10am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

12:30-2:30 pm


1:25-5 pm

Par-3 Golf Outing at the Omni PGA Frisco

Play a social round at The Swing, the Omni PGA Frisco’s Par-3 course co-designed by Gil Hanse and Beau Welling. With holes ranging from 45 to 100 yards, this course provides a casual outing, perfect for all levels of golfers. A Texas BBQ lunch will be served prior to the outing.

2:30-4:30 pm

Tex-mex challenge

Craft your finest salsas, guacamoles, and margaritas from scratch in this lively Tex-Mex team-building activity. With identical stations equipped with all the tools and ingredients you need to create your culinary masterpiece, teams compete for the judges’ favor based on creativity, presentation, and flavor. Get ready for a tastebud-tantalizing challenge that blends culinary skills and creativity!

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

7-9:30 pm

An Evening with Multiplatinum Musician Kevin Griffin

To date, Kevin Griffin has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs that have sold in excess of 30 million copies.

Kevin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans-based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track “Good.” The band’s follow-up record, Friction Baby, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single “Extra Ordinary.” In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 Hot AC hit with “Juicy,” which was not only licensed by several commercials and brands but also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

Griffin has produced and written songs performed by artists such as Taylor Swift, Train, Sugarland, Barenaked Ladies, Blondie, and James Blunt, among others. He scored a #1 hit in 2005 with Howie Day’s “Collide.” In 2010, Griffin had Sugarland’s #1 Country hit, “Stuck Like Glue,” which became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. Better Than Ezra’s recent song, “Breathless,” was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her worldwide tour.

In addition to songwriting and performing, Griffin is involved in artist management and lectures on the subject of creativity to groups and companies. He is a co-founder and partner in Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, which is a two-day event located in Franklin, TN. After its inaugural year, Rolling Stone commented that Pilgrimage had “an A-list lineup (arguably the best curated of the year)” and “established itself as a festival to watch.” The festival has featured memorable performances from Justin Timberlake, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Eddie Vedder, and many more.

His debut book, a creative nonfiction work inspired by his life and career called The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life, was released this past April.

Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.

Kevin Griffin

Singer/Songwriter/Author – Better Than Ezra




6-6:30 am

Group Run/Walk

Start your morning with a casual group run to get your day off to an energized start!

7-7:50 am


8-9 am

The State of Hotel Design + Construction

It’s a management group vs. brand showdown! Not really, but that’s the point – the brand is not the enemy, and that’s just one of the topics we’ll delve into during this discussion on the current state of design & construction in the hospitality industry. From how current market conditions are impacting the construction pipeline to the growing attractiveness of extended stay products, continued challenges with procurement and labor, where CapEx spending stands right now, modified PIPs, and conversion design philosophies, we’re going to cover a lot. Award-winning Dallas-based commercial real estate journalist Candace Carlisle will lead the way.

Candace Carlisle

Senior Reporter – CoStar News (moderator)

David Breeding

SVP, Design & Construction – Aimbridge Hospitality

Kevin Filer

SVP, Design & Construction – Davidson Hospitality

Dan Hansen

Global Head of Brand, Hyatt Studios – Hyatt

Kavitha Iyer

Head of Design IHG

9:10-10:30 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:40-11:20 am

Behind the Scenes: Building the Omni PGA Frisco

When the Omni PGA Frisco Resort was being built, it was the largest resort in development in North America. As you sit inside this brand-new resort, you’ll hear about all the behind-the-scenes work that made it happen: from the early development stages in Frisco, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s experiencing explosive growth right now, to the design vision and construction process. Consider this a hotel show-and-tell.

Brett Cimorelli

VP, Construction and Development – Omni Hotels & Resorts

Laura McKoy

VP, Interior Design + Creative Director – Omni Hotels & Resorts

Michael Smith

EVP, Real Estate and Development – Omni Hotels & Resorts

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:35 -2:35 pm

Hotel Investment + Development Outlook

During this session, Emmy Hise will use insights from her own research to lead a conversation on the short- and long-term outlooks for hotel development & investment. How is the current inflationary environment impacting the lending climate? Where are hotel developers making the most investments right now? Will we continue to see a strong construction pipeline in the coming years? We’ll do some future forecasting looking towards 2024 and beyond as we dig into these questions and more.

