JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA

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Event Date Mon Sep 21 MDT - Thu Sep 24 MDT (about 1 year ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Mon Sep 21 10:00am - Thu Sep 24 7:00pm
Location JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA
Region Americas

The Lodging Conference is one of the top hotel industry events in the world. Over the past 25 years, tens of thousands of high-powered hotel owners and executives from around the globe have participated. The event has been sold out for the last six years with attendance of 2400+ in 2019. We bring together the hotel industry's most influential owners, operators, presidents, CEOs and dealmakers to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management, construction, design, and operations. More than just a conference, the entire event is a THINK TANK where everybody in attendance has the opportunity to join in the conversation, discuss issues, and solve problems.

With continuous opportunities to network, gourmet food, and a casual dress code, along with a who's who of senior-level industry executives in attendance, it's no surprise that our attendees say they make more contacts, and do more deals at The Lodging Conference than at any other industry event.


2020 Speakers

Minaz Abji
Executive Vice President of Asset Management (Retired), Host Hotels & Resorts

Jim Alderman
EVP & Chief Development Officer, Extended Stay America

Robert Alter
President, Seaview Investors, LLC

Neil Amin
Chief Executive Officer, Shamin Hotels

Molly Anderson
Vice President - Experience Development, Canyon Ranch

Geoff Andrew
CEO, WorldHotels

Scott Andrews
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Richard Arnold
Chief Development Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection

Maki Nakamura Bara
President & Co-Founder, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC

Pamela Barnhill
Principal, Strategic Growth Advisory

Ben Bates
Commercial Manager, North America,

Philip Bates
CEO, Bode

Bernie Baumohl
Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group, LLC

Jamie Baxter
Founder and CEO, Qwick

Daniel Benavides
Attorney/Principal, Sandman Savrann PLLC

Alan Benjamin
President, Benjamin West

Laura Benner
Senior Vice President, Hotel Asset Management, Colony Capital

Jon Benowitz
VP Capital Strategy/Investments, Chartwell Hospitality

Peter Berk
President, PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group

Barry A.N. Bloom
President & Chief Operating Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Roger Bloss
CEO, Alternative Hospitality

Vamsi Bonthala
Chief Executive Officer, Arbor Lodging Partners

Cheryl Boyer
Chief Operating Officer, Fulcrum Hospitality LLC

Andy Broad
Principal, Avison Young

Billy L. Brown
CEO, LodgeCap

Mike Brown
National Pre-Construction Lead, DPR Construction

Scott Brown, NCARB
Principal Architect, DesignCell Architecture

Jay Burnett
SVP, Investments & Development, Auro Hotels

Lucy Burni
Owner, Burni Enterprises | Four Points by Sheraton Hotel

Jerry Burrell
Chief Financial Officer, Westmont Hospitality

Mike Cahill
CEO & Founder, HREC

John T. Campo, Jr.
President, Campo Architects

Mike Canning
Vice President, Hall Structured Finance

James Carroll
President & CEO, Crestline Hotels & Resorts

John R. Cauvin MS
Executive in Residence/Professor, Northern Arizona University | The W.A. Franke College of Business and School of Hotel and Restaurant Management

CEO/Principal, Clodagh Design

Jacob Cohen
Vice President, Walker & Dunlop

Rick Colling
Global Head, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton

Raj Contractor
Senior Vice President, Investments, Host Hotels & Resorts

Skyler Cooper
National Director, Hospitality, Marcus & Millichap

Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr.
President & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners

Jenni Corwin
Senior Manager, Consumer Insights, Travel & Digital, J.D. Power

Mat Crosswy
President, Stonehill

Rick Cunningham
SVP of Hotel Development, Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts

Mary Beth Cutshall
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, HVMG

Derek Davis
President, davisREED Construction, Inc.

Rickman Davis
Loan Officer, Hotel Lending, Live Oak Bank

Sloan Dean
COO, Remington

Aaron Dearborn
President, Amerail Systems, Inc.

Gary Dollens
Global Head of Design / Product & Brand Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Douglas Dreher
President & CEO, The Hotel Group

David Durell
Chief Acquisitions Officer, Legendary Acquisitions

John Edwards
Chief Information Officer, RLH Corporation

Joel Eisemann
Chief Development Officer, The Americas, IHG

Aly El-Bassuni
Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group

Ali Elam
Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group

Ethan Elser
Executive Vice President, PACE Equity

Anthony Falor
Managing Director, Ten-X, Inc.

