Wednesday, June 9

10:00am EDT

Opening Remarks - Day 1 is Sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise
Hotel Optimization: Ready for Recovery Day 1 is sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise.

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Amy Vaxman

Vice President, Questex Hospitality


Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:00am - 10:05am EDT

10:05am EDT

Hospitality Snapshot
A quick dip into the industry in terms of fundamentals and pipeline.

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JP Ford

Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
Patrick “JP” Ford, CHB, ISHC, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development JP leads all of the strategic sales initiatives for Lodging Econometrics. He is an industry leading real estate advisory specialist with close to 35 years of experience providing business... Read More →
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Ali Hoyt

Senior Director of Consulting, STR
Ali Hoyt is Senior Director of Consulting for STR (STR, Inc.). Ali leads a consulting team focused on providing custom data solutions to clients using STR’s extensive database. Projects range from comp set selection and optimization to customized data-infused dashboards in Excel... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:05am - 10:45am EDT

10:45am EDT

Break sponsored by Jacaruso

Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:45am - 10:50am EDT

10:50am EDT

The Development Scene: Dirt, Deals and Dollars
The hotel industry isn't far from the high levels of new supply that came online in the several years before the pandemic—is now the time to jump back into hotel construction?

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Daniel Lesser

President & CEO, LW Hospitality Advisors
Daniel Lesser, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors has forty years of experience in: real estate appraisals, economic feasibility evaluations, investment counseling, asset management, receivership, and transactional services of hotels, resorts, conference centers, and gaming... Read More →
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Youngbin Park

Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Hersha Hospitality Management
As Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Youngbin is responsible for HHM’s underwriting and due diligence efforts. Prior to HHM, Youngbin was with Thayer Lodging, Brookfield Hotel Properties, working on hotel investments for Thayer’s and Brookfield’s opportunity funds... Read More →
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Biran Patel

Chairman, AAHOA
Biran Patel is the Vice Chairman of AAHOA, the voice of America’s hotel owners. He has been an active member of the association since 2001 and has served on AAHOA’s board of directors since 2014. A native of Birmingham, England, Biran is a second-generation hotelier who started... Read More →
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Mitchell Salaman

Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States, InterContinental Hotels Group
Mitchell Salaman serves as the Regional Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for the Intercontinental Hotels Group (“IHG”) for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. He leads the team focused on IHG’s development efforts for Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, avid... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am EDT

11:35am EDT

Tips for a Leaner Operation - Sponsored by Bounte
How can you stretch your dollars and make each one count.

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Javier Coll

Group President Global Business Development, Apple Leisure Group
Javier Coll is Group President of Global Business Development, cofounder of the resort brand management company, AMResorts, and its elite benefits program, Unlimited Vacation Club®. Javier has played a pivotal role in the development of both businesses. With more than 25 years of... Read More →
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David Eisen

Director of Hotel Intelligence & Customer Solutions, HotStats
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Justin Jabara

President, Meyer Jabara Hotels
Justin Jabara grew up in and around hotels, his first job waiting tables, delivering room service and working as a banquet prep cook at the Christiana Hilton in Delaware. He went on to graduate from Johnson and Wales in Providence, R.I., with a degree in Hotel Management. Over the... Read More →
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Tracy Ripa, CHA

Senior Vice President, North America Operations, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
As SVP of North America Operations, Tracy is responsible for operations across 6,000 plus franchised hotels in North America. This includes driving the strategic vision for Field Operations, Quality Assurance, Openings, Sourcing and overseeing the brand standards team that ensures... Read More →

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About BOUNTE BOUNTE™ is a leader in innovative lost & found cloud-based technologies. Trusted by some of the world's most well-known hotel brands, the BOUNTE smartphone app automates and streamlines lost & found operations using artificial intelligence, geolocation technology... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Wednesday June 9, 2021 12:15pm - 12:20pm EDT

12:20pm EDT

Putting Your Space to Work
From the new normal of meetings and events and shifts in F&B to micro weddings and guestrooms as offices, here's what you need to know to make every square inch count.

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Jen Chauvin, CMP

VP, Catering & Event Management, Aimbridge Hospitality
For audiences of 2 to 20,000….Stepping up to the challenge of crafting memorable unique event experiences with lasting impacts is Jen’s passion! Her over 25 years of experience in event management, coupled with 2 degrees focused on public relations and marketing, has prepared... Read More →
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Ron Loman

SVP of Operations, Real Hospitality Group
Ron has spent over 25 years in the hospitality industry, working with various property types, brands, and markets domestically and internationally. As a senior member of Real Hospitality Group, Ron has direct, hands-on involvement optimizing the value of assets within RHG's portfolio... Read More →
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Raul Moronta

Chief Commercial Officer, Remington Hotels
As Chief  Commercial  Officer,  Moronta  aligns  three  commercial  strategy  functions  for Remington, with direct  oversight of sales, revenue management and digital marketing for itsportfolio. Moronta also worksclosely with Remington’s CEO + President, Sloan Dean to... Read More →
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Elaine Simon

Senior Managing Editor, Hotel Management

Wednesday June 9, 2021 12:20pm - 1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Wrap Up
Wednesday June 9, 2021 1:00pm - 1:05pm EDT
Thursday, June 10

10:00am EDT

Opening Remarks
Thursday June 10, 2021 10:00am - 10:05am EDT

10:05am EDT

The Lending Landscape
How to find the best financial deal for all types of projects.

