Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

August 24 + 25, 2021

virtual conference sessions

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday’s sessions sponsored by:

11:30 a.m. EDT

Owner Update and Outlook

Christina Zimmer, Senior Vice President of Design, Highgate
John Cooper, Principal + Executive Vice President, Stormont Hospitality Group
Maki Nakamura Bara, President + Cofounder, The Chartres Lodging Group
Craig Amos, Executive Vice President, Design + Construction, RLJ Lodging Trust
Michael Coolidge, Chief Investment + Development Officer, HRI Properties
Wade Fischer, Senior Vice President of Design + Construction, Aimbridge Hospitality

Hospitality Design magazine Editor in Chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen dives into the state of the industry and projects with leading hotel ownership companies about the “new now” and future-defining issues. Get the answers to all the questions you have been worried about, and insight on what’s next.

1:00 p.m. EDT

Emerging Trends: F+B 2020 and Beyond

Marion Emmanuelle, Partner, AvroKO Hospitality Group and Co-Managing Director, Brand Bureau
Donnie Madia, Partner, One Off Hospitality
Jason Maringola, Design Director – Interior Architecture, Streetsense
Jeremy Levitt, Founder + Partner, Parts and Labor Design

Across design, branding, and ownership, HD gathers rockstars in the restaurant world to share the stories behind their work, as well as insight about rebuilding and strategizing in a post-pandemic world. Besides crystal-ball projections, get a few a sneak peek of exciting new projects and ideas.

2:30 p.m. EDT

Keynote Conversation: David Rockwell + Scott Ellis

David Rockwell, Founder and President, Rockwell Group
Scott Ellis, Broadway Director

Join renowned architect David Rockwell and celebrated Broadway director Scott Ellis as they explore the magic of theater design and collaboration. In this rare, not-to-miss conversation, get a behind the scenes look at Roundabout Theatre Company’s two award-winning musicals, Kiss Me Kate and She Loves Me—from inspiration and historical context to process and final creations. In the spirit of inspiration, this talk will ultimately showcase the powerful intersection of hospitality and set design. 

4:00 p.m. EDT

Hospitality’s Future—The Hybrid

Josh Wyatt, CEO, NeueHouse
Nina Etnier, Partner, Float Studio
Clay Markham, Senior Vice President + Practice Leader Hospitality, CallisonRTKL
Dwayne MacEwen, Founder + Creative Director, DMAC Architecture

In hospitality and beyond, the hybrid and mixed-use models continue their role as powerhouse shapeshifters. A handful of experts share their innovative concepts, what works and what doesn’t, and what’s next.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday’s sessions sponsored by:

11:30 a.m. EDT

Owners' POV—Insight, Investment, and Resiliency

Stacey Greene, Vice President Project Management, Pyramid Hotel Group
Brad Nichols, Principal, Geolo Capital
Jim Merkel, CEO, Rockbridge
David McCaslin, Chief Development Officer, HHM
Allison Reid, Chief Development Officer, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

A who’s who of hospitality ownership companies look at the state of the industry—offering advice for the entire project team. Learn how they are dealing with the pandemic now, with an eye on the future, as they discuss top-of-mind issues including project pipelines and new business practices in today’s new landscape, as well as reopening (and rebuilding) the industry.

1:00 p.m. EDT

Design Trends Update—The New Normal

Matt Berman, Principal, Workshop/APD Siobhan Barry, Design Director, Gensler
Adam Farmerie, Founding Partner, AvroKO
Linda Laucirica, Senior Director, Design + Project Management, Lifestyle Full Service Brands, Marriott International
Adam Rolston, Partner, Managing + Creative Director, INC Architecture & Design

So much has been said of the new normal, the new abnormal, the new now, that we turn a fresh eye toward innovation and problem-solving. Our panel of big thinkers will predict what the future of design looks like, offering a welcome dose of inspiration!

2:30 p.m. EDT

CEO Lifestyle Brands Talk—Rethinking What’s Next

Raul Leal, CEO, Virgin Hotels
Amar Lalvani, CEO, Standard International
Brad Wilson, President, ACE Hotel Group
Andrew Zobler, Founder + CEO, Sydell Group

It’s no secret that lifestyle brands lead the way in extraordinary experiences and identity. In a candid conversation, hear from a few of the top brand’s CEOs about what’s new, what’s now, and what’s to come.