Pete Fehlman
Managing Director, Hodges Ward Elliott

Warren Q. Fields
Chief Executive Officer, Pyramid Hotel Group

Michelle Finn
Publisher/VP, Boutique Design Group, Emerald Expositions

Christina Flannery
Design Director, Park Hotels & Resorts

Russell Flicker
Managing Partner, AWH Partners

Bruce Ford
SVP and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics

SVP and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics

Amanda Frasier
Executive Vice President, Standards and Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide

Kirstin Frazell
Industry Manager, Travel, Facebook

Greg Friedman
Managing Principal, Chief Executive Officer, Peachtree Hotel Group

Jason Fudin
CEO and Co-Founder, WhyHotel

Troy Furbay
EVP & Chief Investment Officer, DiamondRock Hospitality Company

Fred Grapstein
Chairman, Hotel Association of NYC, EVP, Vornado Hotels

W. Chris Green
Chief Commercial Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality

Ken Greene
President, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group

Jason Gregorek
VP, Development & Owner Relations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Jennifer Gribble
Vice President, Global avid hotels and Mainstream Growth, IHG

Jenna Hackett
Global Head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Hilton

Stephen G. Haggerty
Managing Partner, Trinity Investments

Bill Hall
Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Red Roof Inns

Nigel Hatcher MCSD
VP Design & Project Management, Global Design Americas, Luxury Brands, Marriott International, Inc.

Glenn Haussman
Host, No Vacancy podcast, Here to Stay TV

Stephen R. Hennis MAI, ISHC, CHA

Danielle Hess
Senior Reporter, Hotel News Now

Brian Holstein
Principal, US Hotel Advisors

Sarah Holtze Treadway
President / Co-CEO, Stout Street Hospitality - Magnolia Hotels

Jason Hsiang
SVP Development, North America, YOTEL

Patrick Huey
Corporate Director Spa Operations, Montage International

Amy A. Hulbert
Vice President, Boutique and Upscale Brands, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Rachel Humphrey
Interim President & CEO, AAHOA

Lee Hunter
Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Hotel Advisors

Walter Isenberg
President & CEO, Sage Hospitality

Laurie Ivy
Senior Vice President - Lending, PMC Commercial Trust

Toni Jacaruso
President, Jacaruso Enterprises, Inc.

Norman K. Jenkins
President, Capstone Development, LLC

Helen Jorgensen
Vice President, Design and Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts

Naveen Kakarla
President & CEO, HHM

Christopher M. Kearney PE, LEED AP
Vice President, exp

John Keeling
Executive Vice President, Valencia Hotel Group

Richard C. Kessler
Chairman and CEO, The Kessler Collection

S. Kirk Kinsell
Principal, Panther Ridge Partners

Steve Kisielica
Principal, Lodging Capital Partners, LLC

Jon Kline
Chief Executive Officer, Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC

Justin Knight
President and CEO, Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.

David Kong
President and CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Stan Kozlowski
Principal, CooperWynn Capital

Erica Kruse
Director of Revenue Management, Regency Hotel Management

Dan Kwon
Partner, Apollo Global Real Estate

Gina LaBarre
RVP Upscale Brand Development, IHG

Adam Lair MAI
Managing Director, Senior Partner, HVS

Don Landry
Owner, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors

Jamie Lane
Senior Economist, CBRE Hotels

Mark Laport
President, CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company

Ben Leahy
Principal, Cedar Capital Partners

Jack Levy
Senior Vice President - Finance, Pyramid Hotel Group

Jay Litt
Principal, The Litt Group

Mark V. Lomanno
Partner & Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs

Jim Luchars
Chief Investment Officer, Stonebridge Companies

Mitch Lund
Project Manager, Fulcrum

Thomas Magnuson
CEO, Magnuson Hotels

Rosanna Maietta
President, AHLEF, EVP, AH&LA

Guy Maisnik
Partner and Vice Chair, Global Hospitality Group®, Partner, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Amanda Marcello
Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy, RLH Corporation

Kathleen Matthews
Global Ambassador, World Travel and Tourism Council

Judy Maxwell
Principal, Co-Founder, Director of Editorial, Long Live Lodging | Lodging Leaders

Diane Mayer
Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments & Protea Brand, Marriott International

Corey McCarthy
VP Global Marketing, Beekeeper

Heather McCrory
Chief Executive Officer, North & Central America Region, Accor

Mike McGeehan
Chief Development Officer, G6 Hospitality

Jon Mehlman
President & CEO, Hospitality Investors Trust

Jim Merkel
Chief Executive Officer, Rockbridge

Brooke Meyer
Managing Partner, Caymera International

Mitch Miller
Principal, Miller Law Group, P.C.