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Nick Baer

Vice President - Business Development, Stonehill Strategic Capital
Nick is responsible for originating and structuring debt and equity investments across Stonehill’s hospitality lending platform and helping to drive its strategic growth efforts. He most recently served as Senior Vice President at Jones Land LaSalle (JLL), responsible for arranging... Read More →
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Vinay Patel

Vice Chairman, AAHOA
VINAY PATELAAHOA Vice Chair 2020-21Vinay Patel serves as the Vice Chair of AAHOA. He was born in Malawi, Africa. At the age of 8, he and his family migrated to the United States, where he assisted at the family motel doing everything from housekeeping to working the front desk. Upon... Read More →
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Scott Melby

Associate, Driftwood Capital
Scott Melby is an Associate on Driftwood Capital’s lending team. In this role, he is directly responsible for the team’s deal sourcing, underwriting, and transaction execution. Prior to joining Driftwood, Mr. Melby was a Director at Masterworks Development, Co. where he worked... Read More →
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Lori Tirado

Managing Director, Head of Business Development, Access Point Financial (APF)
As Managing Director and Head of Business Development for Access Point Financial, Lori Tirado brings more than 15 years of commercial real estate expertise with a specific focus on hospitality to address the industry’s latest financial service needs. Using her in-depth knowledge... Read More →
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Patrick Whyte

Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Insights
Patrick is editor in chief in the EMEA region for Questex Travel and Hospitality. He was previously Europe editor at Skift and before that held a number of positions at Travel Trade Gazette.

Thursday June 10, 2021 10:05am - 10:45am EDT

10:45am EDT

Thursday June 10, 2021 10:45am - 10:50am EDT

10:50am EDT

Hygiene at the Forefront
A look at the current state of cleaning protocols and standards.

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Drew Allison

Senior Vice President of Operations, Island Hospitality Management
Drew joined the Island Hospitality team in 2005 as a Manager In Training after graduating from CSU,Chico. Over the past 16+ years has worked his way towards various General Manager and above property roles, currently as Senior Vice President of Operations overseeing operations for... Read More →
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Chris Daly

President, Daly Gray Public Relations
A 20-plus year hospitality communications expert, Chris is the president of DG Public Relations.  DG specializes in the business of hotels and represents some of the industry’s largest owners, operators, brands, brokers, investors, developers and related businesses.  The company’s... Read More →
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Fouad Malouf

Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Red Roof
Fouad Malouf has been a Red Roof team member since 1982. In June 2007 he was promoted to Franchise Operations Director and has since served as both Regional Vice President and Vice President, Franchise Operations. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations... Read More →
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Heidi Wilcox

President/CEO, First Call Hospitality Inc.
Heidi is the President/CEO of First Call Hospitality Inc., a third party hotel management company which offers full management services including acquisition/development.  During her 30 plus year career she has held several hotel management positions while working for Tharaldson... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 10:50am - 11:30am EDT

11:30am EDT

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:30am - 11:35am EDT

11:35am EDT

Taking Advantage of Revenue Streams
Revenue management has played a vital role during the pandemic. Here's a look at best practices and strategies in terms of distribution and pricing.

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CJ Arlotta

Managing Member, CJ Media Solutions
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Cassie Bond

Vice President of Revenue Strategy, Chesapeake Hospitality
Cassie Bond has over 16 years of hospitality experience with a strong focus on driving top line revenues and maximizing profitability. This is her 12th year working in revenue management for Chesapeake Hospitality and she is currently the Vice President of Revenue Strategy. In Cassie’s... Read More →
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Jennifer Driscoll

Vice President of Revenue Management, McNeill Hotel Company
Jennifer serves as Vice President of Revenue Management for the McNeill Hotel Company with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality field. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Hospitality Administration. Jennifer and her team are responsible for driving... Read More →
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Lori McNaught

Senior Director of Revenue Management, Olympia Hotel Management
A valedictorian graduate of the University of New Hampshire Hospitality Management Program, Lori has more than 20 years in hotel revenue management experience. Prior to joining Olympia , Lori worked as a director of revenue management with Ocean Properties Hotels and Resorts. Lori... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Thursday June 10, 2021 12:15pm - 12:20pm EDT

12:20pm EDT

The Technology Transformation - Sponsored by Chargerback
The hotel industry has taken great strides in terms of technology adoption. Here's where you can create the greatest impact for the least amount of investment.

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Jeff Edwards

• Senior Vice President of Property, Owner and Enterprise Products and Platforms, IHG Hotels & Resorts
Jeff Edwards is the Senior Vice President of Property, Owner and Enterprise Products and Platforms for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). He joined IHG in 2017 after serving as president for Amadeus’ hotel division. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer for Wyndham... Read More →
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David Kuperberg

Chief Development Officer, Dream Hotel Group
As Chief Development Officer, David Kuperberg is responsible for the continued growth and success of Dream Hotel Group and its portfolio of lifestyle brands. David most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development for Virgin Hotels before joining Dream in 2013. He began... Read More →
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Stacy Silver

President, Silver Hospitality Group
Stacy Silver, ISHC, is President of Silver Hospitality Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in industry relations, marketing, and events.Prior to launching Silver Hospitality Group, she held influential positions with both Hotel Management and Hotel Business Magazine.As... Read More →
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Rami Zeidan

Founder & CEO, Life House
Rami Zeidan is the Founder and CEO of Life House – a venture-backed & vertically integrated lifestyle hotel & technology company. Rami founded the company in 2017 and now has over 30 hotels across the US and Mexico, with an investor roster that includes Tiger Global, JLL, Thayer... Read More →

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Chargerback® Lost and Found Solutions serves businesses in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries, including numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 brands. These include the two largest airlines in the world, all major hotel casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and every major amusement... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 12:20pm - 1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Wrap Up
Thursday June 10, 2021 1:00pm - 1:05pm EDT
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