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Wednesday, October 30
 

8:00am

Networking Breakfast
Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

8:45am

Welcome | Hotel Management & AAHOA
Speakers
avatar for Kalpesh Joshi

Kalpesh Joshi

Upper Midwest Regional Director, AAHOA
Mr.Kalpesh Joshi, an active leader in the Indian American community of the greater Chicago area, is an established entrepreneur with experience in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Finance, Travel and Electronics a 15 year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Joshi also served as AAHOA... Read More →
avatar for Stefani C. O'Connor

Stefani C. O'Connor

Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group
Award-winning journalist Stefani C. O’Connor is Editor-in-Chief of Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group, a division of Questex LLC, a leading global business information and event company. She leads the editorial strategy--both in print and online--including the brand’s... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

9:00am

Market Snapshot
Every hotel owner, developer and investor knows deals are done on market specifics and no two—even in a portfolio grab—are alike. How you approach and ultimately succeed in any market is highly dependent on the intel you have in hand. This knowledge runs the gamut from public/private partnership availability to distressed assets to government-created Opportunity Zones. This kickoff session will deliver the information you need to make the right moves right now—or in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Eble

Mark Eble

Managing Director and Midwest Practice Leader, CBRE
Mark Eble is Managing Director and Midwest Practice Leader for CBREHotels, with offices in Chicago and Indianapolis. He brings more than 35 years of hospitality industry experience in both an advisory andhands-on operational capacity.Mark has managed and conducted over a thousand... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Nadolny

Stacey Nadolny

HVS
Managing Director and Senior Partner for HVS Chicago, Stacey Nadolny, MAI, has completed hundreds of assignments for hotels and resorts in the Great Lakes region. Years of repeated visits to hotel markets in and around Chicago and throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio—along... Read More →
avatar for David Duncan

David Duncan

President, First Hospitality Group
As President of First Hospitality, David is a real estate investor and hotel operator who is passionate about developing unique real estate investments and hotel operating environments that delight guests and investors alike.David has over 25 years of global operating experience in... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

9:35am

Brand Lightning Round: Choice Hotels
Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones

Director of Development, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Choice Hotels International
Benjamin Jones is a Director of Development for the Comfort, Sleep, and Mainstay brands for Choice Hotels International. Benjamin is responsible for all new development in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Missouri. Previously he handled development of the Ascend brand in the... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:35am - 9:50am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

9:55am

Focus on Technology
There’s no aspect of technology that’s not changing—and changing fast. Keeping up with today’s dynamic tech marketplace, from apps to what GenZ wants, is top of mind for most hoteliers and this session will bring insight to what is most relevant within the hospitality sphere, and be presented in a down-to-earth discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Clement

Jeffrey Clement

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Volara
Hospitality Technology Professional with experience on both the Vendor and Hotel side of the fence. Specializing in Converged Networks, IPTV, Technical Sales, Project Management and Business Development over the past 8 years. Heavy focus on the 4 and 5 Star Hotel Market and new and... Read More →
avatar for Andrada Paraschiv

Andrada Paraschiv

Head of Hospitality, Beekeeper
As Head of Hospitality, Andrada leads Beekeeper’s effort to help hospitality organizations improve communication and ultimately drive employee engagement and performance. Previously, Andrada served as Executive Director, Luxury Internal Communications and Engagement at AccorHotels... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:55am - 10:40am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

10:45am

Brand Lightning Round: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
What makes one hotel flag more attractive than another? Any number of factors play into this critical decision for potential—and veteran—owners and developers as they look to ensure the brand they pick will be a good fit in every regard, from capturing market share to providing a great experience to having strong support from the franchisor involved. In this 15-minute lighting round, brands make their case as to why they can deliver the most to your bottom line.

Presented by: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Woodward

Mike Woodward

Senior Vice President, Franchise Sales and Development, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Michael Woodward, senior vice president franchise sales and development for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, is responsible for executing the company's sales strategy and driving incremental growth for the company's 20 iconic hotel brands in the Eastern U.S.In this role, Woodward is responsible... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:45am - 11:00am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

11:00am

Networking Break
Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

11:20am

Minimizing Costs
Who doesn’t’ want to save money? Hotels touch a variety of cost-producing avenues and it’s important to stay on the straight-and-narrow to ensure you get to your destination—a great ROI. This session will help guide you along the way of managing costs from salary and wages, to franchise fees, insurance, taxes and FF&E reserves to sales and marketing, commissions.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Moser

