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Each week, Hotel Interactive® presents "This Week in Hospitality," an in-depth discussion on the week’s most prevalent hospitality industry issues. The show features top industry leaders, as well as critical news and analysis sure to educate, empower and entertain anyone in the lodging business. Other special interest programs are also included from time to time.
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Jerry Cataldo
50 Years of Hostmark Hospitality - 8/24/2015
For this week’s show, Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is speaking with Jerry Cataldo, President and COO of Hostmark Hospitality Group, a great collection of hotels.
  • We learn about the history of the company, why management companies seem to have exploded on the scene during the past 15 years, and what it’s like growing up in the business and how the hotels industry has changed over time.
    Plus, they discuss staying sharp with your business acumen during this unbelievable record breaking time. We don’t want you to get lazy now!

Matt Woodruff
How to Achieve Excellence with Matt Woodruff of HVMG - 8/17/2015
For this week’s show, Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is still in Bermuda and helping you folks achieve a state of excellence in everything you do.
  • To help us discover that excellence within you, we have Matt Woodruff, SVP Brand and Guest Excellence of Hospitality Ventures Management Group.
    They talk about creating the ultimate guest experience by imbuing an attitude of excellence in their associates which leads to better customer service. It’s a lot more complicated than just an attitudinal shift by creating the ‘excellence’ mindset. It’s completely different than being ‘good’ and we share how you and you

Jim Spitzig
Jim Spitzig, How to Own Your Own Hotels - 8/7/2015
For this week’s show, Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in Bermuda talking with Jim Spitzig, President and founder of Level 3 Design who also happens to be a hotel developer.
  • At some point he realized while design is great, ownership is where people are finding the most success. We learn how he started with small slices of ownership investment and how he is building a major property portfolio. He’s even bringing a major Chinese hotel brand here to the United States, a very interesting strategy we haven’t seen before.
    They also discuss how to keep creative and how to keep pushing yourself so you never rest on your laurels, giving back through charitable efforts and more.

Loren Nalewanski
Extended Stay and Marriott’s Loren Nalewanski - 8/5/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is talking with Loren Nalewanski, Vice President, Global Brand Management SpringHill Suites and TownPlace Suites by Marriott
  • The guys chat about many issues including the state of extended stay and how Marriott is emphasizing its extended stay brands such as TownePlace Suites, ensuring guests are empowered to keep their home routine while on the road, embracing new technology such as mobile check in and how to keep customer service up to par in this new world.
    Very informative chat where you are sure to learn much more than expected.

Larry Broughton
The Leadership Gap with Larry Broughton - 7/16/2015
For this week’s show, Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is talking with Larry Broughton, founder and CEO of Broughton Hotels, an innovative lodging company featuring a collection amazing and distinct hotels. This chat is about all the permutations of leadership. It's a word we all know and think we understand, but do we really?
  • To Larry Broughton there is a severe leadership gap in the hotel business and we explore the reasons why. But he also has an answer and in this wide ranging podcast we talk about leadership and what that really means. Beyond that we dissect American society to better understand how our psyches and life experiences mold our attitudes and points of view when it comes to our professional careers.
    We also talk about why grit is so important and how Larry coming from an army Green Beret background shaped the way he does business.
    He’s also the founder of yoogozi.com, a site dedicated to making you a better leader.
    This is a truly fascinating interview that not only gives insight to an amazing hospitality professional, but provides a great examination of the human condition.

Wayne Goldberg
La Quinta CEO Wayne Goldberg - 7/10/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is talking with La Quinta CEO Wayne Goldberg in an incredibly fascinating interview that is both informative and inspirational
  • They talk about so many topics in this free flowing conversation it’s a great ride listening to it all come together. Topic include: The effectiveness of humor in advertising, successfully mastering humor to break through advertising clutter, utilizing microsites to enhance branding, finding the right way to connect with your guest through marketing, debunking the myth of the millennial traveler while also deciphering how to earn their future business as they age, the company’s new Del Sol construction prototype, and most importantly we hear Wayne’s journey to the CEO position and the skills he developed to get him there.

Transforming the Group Meeting Experience - 6/30/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in the Pocono’s as the brand new Camelback Lodge.
  • Camelback is a major ski area and they’ve been upping the summer fun quotient too. So we took opportunity to speak with Michelle Wescott, Director of Group Sales on how the new property will change the area’s dynamic for both families and meetings.
    Mind you this is no ordinary hotel, but houses the largest indoor water park in the northeast United States as well as a host of other indoor and outdoor amenities.
    So we chat with Michelle about all sorts of topics such as how to attract families to your hotel and what’s hot in group meetings when it comes to a new era of team building events. So much to learn from in this one. Plus, Glenn survived zip lining which was certainly not expected.

Jim Amorosia
Like a G6 - 6/19/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in New York, NY and goes deep with the President & CEO of G6 Hospitality Jim Amorosia. The company of course has Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands.
  • This wide ranging interview covers the state of their brands, the rapidly changing face of economy/budget hotels, what consumers really want and we get a better understanding of the man himself with some great tips for career minded people to find success in this business.

WoodSpring Springs To Life - 6/5/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in New York, NY and is dissecting a big change along with some top executives. That change is the grand debut of Woodspring Suites, which symbolizes a new direction for the former Value Place.
  • To understand the philosophy about the company’s new direction, we spoke with Bruce Haase, CEO and Mike Varner, SVP Brand Strategy and Marketing. The share all the info you need to know about why they made the big change, how it affects current hotels and the reason they feel this move is great for owners and customers.
    And of course we learn about the genesis of their newest and more upscale brand Woodspring Suites Signature. This is an amazing conversation about brand and consumer behavior evolution you don’t want to miss!

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