Trade Fair Hours
Sunday, November 12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, November 13, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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*seeking accredited session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Sunday, November 12


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Room 1E15

The clients behind Hotel 50 Bowery, The Hoxton, Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and the upcoming Virgin New York explore the good, the bad and the brain teasers of taking trendsetting projects from the concept phase to opening day in the nation’s most visible, competitive and often challenging urban market.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Christopher Alvarado, senior director of design, Two Roads Hospitality
Hung Luk, executive director, The Lam Group
Sam Gelin, founder, MADE Hotels
Timothy Griffin, director, North America, The Hoxton & Ennismore

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Room 1E16

Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. (AAHOA) members drill down on how hotel giants, new brands, repositioned flags and innovative interior programs that make affordable hotels sizzling targets for designers’ business development planning. Hear how to tap into the next wave of growth.

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MODERATOR
Chip Rogers, president and chief executive officer, Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. (AAHOA)

PANELISTS
Binita Patel, vice president, HMB Hotels
Chet Patel, senior vice president of architecture and construction, Baywood Hotels
Jagruti Panwala, president/chief executive officer, wealth protection strategies, treasurer 2017-18, AAHOA
Timesh Patel, hotelier and entreprenuer, director of operations/co-founder, Ohm Culture Hospitality/hotelmarket.place

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Setting a benchmark for occupant health and wellbeing standards, Fitwel was developed by the CDC and GSA through a collaborative data analysis integration from over 3,000 medical and scientific research studies. Managed by the nonprofit Center for Active Design, Fitwel is  a cost-effective, high-impact building certification standard. It was created with the vision for a healthier future where every building is enhanced to support occupant well-being. Come learn more about proven health and wellness strategies you should be implementing!

MODERATOR
Brynn Kurtzman, assoc. aia, leed ap bd+c and technical designer, Gensler D.C

PANELIST
Giselle Sebag, mph, leed ap, Fitwel ambassador, vice president of programs, Center for Active Design

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Display #1445

Go down the rabbit hole to learn about the inspiration behind this space.

MODERATOR
Oriana Lerner, Contributing Editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Liza Koeda, principal and founder, CoberKoeda
May Poon, principal and founder, CoberKoeda

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Conference Room 1E15

Whether globe-spanning giants or powerful up-and-comers, hotel brands want designers who talk their language. Learn the new lexicon for impressing the influencers behind many of the flags flying high on lifestyle travelers’ radar.

MODERATOR
Michelle Finn, president, HMG LLC

PANELISTS
Brian Quinn, senior vice president of development, Choice Hotels
Ernest Lee, vice president, development & investments - North America, CitizenM
Gary Dollens, global head design / product and brand development, Hyatt Hotel Corporation
Laurie Woliung, senior design director, design management, Marriott Distinctive Brands, globaldesignamericas, Marriott International
Michele Caniato, chief brand officer, sbe
Vito Lotta, vice president - architecture & design, full service brands - Curio, Hilton, Tapestry, Doubletree, Global Design Services, USA/Canada, Hilton

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Conference Room 1E10

Technology and audiovisual systems have gone from being futuristic wish-list items to integral tools in mainstream design. Get insider strategies for capitalizing on new developments in the tech world to make every project magic.

MODERATORS
Aliya Khan, Aloft Hotels
Dave Labuskes, chief executive officer, AVIXA

PANELISTS
Bill Lally, president, Mode: Green

Jorge Treviño, executive vice president, brand operations, Two Roads Hospitality
Kajsa Krause, co-founder, Krause Sawyer
Katherine Sargent, senior project designer, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)
Lorraine Francis, regional director of hospitality interiors, Gensler
Michael Suomi, principal and vice president, design, Stonehill & Taylor

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NEWH, Display #1739

Green chemistry can shape sustainability-focused design. Since chemistry factors into all production equations, hear from the chemists who created and promoted these principles.  Learn how to apply them to your next project.

MODERATOR
David Mahood, co-principal, Olive Hospitality Consulting

PANELIST
Justin Whitfield, vice president, Materials Science R&D, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

NEWH, Display #1739

Lighting is everywhere people live, work, dine, shop and interact. Advances in lighting technology give both aesthetics and energy efficiency a boost. Explore how lighting programs can be designed to improve sustainability, livability, and productivity and promote these benefits to guests.