4:00 p.m. EDT

Keynote Conversation: Chip Conley

Chip Conley is one of a kind, a visionary in every sense of the word. He founded Joie de Vivre hotels at the young age of 26, helped Airbnb evolve to be more hospitable company, and most recently, invented Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first midlife wisdom school. Hear his incredible story as he shares five lessons learned during downturns, and how you can create a growth mindset to deal with chaos.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday’s sessions sponsored by:

10:00 a.m. EDT

Keynote Conversation: Ian Schrager

Due to unfortunate circumstances, this session has been postponed to Thursday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. EDT

He needs no introduction, but part visionary, part social scientist, part businessman—with a gift for integrating art and commentary—Ian Schrager has chronicled an unequivocally successful cultural narrative, from Studio 54 to the advent of the boutique hotel. And now with his latest reimagination, the PUBLIC and EDITION brands, he may be saving the best for last. In a rare appearance, hear him discuss his venerable career, the making of the Studio 54 documentary, and the importance of perseverance and taking chances.

11:30 a.m. EDT

How to Be in Business in the Hospitality Business: A Paradigm of Thought for the Future in a Post-Coronavirus Environment

Bruce Ford, Senior Vice President, Director, Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics

Given the COVID-19 climate, understand the industry’s “new now” in terms of economics, sentiments of owners and franchise companies by type, and market conditions and expectations.

1:00 p.m. EDT

Emerging Trends: Leading-Edge Concepts in Wellbeing

Kevin Boehm, Co-CEO + Cofounder, Boka Restaurant Group
Shelly Lynch-Sparks, Founder + Principal, HYPHEN
Kane Sarhan, Cofounder + CCO, The WELL
Ashley Wilkins, Founder, Islyn Studio

The $4.3 trillion wellness industry will be more important than ever when we come back online. From clubs to hotels focusing on wellbeing, the early adopters and changemakers weigh in as wellness continues to take centerstage in design.

2:30 p.m. EDT

Ask the Purchasers

Joan Cardy, Founder + President, The Cardy Group
Ted Carroll, President, Carroll Adams Group
Carl Long, Senior Vice President, Purchasing Management International
Joe Eikelberner, Chief Operating Officer, Benjamin West
Mitch Parker, Chief Operating Officer, FF+E Division + Partner, The Parker Company
Neil Locke, Founder, Neil Locke & Associates

We’ve gathered a few of the top hospitality purchasers to answer all of your questions—supply chain stability, best practices for collaboration, and project updates, to name a few. This is a not-to-miss: audience Q+A and listener polls define much of the conversation.

4:00 p.m. EDT

NEWH Green Voice: Technology for Healthy Buildings

Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President, LEED Fellow, Built Ecology Practice, WSP USA
Nicole Hammer, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, WSP USA
Moderator: Stacey Olson, C.I.D., LEED Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, EcoDistrict AP, Senior Associate | Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler 

Data-driven decision-making transforms the built environment into a human-centric, decarbonized, healthy, equitable, and vibrant place.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Verification

Earn IDCEC-approved credit for every HD Expo + Conference seminar you attend. All conferences that have an IDCEC approval number are recognized for CEU credit by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council and participating associations which include ASID, IIDA, and IDC.

You must complete the certification quiz after each session to earn credit.

→  If you pass the quiz, you will then receive an email with a link to a PDF with your certificate of course completion for download. This serves as proof of your successful course completion for self-reporting.
→  This email also includes a link to download the IDCEC attendance card with the appropriate session stamped.
→  If you do not pass the quiz, you will have one additional opportunity to re-take the quiz.

You can still earn CEU accreditation by watching the On-Demand sessions and self report your certificate information to the IDCEC upon completion of quiz at the end of the session(s). The deadline to submit CEU credits is Thursday, May 21st.

AIA members: If you provided your AIA number during registration, your HD Expo + Conference course completion will be reported directly. No self-reporting is required.

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