Start: September 26, 2016
8:00 am
End: September 29, 2016
7:00 pm

About this event

Over the past 21 years, more than 17,000 high-powered industry executives from around the globe have attended The Lodging Conference. We bring together the hotel industry’s most influential owners, presidents, CEOs and dealmakers to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management and operations. More than just a conference, the entire event is a THINK TANK where everybody in attendance has the opportunity to join in the conversation, discuss issues, and solve problems.

With continuous opportunities to network, gourmet food, and a casual dress code, along with a who’s who of industry owners and developers in attendance, it’s no surprise that our attendees say they make more contacts, and do more deals, at The Lodging Conference than at any other industry event. This all takes place on the grounds of the incredibly relaxing Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.

Event Programme 2016

8:00 AM –
Golf Tournament at WildFire Golf Club
Sponsored by
Sandman Savrann PLLC
2:00 PM – 6:00
Conference Check-In
4:00 PM – 5:30
Speed Networking
Sponsored by
Talent Plus
6:30 PM – 9:30
Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by
Access Point Financial
Choice Hotels International
Concierge by Foodbuy
Current by GE
exp
PSAV
7:00 AM – 8:00
Continental Breakfast and Registration
Sponsored by
Hall Structured Finance
Valencia Group
8:00 AM – 8:10
Welcome
Harry Javer, Co-Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:10 AM – 8:30
Industry Overview
Presented by
Vail R. Brown, CMHS, Senior Vice President Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, HVS
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
8:30 AM – 8:50
Economic Outlook
Presented by
Aran Ryan, Director Lodging Analytics, Tourism Economics / Oxford Economics
8:50 AM – 9:00
Presentation for the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation
Kirk Kinsell, President and CEO, Loews Hotels
9:00 AM – 10:15
GENERAL SESSION
Lodging Leaders Panel: A View From The Top (Part I)
Moderator
Don Landry, Owner, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors
Panelists
Jim Abrahamson, Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group
Roger Bloss, Founder, President, CEO, Vantage Hotels
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., Chairman of the Board, FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated
Eric Danziger, Chief Executive Officer, Trump Hotels
Bruce Patel, 2016 Chairman, Asian American Hotel Owners Association
10:15 AM – 11:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
Marriott International
Western Alliance Bank
11:00 AM – 12:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T – 2   Buy, Hold or Sell: What Smart Owners are Doing at this Stage of the Cycle
The up-cycle that we have enjoyed for the last 7 years is at the top. Is this the end or will it level off for a while? Learn what the experts are saying about the current cycle and executing a successful hotel portfolio strategy in this environment.
Moderator
William H. Reynolds, Jr., Senior Managing Director, MCS Capital LLC / The Marcus Corporation
Panelists
Bob Olson, President, R.D. Olson Development
David Roedel, Managing Member, Roedel Companies
John Sonnier, Senior Vice President, Hodges Ward Elliott
Paul W. Whetsell, President & CEO, CapStar Hotel Company
Peter Willis, Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Chatham Lodging Trust
T – 3   Brand Update: Consolidation, New Brands, Hot Sectors
Extended stay, select service, full service, luxury, world class, historic, chic, boutique, and everything in between…Discover what’s next here at home and around the world and what it may mean for your current portfolio or next transaction.
Moderator
David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief, Questex Hospitality Group
Panelists
Kathleen Flores, Executive Vice President of New Brands and Innovation, Trump Hotels
Greg O’Stean, Chief Development Officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Chip Ohlsson, Chief Development Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group
Mark Shalala, Vice President, Development, Choice Hotels International
Alex S. Xu, Chairman and CEO, GreenTree Hospitality Group
T – 4   Commercial Lending Outlook
Credit is tightening,and billions in CMBS loans are maturing, but deals are getting done. Experts discuss recent noteworthy transactions, anticipated borrower demand, risk versus return, underwriting, market liquidity and economic indicators.
Moderator
Stephen Gaylor, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, Hunter Hotel Advisors
Panelists
Peter Berk, President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC – Hotel Finance Group
Chris Hew, Vice President, Walker & Dunlop
Brian Holstein, Partner, US Hotel Advisors
Francisco Nacorda, Executive Vice President, Business Development, LD Realty Capital, LLC
David Turley, Principal, Cronheim Hotel Capital
T – 5   From the Ground Up: Dynamics of a New Build
Create a hotel with long-term value as our team focuses on market analysis, construction management, branding, engineering, innovative design and more.
Moderator
