Paul A. Downing
Global Hotel & Hospitality Consultant
Paul A. Downing is an accomplished hotelier with extensive global experience in the hospitality industry. He has held numerous senior-level leadership positions and managed multiple international properties in his 30-year tenure with Marriott International. Specializing in hotel operations and development has taken him to the UK, Ireland, Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as the USA.
An accomplished global executive, Geoff Garside has over 45 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has an extensive and culturally diverse professional background specializing in resort development and management with strengths in resort operations, team development and leadership, as well as, sales and marketing. Having worked for Marriott International for 33 years, Geoff recently retired as the Executive Vice President Asia Pacific.
Worldwide Hotel Development Ltd.
An accomplished global professional, Jean-Marc has over 42 years of experience in the hospitality industry. After successfully leading teams since 1981, he has accumulated a comprehensive understanding for hospitality operations and development on an international level. In his current role at Worldwide Hotel Development Ltd., he serves as consultant for Marriott Middle East and Africa reporting to the Marriott Head Office of Dubai.
Kevin Kearney is a private consultant to the lodging industry. His practice focuses on developers, investors, and lodging companies requiring expertise in all areas of hotel development, acquisition, and finance. In addition to his work for MIG Real Estate, Mr. Kearney currently consults for the Louvre Hotel Group in Paris, and teaches courses in hospitality real estate finance at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, in Switzerland.
Cayuga Hospitality Consultants & G7 Hospitality Group
Chuck Kelley is an innovative and highly accomplished hospitality industry executive with proven profit and loss responsibility, and possesses both domestic and international experience. He is an integral leader with a customer service focus and the skills to bring value to all stakeholders. Chuck retired as the Executive Vice President for Marriott’s Caribbean and Latin America Region in 2010.
Anton Najjar is a Hospitality Industry executive with international experience in hotel operations and development. He provides independent advice to hotel owners and operators on how to best leverage their partnerships in existing hotel operations and for the development of new properties with special emphasis on the Middle East and Africa Region. His career in the hotel industry spans over 44 years with two global organizations, Intercontinental Hotels and Marriott International.
New Perspectives LLC
Capping a stellar career in the hospitality industry, Perry Sorenson retired as COO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. He started New Perspectives, an executive leadership training and strategic development program for hospitality-related companies. His presentations are much sought after by university business and travel industry management schools, and corporations. Perry’s expertise includes hotel and resort strategic planning, positioning, operations, and profitability.