The Lodging Conference 2020 will take place from September 21st - 24th.
Please see below to view the agenda from the 2019 Lodging Conference.

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
6:00 AM -
Hiking at Pinnacle Peak
Sponsored by
8:00 AM -
Golf Tournament at Wildfire Golf Club, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (check in at 7:00 AM)
Sponsored by
Sandman Savrann PLLC
2:00 PM - 5:30
Conference Check-In
3:30 PM - 4:30
Speed Networking
4:30 PM - 6:00
Open Bar Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Cooper Carry
6:00 PM - 9:00
Cocktail Party / Dinner (Outdoor Event)
Sponsored by
Access Point Financial
Choice Hotels International
Concierge by Foodbuy
DPR Construction
8:30 PM - 10:00
Cigars, Bourbon, Whiskey, Cognac Tasting (Outdoor Event)

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:30
Conference Registration
Led by:
Cheryl Heisterberg, DAC Art Consulting,
Sponsored by
Hall Structured Finance
Valencia Hotel Group
8:00 AM - 8:10
Harry Javer, Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:10 AM - 8:30
Speed Statistics
Presented by:
Ben Bates, Commercial Manager, North America,
JP Ford, ISHC, SVP and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
Mark V. Lomanno, Partner & Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
Vail Ross, SVP, Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, Head of Lodging Research, 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 - 9:25
Interview with Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
Moderated by:
Kathleen Matthews, Global Ambassador, World Travel and Tourism Council
9:25 AM - 9:35
The Castell Award - Recognizing a Woman Leader in the Hospitality Investment Arena
Heather McCrory, Chief Executive Officer, North & Central America Region, Accor
9:35 AM - 10:30
A View From The Top
Sponsored By:
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Don Landry, Owner, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
David Kong, President and CEO, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Heather McCrory, Chief Executive Officer, North and Central America Region, Accor
Jon Mehlman, President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust
Tyler Morse, CEO, Managing Partner, MCR Investors
10:30 AM - 11:15
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Marriott International
Western Alliance Bank Hotel Franchise Finance
11:15 AM - 12:30
T - 1   Hotel Investing 2020
With 10 straight years of growth, what can we expect in 2020? Join the panel of top owners, operators and investors for a frank discussion of the current hotel investment market and short and long-term risk/return strategies to optimize revenue.
Jerry Burrell, Chief Financial Officer, Westmont Hospitality
Vamsi Bonthala, Chief Executive Officer, Arbor Lodging Partners
Raj Contractor, Senior Vice President, Investments, Host Hotels & Resorts
Naveen Kakarla, President & CEO, HHM
Greg O'Stean, Chief Development Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Vinay Patel, 2019-2020 Treasurer, AAHOA
President & CEO, Fairbrook Hotels LLC
T - 2   Private Equity Buyers and Sellers
The hospitality industry has seen an uptick in private equity investment. Find out what factors are driving the acquisition activity, which sectors are on the radar, and if the panel sees any red flags on the horizon or a continuation of strong transaction volume.
Rajiv Trivedi, Managing Principal, TST Capital
Cheryl Boyer, Chief Operating Officer, Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
Jon Kline, Chief Executive Officer, Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC
Dan Kwon, Partner, Apollo Global Real Estate
Jon Mehlman, President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust
T - 3   Borrowing Power: Hotel Lending & Debt Financing (Over $25 Mil)
Permanent, bridge, mezzanine or construction…The panel offers an overview of financial solutions for your new build, acquisition, recapitalization, refinancing, reposition and renovation.
Stacy Silver, President, Silver Hospitality Group
Peter Berk, President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
Mike Canning, Vice President, Hall Structured Finance
Mat Crosswy, President, Stonehill
Ethan Elser, Executive Vice President, PACE Equity
Chris Williams, Managing Director, Western Alliance Bank
T - 4   Luxury and Ultra Luxury: Redefining What Travel Should Be
Distinctive, award-winning, uncompromising …Our panel discusses unique, emerging concepts, one-of-a-kind destinations, unsurpassed service and the finest guest experiences.