Ryan Black, Founder, R. Black Global
Panelists
Christopher M. Kearney, PE, LEED AP, Director of Hospitality, exp
Tom Lander, Vice President, Mortenson Development, Inc.
Jay (Jimmy) Patel, President, JAM Hospitality
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
T – 6   2017 Intelligence Report
Plan for the year ahead armed with in-depth analysis of the latest transactions, price per key, value trends, occupancy, ADR, RevPAR, supply, demand, revenue and new construction pipeline.
Presented by
Vail R. Brown, CMHS, Senior Vice President Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
JP Ford, ISHC, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics
Adam Lair, MAI, Managing Director, HVS
Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
12:15 PM – 1:45
Lunch
Sponsored by
CBRE Hotels
Chesapeake Hospitality
Magnuson Hotels
1:15 PM –
Above & Beyond Award
1:45 PM – 3:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T – 7   What Do Guests Really Want? It’s NOT What You Think
Whether it’s the Silent Generation or Baby Boomers, Gen Xers or Millennials, this panel will look at empirical analysis and discuss what today’s guest really wants.
Moderator
Kenneth R. Greger, Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group
Panelists
Layton Han, Chief Executive Officer, ADARA
Robert Rippee, Director, Hospitality Lab, International Gaming Institute, UNLV
Alex Shashou, Co-Founder and President, ALICE
T – 8   Upper Scale, Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Hotels: Creating the WOW Factor
Today’s luxury guest is more demanding than ever. Find out what top hotel companies are doing to add value and provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences and personalized service.
Moderator
Jeff Weinstein, Editor in Chief, HOTELS Magazine
Panelists
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Group
William J. Nassikas, President & COO, Westroc Hospitality
John T.A. Vanderslice, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
Lee Weeks, Chief Executive Officer, Coral Hospitality
T – 9   Reposition Your Hotel for Success
Take a fresh look at your hotel as experts help you reevaluate a property’s position and implement the most productive and cost effective changes.
Moderator
Russell C. Savrann, Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC
Panelists
Jerome F. Cataldo, President/CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Cory Creath, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect, AXIS Architecture + Design
Charles R. Lathem, Managing Director, Clarion Partners
Jim Merkel, Chief Executive Officer, Rockbridge
Thomas Prins, Principal, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts
T – 10   What Is Your Hotel Really Worth?
Experts guide you through obtaining an accurate assessment of your property as they discuss the brand, sector, location, price per room, historical data, financials, sustainable revenue generators, and much more.
Moderator
Jeff Higley, Vice President/Editorial Director, Hotel News Now/STR
Panelists
Douglas Dreher, President & CEO, The Hotel Group
Jeffrey Kolessar, Senior Vice President Development, GF Management
Peter L. Nichols, National Director National Hospitality Group, Marcus & Millichap
Herb Warmbrodt, President, Warmbrodt Hotel Investments
T – 11   Managing the Relationship Between Asset Manager, Management Company, Flag and Owner
With so many cooks, running a property or a portfolio can become a complex endeavor. This panel will discuss each party’s role and the use of various management tools to ensure a positive outcome for the owner(s), flag, manager and asset manager.
Moderator
Stacy Silver, President, Silver Hospitality Group
Panelists
James Carroll, President & CEO, Crestline Hotels & Resorts
Randy Hassen, President, Hotel Management, McKibbon Hospitality
Robert Hayward, Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick
David Marvin, Founder & President, Legacy Ventures
Kirby D. Payne, CHA, President, HVS Hotel Management, HVS Asset Management – Newport
3:00 PM – 3:45
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
Aimbridge Hospitality
B Hotels & Resorts
LD Realty Capital LLC
2:00 PM – 4:30
Deal Connect (20 Minute) Meetings
3:45 PM – 5:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
T – 12   CapEx: Delivering the Most Value to Owners and Asset Managers
Find out how you can get the most out of your project team.
Moderator
Alan Benjamin, President, Benjamin West
Panelists
Steven Angel, Principal, Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
Ted Brumleve, Senior Director, Strategic Development, Wyndham Worldwide
Helen Jorgensen, Vice President Design & Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts
Steve Tipton, Vice President of Sales, Innvision Hospitality Design and Procurement
Peter Welch, President & CEO, Continental Contractors, Inc.
T – 13   Lifestyle Hotels: Whose Lifestyle Is It Anyway?
Over the past several years, much has been discussed under the heading of Lifestyle. This panel will focus on who this customer is, what they really want, and how newer hotel brands are meeting the needs of the modern travel consumer.
Moderator
Michelle Finn, Senior Vice President, Boutique Design Group, ST Media Group International
