The Lodging Conference 2018 will take place from September 24th - 27th.
Look over last years Agenda below:


View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
8:00 AM -
Hike Squaw Peak
8:30 AM - 2:30
Golf Tournament at WildFire Golf Club
Sponsored by
Sandman Savrann PLLC
2:00 PM - 6:00
Conference Check-In
Sponsored by
Tambourine
4:00 PM - 5:30
Speed Networking
5:30 PM - 8:30
Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by
Access Point Financial
Choice Hotels International
Concierge by Foodbuy
exp
PSAV
8:30 PM - 10:30
Nightcap by Wyndham Hotel Group

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00
Conference Registration
7:01 AM - 8:00
Breakfast
Sponsored by
Hall Structured Finance
Valencia Group
8:00 AM - 8:10
Welcome
Harry Javer, Co-Founder & Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:10 AM - 8:25
Industry Overview
Presented by:
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics
Ali Hoyt, Senior Director, Consulting and Analytics, STR
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
8:25 AM - 8:45
Economic Outlook
Presented by:
Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group, LLC
8:45 AM - 8:55
Political Update
Presented by:
Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AAHOA
8:55 AM - 10:15
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
A View from the Top
Distinguished leaders offer insights on the hot topics and current trends impacting the hospitality industry.
Sponsored by:
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Moderator:
Don Landry, Owner, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
Panelists:
Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group
Mike Barnello, President and CEO, LaSalle Hotel Properties
Eric Danziger, Chief Executive Officer, Trump Hotel Group
Dave Johnson, President & CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality
David Kong, President and CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
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   Investing Today: Smart Growth Strategies
Investors share their success stories and offer insights into growing your hotel portfolio in this dynamic and challenging economic environment.
Moderator:
David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief, Questex Hospitality Group
Panelists:
Daniel Beider, Chairman, Paramount Lodging Advisors
Murray L. Dow, II, President, The Dow Hotel Company
Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, Baccarat Hotels & 1 Hotels
Peter Willis, Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Chatham Lodging Trust
T - 2   Hotel Valuation for Owners and Investors
Don't overpay or undersell. Industry experts will help you understand market conditions and estimate market value to determine parameters for your hotel transactions.
Moderator:
Suzanne Mellen, MAI, CRE, FRICS, ISHC, Senior Managing Director – Practice Leader, HVS
Panelists:
Mike Cahill, CEO and Founder, HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Anthony Falor, Managing Director, Ten-X
John Sonnier, Senior Vice President, Hodges Ward Elliott
T - 3   New Branding Trends
New Brands continue to proliferate. Learn how new brands (and old) are meeting the needs of owners, investors and consumers and what’s on the horizon.
Moderator:
Dennis Nessler, Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Interactive
Panelists:
Amanda Marcello, Vice President of Brand Development, RLH Corporation
Charles McKee, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Brian Quinn, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, Choice Hotels International
Amanda Saye, Director of Marketing, GreenTree Hospitality Group, Inc.
Kevin Schramm, Vice President, Franchise Sales & Development - West Region, IHG
T - 4   Accessing Capital
Capital is tighter but deals are getting done. Experts discuss market conditions, regulatory and tax ramifications, interest rates, brand incentives, permanent, preferred, mezzanine, bridge, and how to access affordable capital to get the deal done.
Moderator:
Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
Panelists:
Scott Andrews, EVP, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Hotel Franchise Finance
Don Ayres, Vice President of Development, Aimbridge Hospitality
Mat Crosswy, President, Stonehill Strategic Capital
Joe Hercenberg, Managing Director, Walker & Dunlop – Capital Markets
Mark K. Owens, EVP & Head of Hospitality Capital Markets, CBRE Hotels
Thomas Prins, Principal, TQP Investments, LLC
T - 5   Social Media and Your Digital Marketing Campaign
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, hashtag mentions, impressions, likes, shares, and posts… this panel will delve into all of these mediums and methods that are crucial to engaging with today’s guests.
Moderator:
Glenn Haussman, Host, No Vacancy podcast
Panelists:
Dorothy Dowling, Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Benji Greenberg, CEO, BCV Social
Cynthia Olcott, President, Horizon Hotels, Ltd.
