Oct 8-10, 2023  |  Frisco, TX

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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

In this uplifting and compelling talk, Kevin Griffin shares the lessons from his new business parable The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life. From the value of fostering your creativity, to the importance of staying keyed into the latest developments in your industry, to the art of collaboration, Griffin’s book and his in-demand keynotes offer strategic takeaways for audiences across industries. An engaging and interactive keynote, Griffin personalizes the experience by co-writing a song with the audience – recording their vocals and delivering a fully-produced recording to all attendees.

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

How Brands and Owners Can Work Better Together

What each side wants the other to know about PIPs, scope & phasing, delivery costs, conversions, net zero goals, and more.

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

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

Brad Robinette

SVP, Special Projects – 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.
Facilitator: JoAnna Abrams – CEO and Founder – MindClick

2 – Managing Escalating Costs and Supply Chain Disruptions
It’s like the Beyoncé song: “Déjà Vu.”
Facilitator: Heather Simms – Development & Operations Capital Manager – Silverwest

3 – Navigating Renovations, Conversions & PIPs
Given our current economic climate, we’re prone to see a lot more activity in renovations & conversions over the coming years as owners favor investing in existing properties over new construction. PIPs are also coming up due, as brands are now lifting the pandemic pause. During this interactive session, we’ll discuss how how to navigate the design strategies and implementation challenges around renovations, brand conversions, and PIPs, and how owners, operators, and brands can best work together on these projects.
Facilitator: Chuck Engelhardt – SVP Design & Construction – B&B Hotels

12:30-1:30 pm

Bon Voyage Brunch

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