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2017 BLLA Boutique Hotel Investment Conference

June 7, 2017 @ 7:15 am - 8:00 pm UTC-8


Top 5 Reasons to Attend 

Key interview with Arianna Huffington, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, founder of The Huffington Post and the author of 15 books. Plus, meet the ‘real’ innovators such as:
Ted Teng, CEO, Leading Hotels of the World
Robert Swade, CEO, Grace Hotels
Tony Kurz, CEO, BrandMark Collective
David Bowd, Principal, West Elm Hotels
Henry Kallan, President & Owner, Library Hotel Collection
Christopher Norton, CEO, Equinox Hotels
“This conference draws the leaders in boutique lodging, providing the content focused on this segment of the hospitality industry.”
Don Smith, V.P., The GuestBook
“Content was KING at this one day packed-with-facts-&-figures event. Great choice of knowledgeable influencers in the boutique hotel industry.”
Jim Engel, COO, The Bavarian Inn
“Excellent Event. No overlapping sessions. Candid conversations in an informal setting amongst informed participants.”
Sundeep Khosla, V.P. Business Development, Lucero Panama
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get 6 registrations where you can invite your colleagues or top clients, plus receive top billing throughout the conference space, on each floor and in each separate venue.
Top job titles defining the industry’s most influential hospitality executives attending over the last 4 years. You’ll never get this many like-minded boutique thinkers in one room at the same time.
Be seen at one of the industry’s top events attended by millionaires and some billionaires.
Remember, this conference is the absolute best time to meet with people, listen to those conversations that may shed light and inspiration and that are specific to the boutique lifestyle sector. Don’t miss out.


Boutique & lifestyle hotels cater to unique segments of guests by creating their own niche. As global travelers spend more of their dollars with a focus on experience, the boutique & lifestyle segment continues to explode.

Discerning entrepreneurs looking to make an impression in the hospitality marketplace are wise to invest in boutique properties. There are many levels of investment from building a hotel from the ground up, to renovating a struggling property or joining a partnership of investors. Availability and capital generally effect the level at which one can invest.

Those savvy in business will recognize that this special sector of hospitality requires an intense understanding of the investment landscape. Developers must be armed with facts, figures and a compelling presentation for potential investors, lenders or equity partners.

JOIN US while noteworthy players in the boutique & lifestyle sector share their insights as panelists and keynote speakers. Connect with like-minded individuals, creating a network for information and support. Through this event, you will be given the tools to maneuver the complex, but exciting world of boutique hotels.
This conference is Powered by BLLA.


Wednesday, June 7th

All food activities held downstairs in The Hall
All Day Gourmet Coffee Sponsored by Tradecraft & Stumptown
Gourmet water bottles by S’well (spring water provided)
Gourmet Juices Hosted by Sunraysia
Organic Coconut Water Hosted by Coco Community/Vita Coco

All conference activities held in The Stage

7:00 – 5:00 pm
Registration Open – Street Level

7:15 – 8:00 am
Breakfast Sponsored by Dean & Deluca
Served downstairs in The Hall

The Stage:

8:00 – 8:10 am
Conference Grand Opening & WelcomeFrances Kiradjian, BLLA Founder & CEO
Fred Kleisner, Hospitality Leader & BLLA Co-Chair

8:10 – 8:30 am
Keynote introduction by Jay Schwartz, CCO, Ideawork Studios, Inc.

Keynote – Ted Teng, President & CEO, Leading Hotels of the World
Since joining the company in 2008, Mr. Teng has been dedicated to reigniting the 88-year-old brand. Holding firm to his motto, “Preserve, Enhance, and Invent,” Mr. Teng honors the traditions of the company while innovating to achieve greater strength and success in the future.

The Art of the Welcome – An Invitation for hotel guests to be received with honor and dignity while achieving a true sense of place where the deepest roots of hospitality were born.

