HD Talks

HD Expo: The Final Countdown

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s a little crazy to think that by this time next week, HD Expo—May 4-6th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas—will be kicking off. If you’re still planning your agenda (no judgment—we’re definitely not immune to busy schedules and procrastination around here either) here are a few options we recommend you work into your itinerary:

Wed, May 4th


High Seas Design

Adam D. Tihany, Founder, Tihany Design

Thomas Weigend, Director, Meyer Werft

Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line

The number of cruise ship passengers reached approximately 23 million in 2015, up from 17.8 million per year in 2009, according to Cruise Lines International Association. Naturally, cruise lines are introducing new ships to their fleets to accommodate the swell. With seven ships added last year, and 15 more in the pipeline for this year and next, many—including a number of luxury offerings—are crafted by world-class hospitality designers. For the first-ever cruise ship panel conversations at HD Expo, join Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse, designer Adam D. Continue reading →

HD Expo: Has the Industry Hit Its Peak?

Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

HD Expo is only 12 days away, which means that we’re finally getting to the good stuff. What you’re feeling is perfectly normal: excitement, nerves, joy, and hope that Jennifer Lopez will invite all of us to her Vegas show.

HD Expo logoAnother of the most anticipated events is our ISHP/HD Owners’ Roundtable, where some 35 industry leaders discuss everything from trends to collaborations and projects on the boards. The event will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 10:30 a.m.-Noon in South Pacific E and is already sold out. However, attendees are encouraged to come as spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our own Stacy Shoemaker Rauen will moderate the event alongside Lori Patten, principal of Patten Purchasing, and Mitch Parker, partner and COO of the Parker Company. I had a chance to talk to Parker a few weeks ago about the annual International Society of Hospitality Design Purchasers (ISHP) survey conducted by the Nielsen Business Media Research Center and sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. Continue reading →

HD Expo: Reveling in Rollick Hotels

Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Events, People, Trends | 0 comments

When HD Expo rolls around in 20 days, the Rollick Hotels will be helping us celebrate our 25th anniversary. The portable lodging company is the perfect partner for HD—an innovator in the industry that is melding mobility, function, and hospitality all in a temporary pod. And if you’re someone like me, who finds sleeping in tents to represent the devolution of the human condition, it’s a welcome invention.


Modern comfort and luxury inside the Rollick Hotel’s mobile suite

Shawn Bouley, who is founder of the company and also a panelist during the Hospitality Effect session on Thursday, May 5th from 3-4 p.m. (along with Aliya Khan, NeueHouse Studio; Christian Hageseth, Colorado Cannabis Ranch; and Brittany Hart, WeWork), has a few things in store for show-goers as well. At booth #34255, his mobile hotel room concept will come to life. “There isn’t anything like our suite that combines a sleek design with portability and scale,” he says. Continue reading →

HD Expo: Social Status

Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again. No, not tax season or “Is Beyonce releasing a new album or is she just teasing us?” season, though it is both of those things, too. But it’s also, and most importantly, HD Expo season! Here at HD HQ,  we’ve been toiling away at our opus of an issue, while also planning and plotting for an epic 25th anniversary celebration at HD Expo, held in Vegas from May 4-6th at Mandalay Bay.

One of our favorite projects when it comes to HD Expo is conceiving the Social Hub (Booth #3134 and magazine home base). This year, we’ve enlisted the talented Andrew Alford, chief creative officer of AJ Capital Partners, to helm the hub. To say we’re excited to have him on board is an understatement. AJ Capital’s Graduate Hotels, located in college towns throughout the U.S., achieve high-design with a clever, fun vibe. Continue reading →

Countdown to HD Expo Continues

Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Events, People | 0 comments

I just had a “where has the time gone” moment when I went to the HD Expo site and saw we are only 33 days away from our 25th anniversary celebration. So in our effort of making sure you don’t miss anything the three-day show has to offer (May 4-6th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) here are a few conference highlights of the more than 25 compelling panel sessions.

Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels

Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels

I am so honored to announced that industry visionary and Niki Leondakis, CEO, Commune Hotels + Resorts, will be gracing our stage with me on Thursday as our Day 2 keynoter. (Day 1 is a conversation with veterans Michael Bedner, David Beer, Tony Chi, and Adam D. Tihany at 10:15 a.m.) Niki first made her mark as president and COO of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, growing its portfolio from 15 to 50, and is now leading the global expansion of Commune’s Thompson and JDV brands, and the soon-to-launch micro lifestyle brand, tommie. Continue reading →