Sponsored by GH2 Hospitality Architects Greenberg Traurig, LLP Valencia Group
8:00 - 8:10
Harry Javer, President, The Conference Bureau Co-Founder, The Lodging Conference
CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS Morris Lasky, Chief Executive Officer, Lodging Unlimited, Inc. Co-Founder, The Lodging Conference
8:10 - 8:30
Presented By: Vail R. Brown, CMHS, Vice President, Global Business Development & Marketing, STR JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics R. Mark Woodworth, President, PKF Hospitality Research, LLC
8:30 - 9:30
Sponsored by Hyatt Hotels Corporation
T-1: A View from the Top (Part I)
MODERATOR: Don Landry, Owner,
Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
Ballotti, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group
Roger Bloss, Founder, President, CEO, Vantage Hospitality
Group, Inc. Joel Eisemann, Chief Development Officer,
IHG Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, American
Hotel & Lodging Association Greg Marcus, President & CEO,
The Marcus Corporation
9:35 - 10:35
GENERAL SESSION T-2: A View From the Top (Part II)
MODERATOR: Jeff Weinstein, Editor In
Chief, HOTELS Magazine
PANELISTS: Thomas J.
Corcoran, Jr., Chairman, FelCor Lodging Trust
Thomas Magnuson, Chief Executive Officer, Magnuson Worldwide Pratik R. Patel, 2014 Chairman, AAHOA David Pepper,
Senior Vice President, Global Development, Choice Hotels International
10:35 - 11:15
$1,000 cash drawing! Must be present to win.
Sponsored by GE Capital, Franchise Finance Marriott
10:35 - 11:15
AH&LA Members Only Reception with Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Attendees must RSVP to Chris Burgoyne (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-289-3120) in order to confirm if they are eligible to attend.
11:15 - 12:30
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS T-3: Essentials to Meeting Lender Requirements
The discussion will focus on which lenders and mezzanine providers are the most active sources of capital in the hotel industry marketplace today and how you can expedite the loan application process by knowing what underwriters look for and the documentation that you should provide including historical rates and occupancy, property condition, standard reporting, operating statements, appraisal analysis, brand affiliation, and completed and planned upgrades.
MODERATOR: Bob Sonnenblick, Chairman, Sonnenblick Development LLC
PANELISTS: Peter Berk, President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group Mark Laport, President & CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company Barbara Morrison, President & CEO, TMC Financing Mehul “Mike” Patel, CEO & Chairman, NewcrestImage Christopher Williams, Senior Vice President, Hotels, GE Capital, Franchise Finance
T-4: Reduce Costs and Increase Your Cash Flow
Evaluate your revenue streams to keep the money flowing in while cutting the
right costs and taxes to enhance ROI. The panel will discuss reducing income
taxes, quantifying often overlooked write offs, renovation optimization planning
and property tax assessment.
Watkins, Editor at Large, Hotel News Now
PANELISTS: Sam Cicero, Sr., Founder, Cicero’s Development Corp. Rick Swarts, President & CEO, Paragon Valuation Group Mark Williams, Vice President of Development, Coakley
& Williams Hotel Management Company
T-5: The Brand Landscape
Brand can influence asset value, finance options and guest satisfaction. With
many options for every segment, select the franchise with the signature services
and amenities, reward programs, brand standards, rate structure, fees, training
and agreements that offer the best ROI for your property type.
MODERATOR: Dennis Nessler, Editor at Large,
PANELISTS: Brian J. King, Global
Brand Officer, Marriott Endorsed Brands, Marriott International
Bakulesh Buggsi Patel, Chief Executive Officer, BHG
Hotels Ron Pohl,
Senior Vice President Brand Management, Best Western International Stephen L. Schwartz, Chairman & CEO, First Hospitality Group, Inc. Rajiv Trivedi,
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, La Quinta Inns &
T-6: REIT Transaction Briefing
Are REITS buyers or sellers? Receive an update on the latest investments,
acquisitions and dispositions, as well as current strategies of these
Crolle, Hospitality Industry Counselor, Sandman Savrann PLLC
PANELISTS: Deric Eubanks, Chief
Financial Officer, Ashford Dan Hansen, President & CEO,
Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. Peter Willis, Chief Investment Officer,
Chatham Lodging Trust
T-7: Utilizing Data to Get an Advantage
Know the facts and plan your strategy as experts discuss the latest numbers and offer insight into the transactions market, pipeline metrics, value trends supply and demand and RevPAR as well as an overview of the current hotel real estate cycle.