T - 6   2018 Market Pulse: What the Data Reveals
Plan for the year ahead with the latest performance, occupancy, supply, demand, transaction, and hotel value indicators.
Presented by:
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics
Ali Hoyt, Senior Director, Consulting and Analytics, STR
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS
T - 7   Hot Button Issues: Join the Conversation and Make a Difference
Now more than ever, it is vital to make your voice heard. Learn about today's hot-button policy and regulatory issues including: minimum wage increases, joint employer, online booking scams, Airbnb/Home-Sharing legislation, promoting travel and tourism and more.
Moderator:
Vanessa Sinders, SVP, Government Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Panelists:
Jagruti Panwala, Treasurer, AAHOA
Kerry Ranson, Chief Development Officer, HP Hotels
T - 8   Generate Income with F&B
Food and Beverage has grown into a significant revenue/profit driver. Attend this session to find out the latest news on specialized F&B including design, procurement, hot trends and more.
Moderator:
Robert M. O\'Halloran, Professor & Director, East Carolina University, School of Hospitality Leadership
Panelists:
Sumner Baye, President/Partner, International Hotel Network LLC
Christopher Meskers, COO, Concierge by Foodbuy | S. Sherman Associates
Bob Neal, Principal, Cooper Carry
Dan Richardson, National Director, Hospitality, Entegra Procurement Services
Kenneth L. Taylor, Vice President, Strategic Development, MarkeTeam Inc
12:15 PM - 1:45
Lunch
Sponsored by
CBRE Hotels
Chesapeake Hospitality
Magnuson Hotels
Mortenson Development, Inc.
1:00 PM - 1:15
Above & Beyond Award
Moderator:
Nancy Trejos, Travel/Hotels Reporter, USA Today
Recipient:
Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation
1:15 PM - 1:30
Driving Forward Together: An AH&LA Outlook
Presented by:
Kevin F. Carey, Chief Operating Officer & EVP, American Hotel & Lodging Association
1:45 PM - 3:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 9   From Main St To Wall St: What's Trending and How Will It Impact Hotels in 2018
Leverage the data and maximize your profit margins with an introduction to emerging opportunities in global real estate investment, preferences of aging populations and younger travelers, up-and-coming markets and the ever-expanding list of new disruptive technologies.
Presented by:
Vince Ciepiel, Senior Analyst, Cleveland Research Company
Steve Cohen, Vice President, Research & Insights, MMGY Global
Matthew Petrie, President, BDRC Americas
T - 10   Dual and Triple Brand Hotels
Owners, developers and investors will discover the challenges and benefits of getting a multi-brand project off the ground including due diligence, financing, costs, amenities, operations, price points, and management.
Moderator:
Jeff Higley, VP/Editorial Director, STR/Hotel News Now
Panelists:
Navin Dimond, President/CEO, Stonebridge Companies
Eric Jacobs, Chief Development Officer, Marriott Select Brands, Marriott International
Ron Pohl, SVP & Chief Operations Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Gregory R. Portman, AIA, President, PFVS, Inc.
T - 11   Best In Class: Destination Resorts and Luxury Hotels
In an ever-increasingly competitive hotel field, the luxury segment continues to outperform. Our panel of experts will share their insights on creating guest experiences and exceeding expectations.
Moderator:
Christina Trauthwein, Editor, Hotel Business | Hotel Business Design
Panelists:
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Group
Thomas Klein, President & COO, Canyon Ranch
Peter Kressaty, Senior Vice President, Forbes Travel Guide
Homi Vazifdar, Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Equity LLC
T - 12   Build, Buy, Hold, or Sell? Strategies for this Stage in the Cycle
Secure your long and short-term goals with prudent and profitable transaction decisions in today’s economic environment.
Moderator:
Edward J. McNeill, Jr, President, Lodging Media
Panelists:
Jeff Dauray, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, RLJ Lodging Trust
Christopher P. Diffley, Managing Director, Rockbridge
Justin Jabara, Vice President, Development, Meyer Jabara Hotels
Herb Warmbrodt, Principal, HREC Investment Advisors
T - 13   Private Equity Players
Key executives discuss strategies for acquiring assets and creating long-term value including deal structures, equity funds and investment criteria.