Panelists
Barry A.N. Bloom, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
Gary Gray, Senior Vice President of Development, TPG Hotels & Resorts
Ron Pohl, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Jay Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group
David Wani, Chief Executive Officer, Twenty Four Seven Hotels
T – 14   How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Hospitality Industry
From smaller, independently owned hotels to multi-brand international hotel companies, learn how to market your product or service to the key decision makers.
Moderator
Glenn Haussman, President, Rouse Media
Panelists
Sumner Baye, President/Partner, International Hotel Network, LLC
Anand Patel, Founder/Creative Director, Myriann
Dan Richardson, National Director, Hospitality, Entegra Procurement Services
T – 15   DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS: Navigating the Digital Marketplace for Hotel Owners and Operators
There are a multitude of channels for consumers and hoteliers and the landscape is constantly changing. Learn how smart hoteliers are managing both direct and third party channels.
Moderator
Cindy Esti Green, CEO and Co-Founder, Kalibri Labs
Panelists
Laura Brouk, Chief Revenue Officer, White Lodging Services
Todd Dunlap, Managing Director Americas, Booking.com
Max Starkov, President & CEO, HeBS Digital
Eric Stoessel, Vice President of Marketing, Duetto
Monica Xuereb, Chief Revenue Officer, Loews Hotels & Resorts
T – 16   Master Planning a Stress-Free Renovation or Conversion
Project managers, designers, architects and construction experts will help you create buzz with renovation and design suggestions that will keep your hotel open, meet your budget and timeline and increase revenue.
Moderator
Megan Sullivan, Executive Editor, Lodging Magazine
Panelists
Sam E. Cicero, President, Cicero’s Development Corp.
Vito Lotta, Senior Director of Design, Hilton Worldwide
Hitesh (HP) Patel, CHA, CHO, Treasurer, AAHOA
President & CEO, Capital City Hospitality Group
Stephen Siegel, President, H-CPM (HospitalityCPM)
David Winkler, Vice President & Director of Western Operations, The Allied Group
6:00 PM – 9:00
Poolside Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by
Arizona Biltmore-A Waldorf Astoria Resort
7:15 AM – 7:55
Continental Breakfast and Registration
7:55 AM – 8:05
Welcome Remarks
Harry Javer, Co-Founder and Producer, The Lodging Conference
President, The Conference Bureau, Inc.
8:05 AM – 8:20
One-On-One Interview
8:20 AM – 9:15
GENERAL SESSION
A View From The C-Suite
Moderator
Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Panelists
Jim Amorosia, President, Chief Executive Officer, G6 Hospitality LLC
Naveen Kakarla, President & CEO, HHM
Kirk Kinsell, President and CEO, Loews Hotels
David Kong, President and CEO, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Thomas Magnuson, Chief Executive Officer, Magnuson Hotels London UK
Lance Shaner, Chief Executive Officer, Shaner Hotels
9:15 AM – 10:15
GENERAL SESSION
A View From The Top (Part II)
Executives from leading hospitality companies discuss the current hotel environment, key initiatives, international and U.S. growth opportunities, brands, sectors, innovations and more.
Sponsored by
DIRECTV Hospitality
Moderator
Jeff Higley, Vice President/Editorial Director, Hotel News Now/STR
Panelists
Joel Eisemann, Chief Development Officer, The Americas, IHG
Phil Hugh, Chief Development Officer, Red Roof Inn
Eric Jacobs, Chief Development Officer, Lodging Development, Marriott International
Brian Kim, Managing Director, Blackstone
David Pepper, Chief Development Officer, Choice Hotels International
10:15 AM – 11:00
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
The Allied Group
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Simmons Hospitality Bedding
11:00 AM – 12:15
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W – 1   CUBA: Development and Investment Opportunities
The Future is Here! As the current hotel landscape continues to evolve, the panel will bring you up to date on the latest breaking political developments, trade, tourism, brands, locations and much more.
Moderator
Joseph A. McInerney, CHA, Consultant, American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute
Panelists
Marco Cardillo, Managing Director, Hotel Saratoga
W. David Oliver, President, Strategic Hospitality Services Inc
Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor, Economic and Trade Office, Embassy of Cuba
James Williams, President, Engage Cuba
Lenny Wormser, Sr. Managing Director Hospitality Division, NAI/Latter & Blum
W – 2   Go-To Sources of Financing
From private equity funds and foreign capital to traditional banks and institutional lenders to private partnerships and alternate funding sources, join experts as they discuss financing franchised vs. independent, new build vs. older properties, construction, renovation, PIPs, and more.
Moderator
Mitch Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Miller Law Group, P.C.
Panelists
Michael Jaynes, President, Hall Structured Finance
Mark Laport, President, CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Mehul Patel, Chairman & CEO, NewcrestImage
