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Industry Elite Participating In HI Connect® Educational Slate

Attendees won’t just be able to build their businesses at HI Connect®, they’ll get to tap in the minds of amazing hotel industry leaders with this incredible slate of educational sessions during the revolutionary April 2-4, 2014 event.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Get set to learn from many of the most influential minds in hospitality with an incredible roster of guest speakers at HI Connect®. And for those that need them, HI Connect® able to award CHA and CLO recertification credits too through the AH&LA.

The only thing matching the caliber of these amazing speakers is the event itself, which reinvents the tradeshow concept to create the most revolutionary and original event of the year (www.hiconnectdesign.com). The massively scaled HI Connect® is coming April 2-4, 2014 to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. HI Connect® provides a never-ending sense of discovery, stimulation and engagement where attendees step into myriad vignettes highlighting the vision of the industry’s top designers and leading suppliers.

Act now to be a part of HI Connect®® this April 2-4, 2014 and make your 2014 the most successful year you’ve ever had in business. Register now at HI Connect®® and learn how this unique event that sets the new standard in hospitality tradeshows. Or contact us immediately at (631) 424-7755 x150.
Sessions focus on industry insight, design, procurement strategies, architecture & construction expertise, technology, sustainability, adapting to current consumer behavioral trends and more. Here’s a schedule of what to expect.

Here’s a list of the incredible educational sessions slated for HI Connect®:

April 2
8:00am - 9:00am
President’s Panel
Learn what some of the industry’s most esteemed leaders are thinking about and how they strive to stay ahead of the trends.
Andrew Alexander, President/CEO Red Roof Inns
Roger Bloss, President/CEO Vantage Hospitality
Mike Leven, Pres/COO Las Vegas Sands
Brian Wogernese, President, Cobblestone Hotels
Sean Worker, CEO, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

1:00pm – 1:30pm
The Tech Connection
Learn how companies are utilizing technology to better understand their customers and maximize profits.
Adam Anderson, Industry Relations, Expedia
Marco Benvenuti, Co-Founder/Chief Analytics & Product Officer, Duetto
James Dennedy, President/CEO, Agilysys
Douglas Eichler, VP, DirecTV

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Seriously Sustainable Solutions
Industry experts reveal how they are making hotels more environmentally friendly and less costly to operate.
Denise Naguib, VP, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International
Maury Wolfe, Director, Corporate Responsibility - Environmental Responsibility, IHG
JoAnna Abrams, CEO, Mindclick SGM
Michael Turnbull, Sales Manager, Totally Green

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Inside the Vignette: Marriott International
Peer behind the scenes at how this exciting vignette was created with the high level executives that designed this transformative new room experience.
Dave Lippert, Vice President - A&C Procurement, Marriott International
Tim Sefchok, Senior Director Interior Design, Full Service Brands of Americas, Marriott International
Teri Urovsky, VP, Interior Design; Marriott International
Laurie Woliung, Director, Interior Design, Marriott International

2:30pm -3:00pm
HI Power Panel: Owners’ Oracle
Hotel Owners and Management Company CEOs share how they see their corner of industry changing.
Jerry Cataldo, President, Hostmark
Mark LaPort, President & CEO/ Cofounder, Concord Hospitality
Mike Marshall, President & CEO, Marshall Hotels
Stephen Medel, Director Acquisitions and Development, Broughton Hotels
Rick Tomljenovic, Principal/ COO, Tristar Hotel Group

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Inside the Vignette: Best Western International
Learn all about the company’s new foray into extended prototype from the executives that had an instrumental role in creating this new construction prototype.
Amy Hulbert, Managing Director of Design, Best Western
Mike Muir, VP Franchise Development, North America, Best Western
Bradley Barnett, Founder, Guild13
Robin Holt, Founder, Guild13

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Management Insight
Hear from leading management the powerful strategies they employ to streamline hotel operations while improving the bottom line.
Mark Andrew, VP, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Mary Beth Cutshall, SVP Development, Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Bill DeForrest, CEO Spire Hospitality
Brian McSherry, COO, M&R Hospitality Management

April 3
9:00am – 9:30am
HI Power Panel: Preeminent Purchasing Pros
Top industry experts from companies such as Marriott International and Four Seasons disclose how they make design dreams become physical reality.
David Croft, Director, Capital Planning & Procurement, Four Seasons
Dave Lippert, Vice President - A&C Procurement, Marriott International
Peggy Moran, Sr. Manager, Procurement Solutions, Development, Planning & Construction, Wyndham Worldwide
Mitch Parker, Partner, COO FF&E, The Parker Company
Javed Bhaghani, President, Biscayne Hospitality

10:00am – 10:30am
Insight into Architecture & Construction
Leading industry insiders share their secrets to creating efficient, dynamic properties
John Cooper, SVP Hotel Development, Rockbridge Capital
Ted Hunter, SVP Development Planning and Construction, Wyndham Worldwide
Tim Levin, Corp VP – Architecture & Design, Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Andrew Simpson, Director of Design and Construction, Fortuna Real Estate
Bethany Warner, Design Manager, Starwood
Sam Cicero Sr., Founder, Cicero's Development Corporation

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Tipping The Trends In Your Favor
Bruce Ford, SVP of Business Development with Lodging Econometrics, helps you understand how to leverage the current state of the industry to make your business more profitable.

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Gettys Trends Presentation
The principals of this leading design firm and consultancy share their research as to what you will be thinking about in the future.

2:00- 2:30pm
AAHOA: Unity in Numbers
The association is more than 10,000 strong. Learn from top board members its history and how it’s having a massive effect on how the major hotel brands do business.
Mehul Patel, AAHOA Chairman
Pratik Patel, AAHOA Vice Chairman
Jay (Jimmy) Patel, AAHOA, Treasurer
Bharat (Bruce) Patel, AAHOA Secretary
Fred Schwartz, AAHOA President

2:30pm -3:00pm
Creating Memorable Hotel Design
We speak to designers about the key design elements that are necessary to appeal to the modern and scrutinizing hotel guest.
Robyn Kaminski, Director, Global Brand Design, Starwood
Vito Lotta, Hilton Worldwide Senior Director of Design
Michael Lusick, Senior Director, Brand Operations, Cambria Suites, Choice Hotels
Matt Muenster, TV personality
Olivia Boone, President, Horizon Tile

Act now to be a part of this game changing event. For more information relating to this unique and dramatic experience at HI Connect® Design®, this April 2-4, 2014 visit HI Connect® Design® to learn more and register for this unique event that sets the new standard in hospitality tradeshows. Or contact us immediately at (631) 424-7755 x150.


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