Jeff Weinstein, Editor in Chief, HOTELS Magazine
Richard Arnold, Chief Development Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection
Ben Leahy, Principal, Cedar Capital Partners
Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President Global Location Based Experiences, Viacom International Media Networks / Nickelodeon
Richard J. Stockton, Chief Executive Officer & President, Braemar Hotels & Resorts
Homi Vazifdar, Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Equity LLC
T - 5   What are You Looking for in a Management Company?
Whether it’s evaluating a deal to grow your portfolio, understanding your hotel’s technology requirements, or having a track record with your hotel segment and market…Management performance can affect the market value of your hotel. The panel offers tips on selecting the right management company with the skills and expertise to meet your objectives.
Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
Laura Benner, Senior Vice President, Hotel Asset Management, Colony Capital
Fred Grapstein, Chairman, Hotel Association of NYC
EVP, Vornado Hotels
Roger Pollak, Executive Vice President, Island Hospitality Management
Vicki Richman, COO, HVS Asset Management
T - 6   2020 Forecast
Receive up to the minute insights on U.S. lodging real estate including transactions, top markets, demand, ADR, RevPAR, construction activity and new supply forecast.
Presented by:
JP Ford, ISHC, SVP and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
Vail Ross, SVP Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, Head of Lodging Research, CBRE Hotels Americas Research
T - 7   Battle for Scale: Mergers, Acquisitions and Spinoffs
With larger companies gaining increased negotiating strength and diverse portfolios of independent and branded hotels, the panel looks at recent consolidation and M&A activity, who may be next and what it means for single asset and multi-unit owners, developers, operators and investors.
Dennis Nessler, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Interactive, Inc.
Robert Alter, President, Seaview Investors, LLC
W. Michael Murphy, Head of Lodging and Leisure Capital, First Fidelity Companies
Mark Purcell, Vice President - Development, North America, Accor
Lynne Roberts, EVP of Capital Markets, Aimbridge Hospitality
12:30 PM - 2:00
Sponsored by:
CBRE Hotels
Magnuson Hotels
1:00 PM -
Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., President & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners
1:20 PM -
NEWH BrandED Scholarship Presentation
1:30 PM -
AAHOA Update
Rachel Humphrey, Interim President & CEO, AAHOA
$1,000 cash drawing--Must be present to win.,
2:00 PM - 3:15
T - 8   Investing in Opportunity Zones
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created tax benefits for investing in economically distressed communities. Now available in all 50 states and DC, find out what you need to know about the benefits, requirements, challenges and liabilities of building a hotel in an opportunity zone.
Stefani C. O’Connor, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management | Questex Hospitality Group
Douglas Dreher, President & CEO, The Hotel Group
Greg Friedman, Managing Principal, Chief Executive Officer, Peachtree Hotel Group
Guy Maisnik, Partner and Vice Chair Global Hospitality Group®, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
T - 9   Individuality: The Pros and Cons of Lifestyle and Boutique
With a dynamic team of ownership, sales and marketing and onsite leadership, these hotels are positioned to offer the unique experiences guests prefer and the ROI investors demand. Find out about the challenges and opportunities of owning and operating a hotel in this space.
Stephanie Ricca, Editorial Director, Hotel News Now
Mary Beth Cutshall, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, HVMG
Sarah Holtze Treadway, President / Co-CEO, Stout Street Hospitality - Magnolia Hotels
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Hotel Group
William J. Nassikas, President & COO, Westroc Hospitality
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
T - 10   New Construction: Smart Development Strategies for Tight Times
Developers, owners, designers and contractors discuss managing costs and logistics, assembling the project team, key trends and their latest transformative projects.
Ravi Patel, President, Hawkeye Hotels
Neil Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Shamin Hotels
Derek S. Davis, President, davisREED Construction Inc.
Christopher M. Kearney, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, exp
Mark Laport, President, CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Ricky Raman, Chief Operating Officer, PeachState Hospitality
Andrea Schaub, Principal, Cooper Carry
T - 11   Two Awesome Projects: A Closer Look
Take a deep dive and discover how two incredible hotel projects were developed, designed and built featuring the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.
Introduction by:
Michelle Finn, Publisher/VP, Boutique Design Group, Emerald Expositions
Presented by:
Clodagh, CEO/Principal, Clodagh Design
Russ Shattan, EVP, Acquisitions & Development, MCR
T - 12   Value-Add: Optimize the Upside
Make improvements or reposition properties that are not operating at their full potential so that you can command a higher ADR, increase cash flow and market share and capture the appreciation.