Erik Moser

Vice President, Business Development, Dalkia Energy Solutions
Erik Moser leads Dalkia Energy's hospitality sector team to develop and install energy efficiency projects. Working with national hotel owners and asset managers to reduce operating costs through capital improvements on energy assets. By leveraging utility rebates and incentives these... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Wilcox

Heidi Wilcox

Owner/President/CEO, First Call Hospitality, Inc.
As Owner and Chief Executive Officer of First Call Hospitality, Inc. Heidi Wilcox is responsible for the company’s performance and strategic vision.  She consults with owners, asset managers and lenders to achieve the optimum return on investment for a managed hotel portfolio representing... Read More →
avatar for Mario Insenga

Mario Insenga

Founder, The Refinishing Touch
The Refinishing Touch® is the definitive leader for on‐site, environmentally safe and sustainable furniture refinishing, re-upholstering, and re-engineering for private and public organizations in the Hospitality, University and Government markets.Mario Insenga, as the Founder... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

12:10pm

Brand Lightning Round: Hyatt
What makes one hotel flag more attractive than another? Any number of factors play into this critical decision for potential—and veteran—owners and developers as they look to ensure the brand they pick will be a good fit in every regard, from capturing market share to providing a great experience to having strong support from the franchisor involved. In this 15-minute lighting round, brands make their case as to why they can deliver the most to your bottom line.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Wells

Christina Wells

Director of Development, Hyatt
Christina Wells heads up Hyatt Hotel Corporations Select Service brand growth in the Midwest.  She has been with Hyatt for three years, working in different capacities with their development team.  Prior to this role, Christy worked at AJ Capital Partners on their acquisitions team... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:10pm - 12:25pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm

Networking Lunch - Battle of the Universities
This lunchtime event will showcase the potential of the hospitality industry’s future leaders.
SPONSORED BY: Access Point Financial 

Florida International University vs. Lakeland University vs. University of Northwestern Ohio vs. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Stone

Kathryn Stone

Chief of Staff, AAHOA
Kathryn Stone is the Chief of Staff of AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association.Kathryn joined AAHOA's legal team in 2010 and has served as Chief of Staff since 2016. Working with a small but mighty team that helps AAHOA thrive, Kathryn has served in nearly every area... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Cataldo

Jerry Cataldo

President/CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
With a career in hotel operations that began in 1982, Jerome F. Cataldo has occupied a variety of positions within Hostmark Hospitality Group. In his current role, he seeks acquisition and management opportunities for Hostmark Hospitality Group, manages the organization’s development... Read More →
avatar for Roger Bloss

Roger Bloss

CEO, Alternative Hospitality
With more than 40 years of hospitality experience, Roger Bloss is one of the industry’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs. Since he as a young teenager, Bloss has worked his way up the hospitality ladder. After serving in executive positions with several major hotel franchise... Read More →
avatar for Chip Ohlsson

Chip Ohlsson

EVP/Chief Development Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Chip Ohlsson is executive vice president and chief development officer, North America, for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he is responsible for the development strategy for Wyndham’s 20 brands across North America, identifying and building strategic partnerships to position... Read More →
avatar for Dilip Petigara

Dilip Petigara

CEO, Access Point Financial
Petigara has over 23 years of experience in both the hospitality and finance industries. Petigara joined Access Point Financial from a real estate and capital advisory service firm which focused on hospitality. Prior to his advisory role, he served as Senior Vice President of Specialty... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

2:20pm

Additional Revenue Streams
To meet the demand of today’s travelers, hotel owners and operators are looking at the guest experience through a new lens, examining every option to help offer unique experiences while also driving incremental revenue. From a pop-up café to co-working rental space in the lobby for community use to specializing in experiences like live local entertainment, this session will look at the innovative ways hoteliers can maximize their ROI.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Foster

Andrea Foster

Senior Vice President - Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts | MCS Capital
Andrea Foster is the Senior Vice President, Development for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Foster, a 20-year hospitality veteran and lodging industry expert, is responsible for marketing the company’s hotel management capabilities and identifying and securing potential acquisition, joint... Read More →
avatar for Roger Bloss

Roger Bloss

CEO, Alternative Hospitality
With more than 40 years of hospitality experience, Roger Bloss is one of the industry’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs. Since he as a young teenager, Bloss has worked his way up the hospitality ladder. After serving in executive positions with several major hotel franchise... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Cataldo

Jerry Cataldo

President/CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
With a career in hotel operations that began in 1982, Jerome F. Cataldo has occupied a variety of positions within Hostmark Hospitality Group. In his current role, he seeks acquisition and management opportunities for Hostmark Hospitality Group, manages the organization’s development... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:05pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