Moderator:
Stephanie Ricca, Editor in Chief, Hotel News Now
Panelists:
Michael Depatie, Managing Partner, KHP Capital Partners
Jon Kline, Chief Executive Officer, Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC
Jon Mehlman, President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust
T - 14   Transform Your Hotel Operations
Increase profitability, decrease costs and motivate your team with effective strategies and tools to manage labor, maintenance, energy, guest satisfaction and more.
Moderator:
Christopher M. Kearney, PE, LEED AP, Director of Hospitality, exp
Panelists:
Andrew Carey, Executive Vice President, Newport Hospitality Group
Fred Grapstein, Senior Vice President, Vornado Hotels
W. Chris Green, Chief Operating Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality
Joe Reardon, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Hotel Equities
T - 15   Understanding Taxes and the Value of Your Business
Don’t throw money away! Attend this session for great tips on leveraging your current assets, preparing a secure estate and retirement plan, property tax budgeting, property compliance and reductions, appealing real estate taxes and more.
Presented by:
David Chitlik, Vice President, Property Tax, Hospitality, Altus Group
Mitch Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Miller Law Group, Inc.
T - 16   On Alert: Top Risk Management and Cyber Challenges
Dozens of travel companies have experienced data breaches. Find out how you can protect your systems and data, overcome disruptors, analyze property and liability coverage, lower costs and decrease deductibles.
Moderator:
Gregory J. Leighton, Partner, Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP
Panelists:
Larry Birnbaum, VP of Hospitality, VT Group
K. Michael Schmitt, CEO, Clairvoyix
Al Sweeny, Director, Baker Tilly
2:00 PM - 5:00
Deal Connect (20 Minute) Meetings - Meet with New Clients and Customers
3:00 PM - 4:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Aimbridge Hospitality
B Hotels & Resorts
4:00 PM - 5:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T - 17   What's Trending in Lifestyle
The panel will discuss where this hot sector is going including positioning, demand drivers, design, unique marketing initiatives and key differences vis-a-vis other hotel sectors.
Moderator:
Jeff Weinstein, Editor In Chief, HOTELS Magazine
Panelists:
John Cohlan, Chief Executive Officer, Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts
Thom Geshay, Chief Operating Officer, Davidson Hotels & Resorts
Jay Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group
David Tarr, Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Ryan Totaro, Chief Executive Officer, NYLO Hotels
T - 18   Let's Talk Tech
Outfit your hotel with the latest products and services to wow guests, improve financial, accounting and operations efficiency and add to your bottom line.
Moderator:
Michelle Renn, Managing Editor, Hotel-Online.com
Panelists:
Julie Shepard, SPHR, Senior Human Resources Consultant, TriNet
Rich Siegel, President & Publisher, Hotel-Online & Hospitality Upgrade
Robert Stevenson, CEO, KEYPR
Kim Twiggs, Assistant Vice President, Market Development, AT&T
T - 19   A Guide to Soft Brands
Many new soft brands have been launched this year. This session will help you make the right branding decision for your unique hotel or portfolio of properties.
Moderator:
Michelle Finn, Senior Vice President, ST Media Group International
Panelists:
Steve Belmonte, Chief Executive Officer, Vimana Franchise Systems, LLC
Antony J. McShane, Partner, Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP
Mark F. Nogal, Global Head, Curio Collection & Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Hilton
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Noah Silverman, Chief Development Officer, Full Service Hotels, Marriott International
T - 20   Turn Lookers into Bookers: Optimize Your Distribution Strategy
Having the right channel mix is key to maximizing your hotel's bottom line. Discussion will focus on revenue management analytics to identify, track and manage dollars, rooms, direct booking and distribution channels.
Moderator:
Cindy Estis Green, CEO and Co-Founder, Kalibri Labs
Panelists:
Patrick Bosworth, Co-Founder and CEO, Duetto Research
Dorothy Dowling, Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Robert Rauch, President and CEO, RAR Hospitality
Lou Zameryka, Director, Global Accounts, Booking.com
T - 21   Navigating the EB-5 Landscape
Is EB-5 still a viable source of construction financing? Are hotels still the darling of EB-5? Learn how to pursue the opportunity and avoid the pitfalls.