Lee Hunter, Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Hotel Advisors
Maki Nakamura Bara, President & Co-Founder, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC
Jacob Cohen, Vice President, Walker & Dunlop
W. Chris Green, Chief Commercial Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality
Ron Pohl, Chief Operations Officer, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Stephen Siegel, President, H-CPM (Hospitality CPM)
Kevin Urgo, Managing Partner, Urgo Hotels & Resorts
T - 13   Avoid These Top 5 Borrowing Mistakes
As you look for deals and financing during the late stages of this current 10-year cycle, lenders and borrowers discuss mutually beneficial approaches to secure funding including negotiation, flexibility, transparency, viability and exit strategy.
Stan Kozlowski, Principal, CooperWynn Capital
Chirag "Chuck" Patel, CFO, NewcrestImage
Chairman of the Board, American Bank
Sagar Patel, Chief Investment Officer, The Witness Group
Rushi Shah, Principal and CEO, Mag Mile Capital
Michael Sonnabend, Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC
2:30 PM - 5:00
Deal Connect (20-minute Meetings)
3:15 PM - 4:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Aimbridge Hospitality
4:00 PM - 5:15
T - 15   On Target with Upper-Upscale and Upscale
Why are these two chain scales so appealing to owners and developers? With a number of new brands entering the space, high occupancy levels, and an increase in supply, find out what is driving the success and if it is sustainable.
Robert A. Rauch, CHA, President and CEO, RAR Hospitality
Geoff Andrew, CEO, WorldHotels
Gina LaBarre, RVP Upscale Brand Development, IHG
Terry Sanders, Chief Development Officer, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Mark Shalala, Vice President Upscale Development, Choice Hotels International
Noah Silverman, Chief Development Officer, North America Full-Service Hotels, Marriott International, Inc.
Jay Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group
T - 16   Borrowing Power: Hotel Lending & Debt Financing (Under $25 Mil)
Speed, convenience and competitive terms...Finance specialists discuss capital solutions for your acquisition, refinance, PIP, renovation, conversion or new build.
Bernie Moyle, COO, Cal-Vegas, Ltd
Scott Andrews, Managing Director – Hotel Franchise Finance, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Rickman Davis, Loan Officer, Hotel Lending, Live Oak Bank
Pete Fehlman, Managing Director, Hodges Ward Elliott
Brian Holstein, Principal, US Hotel Advisors
Laurie Ivy, Senior Vice President - Lending, PMC Commercial Trust
T - 17   Travel Trends: What You Need to Know About NextGen Influencers and Disruptors
Analysts share the latest data on the major influencers and groundbreaking developments including travel and consumer trends, personalized communication, messaging, building loyalty, the impact of alternative accommodations on guest satisfaction and how to capture more guests.
Presented by:
Ben Bates, Commercial Manager, North America,
Jenni Corwin, Senior Manager, Consumer Insights, Travel & Digital, J.D. Power
Kirstin Frazell, Industry Manager, Travel, Facebook
Jamie Lane, Senior Economist, CBRE Hotels
T - 18   A Look Ahead: The Transaction Climate for Buyers and Sellers
Are you in the process of positioning your asset for sale or looking to buy a single or multi-property portfolio? Experienced and first-time buyers and sellers should attend this session to find out how to achieve maximum results.
Herb Warmbrodt, Principal, HREC Investment Advisors
Daniel Benavides, Attorney/Principal, Sandman Savrann PLLC
Skyler Cooper, National Director, Hospitality, Marcus & Millichap
David Durell, Chief Acquisitions Officer, Legendary Acquisitions
Anthony Falor, Managing Director, Ten-X, Inc.
Warren Q. Fields, Chief Executive Officer, Pyramid Hotel Group
T - 19   Keep Your Hotel Open: Keys to a Smooth PIP or Remodel
Meet the unique requirements of renovating an operating hotel. You can complete the job on time and on budget without disruption to your staff and guests.
Jay Litt, Principal, The Litt Group
Scott Brown, NCARB, Principal Architect, DesignCell Architecture
James Carroll, President & CEO, Crestline Hotels & Resorts
Aaron Dearborn, President, Amerail Systems, Inc.