3:10pm

Brand Lightning Round: Extended Stay America
What makes one hotel flag more attractive than another? Any number of factors play into this critical decision for potential—and veteran—owners and developers as they look to ensure the brand they pick will be a good fit in every regard, from capturing market share to providing a great experience to having strong support from the franchisor involved. In this 15-minute lighting round, brands make their case as to why they can deliver the most to your bottom line.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen K. Miller

Stephen K. Miller

Managing Director – Real Estate Development, Extended Stay America, Inc.
Stephen K. Miller joined Extended Stay America as a Managing Director of Real Estate and Development in early 2017. His appointment added further senior leadership to the company’s development team and expanding brand platform charged with relaunching a multiple tiered growth initiative.Steve... Read More →
avatar for Jim Alderman

Jim Alderman

EVP & Chief Development Officer, Extended Stay America
Jim Alderman has been the Chief Development Officer and EVP of Extended Stay America since 2016. Jim brings over 30 years of hospitality real estate experience to Extended Stay America, including serving as a Principal, Senior Executive and Consultant on real estate projects throughout... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:10pm - 3:25pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

3:25pm

Networking Break
Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:25pm - 3:40pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

3:45pm

Cost Effective Construction & Design
The cost of construction, whether for new-builds, renovations or a single-property refresh, is never “cheap.” Add in today’s concerns around logistics, sustainability, tariffs and trade wars and there’s even a more-pressing need to know how best to deliver a quality project on budget. From traditional methods and materials to trendy “mods and pods,” our panel will give you a strong foundation to understand how to best optimize your investment.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen K. Miller

Stephen K. Miller

Managing Director – Real Estate Development, Extended Stay America, Inc.
Stephen K. Miller joined Extended Stay America as a Managing Director of Real Estate and Development in early 2017. His appointment added further senior leadership to the company’s development team and expanding brand platform charged with relaunching a multiple tiered growth initiative.Steve... Read More →
avatar for Dilip Petigara

Dilip Petigara

CEO, Access Point Financial
Petigara has over 23 years of experience in both the hospitality and finance industries. Petigara joined Access Point Financial from a real estate and capital advisory service firm which focused on hospitality. Prior to his advisory role, he served as Senior Vice President of Specialty... Read More →
avatar for Chris Winterhalter

Chris Winterhalter

CEO & Co-Founder, HOTEL REHABS
Chris Winterhalter is the CEO and co-founder of Hotel Rehabs, LLC, a national hotel renovation contractor based in Chicago. Since 2010, Chris has completed dozens of major branded hotel projects across the country, from New York to San Diego. As CEO, Chris simultaneously manages the... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

4:35pm

Brand Lightning Round: Red Roof
Speakers
avatar for Timothy Means

Timothy Means

Franchise Development Director, Red Roof
A broadly experienced Sales and Operations Veteran and with a proven track record of success. A total of 28 successful years in the hospitality industry. Timothy has worked for such companies as Accor Hotels, Remington Hotels, Richfield Hospitality, Winegardner & Hammons and has experience... Read More →



Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:35pm - 4:50pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

4:55pm

Lessons in Labor
With more than a million hospitality jobs needing to be filled, it’s important to understand what is happening on the labor front, from revamped minimum-wage requirements to healthcare benefits to training on concerns outside traditional hotel instruction, such as human trafficking. Find out what you need to know as you look to hire the right person for the job.

PRESENTED BY: Carver Hotel Group

Speakers
avatar for Joel Carver

Joel Carver

CEO, Carver Hotel Group
Prior to founding Carver Companies, Joel served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing for CSM Corporation, Minneapolis, MN. At CSM he oversaw all corporate and property marketing, sales, revenue management, eCommerce and public relations efforts. Joel’s 30 years of sales management... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

5:30pm

Closing Remarks| Hotel Management & AAHOA
Speakers
avatar for Stefani C. O'Connor

Stefani C. O'Connor

Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group
Award-winning journalist Stefani C. O’Connor is Editor-in-Chief of Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group, a division of Questex LLC, a leading global business information and event company. She leads the editorial strategy--both in print and online--including the brand’s... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Stone

Kathryn Stone

Chief of Staff, AAHOA
Kathryn Stone is the Chief of Staff of AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association.Kathryn joined AAHOA's legal team in 2010 and has served as Chief of Staff since 2016. Working with a small but mighty team that helps AAHOA thrive, Kathryn has served in nearly every area... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:30pm - 5:30pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

5:30pm

Broker Power Hour - Beer, Wine and Hors D'oeuvres!
Speakers
avatar for Ebrahim Valliani

Ebrahim Valliani

Vice President Investments, Marcus & Millichap


Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601