8:30 – 9:15 am
Panel: Other Industries getting into the Boutique Hotel GameBoutique hotels are the most prominent trend in hotel history, and it’s not just the people in hospitality that know that, it’s everyone in the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that other industries are gunning hard to join the boutique hotel world. For the world of fashion, take Karl Lagerfeld’s newest venture, BrandMark Collective
as he takes his world renowned personal brand to hospitality. For the world of home retail, take West Elm’s new hotel vision where merchandising meets hotel. How about Equinox, where they’re taking the luxury fitness lifestyle and carefully creating a hotel experience out of it. And then we have Soho House, the place to be seen that started out as a members only club and added hotels that have become just as popular. Join these inspiring leaders in how they took the leap into this remarkable world.Moderator: Andrew Fay, President, The Gettys GroupPanelists:
David Bowd, Principal, Experience West Elm Hotels (Retail)
Christopher Norton, CEO, Equinox Hotels (Fitness)
Tony Kurz, CEO, BrandMark Collective (Fashion)

9:15 – 9:30 am
Interview – Henry Kallan, President, Library Hotel Collection

Interview by: Kate Hughes, Managing Editor, LODGING

Henry Kallan, president and owner of the Library Hotel Collection, is regarded as one of the most innovative and successful independent hoteliers in New York. His story is a prime example of the American Dream. When he arrived in New York City his first hotel job was a busboy at The Gotham Hotel. With hard work and dedication, Kallan quickly rose through the ranks into management roles at various hotels. At the astonishing young age of 28 he became the general manager of the Gotham Hotel, known today as the Peninsula Hotel.

9:30 – 10:15 am
Panel: Boutique Hotel Development
As more and more people realize the impact of boutique hotels and restaurants, it’s no surprise that developers today have more competition. Our thought-leaders will review the current competitive landscape and share their thoughts on growth strategies. Where are the key areas of new development? Is the attention on major markets or on thriving secondary and tertiary markets?Moderator: Jay Newman, COO, The Athens GroupPanelists:
Allie Hope, Head of Development & Acquisitions, Virgin Hotels
Michael Fuerstman, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Pendry Hotels
Jason Pomeranc, Owner, Sixty Hotels
Chris Pardo, Co-Founder, Arrive Hotels
Michael Tall, President & COO, Charlestowne Hotels
Matthew Livian, Sr. Vice President & CIO, Sydell Group

10:15 – 10:45 am
Networking Break
Served downstairs in The Hall

10:45 – 11:30 am
Panel: Investment
There is a lot of movement in the hotel transaction landscape and it is anticipated that there will be continued merger and acquisition activity in 2017 that is expected to remain on an upward trend, but the concern is results won’t be as strong in 2016. How are investors navigating the landscape? What role do lodging stocks play in hotel transactions? What are the emerging markets for new investments? How do you target asset selection? Prominent industry experts will discuss the current investment climate and how offshore investment money factors in.Moderator: Linda O’Flanagan, Managing Editor, Real Estate WeeklyPanelists:
Glyn F. Aeppel, President & CEO, Glencove Capital
Walter Isenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Sage Hospitality
Andrew Posil, Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Seth Schumer, Head of U.S. Asset Management, Quadrum Global

11:30 – 12:00 pm
The Chat: Hotspots

Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer and so on….we all eat and we all like a night out. The growth in food trends and bars have really changed the landscape of hospitality. We are in a world obsessed with taking photos and sharing them to everyone we know and everyone we don’t know. Investing in hotspots not only creates the best jumpstart for a brand, but it also keeps the allure going that your company is not only relevant but also an essence of the times. It is literally the best way to become a part of the defining experience of an era. So where’s the next Studio 54?

Moderator: Lana Trevisan, V.P. Restaurants, Bars & Nightlife, Two
Roads Hospitality

Hotspot Guru’s:
Mark Birnbaum, Co-Founder, EMM Group
Lisle Richards, Co-Owner, The Metric

12:00 – 12:15 pm
Spotlight Interview – Sharan Pasricha, Founder & CEO, Ennismore
Interviewed By: Sarah Evans, Partner, J Public RelationsSharan oversees the various components that make up Ennismore and is responsible for the overall strategy of The Hoxton and Gleneagles. Without the benefit of knowing ‘how it should be done’ across Hospitality, Sharan relishes throwing the daily ‘curveball’ or two at his team. He has been in a career that spans private equity, a turnaround CEO and media entrepreneur.