Sanat B. Patel, Chief Sales Officer, AVANA Capital
Michael Sonnabend, Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC – Hotel Finance Group
W – 3   Leveraging Your Hotel Management Company
Management Companies can make or break your investment. This panel will discuss fees, contracts, staffing, sales and marketing, financial reporting, ecommerce, guest services and how to optimize performance and maximize value.
Moderator
Guy Maisnik, Partner & Vice Chairman, Global Hospitality Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Panelists
David Berins, Managing Partner, Berins & Co., LLC
Mary Beth Cutshall, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Business Development,HVMG
W. Chris Green, Chief Operating Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality
Steen Petri, Senior Vice President, Investments, HEI Hotels & Resorts
W – 4   Disruptive and Red-Hot Trends in Global Travel and Tourism
Plan for a profitable 2017 equipped with stats and analysis of business and leisure indicators, generational behavior and leading industry disruptors.
Presented by
Jamie Lane, Senior Economist, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research
Matthew Petrie, President, BDRC Americas
Aran Ryan, Director, Lodging Analytics, Tourism Economics / Oxford Economics
W – 5   Report from Washington: How You Can Affect Change
Whether it is labor regulations, short term rental platforms, or online scams, the hotel industry continues to face a multitude of issues at the city, state and federal level. Our panel of experts will discuss how you can and must foster a relationship with your elected representatives and affect change.
Moderator
Vanessa Sinders, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Panelists
Mark G. Carrier, President, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
Ravi Patel, President, Hawkeye Hotels
W – 6   Talking Great Design
From new brands to innovative solutions and authentic experiences, we’ve gathered a panel of industry game-changers who are pushing the envelope on design and concepts. Hear about new projects, emerging trends, and successes and challenges.
Moderator
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine
Panelists
Gary D. Dollens, Global Head Design/Product & Brand Development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Roger Hill, Chairman/CEO, The Gettys Group
Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President, Head of Design, Starwood Capital Group
Michael Suomi, Principal, Vice President of Design, Stonehill & Taylor
12:15 PM – 1:30
Lunch
Sponsored by
PMZ Realty Capital LLC – Hotel Finance Group
1:30 PM – 2:45
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W – 7   DONE DEAL!
The hotel transaction process can be very complicated. This panel will discuss how to get to the finish line including: where to list or find properties, working with a broker, getting the best price and terms, avoiding obstacles, and finding value in this stage of the cycle.
Moderator
Sanjeev Misra, President & Senior Managing Director, Paramount Lodging Advisors
Panelists
David Capps, Senior Vice President of Development, Aimbridge Hospitality
Marty Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Gatehouse Capital Corp
Anthony Falor, Managing Director/Head of Hospitality, Ten-X
Neil Freeman, Chairman/CEO, Aries Capital, LLC
Mark Gerstein, Chief Capital Markets Officer, IHG
W – 8   Revitalize Your Operations, Decrease Costs and Drive Revenue
Identify opportunities for growth and efficiency with an assessment of staffing, expenditures, financial health, competition, sales and marketing, amenities, maintenance and more.
Moderator
Thomas J. McNulty, Partner, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Panelists
Timothy A. Benolken, Senior Vice President Hotel Operations-Western North America, Hilton Worldwide
Phill Burgess, VP of Sales & Revenue Optimization, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH)
John Dnyprowsky, Regional VP of Sales, Northeast, TriNet
Fred Grapstein, Senior Vice President, Vornado Hotels
Geoffrey Toffetti, President and CMO, Frontline Performance Group
W – 9   The Money Is in Select-Service and Limited-Service Hotels
Find out how brands and hotel owners are appealing to budget conscious business and leisure travelers with low-rate strategies, clever design features, cutting-edge concepts and access to PIP/renovation, acquisition and construction financing programs.
Moderator
Christina Trauthwein, Editor, Hotel Business | Hotel Business Design
Panelists
Jay Burnett, Vice President of Real Estate, JHM Hotels
Mathew Crosswy, President, Stonehill Strategic Capital
John D. Hafner, Vice President, Cities Edge Architects
Cynthia Olcott, President, Horizon Hotels Ltd
Ravi Patel, President, Hawkeye Hotels
Dean Savas, Executive VP, Franchise Development and Management, G6 Hospitality
W – 10   Franchise Agreements: Maximize the Value of the Brand at Your Hotel
Improve performance, competitive position and guest experience as the panel provides no-nonsense, cost-effective answers to your franchise questions including agreement terms, negotiable v. non-negotiable, competition provisions, fees, brand standards, support and more.