Gary Dollens, Global Head of Design/Product & Brand Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Bakulesh \"Buggsi\" Patel, Principal, BHG Hotels
Dan Welch, Senior Vice President, Continental Contractors, Inc.
T - 20   Modular Construction to Drive Growth
As construction costs continue to rise, owners, developers, investors and brands are turning to modular technology and prefabricated components for higher ROI, faster construction time, reduced labor costs and quality control. Find out if modular construction will work for your next project.
Danielle Hess, Senior Reporter, Hotel News Now
Mike Brown, National Pre-Construction Lead, DPR Construction
Mitch Lund, Project Manager, Fulcrum
Sanat Patel, Chief Sales Officer, AVANA Capital
Brad Wagstaff, CEO, Mogul Capital
6:00 PM - 9:00
Cocktail Party / Dinner (Outdoor Event)
Sponsored by:
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00
Led by:
Cheryl Heisterberg, DAC Art Consulting,
7:15 AM - 5:00
Conference Registration
Sponsored by
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
8:15 AM - 8:30
Welcome Back
Harry Javer, Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:40 AM - 8:50
AH&LA Update
Chip Rogers, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
8:50 AM - 9:35
Sponsored by:
DIRECTV Hospitality
Stephanie Ricca, Editorial Director, Hotel News Now
Joel Eisemann, Chief Development Officer, The Americas, IHG
Ken Greene, President, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Justin Knight, President and CEO, Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.
Thomas Magnuson, CEO, Magnuson Hotels
Jim Merkel, Chief Executive Officer, Rockbridge
Jagruti Panwala, 2019-2020 Chairwoman, AAHOA
President & CEO, Wealth Protection Strategies, Inc.
9:35 AM - 10:15
Glenn Haussman, Host, No Vacancy podcast
Stephen G. Haggerty, Managing Partner, Trinity Investments
David Pepper, Chief Development Officer, Choice Hotels International
Dilip Petigara, Chief Executive Officer, Access Point Financial
Paul Sacco, EVP, President of Global Development, RLH Corporation
Matt Wehling, SVP Development, U.S. & Canada, Hilton
10:15 AM - 11:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Simmons Beautyrest Hospitality
11:00 AM - 12:15
W - 1   Opportunistic Investing: Navigating the Current Market
If successful, these properties can offer a higher rate of return but they also carry the most risk. In this volatile market and late stage cycle, find out how to manage your investment strategy, timeline, level of risk and expected return.
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., President & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners
Robert Alter, President, Seaview Investors, LLC
Andy Broad, Principal, Avison Young
Mike Cahill, CEO & Founder, HREC – Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Russell Flicker, Managing Partner, AWH Partners
Mehul "Mike" Patel, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NewcrestImage
W - 2   Keys to Success: A Focus on Design
Well-conceived and well-executed hotel design helps your hotel stand out, enhances the guest experience, increases occupancy and ADR and adds to your bottom line. Experts discuss how design can help meet branded and independent owner, investor and developer investment goals.
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine
Vice President, Hospitality Design Group
Barry A.N. Bloom, President & Chief Operating Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Nigel Hatcher, MCSD, VP Design & Project Management, Global Design Americas, Luxury Brands, Marriott International, Inc.
Amy A. Hulbert, Vice President, Boutique and Upscale Brands, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Brian Murch, AIA, Senior Hospitality Designer, Principal, DLR Group
Eric Ullmann, President + CEO, Duncan Miller Ullmann
W - 3   The True Cost of a Franchise: Measuring the Value of a Brand
The panel weighs in on how a flag influences financing, acquisitions, guest perception, operations and your bottom line including a look at royalty fees and the cost of loyalty programs, reservation services, marketing and advertising, PIPs, purchasing services, training, technical support and if there is room to negotiate.
Jay Litt, Principal, The Litt Group
Sloan Dean, COO, Remington
Troy Furbay, EVP & Chief Investment Officer, DiamondRock Hospitality Company
Bill Hall, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Red Roof Inns
Mitch Miller, Principal, Miller Law Group, P.C.
W - 4   Growth Trajectory: Economy and Limited Service Hotels
As the segment continues to gain market share, the panel discusses brands, ROI, new build and conversion opportunities and providing quality service and value to guests.