Tyler Morse
CEO, Managing Partner, MCR Investors

Bernie Moyle
COO, Cal-Vegas, Ltd

Brian Murch AIA
Senior Hospitality Designer, Principal, DLR Group

W. Michael Murphy
Head of Lodging and Leisure Capital, First Fidelity Companies

William J. Nassikas
President & COO, Westroc Hospitality

Tom Nee
Vice President, Development - Foundation Brands, Choice Hotels International

Dennis Nessler
Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Interactive

Paul Novak
Managing Director, Whitman | Peterson

Stefani C. O'Connor
Editor-in-Chief, Hotel Management | Questex Hospitality Group

Greg O'Stean
Chief Development Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Bob Olson
President, R.D. Olson Development

Jagruti Panwala
2019-2020 Chairwoman, AAHOA, President & CEO, Wealth Protection Strategies, Inc.

Richard E. Pastorino
CEO/Principal, REVPAR International, Inc.

Bakulesh "Buggsi" Patel
Principal, BHG Hotels

Biran Patel
2019-2020 Vice Chairman, AAHOA, Partner, BHP Investments Company

Chirag "Chuck" Patel
CFO, NewcrestImage, Chairman of the Board, American Bank

Harshil Patel
Vice President, Champion Hotels

Mehul "Mike" Patel
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NewcrestImage

Mitch Patel
President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

Nishant (Neal) Patel
2019-2020 Secretary, AAHOA, Managing Partner, Blue Chip Hotels

Ravi Patel
President, Hawkeye Hotels

Rikesh Patel
Regional Director, Real Estate - West, Sonder

Sagar Patel
Chief Investment Officer, The Witness Group

Sanat Patel
Chief Sales Officer, AVANA Capital

Vinay Patel
2019-2020 Treasurer, AAHOA, President & CEO, Fairbrook Hotels LLC

David Pepper
Chief Development Officer, Choice Hotels International

Dilip Petigara
Chief Executive Officer, Access Point Financial

Ron Pohl
Chief Operations Officer, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Roger Pollak
Executive Vice President, Island Hospitality Management

Mark Purcell
Vice President - Development, North America, Accor

Brad Rahinsky
President & CEO, Hotel Equities

Gerald Raines
Senior Vice President Global Location Based Experiences, Viacom International Media Networks/Nickelodeon

Ricky Raman
Chief Operating Officer, PeachState Hospitality

Robert A. Rauch CHA
President and CEO, RAR Hospitality

Stephanie Ricca
Editorial Director, Hotel News Now

Vicki Richman
COO, HVS Asset Management

Lynne Roberts
EVP of Capital Markets, Aimbridge Hospitality

Chip Rogers
President & CEO, AH&LA

Mimi Rogers
President, WaterWalk International

Kevin Rohani
Vice President, Development, sbe

Jim Root
General Manager, Mii amo, Director of Wellbeing, Enchantment Group

Vail Ross
SVP, Global Business Development & Marketing, STR

Paul Sacco
EVP, President of Global Development, RLH Corporation

Terry Sanders
Chief Development Officer, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group

Russell C. Savrann
Partner, Sandman Savrann PLLC

Andrea Schaub
Principal, Cooper Carry

Kevin Schramm
Vice President, Franchise Sales & Development - West Region, IHG

Benjamin Seidel
President & CEO, Real Hospitality Group

Rushi Shah
Principal and CEO, Mag Mile Capital

Mark Shalala
Vice President, Upscale Development, Choice Hotels International

Russ Shattan
EVP, Acquisitions & Development, MCR

Adam Sherer
SVP, Lodging Development, Marriott International

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen
Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine, Vice President, Hospitality Design Group

Steve Shpilsky
CEO & Co-Founder, STAY OPEN

Stephen Siegel
President, H-CPM (Hospitality CPM)

Stacy Silver ISHC
President, Silver Hospitality Group

Noah Silverman
Chief Development Officer, North America Full-Service Hotels, Marriott International, Inc.