MODERATOR
Mary Ann Thornam, academic coordinator, interior design program, The Art Institute of Colorado

PANELIST
Karen Gough, vice president, hospitality enterprise systems & services, Philips Lighting

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Hospitality designers and hotel asset managers share insights on how to align priorities, work through process issues and navigate the complexities of making renovations happen faster, better, smarter. Get both sides of the discussion here.

MODERATOR
Chad Sorensen, managing director, CHMWarnick

PANELISTS
Amy Jakubowski, managing director & design director, Los Angeles, Wilson Associates
Derrick Yee, vice president asset management, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Matthew Arrants, executive vice president, Pinnacle Advisory Group
Tom Ito, principal, Gensler

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Display #1445

Survey says this will be a fun opportunity for hospitality industry leaders to test their market knowledge.

MODERATORS
Jason Goldberg, director, business development, Benjamin West
Lora Spran, manager interior design, NBC Universal Creative Studio


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

NEWH, Display #1739

2017 NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Design Competition team project winners showcase details of their winning project, The Norm Hotel.

MODERATOR
Michele Machado, community engagement liaison; assessor , Hostelling International USA; HI Porland Hawthorne Sustainable Travel International

PANELIST
Arkgo Chen, masters of architecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Conference Room 1E15

What will the hotel pipeline look like for 2017 and beyond? Where is the smart development money going? How will budgets reflect new guest demands and what does that mean for clients’ choice of design partners?  Find out what’s ahead from some of the industry’s leading investors.

MODERATOR
Jeff Higley, vice president, digital media & communications, HotelNewsNow.com/STR

PANELISTS
Dan Hansen, chairman, president and ceo, Summit Hotel Properties
David McCaslin, executive vice president, Hersha Hospitality Management
John Hamilton, senior vice president, business development and acquisitions, Pyramid Hotel Group
Nick Chini, managing principal, Bainbridge Private Equity Group
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Investments LLC

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Writing the perfect specification is key to on-time, on-budget, on-target design. This master class, presented in association with NEWH, gets granular with an in-depth how-to for writing a clear, supplier-ready spec.

MODERATOR
Pamela Parsons, principal, Studio Elements

PANELISTS
Christine Shanahan, managing director of design, HVS Design
Jennifer Ramsey, president, Ramsey & Assoc.
Karin Harrington, principal, Studio Partnership
Mark Oldfield, senior vice president, Brintons
Steve Ladd, senior vice president, Signature Carpet

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Sensory Overload, Display #639

Feast your senses and your mind on the inside story of how this multifaceted space came together.

MODERATOR
Matthew Hall, editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Michael Suomi, principal and vice president, design, Stonehill & Taylor
Nikoletta Stagias, interiors associate, Stonehill & Taylor
Sara Duffy, senior interiors associate, Stonehill & Taylor
Sherry Dennis, senior interiors associate, Stonehill & Taylor

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

In The Blue, Display #239

Hotels are now a part of the local fabric rather than a separate space meant for travelers.  Learn from industry experts how art opens a window to the true culture and life of a place, for locals and visitors alike.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

*Accredited Session =  0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E15

Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about design and operations for a hotel property where cannabis use is legalized. From air filtration system design to regulatory issues, there’s a bumper crop of takeaways for this new niche as well as every hotel where air quality and a fresh feel to interiors are priorities.

MODERATOR
Aileen Canta, president, A F Canta Inc

PANELISTS
Christine Samsel, partner , Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Kevin Gallagher, director of compliance and government affairs, Craft
Mark Perle, AtmosAir Solutions

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Head-turning upscale and luxury hotels aren’t just in gateways. Experts working at the top of the market delve into how secondary cities are rewriting the paradigms for 4- and 5-star design, and how customer preferences for customization and socialization are influencing what’s a must.

MODERATOR
Scott Rosenberg, president and principal, Jonathan Nehmer + Associates | HVS Design

PANELISTS
Barbara Best-Santos, associate principal/hospitality studio director, ForrestPerkins, a Perkins Eastman Company
Christian Schnyder, owner and principal, Beleco
James Lehoullier, president and chief executive officer, DiLeonardo
Molly Swyers, chief brand officer, 21c Museum Hotels

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

AALTITUDE, Display #1421

Learn how to dress a space for day-to-evening cool. Here’s the secret to a materials palette that works from dawn to midnight and beyond.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Matt Swope, designer, The Gettys Group
Meg Prendergast, principal, The Gettys Group
Scott Durst, senior project manager, The Gettys Group

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Advances in technology, new approaches to layouts and consumer demand for “have it their way” experiences are serving up new approaches to F&B venues. Order up some “specials” for forward-looking fine dining and fun grab/n/gos.

