Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

January 26th, 2022

Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference will once again gather the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector.

Taking place in Los Angeles, our high-quality conference will see top-level executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers, markets analysts and premium suppliers alike engaging in a lively, informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As.

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Waldorf Astoria
9850 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills
CA 90210

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8am

ARRIVAL

Registration with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

8.50am

WELCOME

Can Faik, Event Director

EVENT COMPÉRES

Beth Campbell, Founder, Campbell House

Barbara Best-Santos, Director of Interiors, Hart Howerton

9am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Zachariah Demuth, Senior Manager, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

9:15am

20/22 VISION

What you don’t know about the hospitality industry in 2022

PANELLISTS

Hamish Brown – Partner, 1508 London

Therese Virserius – Co-Founder, Virserius Studio

Vince Stroop – Founder, stroop Design

Kathleen Dauber – Partner, Hirsch Bedner Associates

MODERATOR

Rick Evans, President, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality

10am

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –

10.40am

A 'BRAND' NEW WORLD: LEADING BY DESIGN

Leaders from three giants of the hospitality world share insights on how design is influencing the guest experience and how their brands are evolving to meet these ever-changing guest expectations.

PANELLISTS

Audra Tuskes – Vice President, Global Design Strategies, Marriott International

Kara Siffermann – Vice President Design, Resorts World Las Vegas

Crystal Vinisse Thomas – Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Lifestyle & Luxury Brands Hyatt

MODERATOR

Barbara Best-Santos, Director of Interiors, Hart Howerton

11:15am

CURRENT TRENDS THAT DEFINE LUXURY HOSPITALITY – EXPERIENCES, OFF THE GRID, SUSTAINABLE – TRENDS OR FAD?

Our panel delves into the industry trends holding sway in 2022. Will these act as springboards for ingenious new concepts, or are they lacking in substance and longevity?

PANELLISTS

Ari Kastrati – Chief Hospitality Officer, MGM Resorts International

Kristie Goshow – Chief Commercial Officer, KSL Resorts

Bill Walshe – Chief Executive Officer, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Caroline MacDonald – Senior Vice President of Operations, Americas, Rosewood Hotel Group

Peter Humig – Regional Vice President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

MODERATOR

Hemanshu Parwani, Chief Executive Officer, Olson Kundig

12.15pm

- LUNCH & NETWORKING –

1.30pm

GUEST SPEAKER

Glenn Haussman
Founder, No Vacancy

1.45pm

NEW BEGINNINGS

These talented industry leaders have all recently embarked on a new path within some of world's finest hospitality design studios. We discuss their future aspirations, and vision for the industry going forward.

PANELLISTS

Amy Jakubowski – Principal and Managing Director, Pierre-Yves Rochon

Dennis Irvine – Director, Richmond International

Robbyn Carter – Founder, Studio Carter

Johnathan Garrison – Principal, G.A Group, New York, NY

MODERATOR

Alastair Graham, President, Montrose Hospitality

2.30pm

VISION TO REALITY

Taking a client’s vision for a concept, brand or property and bringing it to life is rarely a linear process for architects and designers. We explore this fascinating journey in more detail.

PANELLISTS

Ebbie K. Nakhjavani – President and CEO, EKN Development

Philip Sandhaus – Head of WME Legends, Endeavor

Scott Lee – President & Principal, SB Architects

Kay Lang – President & CEO, Kay Lang + Associates

MODERATOR

Dallas Chapman Vice President, General Manager, Bernhardt Hospitality

3.15pm

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –

3.45pm

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES FOR TOMORROW: "DEFINING THE MAIN THING"

“The main thing is that the main thing remains the main thing.” - Stephen Covey

Looking out to 2030 and beyond, our panel will discuss their considerations and approach to preparing development strategies + design solutions that accommodate the travellers of tomorrow.

PANELLISTS

Judy Chen – Vice President of Development, Dream Hotel Group

Andrew Miele – Head of Development, Americas, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Erik Eveleigh – Senior Director of Luxury Development, Hilton

MODERATOR

Beth Campbell – Chief Executive Officer, Campbell House

4.30pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Can Faik, Editorial Director, Hospitality Interiors

Followed by a drinks reception

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