Moderator:
Jim Butler, Chairman, Global Hospitality Group®, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Panelists:
Rob Gritz, CEO, Texas Growth Fund Partners, LLC
Tom Martin, Vice President, Baker Tilly Capital, LLC
Michael Palmer, Managing Member & Co-Founder, California Real Estate Regional Center
Kyle Walker, Managing Partner, NewGen Worldwide
6:00 PM - 9:00
Poolside Dinner and Halloween Party
Sponsored by:
Arizona Biltmore-A Waldorf Astoria Resort

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00
Conference Registration
7:31 AM - 8:30
Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:40
Welcome
Harry Javer, Co-Founder & Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:45 AM - 9:45
GENERAL SESSION
A View from the C-Suite
Moderator:
Glenn Haussman, Host, No Vacancy podcast
Panelists:
Liam Brown, President, Franchising, Owner Services and MxM Select Brands, North America, Marriott International
Kevin Frid, COO, North & Central America, AccorHotels
Ken Greene, President, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Thomas Magnuson, CEO and Co-Founder, Magnuson Hotels
Michael Medzigian, Managing Partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Greg Mount, President & CEO, RLH Corporation
Bhavesh Patel, Chairman, AAHOA
9:45 AM - 10:45
GENERAL SESSION
Let's Talk Development
Top executives discuss hot markets around the world, new programs and services for franchisees to maximize ROI, sectors, brands, and upcoming projects.
Sponsored by:
DIRECTV Hospitality
Moderator:
Michael G. Desiato, President, MGD Cconsulting Services
Panelists:
Janis Cannon, Senior Vice President, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels International
Chris Drazba, Vice President, Core Brands & Mexico Development for the Americas, IHG
Chip Ohlsson, EVP and Chief Development Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group
Jon Wright, President, CEO, Access Point Financial, Inc.
10:45 AM - 11:30
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
The Allied Group
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Simmons Hospitality Bedding
11:30 AM - 12:45
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 1   Catch These Markets on the Upswing
Location, Location. Location. Find out which markets are heating up and which are on the decline including discussion on supply, demand, construction and replacement costs, hotel values and macro trends.
Moderator:
Bruce Ford, Senior Vice President, Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Panelists:
Marty Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Gatehouse Capital Corp
W. Chris Green, Chief Operating Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality
Terry Sanders, Chief Development Officer, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
W - 2   Asset Management to Maximize Value
Achieve your strategic goals and objectives with a comprehensive analysis of market trends, competitive set, capital expenditures, and operating performance to enhance your investment return.
Moderator:
David A. Berins, Managing Partner, Berins & Co., LLC
Panelists:
Kerry Gaber, Vice President, Asset Management, Host Hotels & Resorts
George Gudgeon, Senior Vice President, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Karen L. Johnson, President, Pinnacle Advisory Group West
Vicki Richman, Chief Financial Officer, HVS Asset Management
W - 3   Beyond Hospitality: What Can We Learn From Other Industries
Hotel owners can learn a lot from other industries. These top executives will discuss how airlines, auto companies, cruise ships and health care are managing today’s toughest business problems and integrating technology to leverage their companies for the future.
Moderator:
Alan Benjamin, President, Benjamin West
Panelists:
Andrew Pine, Program Director, Global Customer Culture, Porsche Cars North America
Roger S. Shedlin, M.D., J.D., President, CEO and Chairman, Winfertility
Kenneth Svendsen, CEO, Entertainment Cruises
Gil West, Chief Operating Officer, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
W - 4   Deals Under $20 Million
Invest, renovate, flag or reflag...meet your short- and long-term goals for profitability, market share and customer satisfaction.
Moderator:
Stacy Silver, President, Silver Hospitality Group
Panelists:
Kevin Brickner, Senior Vice President, Wyndham Hotel Group
Peter Nichols, Vice President/National Director – National Hospitality Group, Marcus & Millichap
Mehul \"Mike\" Patel, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NewcrestImage
Michael Sonnabend, Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC
W - 5   Robots and AI: Here! Now!
George Jetson is here...the robotics market is growing exponentially as more and more hotels are using robots for everything from check-in and room service to cleaning rooms, concierge and more. Learn about the latest state-of-the-art advancements and meet with some robots.