Stefani C. O’Connor, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management | Questex Hospitality Group
Mike McGeehan, Chief Development Officer, G6 Hospitality
Tom Nee, Vice President, Development - Foundation Brands, Choice Hotels International
Biran Patel, 2019-2020 Vice Chairman, AAHOA
Partner, BHP Investments Company
Harshil Patel, Vice President, Champion Hotels
Kevin Schramm, Vice President, Franchise Sales & Development - West Region, IHG
Alex S. Xu, CEO, GreenTree Hospitality Group
W - 5   How Hotels Can Adapt Technology to Wow Guests, Improve Productivity and Deliver ROI
It’s a fact. Hotel technology does not often meet expectations of owners, staff and tech savvy guests. Find out how you can overcome tech limitations at the front desk, in the back office and before, during and after a hotel stay.
Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President of Asset Management (Retired), Host Hotels & Resorts
Pamela Barnhill, Principal, Strategic Growth Advisory
John Edwards, Chief Information Officer, RLH Corporation
Aly El-Bassuni, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group
Jason Hsiang, SVP of Development, YOTEL
Robert Stevenson, CEO, INTELITY
W - 6   An Expanding Footprint: Extended Stay and All-Suite Hotels
Favorable market conditions, unrivaled return on investment and high consumer demand have led to an explosion of development and acquisition activity. Owners, investors, developers and brands discuss revenue, profitability, value for guests and unlocking the potential in competitive locations.
Judy Maxwell, Principal, Co-Founder, Director of Editorial, Long Live Lodging | Lodging Leaders
Jim Alderman, EVP, Chief Development Officer, Extended Stay America
Rick Colling, Global Head, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton
Jennifer Gribble, Vice President, Global avid hotels and Mainstream Growth, IHG
Diane Mayer, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments & Protea Brands, Marriott International, Inc.
Mimi Rogers, President, WaterWalk International
Darien Wright, Chief Operating Officer, Brookwood Hotels
12:15 PM - 1:45
Sponsored by:
Mag Mile Capital
Remington Hotels
1:45 PM - 3:00
W - 7   Free Money? Understanding the Complexities of Converting Historic Tax Credits to Cash
When character, aesthetics and unique identity are synchronized with Tax Credit Cash. Find out about the latest projects, available tax credits and common mistakes to reinventing historic buildings.
John T. Campo, Jr., President, Campo Architects
Jenna Hackett, Global Head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Hilton
Walter Isenberg, President and CEO, Sage Hospitality
Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO, The Kessler Collection
Bill Wilhelm, President, R.D. Olson Construction
W - 8   In a Labor Pinch? Working Smarter (Not Harder)
With accelerating wage growth and a tight job market, hear about the latest initiatives to hire, train and keep qualified employees at your hotel.
S. Kirk Kinsell, Principal, Panther Ridge Partners
Jamie Baxter, Founder and CEO, Qwick
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
Rosanna Maietta, President, AHLEF, EVP, American Hotel and Lodging Association
Corey McCarthy, VP Global Marketing, Beekeeper
Brad Rahinsky, President & CEO, Hotel Equities
W - 9   Shelf Space: Revenue Management, Channels and Distribution Opportunities
Brand and independent owners, find out how to get your hotel in front of today’s on-the-go consumers.
Mark V. Lomanno, Partner & Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
Erica Kruse, Director of Revenue Strategy, Regency Hotel Management
Michael Stark, Enterprise Sales Consultant, NAVIS
James Wirth, President/CEO/Chairman, InnSuites Hospitality Trust
Lou Zameryka, Director, Global Accounts,
W - 10   Making Headlines: Select Service Hotels
Hotel chains, owners, developers, lenders and guests love this sector. Find out about the latest innovations, transactions and developments.
Billy L. Brown, CEO, LodgeCap
Rick Cunningham, SVP of Hotel Development, Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts
Jason Gregorek, VP, Development & Owner Relations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Amanda Marcello, Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy, RLH Corporation
Nishant "Neal" Patel, 2019-2020 Secretary, AAHOA
Managing Partner, Blue Chip Hotels
Adam Sherer, SVP, Lodging Development – Marriott Select Brands, Marriott International, Inc.