MODERATOR
Bill Tom, managing principal, Rosedale Advisors Inc

PANELISTS
David Massoni, owner/operator, Three Kings Restaurants Group
Duk Kim, principal and practice group leader of interior architecture, Streetsense
Jean-Luc Barone, vice president, food and beverage, White Lodging
Matthew Davis, founding partner, DesignAgency
Tim Dixon, owner, Fe Equus Development LLC

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E15

Get creative inspo and clever tips on innovative sourcing and installation from the thought leaders crafting a whole new generation of cruise ships.

MODERATOR
Tracey Sawyer, co-founder, Krause Sawyer

PANELISTS
Ellen Bettridge, chief executive officer, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection/ U By Uniworld
Gray Shealy, assistant vice president, architectural design and innovation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Monday, November 13


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Room 1E13/14

Ticket Required: $100 per person/ticket (advance registration required)

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A Boutique Design signature event, presented in partnership with NEWH, this session brings together women thought leaders in hospitality design, operations, investment and manufacturing for a lively, strategic discussion of the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers give designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their advantage. In addition, NEWH will award the $5,000 NEWH Women Leaders scholarship sponsored by HMG and the $3,000 NEWH Studio Series scholarship.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Allie Hope, head of acquistions & development, Virgin Hotels
Clodagh, principal and chief executive officer, Clodagh Design
Ellen Bettridge, chief executive officer, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection/ U By Uniworld
Floss Barber, principal and chief executive officer, Floss Barber Inc.

Kajsa Krause, co-founder, Krause Sawyer
Kate Ashton, senior vice president, brand operations , Wyndham, TRYP and Dolce, Wyndham Hotel Group
Patti Murray, chief financial officer, MGroup
Tracey Sawyer, co-founder, Krause Sawyer

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Room 1E15

Maintaining peak performance takes a team, whether it’s for an Olympic athlete or a hotel’s bottom line. Get the lowdown on collaboration with brands, managers and owners. Find out what budgets look like,where CapEX money goes, how form and function need to be balanced,  how external factors are impacting design choices and get and a look into the future of hotel design trends.

MODERATOR
Gary Isenberg, president, LWHA Asset and Property Management Services

PANELISTS
Justin Jabara, vice president, development, Meyer Jabara Hotels
Kip Vreeland, senior vice president, full service franchising, owner and franchise services, Marriott Intl.
Lisa Knight, president, design, ABI Design LLC
Vito Lotta, vice president - architecture & design, full service brands - Curio, Hilton, Tapestry, Doubletree, Global Design Services, USA/Canada, Hilton

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Urban Rhapsody, Display #1839

Be in the know about this city-slicking pop up.

MODERATOR
Oriana Lerner, Contributing Editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Jorden Adams, senior designer, Design Poole Inc.
Trisha Poole, president, Design Poole Inc.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Conference Room 1E13/14

Clients are raising the bar for experiential hotels. Get clued in on how today’s demanding consumers are changing where hotels are developed, what role design plays in creating their identity and how different your scope of work will look as clients weigh options from pop-ups and pods to multi-brand urban developments.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
David Bowd, chief executive officer, Salt Hotels
Philippe Morel, chairman and chief executive officer, Nextdoor SAS
Rob Blood, founder and chief executive officer, Lark Hotels
Vicki Poulos, senior director - global brand management, MOXY Hotels

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Newbuild hotels have a lot of moving parts, which means architects, designers, contractors and clients need to be on the same page from the outset. Learn the right questions to ask, the proper timing for getting everyone involved and how to keep all team members aligned through the ups and downs of delivering a new property.

MODERATOR
Andrea Belfanti, executive director, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC)

PANELISTS
John Fareed, managing director, Horwath HTL
Matthew Arrants, executive vice president, Pinnacle Advisory Group
Stephen Perkins, partner, HotelStudio

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

AALTITUDE, Display #1421

Survey says this will be a fun opportunity for hospitality industry leaders to test their market knowledge on the trending senior living sector.

MODERATORS
Jason Goldberg, director, business development, Benjamin West
Phoebe Stein, founder and director, Phoebe Stein Public Relations


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

In The Blue, Display #239

Listen in for the drill-down into crafting this escapist zone.

MODERATOR
Oriana Lerner, Contributing Editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Kavitha Iyer, senior manager design, Marriott International
Laurie Woliung, senior design director, design management, Marriott Distinctive Brands, globaldesignamericas, Marriott International

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Conference Room 1E16

Go behind the curtain to discover how tech becomes art in this hospitality design case study.

