and commercial and watch the possibilities for roadblocks and rewards multiply. A seasoned team of mixed-use experts will show you how it's done.
Moderator:
Kenneth R. Greger, Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group
Panelists:
Manny Dominguez, Principal, Cooper Carry
Michael Fleischer, Senior Vice President, Related Fund Management
Terri A. Haack, President, Terranea Resort
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Group
Grant King, Managing Partner, The Relevant Group
W - 11   Independent or Franchise: The Right Formula for Success
The trick is to find what works best for your hotel. Owners, investors, operators, and developers discuss the advantages and disadvantages for both including set standards, support and brand recognition vs. contractual obligations, flexibility and independence.
Moderator:
Leah A. Schleicher, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Panelists:
Stephen C. Brandman, Chief Executive Officer, Journal Hotels
Kevin R. Brooks, Managing Director, GreenTree Hospitality Group, Inc.
Alex Cabañas, Chief Executive Officer, Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company
Walter Isenberg, President & CEO, Sage Hospitality
Raj Patel, Chief Development Officer, Hawkeye Hotels
W - 12   Robust Distribution: OTAs, Your Website and Brand Direct Book Campaigns
Increase visibility, stay connected to guests, drive business, maximize rates, increase profitability and utilize data to target and build relationships.
Moderator:
Mark V. Lomanno, Partner & Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
Panelists:
Ben Bates, Commercial Manager, North America, Booking.com
Nathan Crisp, VP of Customer Success and Strategic Consulting, Duetto
Dorothy Dowling, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Ross Hosking, VP of Sales & Distribution, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Bill Valasek, Principal, Liberty Advisor Group
3:15 PM - 4:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Cooper Carry
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Miller Law Group, P.C.
4:00 PM - 5:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 13   Success Story: The Upscale and Upper Midscale Segments
As ADR, occupancy and demand growth continue to increase year over year, it is no wonder why developers, owners and investors prefer these segments over any other brand offerings. As you look to add properties to your portfolio, hear the latest on consumer preferences, design, PIPs, sales support, F&B programs and more.
Moderator:
Stefani C. O\'Connor, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management
Panelists:
Aly El-Bassuni, SVP, Franchise Operations, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Jason Moskal, VP, Global Marketing, Hotel Indigo & EVEN Hotels, IHG
Benjamin Seidel, President & CEO, Real Hospitality Group
Doug Smith, Vice President, Managed Development, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Jon Stanner, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.
W - 14   ROI: The Rising Cost of Capital Expenditures
Meeting brand standards, adding a new F&B outlet, increasing curb appeal, lobby and guest room improvements, tech investments…Is there a better way to manage vendors? How much should you have in reserve? Where should you spend the money? Attend this session for answers to your CapEx questions.
Moderator:
Jay Litt, Principal, The Litt Group
Panelists:
Kip Richards, Principal/Director, Source Direct Construction Imports
Stephen Siegel, Principal, H-CPM (Hospitality CPM)
Carlota Tulloch, Vice President, Brand Engagement and FF&E Procurement, Hilton Supply Management
W - 15   Where the Action Is: U.S. Markets with the Highest Rate of Growth
Find out where you should build or buy your next hospitality asset.
Presented by:
Bruce Ford, Senior Vice President, Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Jamie Lane, Senior Economist, CBRE Hotels
W - 16   3rd Party Management: The Owner-Operator Relationship
Finding a great operator is critical to your bottom line. The panel offers an analysis of trends and issues relevant to owner expectations, management selection and creating a successful partnership to avoid disputes.
Moderator:
Robert A. Rauch, CHA, President & CEO, RAR Hospitality
Panelists:
W. Chris Green, Chief Operating Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality
Mitch Miller, Principal, Miller Law Group, P.C
Kirby D. Payne, CHA, President, HVS Asset Management - Newport & HVS Hotel Management
Roger Pollak, Executive Vice President, Island Hospitality Management
David Roedel, Business Development Officer, Roedel Companies
5:00 PM - 6:00
Yoga
Led by:
Cheryl Heisterberg, SVP, DAC Art Consulting
Yoga Mats will be provided and all levels are welcome. Just show up and relax.,
6:00 PM - 9:00
Dinner/ Drinks & Rock n' Roll /The Lodging Conference Talent Show
Sponsored by:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Booking.com USA Inc.
DIRECTV Hospitality
Entegra Procurement Services
PSAV

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
8.30 AM - 10:00
Networking Breakfast with Owners and Operators
10:00 AM - 10:15
Door Prizes
11:00 AM -
CONFERENCE ADJOURNS
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