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Industry Elite Participating In HI Connect® Educational Slate

Attendees won’t just build their business at HI Connect®, they’ll tap the minds of amazing hotel industry leaders with this incredible slate of educational sessions during the revolutionary March 25-27 event.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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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, CLO and AIA recertification credits too.

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.hiconnectevents.com). The massively scaled HI Connect® is coming March 25-27, 2015 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®®. Get more information and register for the unique and dramatic HI Connect®® experience March 25-27, 2015, by visiting our dedicated website to learn more. Register now for this unique event setting a new standard for hospitality tradeshows.
Sessions focus on trends as seen from top Presidents and CEOs and delivers industry insight, design, procurement strategies, architecture & construction expertise, technology, sustainability, adapting to current consumer behavioral trends and so much more. Here’s a schedule of what to expect.

Hotel Interactive® created HI Connect® to maximize industry professional’s time by engaging guests and customers in all the right ways. Imagine a tradeshow that has only pre-qualified hoteliers, owners and developers exploring an environment that has no aisles or traditional booths. Now imagine walking through environments that are accurate representations of actual spaces that could exist in any hotel in the world. And that’s just for starters. There are many more unexpected but welcome surprises throughout this innovative event.

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

HI Connect®® 2015 Educational Agenda
March 25

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.
Roger Bloss, President/CEO Vantage Hospitality
Wayne Goldberg, CEO La Quinta
Bruce Haas, CEO, Value Place
Greg Mount, President/CEO of Red Lion Hotels Corp.
Brian Wogernese, President of Cobblestone
Sean Worker, President/CEO of BridgeStreet Global

Creating Winning Hotel Design
We speak to designers about the key design elements that are necessary to appeal to the modern and scrutinizing hotel guest.
Ted Brumleve, ‎Director of Director of Design and Construction at Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Jesse Kalisher, President & CEO, Kalisher
Michael Lusick, Senior Director, Brand Operations, Cambria Suites, Choice Hotels International
Meg Prendergast, Principal, Gettys Group

The Tech Connection
Learn how companies are utilizing technology to better understand their customers and maximize profits.
Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke

Bob Cutler, President/CEO, Nemo Ventures
Ron Hardin, VP Technology, Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Sam Selim, Senior Director of Information Technology, First Hospitality

Jason Shane, Sr. Director of IT, Hersha Hospitality Management

Seriously Sustainable Solutions
Industry experts reveal how they are making hotels more environmentally friendly and less costly to operate.
Kirby Brendsel, Associate Director of Sustainability, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Stuart Kahn, Water Gill
Denise Naguib, VP, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott international
Steve Tilken, T2 Site Amenities, Inc.

Inside the Vignette: Marriott International
Peer behind the scenes at how this exciting vignette was created with the high level executives that designed this exciting concept.

Insight into Architecture & Construction
Leading industry insiders share their secrets to creating efficient, dynamic properties
Sam Cicero, President, Cicero's Development Corporation
John Cooper, SVP Development and Construction, RB Hotel Development
Ted Hunter, SVP Development Planning and Construction, Wyndham Worldwide
Tim Levin, Corp. VP - Architecture & Design MVWC, Marriott Vacations Worldwide
John VanDenBerg, SVP of Design and Construction, Red Roof

Inside the Vignette: Best Western International
Learn all about the company’s newest brand offering from the executives that had an instrumental role in creating this exciting product.

Amy Hulbert, Managing Director, Design, Best Western Int'l

Kim Kushner, Director of Supply Sales, Best Western Int'l

Jack Barry, Regional Director of Development, Best Western Int'l

Rebecca Henson, EDI


Breakthrough Brands
We learn about some of the most exciting hotel brands bursting into the market.
Scott Brooks, COO, B Hotels & Resorts
Rafael Feliz, Jr, Corporate Brand Manager, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Adam Glickman, Head of Even Hotels, IHG

March 26

HI Power Panel: Preeminent Purchasing Pros Part 1
Top industry experts from leading purchasing companies share the latest trends and how they mastered their industry niche.
Steve Angelier, EVP/GM, Benjamin West
Bill Langmade, President/ CEO, Purchasing Management International
Neil Locke, Principal, Neil Locke & Associates
Mitch Parker, Partner, The Parker Company
Lori Patten, Principal, Patten Purchasing
Margie Waldman, President, The Stroud Group

HI Power Panel: Owners’ Oracle
Hotel Owners and Management Company CEOs share how they see their corner of industry changing.
Jerry Cataldo, President & CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Rick Tomljenovic, Principal/ COO, Tristar Hotel Group
Kevin Urgo, Principal and managing partner, Urgo Hotels

HI Power Panel: Preeminent Purchasing Pros Part 2
Top industry experts from companies such as Marriott International and Four Seasons disclose how they make design dreams become physical reality.
Vince Coppola, President, HPD, Hersha
Ellen Homan, Executive Director Strategic Sourcing – FF&E, MGM Resorts Int'l
Dave Lippert, globaldesignprocurement/ VP Procurement, Marriott Int'l
Barbara Notch, Director,Strategic Sourcing, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Inside the Vignette: Red Lion
Peer behind the scenes at how this exciting vignette was created with the high level executives that designed this transformative new room experience.

Management Company Insight
Hear from leading management the powerful strategies they employ to streamline hotel operations while improving the bottom line.
Richard Jones, SVP & COO, HVMG
Sean Mullen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Carlos Rodriguez, Principal/EVP, Driftwood Hospitality Management

Michael Tall, President/ COO, Charlestowne Hotels

Be a Social Media Master
Do you really understand how to turn the medium into a business generator? Learn the secrets that creates loyal customers that help promote your property.
Hayley Mitchell, Director, Social Media & Community, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

ARDA Timeshare Tactics
Learn about the state of the timeshare business and the opportunities to help your business soar.

AAHOA: Unity in Numbers
The association is more than 12,500 strong. Learn from top board members its history and how it’s having a massive effect on how the major hotel brands do business.
Bhavesh Patel, Secretary, ADM Hotels & Development
Bruce Patel, Treasurer, Fusion Hospitality
Mehul Patel, Past Chairman, Newcrestimage
Pratik Patel, Chairman, REM Hospitality
Chip Rogers, Interim President

American Gaming Association: State of the Gaming Business
Explore the effect of the casino business on the state of hospitality and learn how these industries overlap much more than you may realize.

Innovative Sliding Door Solutions
Presented by Häfele

March 27
LED Lighting Technology for Cabinet and Furniture Applications
Presented by Häfele

Act now to be a part of HI Connect®. Get more information and register for the unique and dramatic HI Connect®® experience March 25-27, 2015, by visiting our dedicated website to learn more. Register now for this unique event setting a new standard for hospitality tradeshows.

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