Michael Sonnabend
Managing Member, PMZ Realty Capital LLC

Arne M. Sorenson
President and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

Michael Stark
Enterprise Sales Consultant, NAVIS

Jay Stein
Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group

Robert Stevenson

Richard J. Stockton
Chief Executive Officer & President, Braemar Hotels & Resorts

Christina Trauthwein
Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Group, Hotel Business | InspireDesign

Rajiv Trivedi
Managing Principal, TST Capital

Eric Ullmann
President + CEO, Duncan Miller Ullmann

Kevin Urgo
Managing Partner, Urgo Hotels & Resorts

Homi Vazifdar
Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Equity LLC

Brad Wagstaff
CEO, Mogul Capital

Herb Warmbrodt
Principal, HREC Investment Advisors

Matt Wehling
SVP Development, U.S. & Canada, Hilton

Jeff Weinstein
Editor-in-Chief, HOTELS Magazine

Dan Welch
Senior Vice President, Continental Contractors, Inc.

Bill Wilhelm
President, R.D. Olson Construction

Chris Williams
Managing Director, Western Alliance Bank

James Wirth
President/CEO/Chairman, InnSuites Hospitality Trust

Mark Woodworth
Senior Managing Director, Head of Lodging Research, CBRE Hotels | Americas Research

Sean Worker
Managing Director & Principal, T5 Strategies

Darien Wright
Chief Operating Officer, Brookwood Hotels

Alex S. Xu
CEO, GreenTree Hospitality Group, Inc.

Lou Zameryka
Director, Global Accounts,

Sponsors & Partners

2020 Sponsors

• Best Western ® Hotels & Resorts
• Choice Hotels International
• DIRECTV Hospitality
• Hilton
• Hodges Ward Elliott
• Hyatt Hotels Corporation
• IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group
• Marriott International
• Motel 6 / Studio 6
• R.D. Olson Construction
• Radisson Hotel Group
• RLH Corporation
• Wells Fargo Hotel Franchise Finance
• Western Alliance Bank Hotel Franchise Finance
• Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

• Access Point Financial
• Accor
• Aimbridge Hospitality
• Allied Group, The
• Amerail Systems
• Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association
• AVANA Capital
• Avendra
• Avison Young
• USA Inc.
• Castell Project
• Caymera International
• CBRE Hotels
• Chesapeake Hospitality
• Concierge by Foodbuy
• Continental Contractors Inc.
• Cooper Carry
• Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration
• Crystal Hospitality
• Deacon Construction
• DesignCell Architecture
• DLR Group
• DPR Construction
• Duncan Miller Ullmann
• Entegra Procurement Services
• exp
• F10 Hotels
• Fulcrum
• GES Exposition
• Get Your Name On It
• Global Allies
• GreenTree Hospitality Group / GreenTree Inn
• H-CPM (Hospitality CPM)
• Hall Structured Finance
• HREC Investment Advisors
• Hunter Hotel Advisors
• Hunter Hotel Investment Conference
• International Society of Hospitality Consultants
• JMBM Global Hospitality Group®
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
• Karisma Hotels & Resorts
• Legendary Acquisitions
• Live Oak Bank
• Lodging Econometrics / New England Hotel Realty
• Mag Mile Capital
• Magnuson Hotels
• Marcus & Millichap
• Margaritaville Resorts
• Miller Law Group, P.C.
• Mitsubishi Electric HVAC
• myDigitalOffice
• NAVIS Hospitality CRM
• PACE Equity
• PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group
• Qwick
• Real Capital Markets
• Red Roof
• Remington Hotels
• Ruckus Wireless, Inc
• Samuelson Furniture
• Sandman Savrann PLLC
• Serta Simmons Bedding LLC
• Stonehill
• Ten-X, Inc.
• US Hotel Advisors
• Valencia Hotel Group
• Vornado Hotels
• Walker & Dunlop
• Westmont Hospitality Group

• Asian Media Group USA & Asian Hospitality
• Boutique Design
• Hospitality Design
• Hospitality Upgrade
• Hotel Business
• Hotel Interactive
• Hotel Management
• Hotel News Now
• Hotel-Online
• Hotels Investment Outlook
• HOTELS Magazine
• Inspire Design
• Lodging Leaders
• Lodging Magazine
• Real Estate Alert
• Todays Hotelier
• Travel and Tour World