PRESENTED BY: Vail R. Brown, CMHS, Vice President, Global Business Development & Marketing, STR JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics R. Mark Woodworth, President, PKF Hospitality Research, LLC
T-8: Design to Inspire
The panel will discuss the latest trends in public space and guest rooms to help you make smart choices for timeless design.
MODERATOR: Michael Adams, Editorial Director, Hospitality Design Magazine
PANELISTS: Cory Creath, Principal, AXIS Architecture + Design Cara Shimkus Hall, FAIA, Principal, GH2 Hospitality Architects Christopher M. Kearney, P.E. LEED AP Hospitality Market Sector Leader, exp US Services, Inc.
Staci Patton, Hospitality Interiors Expert, DLR Group
12:30 - 2:00
Sponsored by BakerHostetler Magnuson Worldwide Mortenson Development PKF Consulting USA, LLC
1:15: Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
RECIPIENTS: Jerry Daly, Chairman,
Daly Gray Public Relations Ed Watkins, Editor at Large,
Hotel News Now
1:25: Above & Beyond Award Presentation
RECIPIENT: Randell A. Smith,
Chairman & Founder, STR
1:30: Above & Beyond Award Recipient Interview
MODERATOR: Jeff Higley, Vice
President /Editorial Director Hotel News Now/STR
2:00 - 3:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS T-9: Yield Management to Maximize Profits
Occupancy, ADR, RevPAR: The panel will discuss leveraging customer preferences to surpass expectations, offering the right mix of services and amenities at your price point, managing rates to reflect availability and much more!
MODERATOR: Mike Cahill, CEO & Founder, HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Jerome F. Cataldo, President/CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Chuck Pinkowski, Owner, Pinkowski & Company Brad Rahinsky, President & COO, Hotel Equities Geoff Toffetti, President, Frontline Performance Group
T-10: Independent Hotel Ownership
Learn how your individual property or small group of hotels can stay ahead of
the branded competition with Global Distribution Systems (GDS), tailor-made
design concepts and the highest standards of service, comfort and quality.
MODERATOR: Steven J. Belmonte, CHA, Chief
Executive Officer, Vimana Franchise Systems, LLC
Beasley, Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Magnuson Worldwide Rob Cornell, Senior Vice President, Development, Preferred
Hotel Group Kimberley Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Duncan
Miller Ullmann Mark Snyder, President, Snyder Nationwide
T-11: The Master Plan: Project Management
Building a hotel from the ground up or expanding or
renovating an existing property requires preparation and a dedicated team to
take a project from concept to finish line. Experts will guide you through the
steps to a successful, timely completion.
MODERATOR: Glenn Haussman, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Interactive,
PANELISTS: Alexandra Lopatynsky, AIA,
Managing Director, JCJ Architecture Bharat Patel, Chairman & CEO,
Sun Development & Management Corporation Stephen Siegel,
Principal, h-cpm HospitalityCPM Peter Welch, President &
CEO, Continental Contractors, Inc. William J. Wilhelm,
President, R.D. Olson Construction, Inc. Dave Winkler,
Vice President & Director Western Regional Operations, The Allied Group T-12: Owner and Investor Basics for Making Money in Hospitality Real Estate
Debunk the myths often associated with real estate investments by knowing how
to spend your money, time and effort wisely. The panel will discuss developing a
targeted business plan for building, buying or investing in your desired
location within your budget and managing, operating, and marketing the property
to enhance value.
PANELISTS: Walter Isenberg, President & CEO, SAGE Hospitality
Jeffrey Kolessar, Senior Vice President Development GF
Management Peter Nichols, Senior Vice President
Business Development, Richfield Hospitality William Reynolds,
Senior Managing Director MCS Capital/Marcus Corp. David
Roedel, Partner, Roedel Companies
T-13: Creating Buzz: New Brand Launch
Brand executives reveal the desired locations, target audience, brand
standards, design appeal, marketing, distribution, and management strategies
that turn an idea into success.
PANELISTS: Gary Dollens, Senior Vice
President, Product and Brand Design, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Michael Murphy, Senior Vice President, Upscale Brands, Choice
Hotels International Jay Stein, Chief Operating Officer,
Hampshire Hotels Management LLC Dianna Vaughan, Global
Head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide
T-14: Hotel Management: Putting Owners First
Achieve higher revenue and lower your costs by hiring a management company with the experience to evaluate key personnel, implement an effective sales and marketing plan, draw on brand relationships, provide timely and accurate reporting, and ensure overall quality hotel operations. MODERATOR: Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
PANELISTS: Maki Nakamura Bara, President & Co-Founder, Chartres Lodging Group Tim Benolken, Senior Vice President of Operations - Western North America, Hilton Worldwide
Rick Frank, Chief Investment Officer, Pillar Hotels & Resorts Angela Landgraf, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Red Lion Hotels Corporation Brian Young, Senior Vice President, Development & Acquisitions, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
2:30 - 5:30
DEAL CORRAL MEETINGS
Meet one-on-one with representatives from a variety of hotel industry-related
companies including franchise, design, brokerage, management, and finance.