W - 11   Proven Sales Strategies in Competitive Markets
Explore emerging trends to boost sales performance and enhance the digital guest experience to increase your profitability.
Robert A. Rauch, CHA, President and CEO, RAR Hospitality
Lucy Burni, Owner, Burni Enterprises | Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Toni Jacaruso, President, Jacaruso Enterprises, Inc.
Brooke Meyer, Managing Partner, Caymera International
W - 12   Private Equity Buyers and Sellers (Part II)
With high demand, ADR, and occupancy rates, hospitality real estate has seen a surge of interest from private equity. Find out about the latest transactions, the selection criteria for choosing assets, and long- and short-term investment strategies.
Jack Levy, Senior Vice President - Finance, Pyramid Hotel Group
Ali Elam, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
Steve Kisieleca, Principal, Lodging Capital Partners, LLC
Paul Novak, Managing Director, Whitman | Peterson
3:00 PM - 3:45
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Miller Law Group, P.C.
3:01 PM - 5:00
LIIC - Lodging Industry Investment Council
3:45 PM - 5:00
W - 13   New Development Trends: Who, What, Where and Why
Experts help you plan your next move as they discuss emerging and developing markets, projects in the pipeline, rising costs of construction, sought after brands, and the sectors to watch.
Bruce Ford, SVP and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Jon Benowitz, VP Capital Strategy / Investments, Chartwell Hospitality
Jay Burnett, SVP, Investments & Development, Auro Hotels
Norman K. Jenkins, President, Capstone Development, LLC
W - 14   The Bottom Line on Soft Brands: Hear from the Owners
As hard brands become more flexible, soft brands continue to proliferate as more and more owners, investors and developers are choosing soft brand options for acquisitions and new builds. Are soft brands living up to the hype? What do the owners say?
Bob Olson, President, R.D. Olson Development
Jim Luchars, Chief Investment Officer, Stonebridge Companies
Kevin Rohani, Vice President, Development, sbe
Benjamin Seidel, President & CEO, Real Hospitality Group
W - 15   CapEx: Source It and Purchase It
From concept to execution, the panel will focus on defining the scope and meeting standards to ordering, delivery and timely installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and operating supplies & equipment (OS&E)
Stephen R. Hennis, MAI, ISHC, CHA, Hotelogy,
Alan Benjamin, President, Benjamin West
Christina Flannery, Design Director, Park Hotels & Resorts
Helen Jorgensen, Vice President Design and Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts
Richard E. Pastorino, CEO/Principal, REVPAR International, Inc.
W - 16   Alternative Lodging Spaces
The number of travelers looking for new places to stay, work and explore continues to grow. The panel will discuss the latest concepts that provide flexible and cost-effective options for business and leisure travelers.
Glenn Haussman, Host, No Vacancy podcast, Here to Stay TV
Philip Bates, CEO, Bode
Jason Fudin, CEO and Co-Founder, WhyHotel
Rikesh Patel, Regional Director, Real Estate - West, Sonder
Steve Shpilsky, CEO & Co-Founder, STAY OPEN
Seán Worker, Managing Director & Principal, T5 Strategies
W - 17   ROI: Health and Wellness Resorts
Tranquility through design, best in class management, personalized service, health-focused cuisine, fitness classes, spa therapies…Meet the needs of today's health-conscious lifestyle, gain a competitive advantage and ensure a stronger bottom-line.
Christina Trauthwein, Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Group, Hotel Business | InspireDesign
Molly Anderson, Vice President - Experience Development, Canyon Ranch
Roger Bloss, CEO, Alternative Hospitality
Amanda Frasier, Executive Vice President, Standards and Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide
Patrick Huey, Corporate Director Spa Operations, Montage International
Jim Root, General Manager, Mii amo
Director of Wellbeing, Enchantment Group
6:00 PM - 9:30
Dinner / Drinks & Rock n’ Roll - The Lodging Conference Talent Show (Outdoor Event)
Sponsored by:
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts USA Inc.
DIRECTV Hospitality
Entegra Procurement Services

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 10:00
Breakfast Connect with Owners, Investors, Developers and Operators
10:00 AM -
Door Prizes
11:00 AM -
Conference Adjourns
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