Moderator
Michelle Renn, Managing Editor, Hotel-Online
Panelists
Mitch Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Miller Law Group, P.C.
Pratik Patel, MBA, MSIS, CHA, Chief Executive Officer, REM Hospitality
Julienne Smith, Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Rajiv Trivedi, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, La Quinta Inns & Suites
Paul Welker, Chief Executive Officer, Sunridge Properties Inc.
W – 11   Development: Up-and-Coming Markets
While some gateway markets are seeing increased supply and barriers to entry, many smart developers are focusing on booming secondary and tertiary markets. This panel will focus on demand drivers, development costs and current hotbeds of new development.
Moderator
Michael Desiato, Vice President & Group Publisher, ALM/Real Estate Media Group
Panelists
Adi Bhoopathy, Principal & Executive Vice President, Noble Investment Group
Daniel P. Hansen, President & CEO, Summit Hotel Properties
Tim Muir, Vice President, Development, Choice Hotels International
Brian Quinn, Senior Vice President, Chief Franchise Officer, RLHC
Kyle Stevenson, Managing Director, Berkadia Hotels & Hospitality
2:45 PM – 3:45
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
Cooper Carry
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Miller Law Group, P.C.
3:45 PM – 5:00
CONCURRENT THINK TANKS
W – 12   How Owners are Finding and Enhancing Value in this Stage of the Cycle
The panel discusses hotel acquisitions, development, asset management, positioning and growth strategies to increase near-term value and enhance long-term gains.
Moderator
John R. Cauvin, MS, Executive in Residence/Professor, Northern Arizona University, The W.A Franke College of Business – School of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Panelists
David J. Chitlik, CAE, Vice President, Property Tax, Hospitality, Altus Group
Paul Novak, Executive Director – Lodging Acquisitions, Whitman | Peterson
Robert O’Neill, President, American Hotel Income Properties REIT Inc.
Al Patel, President, Baywood Hotels, Inc.
Chris Pfohl, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions, Pyramid Hotel Group
W – 13   Join in the Debate: Independent vs. Franchise
Owners, developers and investors discuss the risks and rewards of independent, soft brand or franchise and the impact on building, buying, marketing and operating a hotel.
Moderator
Dennis Nessler, Editor, Hotel Interactive
Panelists
Jim Chu, Global Head of Franchise Strategy & Owner Relations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Walter Isenberg, President & CEO, Sage Hospitality
Michael Morton, Vice President of Owner Relations, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Bhavesh Patel, Vice Chairman, AAHOA
W – 14   Development North and South: Canada, South America, Mexico
Find out what is happening north and south of the border as experts discuss growth prospects, supply and demand, financial conditions, infrastructure, political concerns, international and domestic tourism and much more.
Moderator
Joseph A. McInerney, CHA, Consultant, American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute
Panelists
John Lancet, Director/Partner, HVS Consulting & Valuation
Greg O’Stean, Chief Development Officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Glenn Squires, Chief Executive Officer, Pacrim Hospitality Services
W – 15   Reborn: Adaptive Re-Use
Discover how you can profit from the historic, economic and environmental value of preserving, reviving and repurposing old buildings into innovative hotels.
Moderator
Glenn Haussman, President, Rouse Media
Panelists
Robert Habeeb, President & CEO, First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG)
Kevin Kearney, Vice President, Upscale Development, USA, Canada & The Caribbean, IHG
Ken Martin, Principal, Hospitality Sector, DLR Group
Rishi Patel, Principal, Walton International
John W. Rutledge, Founder, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC
W – 16   Distressed Hotel Investment
The panel discusses key considerations for hotel investors including current market conditions, financing, due diligence and value-add strategies.
Moderator
Steve Van, Chief Executive Officer, Prism Hotels & Resorts
Panelists
Scott Andrews, Senior Managing Director, Western Alliance Hotel Franchise Finance
Daniel Beider, Chairman/Senior Managing Director, Paramount Lodging Advisors
Bill Hoffman, Chairman & CEO, Trigild Inc.
6:00 PM – 9:00
Cocktail Party / Dinner
Sponsored by
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Booking.com USA Inc.
Myriann
PSAV
8:00 AM – 9:00
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15
GENERAL SESSION
Hotel Owners, Lenders and Investors Forum
The Lodging Conference 2016 concludes with a candid discussion of near-term and long-range trends in hotel investment, financing, up-and-coming markets, supply, and brand outlook.
Moderator
Michael Desiato, Vice President & Group Publisher, ALM/Real Estate Media Group
Panelists
Robert Morse, President of Hospitality, Caesars Entertainment
Jay Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group
Jon S. Wright, President & CEO, Access Point Financial
10:30 AM –
Door Prizes