12:15 – 12:30 pm
Debt Market Briefing

Jonathan Falik, CEO, JF Capital Advisors
Kevin Davis, EVP, Jones Lang LaSalle

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch / Networking – Sponsored by cb5 Hospitality Consulting
Served downstairs in The Hall
Join us for a wonderful buffet lunch and meet some of the other decision makers in this sector! Open seating downstairs in The Hall.

1:30 – 1:45 pm
News and Views from the Association

Frances Kiradjian, Founder & CEO, BLLA
Ariela Kiradjian, Vice President, BLLA

1:45 – 2:00 pm Industry Forecast: Mark VanStekelenburg, CBRE

BLLA, in conjunction with CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research (CBRE), has prepared the 1st quarter 2017 edition of Trends® and Expectations for Boutique and Lifestyle Hotels – U.S. Each quarter, CBRE presents updated forecasts of performance for the boutique and lifestyle segment of the lodging industry based on four industry competitive classification categories developed by the BLLA. In addition, the quarterly reports will contain CBRE’s latest forecast data for the overall U.S. lodging industry, commentary on the vital economic indicators impacting U.S. lodging performance, development activity within the boutique and lifestyle segment, and insights from BLLA leadership.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Interview – Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

Interview by: Vanessa Yurkevich, Digital Correspondent, CNN Money

Founder and CEO of Thrive Global. Founder of The Huffington Post. Mother. Sister. Flat-shoe advocate. Sleep evangelist. Author of 15 books, including international bestsellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Panel: Equity
As boutique and lifestyle properties gain attention in the marketplace has it become easier to secure funding? Who are the active players in the boutique and lifestyle sectors? This panel will provide insight into the existing climate for making the deal.Moderator: Jonathan Falik, CEO, JF Capital AdvisorsPanelists:
Alan Kanders, Principal, Three Wall Capital
John Keeling, Executive Vice President, Valencia Group
Joe Long, Managing Partner, KHP Capital Partners
Jordan Ray, Managing Director, Mission Capital
John Rutledge, Founder, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Afternoon Refreshment Break with contributions by Go Raw and Laughing Giraffe Organics
Served downstairs in The Hall

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Panel: International & Luxury Hotel Development
For the luxury boutique hospitality sector, the decision in having an international presence or a straight-forward focus on North America, is an important factor in committing time, money and resources toward achieving a successful outcome. The world is constantly changing and whether your focus is close to home or spread out globally, all factors must be considered in the development business plan. Hear from these key executives and brands what considerations must be at the top of the list.Moderator: Nick Palmer, Hospitality Real Estate, Greenberg TraurigPanelists:
Robert Swade, CEO, Grace Hotels
Paul Mack, Executive Director, Latitude Hotel Group

4:15 – 5:00 pm
Panel: Transition of Branded Hotel to Boutique Hotel
Point counter-point … why hotels go independent vs big brands invest heavily in their boutique Softbrands.

Moderator: Guy Maisnik, Partner, Vice Chair, JMBM Global Hospitality

Ed Blum, EVP, Development & Acquisitions, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Andrea Foster, SVP Development, Marcus Hotel Group
David Israel, SVP, hotelAVE
Julius W. Robinson, V.P. & Global Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels &
Tribute Portfolio

5:00 – 5:30 pm
Interview – Eric Danziger, CEO, Trump Hotel Collection
Interview by: Renie Cavalari, Founder & CEO, AspireEric Danziger is Chief Executive Officer of the Trump Hotel Collection, a luxury brand and hotel management company. Mr. Danziger, a renowned figure in the hospitality industry with more
than 45 years of experience, is in charge of a growing portfolio of hotels, including iconic assets.Mr. Danziger joins The Trump Organization following roles as President and CEO of Starwood Hotels, President and COO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, where he was instrumental in each of their respective organizations. Most recently, Mr. Danziger held the role of President and CEO of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC., where he introduced the Début Hotel Group, a collection of lifestyle hotel brands.

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Closing Cocktail Reception Food Sponsored by LDV Hospitality
Held downstairs in The Hall

Registration includes breakfast, gourmet lunch, evening cocktail reception with appetizers and networking breaks.

No refund after April 15, 2017


June 7, 2017
7:15 am - 8:00 pm UTC-8
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