By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen
As I write this, HD Expo is only 104 days away. For someone who is still getting used to the fact that it is January of 2017, May seems like it is a lot further away than a mere three and a half months.
But in all honesty, we have been working on HD Expo planning since the fall—what surprises to add to the show, what topics to discuss during the panels. I may be biased, but at least conference-wise, but this may be one of our best shows yet. We will be bringing you updates each month to entice you to come join us at the industry’s largest and most preeminent tradeshow from May 3rd – 5th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
To kick off the new year, I wanted to highlight two of our signature panels: the Opening Session and the HD/ISHP Owners’ Roundtable.
CEO Talk: Lessons from the Top
Wednesday May 3, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
We have gathered the heads of some of today’s leading lifestyle brands who will sit down to share their view of the industry, where their brands/companies are heading, what ultimately effects their day-to-day decisions, and what keeps them up at night. Don’t miss hearing from Brad Wilson, president, Ace Hotels; Jay Stein, CEO, Dream Hotel Group; Mark Harmon, founder and managing partner, Auberge Resorts Collection; Niki Leondakis, CEO, Two Roads Hospitality; and Josh Wyatt, president, Related Equinox Hotels Properties.
HD/ISHP Town Hall: Owners’ Roundtable
Thursday May 4, 10:30 a.m. – noon
And back by popular demand, is our Owners’ Roundtable (which, by the way, sells out each year!). Get face time with some of the people behind some of the coolest and robust brands and ownership groups in the industry—more than 30 to be exact. To name just a few: Four Seasons, Provenance Hotels, KHP Capital Partners, Standard Hotels, Lightstone, Wynn Design & Development, Sydell Group, IHG, Virgin, and Marriott.