Speakers

JAMES ‘JIM’ ALDERMAN
Senior Vice President, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

A seasoned real estate, private equity finance and development veteran, Jim Alderman brings more than 30 years of experience to the hospitality industry. As Kimpton’s senior vice president of development and acquisitions and chief development officer, Jim is responsible for directing and coordinating property acquisitions, real estate development and management contracts across the brand. In addition, he is part of the senior executive committee at Kimpton that oversees day-to-day management of all company operations. Prior to Kimpton, Jim served as a principal for Access Point Financial. Additionally, previous posts have included executive vice president, global development for the Wyndham Hotel Group and executive vice president of hotel development for Starwood Capital, as well as serving as a senior vice president, acquisitions and development for Kimpton from 2005-2007 and 2013 – present. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the acquisition, development, joint venture and financing of over five billion dollars in real estate projects on a global basis. He has helped guide the strategy and branding of hundreds of hotel projects from independent boutiques through ultra-luxury. Jim is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in real estate and serves as an executive board member for The Center of Real Estate Education and Research at the university.

HARRY JAVER President – The Conference Bureau, Inc.

Harry Javer is the founder and president of The Conference Bureau. In 1994, Harry created and co-founded The Lodging Conference, which is now in its 21st year. Harry is the current chairman of the AH&LEF Fund Development Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Annual Giving Campaign. The Lodging Conference has sponsored AH&LEF scholarship recipients to attend the conference for the last 13 years. With 34 years of experience creating and running conferences, seminars, concerts and tradeshows, Harry has produced events featuring such notables as: Al Gore, Rudy Giuliani, Sir Richard Branson, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Donald Trump, Pete Peterson, Bono, Charlton Heston, Anthony Robbins, Magic Johnson, Deepak Chopra, Jerry Lewis, Joe Torre, George Foreman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Montana, and thousands of America’s corporate leaders. Harry is an advisor to some of the nation’s leading live event companies including One Day University, and The Learning Annex. The Conference Bureau has also co-produced the Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. A graduate of Stony Brook University, Harry resides in New York City with his wife Elizabeth and son Jack.

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The registration fee of $2,195.00 includes General Sessions, Think Tanks, Let's Close a Deal meetings, Lodging Conference Connect access (prior to and during the conference), a printed list of attendees as well as a cd with attendee data, 3 gourmet meals a day, refreshments, cocktails, networking events, one-on-one speed-meetings, speaker documentation materials, conference welcome bag and gifts.

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Headquartered in New York City, The Conference Bureau is one of America's foremost conference and event organizations. Founded by Harry Javer, a recognized leader in the seminar and conference industry,…