Please visit www.lodgingconference.com for the most up-to-date list of
participating companies and Deal Corral Registration.
2:30 - 4:00
Join us for a fun, fast-paced three minute rapid networking session open to all conference attendees. Bring plenty of business cards to exchange during the event!
3:15 - 4:00
Sponsored by Aimbridge Hospitality B Hotels & Resorts
The Loan Depot Lending Company Inc
3:45 - 5:45
LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council
By invitation only
5:45 - 9:00
Poolside Cocktail Party/Dinner
Sponsored by Arizona Biltmore, Waldorf Hotels and Resorts
$1,000 cash drawing! Must be present to win. Sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Interstate Hotels & Resorts
8:15 - 8:30
Harry Javer, President, The Conference Bureau Co-Founder, The Lodging Conference
Morris Lasky, Chief Executive
Officer Lodging Unlimited, Inc. Co-Founder, The Lodging
8:30 - 8:45
Brief Economic Outlook
Presented by Bernard Baumohl, Chief
Global Economist The Economic Outlook Group
8:45 - 9:30
Leaders in the Industry
One-on-one interviews David Berg, Chief Operating Officer, Carlson John TA Vanderslice, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
9:30 - 10:30
Sponsored by DIRECTV
W-1: The Power Players in Hospitality Real Estate (Part I)
Industry leaders will provide insight into sourcing capital, creating strong
partnerships, maximizing profits and improving asset value.
MODERATOR: Glenn Haussman, Editor-in-Chief,
Hotel Interactive, Inc.
PANELISTS: Jim Abrahamson,
Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts Wayne
President & CEO, LQ Management, LLC Bruce Haase, Chief
Executive Officer, Value Place Ben Leahy, Managing
Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.
10:30 - 11:30
$1,000 cash drawing! Must be present to win. Sponsored by The
Allied Group IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Richfield Hospitality /
Sceptre Hospitality Simmons Hospitality Bedding
11:30 - 12:45
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS W-2: A Clear Path to Property Repositioning
If your hotel is not performing to projections, or you plan to acquire a hotel that has not met expectations, maximize the value of the asset and increase your investment return with a comprehensive analysis of location, competition, hotel segment, renovations and cost, franchise requirements and property data.
MODERATOR: Daniel Lesser, President & CEO, LW Hospitality Advisors
PANELISTS: David Capps, Vice President of Development, Aimbridge Hospitality
Navin Dimond, President & CEO, Stonebridge Companies David McCaslin, President, Northwood Hospitality Phil Silberstein, Executive Vice President, Development, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group David B. Storm, President & CEO, Providence Hospitality Partners, LLC
W-3: Drive Demand: Mobile Booking and Distribution Channels
Discover how your sales, marketing, and revenue management team can assess and create an optimal mix of electronic distribution and ecommerce channels to efficiently expand your market and increase booking revenues.
MODERATOR: Sean Downey, Editor-in-Chief, Lodging Magazine, McNeill Media Group
PANELISTS: Patrick Bosworth, Chief Executive Officer / Co-Founder, Duetto Max Starkov, President & CEO, HeBS Digital Jason Thielbahr,Senior Vice President of Revenue Optimization & Distribution Services, Red Lion Hotels Corporation
W-4: Affordable Luxury: The Hip Budget Hotel
Original, modern, smart, casual…find out how these unique concepts evolved
into an industry standard for trendsetting quality, technology, comfort and
service at a budget price point.
Ricca, Editor in Chief, Hotel Management Magazine
PANELISTS: Sumner A. Baye,
President/Partner, International Hotel Network, LLC Bill Hall,
Brand Senior Vice President, Wyndham Hotel Group Eric Jacobs,
Chief Development Officer, Select Service & Extended Stay Hotels
Marriott International Paul J. Sacco, Chief Development
Officer, TPG Hospitality, Inc. Chris Walker, Vice
President, Brand Experience, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
W-5: How Your Workforce Can Increase Revenue and Add Value to Your Hotel
Discover how you can transform your support infrastructure with strategic
hiring, proper screening, ongoing training, incentives, motivation, and support
to stay ahead of the marketplace competition and increase your return on
MODERATOR: Dennis Nessler,
Editor at Large, Hotel Business
PANELISTS: John R. Cauvin,
MBA-h Program Director, Northern Arizona University Steve
Cokkinias, Executive Director, Client Experience, FMG Leading Frank
Speranza, Principal, Hospitality Talent Scouts, Inc Larry Sternberg,
J.D., President, Talent Plus, Inc.