Moderator:
Kenneth R. Greger, Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group
Panelists:
Hiren Mowji, Director of Robot Adoption (Sales), Savioke
Arte Nathan, President, Strategic Development Worldwide
Relay, Robot, Savioke
Robert Rippee, Director Hospitality and esports Labs, International Gaming Institute, UNLV
W - 6   Structuring Mixed-Use Developments
Join in the discussion as our panel presents the key ingredients for creating a successful project including financing, branding, zoning and land use, legal issues, design, location, amenities and the right blend of tenants.
Moderator:
Jonathan Falik, CEO, JF Capital Advisors
Panelists:
David Callaghan, Vice President, Resort Sales & Service, Interval International
Michael Fleischer, Senior Vice President, Related Fund Management
Jeffrey LaPour, CEO/President, LaPour Partners
Guy Maisnik, Partner & Vice Chairman, Global Hospitality Group, Jeffer Mangels, Butler & Mitchell LLP
W - 7   Independent Hotels - Making a Success of Going It Alone
Owners and operators discuss the opportunities and challenges of being an independent. Topics include accessing capital, cost structure versus franchising, marketing, soft branding, and advantages of going the independent route.
Moderator:
Pamela Barnhill, President & COO, IBC Hospitality, IHT
Panelists:
Jody Harwood, President/Managing Director, Grace Hospitality
Naveen Kakarla, President & CEO, Hersha Hospitality Management
Richard Millard, Chairman & CEO, Trust Hospitality
William J. Nassikas, President & COO, Westroc Hospitality
12:45 PM - 2:00
Lunch
Sponsored by:
Duetto
2:00 PM - 3:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 8   Secure Your Loan for Acquisition and New Construction
Join in the conversation as the panel guides you through loan options and meeting lender requirements for your new build or portfolio acquisition.
Moderator:
Brian Holstein, Principal, US Hotel Advisors
Panelists:
Matt Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Hall Structured Finance
Sanat Patel, Chief Sales Officer, AVANA Capital
Dilip Petigara, Chief Operating Officer, Access Point Financial, Inc.
Christopher Williams, Managing Director, Western Alliance Bank Hotel Franchise Finance
W - 9   Smart Renovation to Add Value and Increase Profits
A renovation can make or break your asset. This panel of experts will discuss cutting-edge strategies to avoid overspending and delays, increase market value and generate revenue during renovation projects.
Moderator:
Roger Bloss, EVP & President of Global Development, RLH Corporation
Panelists:
Robert Alter, President, Seaview Investors, LLC
Joe Lorsung, Architect, LJA
Kip Richards, Principal/Director, Source Direct Imports
David Winkler, Vice President & Director of Western Regional Operations, The Allied Group
W - 10   Latest Developments in Extended Stay
New brands, grand openings and locations under construction…find out what is happening as this sector reaches for new heights in guest loyalty, consumer rankings, brand recognition, market share and revenue generators.
Moderator:
Joseph A. McInerney, President & CEO, McInerney Hospitality International LLC
Panelists:
Ron Burgett, EVP Franchise Development & Operations, WoodSpring Hotels
Adrian Kurre, Global Head Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton
Vinay Patel, President & CEO, SREE Hotels, LLC
Ryan Rivett, President/CEO, My Place Hotels of America, LLC
W - 11   CapEx: Where Does the Money Go
Prioritize your expenditures as experts discuss brand compliance, maintenance programs and physical plant assessment, technology solutions, FF&E and more.
Moderator:
Carl Long, Senior Vice President, Purchasing Management International (PMI)
Panelists:
Larry Birnbaum, VP of Hospitality, VT Group
Darlene Henke, ISHC, President/CEO, Audit Logistics
Stephen Siegel, President, H-CPM (Hospitality CPM)
W - 12   Deals Over $20 Million
Gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations...the panel focuses on the acquisition, development, redevelopment and financing of hotels beyond the $20 million price point.
Moderator:
Teague Hunter, President, Hunter Hotel Advisors
Panelists:
Peter Berk, President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
Ben Brunt, Principal and Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Noble Investment Group
Ian McAuley, President, American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP
Rushi Shah, CEO & Principal, Aries / Conlon Capital
W - 13   Human Resources: Recruiting and Retaining Talent
Minimize the cost of turnover with strategies to hire qualified staff, develop their skillset, maximize employee engagement and retain their services.