MODERATOR
Dave Labuskes, chief executive officer, AVIXA

PANELIST
Alexandre Simionescu, co-founder, Float4

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

In The Blue, Display #239

This lively discussion focuses on insights from leading hoteliers and investors about the state of the hospitality industry, trends and growth opportunities

MODERATORS
Carl Long, senior vice president, Purchasing Management International
Laura Klinkose, vice president, The Carroll Adams Group


1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E15

Legal advisors join designers in a detailed discussion on how avoid processes and products that could pose problems with copyright infringement.

MODERATOR
Michael Suomi, principal and vice president, design, Stonehill & Taylor

PANELISTS
Joe Eikelberner, chief operating officer, Benjamin West
Kyle-Beth Hilfer, esquire, of counsel, COLLEN Intellectual Property Law

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E16

Losing work and losing clients? Boost effectiveness and improve your firm’s win rate. Listen to this panel of clients who tell it like it is and don’t sugarcoat the truth. Learn what pet peeves they have when it comes to professional service marketing, what mistakes to avoid, and how to win more business.

MODERATOR
Howard Wolff, most senior person, Full-Height Advice, Inc.

PANELISTS
Christina Zimmer, senior vice president of design, Highgate
Dane Patunoff, director, development & construction, KHP Capital Partners
Sophia Chan, vice president of design, Crescent Heights
Ted Brumleve, senior director design, Wyndham Hotel Group

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sensory Overload, Display #639

Survey says this will be a fun opportunity for hospitality industry leaders to test their market knowledge.

MODERATORS
Jason Goldberg, director, business development, Benjamin West
Lora Spran, manager interior design, NBC Universal Creative Studio


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 LU AIA

Conference Room 1E15

Adaptive reuse for hospitality projects is a growing trend among owners, operators, and their design teams. From regulatory questions to boosting market appeal and the bottom line, hear key players discuss best practices and the issues architects and designers need to know about in order to help clients succeed.

MODERATOR
Nancy Ruddy, co-founder, CetraRuddy

PANELISTS
Frank Fortino, owner, Metropolis Group, Inc.
Lauren Rottet, founding principal and president, Rottet Studio
Mark Gordon, managing partner, Instrinsic Hotel Capital
Michael Overington, vice chairman and president, Ian Schrager Co.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Conference Room 1E16

What does the hospitality industry need to know to stay a step ahead of Airbnb and its clones? Get the inside scoop from the design, finance, management and operations executives behind New York’s hottest upcoming collaborative development, The Assemblage Houses.

MODERATOR
Matthew Hall, editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Brian Newman, senior vice president of business development, The Prodigy Network
Phil Tufano, partner and chief operating officer, Kokua Hospitality, LLC
Rebecca Hernandez, Meyer Davis
Rodrigo Nino, chief executive officer, The Assemblage

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Conference Room 1E13/14

Ticket Required: $75 per person/ticket (advance registration required)

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What will guests need in 2020? Here’s a GPS for success for your vision board and bottom line.

MODERATOR
Andrew Fay, president, The Gettys Group

PANELISTS
Dan Welborn, principal, The Gettys Group
Lorraine Francis, regional director of hospitality interiors, Gensler
Matoula Karagiannis, vice president, design, Sydell Group
Max Luthy, director of trends and insights, Trendwatching.com

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Conference Room 1E15

Enter the guest room of the future with this revolutionary blueprint for what’s possible and probable with the menu of tech tools at designers’ disposal. It’s not just about FF&E anymore. Brace yourself to become the creator of holistic experience.

MODERATOR
Matthew Hall, editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Alex Stankiewicz, sleep/circadian biology, AI, ClockCoach
Irina Zhdanova, chief executive officer, ClockCoach
Pilar Botana, design and visualization, Stantec
Suzanna Gombos, design and technology, Stantec

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Conference Room 1E16

Learn best practices for developing and designing senior living facilities from independent living to memory care. Tune into a lively and informative discussion on the advancements in design and technology driving retirement living toward a more “hospitable” environment.

MODERATOR
Phoebe Stein, founder and director, Phoebe Stein Public Relations

PANELISTS
Alicia Jones, principal , West End Interiors
Jason Goldberg, director, business development, Benjamin West
Meg Stevens, design manager, Chipman Design Architects
Rachel Rangelov, principal, Saddle Rock Consulting
Sarah Soler, director of design and project management, Senior Living Corporation (SLC)