Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference
New York

New York

November 11th, 2021

Taking place at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City, 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.

Delegates can also take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet face to face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design.

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InterContinental New York Barclay
111 East 48th Street
New York
NY 10017

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8.15am

ARRIVAL

Registration with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

8.50am

WELCOME

Can Faik, Event Director

Sofia L. Vandaele, General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay

Vince Stroop, Event Compère

9am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Glenn Haussman, Founder and Host at No Vacancy Live

9:15am

DESIGN PIVOT IN THE NEW WORLD

In conversation with design representatives from the world’s foremost design studios

PANELLISTS

Beth Campbell – Chief Executive Officer, Campbell House

Hemanshu Parwani – Chief Executive Officer, Olson Kundig

Jacques Coetzee – Managing Partner of HBA Americas

MODERATOR

Rick Evans, President, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality

10am

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING -

10.40am

BRAND POSITIONING AND THE VALUE OF DESIGN

This experienced panel discusses the key to differentiating and maintaining a hospitality brand within a competitive market, and speaks on the crucial role design plays in communicating these values.

PANELLISTS

Larry Traxler – SVP Global Design - Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts

Julie Frank – Senior Vice President of Design, Highgate

Aaron Richter – Senior Vice President of Design, Equinox Brands at Equinox

Bruce Rohr, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott at Marriott International

MODERATOR

Dennis Irvine, Director, Richmond International

11:15am

REINVENTING THE RULES OF HOTEL DESIGN

Seasoned leaders share thoughts on the challenges of leadership and design and their vision for the future.

PANELLISTS

Izak Senbahar – President, Alexico Group

Yves Naman – Founder and CEO of Namron Hospitality and Encosta Creative Trading Group

Brad Wilson, President, Ace Hotel Group / Atelier Ace

MODERATOR

Glenn Haussman, Founder and Host at No Vacancy Live

12 noon

- LUNCH & NETWORKING -

1:15pm

CROSSING DISCIPLINES … BRINGING LAND-SIDE DESIGN TO THE OCEANS

Predominantly known for their land-side work, this talented panel reflects on the process of applying their signature design philosophies and approaches to deliver a cruise ship.

PANELLISTS

Adam D. Tihany – Founder, Tihany Design

Sybille de Margerie – Founder, Sybille de Margerie

Fiona Thompson – Principal, Richmond International

Simon Rawlings – Creative Director, David Collins Studio

MODERATOR

Tal Danai, Founder & CEO at ArtLink

2pm

HYBRID HOSPITALITY

Our panel delves into the current and future evolution of hospitality in line with our shifting lifestyles.

PANELLISTS

Josh Held – Vice President Director of Entertainment, Wimberly Interiors

Nancie Min - Design Director, Clodagh Design

Paul Bishop – Owner & Founder, Bishop Design

MODERATOR

Tal Danai, Founder & CEO at ArtLink

2.40pm

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING -

3.10pm

TRANSFORMED VALUES INSPIRED BY NEW MOTIVATIONS

Our panel shares how the experiences and lessons of this challenging period are pushing innovation in the hospitality industry forward, and how this transformation of values will affect the future development landscape.

PANELLISTS

Rika Lisslö – Vice President Development Americas at Hyatt

Bashar Wali - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, This Assembly + Practice Hospitality

Tyler Lavin - VP, Development and Investment - North America at citizenM hotels

MODERATOR

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, Founder & Partner at JOI-Design

3.50pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Can Faik, Editorial Director, Hospitality Interiors

4pm

- DRINKS & NETWORKING -


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