Moderator:
Kirk Kinsell, Principal, Panther Ridge Partners, LLC
Panelists:
John R. Cauvin, MS, Executive in Residence/Professor, Northern Arizona University, The W.A. Franke College of Business - School of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Hitesh (HP) Patel, Vice Chairman, AAHOA
Charles Rodriguez, Vice President – Human Capital Management, Adams Keegan, Inc.
Geoffrey Toffetti, President and CMO, Frontline Performance Group
3:15 PM - 4:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
Cooper Carry
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Miller Law Group, Inc.
4:00 PM - 5:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W - 14   Select Service Continues to Dominate
As the hottest sector in hospitality, hear how experts in this segment plan to stay at the top with cutting edge prototypes, NextGen design, market trends and maximum ROI.
Moderator:
David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief, Questex Hospitality Group
Panelists:
Jennifer Gribble, VP, Holiday Inn Express and avid hotels, The Americas, IHG
Paul Kirwin, President & CEO, Northcott Hospitality and AmericInn
David Longenecker, Director of Development, La Quinta Inns & Suites
Ravi Patel, President, Hawkeye Hotels
W - 15   Repositioning: Chart the Course from Distress to Value
Take the guesswork out of turning around an underperforming asset as the panel discusses due diligence, market dynamics, managing budget, operations, flag, capital improvements, and lender relationships.
Moderator:
Joseph A. McInerney, President & CEO, McInerney Hospitality International LLC
Panelists:
Mark Knott, Principal | Director of Business Development & Marketing, T&G Constructors
Matt Marquis, CEO & President, Pacifica Hotels
Mike McGinley, General Manager, Live Oak Bank
Joseph Yung, Senior Vice President of Development, Columbia Sussex
W - 16   The Changing Landscape of Management and Franchise Agreements
Experts discuss trends in terms, fees, capital expenditure requirements, extension clauses, early termination provisions and the relationship between owner, management and brand.
Moderator:
Mitch Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Miller Law Group, Inc.
Panelists:
Andrew Carey, Executive Vice President, Newport Hospitality Group
Richard Cotter, Chief Operating Officer, Performance Hospitality Management
Biran Patel, Secretary, AAHOA
Robert Rauch, President and CEO, RAR Hospitality
W - 17   Historic Building Conversion
With more and more demand for unique design and authentic experiences, strategize with the visionaries who overcame the challenges of adaptive re-use to create one-of-a-kind hotels.
Moderator:
Richard Walters, Partner, Spencer Fane LLP
Panelists:
Mike Conway, Chairman & Chief Portfolio Officer, Winegardner & Hammons Hotel Group, LLC
Vito F. Lotta, Vice President - Architecture & Design Full Service Brand, Hilton
Shawn Whitney, Partner, Spencer Fane LLP
Bill Wilhelm, President, R.D. Olson Construction
Ed Wilms, AIA, Principal – Hospitality Leader, DLR Group
W - 18   Trends in Hospitality Real Estate Development
Where are the best opportunities, what are some of the most notable recent transactions, and how can you get the best value for your investment.
Moderator:
Nancy Trejos, Travel/Hotels Reporter, USA Today
Panelists:
Gerry Chase, President & COO, New Castle Hotels and Resorts
Russ Flicker, Managing Partner, AWH Partners
Nate Gundrum, Vice President, Real Estate Development, Mortenson Development, Inc.
Julienne Smith, Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
W - 19   Great Projects: Three Awe-Inspiring Destinations
Invigorating, understated, stylish, inspirational...project leaders share their remarkable talents for creating the perfect blend of function, authentic experience and sense of place.
Moderator:
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher, Hospitality Design Magazine
Panelists:
Jeffrey G. Beers, Founder, Jeffrey Beers International
Christopher M. King, Design Principal, AC Martin
Adam Rolston, Partner, Creative & Managing Director, INC Architecture & Design
5:30 PM - 9:00
Cocktail Party / Dinner
The Lodging Conference Talent Show
Sponsored by:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Booking.com USA Inc.
PSAV

View By Day: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 10:00
BREAKFAST WITH OWNERS AND OPERATORS
Enjoy the opportunity to informally meet with hotel owners and operators as they mingle from table to table exchanging ideas, offering insights on a variety of topics and sharing news on their latest projects.
10:00 AM -
Door Prizes
11:00 AM -
CONFERENCE ADJOURNS
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