Emmy Hise

Senior Director, Hospitality Analytics – CoStar (moderator)

Tiffany Cooper

Chief Development Officer – Aimbridge

T. Dupree Scovell

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer – Woodbine Development Corporation

Stephen Medel

VP, Business Development – Pacifica Hotels

Christian Glauser Benz

VP, Development – Dream Hotels


2:45-3:45 pm

Sourcing Meetings

3:45-4:00 pm

Happy Hour

4:00-5:00 pm

What Hoteliers Can Learn from the Experience Economy

As travelers demand more of a unique “experience” from their hotel stays, what can hoteliers learn from the booming experience economy? For this conversation, we’re bringing together multiple perspectives from across the hospitality and entertainment industries to explore this question, and how those ideas can be applied to the design and programming of hotel spaces. Grab a drink and get ready for a lively conversation!

Alexa Jewell Schaefer

Director of Strategy – ChangeUp (moderator)

Gary Dollens

Global Head, Design & Brand Development – Hyatt

Winston Fisher


Vince Kadlubek

 Founder & Director – Meow Wolf

Darcy Troy-Pollack

VP, Immersive Experiences – MGM Resorts


5:00-6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30-10 pm

An Evening Exploring The Real Unreal

Take a journey through The Real Unreal, Meow Wolf’s latest mind-bending immersive exhibition. Co-founder Vince Kadlubek will be your spirit guide on this journey, which will include dinner and entertainment in the “Neon Kingdom,” a private space hidden within this interactive artscape. Prepare to have your whole perception of reality altered….and wear dancing shoes!




8:00-8:55 am


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9-9:20 am

Building Hotel Blocks: Volumetric Modular for a Hotel Roll-Out Program

Menno Hilberts has over 15 years of experience building modular hotels with citizenM, the first and only hospitality company to build hotels entirely from prefabricated rooms. While this method of standardized construction certainly has its benefits – such as reducing production time and costs – it’s not without its own set of challenges. During this session, he’ll get into the nitty gritty details of his experience at citizenM working with modular construction: what works, what doesn’t, what he sees opportunities for improvement, and how Legoland should be the inspiration.

Menno Hilberts

Managing Director, Project Management (former) citizenM

9:30-10:10 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:20-11:15 am

The Truth About Sustainability in Hospitality

“Sustainability.” Guests want it; even demand it. We all talk about it, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a hospitality company that isn’t at least making some effort at implementing environmentally conscious policies and practices. But how impactful are sustainability efforts in hospitality, really? As CEO of MindClick, a third-party rating platform and network for sustainable sourcing, JoAnna Abrams has all the insights into how effective sustainability initiatives really are, looking past broader company initiatives to analyze every stage in the supply chain. During this conversation, we’ll get really real about sustainability efforts in hospitality construction and procurement, and how far the industry still needs to come.

JoAnna Abrams

CEO and Founder – MindClick (moderator)

Mike Everett

President (former)NuovoRE

Jessica Werner

EVP, Sage Studio – Sage Hospitality Group

Laurie Woliung

Sr. Director, Global Design, US & Canada – Marriott 


11:15 – 11:30 am

Bloody Marys + Mimosa Break

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Roundtables + AMAs (Hotel Executives Only)

1 – “Ask Me Anything” with JoAnna Abrams, CEO and Founder of MindClick
Do you have questions about sustainable sourcing, ESG policies and practices, decarbonization, or anything else on the sustainability beat? Ask JoAnna.

2 – Managing Escalating Costs and Supply Chain Disruptions
It’s like the Beyoncé song: “Déjà Vu.”

3 – Amen to Amenities: Design Trends for Today’s Traveler
Whether we’re talking about leisure or bleisure, today’s traveler has very different expectations than they did pre-pandemic. It’s actually great news for hotels, but it also means you really need to up the amenity ante with fantastic F&B, flexible work & social spaces, robust fitness centers, wellness features, and thoughtful programming. So: What are you doing to appeal to a more discerning guest? Discuss!

12:30-1:30 pm

Bon Voyage Brunch

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