W-6: High-Tech Innovations That Help You Grow Asset Value
Find out about the latest trends that will have your guests tweeting, posting and blogging rave reviews about their experiences including ease of connectivity, guest room automation, next-gen entertainment platforms, smartphone keyless technology and much more.
PANELISTS: Scott W. Anderson, President and CEO, Cruise Inn RV Parks Morgan Freeland, General Manager, buuteeq
Drew Patterson, Co-Founder and CEO, Checkmate
W-7: Vacation Real Estate Investment and Development Opportunities
Get the latest news on ownership and development covering the hot markets, new construction and inventory levels, pricing trends, sale and resale activity, innovations, member programs and much more!
MODERATOR: Bob Craycraft, VicePresident, Industry Relations, American Resort Development Association
PANELISTS: David Callaghan, Vice President, Resort Sales & Service, Interval International Jim Casey, Senior Vice President, Managing Director - Vacation Ownership, Capital One
Ben Rafter, President & CEO, Aqua Hospitality / Aston Hotels & Resorts
Tim Stripe, Co-President, Grand Pacific Resorts, Inc.
W-8: Ownership and Developer Liability: Labor and Employment Obligations
The impact of current pro-employee legislation, administrative decisions, neutrality agreements, labor peace agreements, and collective bargaining obligations has made labor and employment issues a "due diligence" data point in deals throughout the hospitality industry. Owners, developers and investors should attend this session to understand how these issues affect the value financing, purchase prices, expected returns, and potential liability.
MODERATOR: Jay P. Krupin, Partner, Chair of Hospitality Labor & Employment Practice BakerHostetler
Anjali Agarwal, Executive Vice President of Asset Management
The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC
Gerry Chase, President & COO, New Castle Hotels and Resorts
Doug Dreher, President & CEO, The Hotel Group
Nancy Johnson, President, Nancy Johnson Hospitality Motivation
12:45 - 1:45
Sponsored by Continental Contractors, Inc. Pillar Hotels &
Resorts InterMountain Management PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance
1:45 - 3:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS W-9: An Extended Stay Welcome
Business and leisure travelers appreciate the price, comfort, service and
convenience of an extended stay property. Find out the latest news on
franchising, development, ownership, management and financing the construction
or acquisition of this ever-popular segment.
MODERATOR: Ed Watkins, Editor at Large, Hotel News Now
PANELISTS: H. Mark Daley, III,Chief
Executive Officer, The Generation Companies Robert Ekman,
Vice President, Midscale Franchise Development, IHG Chip
Ohlsson, Vice President of Development; Northeast, Midwest,
Southwest and Canada Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Kyle Rogg, President & COO, Value Place
Dean Savas, Executive Vice President, Franchise Development and
Management G6 Hospitality, LLC John Stueber,
President, Summit Capital
W-10: Interior Design and Brand Image
Architects, designers, and brand executives discuss the collaboration of
design and identity to create an environment that contributes to the overall
success of a hotel.
MODERATOR: Michelle Finn,
Senior Vice President, ST Media Group International
PANELISTS: Manny Dominguez, Director, Hospitality Specialty Practice
Group, Cooper Carry Kay Lang, President & CEO, Kay
Lang + Associates Kip Richards, Principal, Source Direct Andy Stull, Vice President of Operations, Wyndham
Hotel Group Ron Swidler, Principal of Brand Design, The Gettys
W-11: Funding Sources for Owners, Developers and Investors
Obtain the capital you need to build, acquire or refinance as the panel reviews traditional and unconventional hotel financing for every loan scenario.
MODERATOR: Michael Desiato, Vice President, Group Publisher, ALM Real Estate Media Group
PANELISTS: Billy L. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, LodgeCap, Inc.
Laurie Ivy, Senior Vice President, Lending, PMC Commercial Trust - Direct Lender Stephen R. Ledoux, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP William Sipple, Executive Managing Director, HVS Capital Corp Michael H. Sonnabend, Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group Jon S. Wright, President & CEO, Access Point Financial, Inc.
W-12: Negotiating a Hotel Sale and Purchase
Whether you are a buying or selling a hotel, navigating through the process can be a challenge. Make sure you have the tools you need to evaluate the market, decide on a price, put a deal together and finalize the transaction. The discussion will also offer insight into the transformation of online resources to find your next property.
MODERATOR: John Jameson, President, Jameson and Company
PANELISTS: Anthony A. Falor, Managing Director-Hospitality, Rockwood Real Estate Advisors
Clint Hodges, Vice President, Hodges Ward Elliott Greg LaBerge, National Director, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Mitch Miller, Shareholder, Miller Law Group, P.C. Herb Warmbrodt, President, Warmbrodt Hotel Investments
Sam Winterbottom, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
W-13: New Construction and Renovation Pipeline
As the U.S. hotel industry continues to rebound, owners
and investors are taking advantage of the current cycle’s upswing and available
funding to jump into the hotbed of new build and renovation activity. Find out
which segments, locations, and new projects are on the horizon in 2015-2016 and
how you can hit the ground running for your next development or renovation
Vice President /Editorial Director,
Hotel News Now/STR
PANELISTS: Dinesh P. Chandiramani,
Officer, Hyphen Construction Group Mike Jaynes, President, Hall Structured
Finance Tom Lander, Vice President, Mortenson Development, Inc. Michael
Muir, Vice President, North American Development Best Western International Tim Muir, Vice President, Franchise Development, Equity Brands, Choice Hotels
International W-14: Asia, Latin America, and Europe: The Red-Hot Locations and Emerging Destinations
Hear the latest news on current hotel development hot spots and which locales are set to grab the headlines and tourism dollars in 2015 and beyond.
MODERATOR: Joseph A. McInerney, CHA, President & CEO McInerney Hospitality International
PANELISTS: Paul T. Fialkowski, Director, Duncan Miller Ullmann
Chris Ivy, Chief Development Officer, MGM Hakkasan Hospitality Clifford J. Risman, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Gregory Rumpel, Managing Director, JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group
W-15: Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Hotel Development
Positioning this segment for success takes vision, skill and passion for providing world-class destinations and services to meet every guest demand. The panel will discuss the art of creating a unique collection of landmark properties and new projects in the development pipeline.
MODERATOR: Guy Maisnik, Vice Chair - Global Hospitality Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, LLP
Steven Kamali, Principal, Hospitality House
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Group Arik Kono, Vice President, Franchise Development Starwood Hotels & Resorts Thomas Prins,Principal, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts
3:00 - 4:00
$1,000 cash drawing! Must be present to win. Sponsored by Cooper Carry La Quinta Inns & Suites Miller Law Group, P.C.
Boomers, Seniors, GenXers, Millennials: who is spending, where are they
going, how are they booking. Experts crunch the numbers and decipher the data to
bring you the latest factors that are driving travel and leisure business.
MODERATOR: David A. Berins, Managing Partner, Berins & Co., LLC
Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Best Western International
David Huether, Senior Vice President, Research, U.S. Travel
Association Chris Klauda, Vice President, Lodging Research
D. K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd. Parag Vohra, General
Manager- Hotels, Sojern
W-17: Private Equity
Executives from top private equity firms discuss the selection criteria, funding perimeters, public offerings and latest transaction activity to optimize value-added opportunities in their travel and leisure portfolios.
MODERATOR: Jeff Lugosi, Senior Vice President, PKF Consulting USA
PANELISTS: Adi Bhoopathy, Principal & Executive Vice President, Noble Investment Group Mark K. Owens, Managing Director – Hospitality Group Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC William Sipple, Executive Managing Director, HVS Capital Corp
W-18: How to Sell to the Hospitality Industry
Experts will share their sales tips so that you can generate leads, motivate your team and exceed your sales target.
MODERATOR JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics
PANELISTS: Doug Eichler, Vice President, Commercial Sales, DIRECTV Dan Richardson, Senior Director, Business Development, Entegra Procurement Services Steve Tipton, Vice President of Hospitality Bedding, Simmons Hospitality Bedding
5:45 - 9:00
Sponsored by Best Western International
DIRECTV PSAV Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
The Power Players in Hospitality Real Estate (Part II)
Experts share their outlook for the industry and discuss the challenges and opportunities of hotel financing, investment and ownership.
MODERATOR: Michael Desiato, Vice President, Group Publisher ALM Real Estate Media Group
PANELISTS: Jim Amorosia, President, CEO, G6 Hospitality LLC
Scott Andrews, Senior Managing Director, Hotels GE Capital, Franchise Finance Jay Burnett, Vice President, Real Estate, JHM Hotels Mark Fluent, Managing Director, Head of CRE Banking – US West, Deutsche Bank Securities Walter Isenberg, President & CEO, SAGE Hospitality Mitesh Shah, Senior Managing Principal & CEO, Noble Investment Group