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United States

California

David M. Brudney

David Brudney & Associates
Carlsbad, CA
David M. Brudney, ISHC, principal and founder of David Brudney & Associates, a hospitality marketing consulting firm based in Carlsbad, CA, provides customized, professional sales and marketing services including hands on, independent sales and marketing operational assessments, sales training, mentoring, and speaking for hotels, resorts, conference centers, and destination marketing organization worldwide.

Michela (Dimond) Fuller

Laguna Hills, CA
Michela (Dimond) Fuller has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry; including 14 years in event and trade show management. She has developed a thorough understanding of hotel sales and marketing and strategic planning derived by her unique experience as both an event manager and hotel sales professional. Due to a wide range of background experience, Dimond has a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry.

Ed Fuller

Laguna Hills, CA
A hospitality industry leader, educator and best-selling author, Ed Fuller is President of Irvine, California-based Laguna Strategic Advisors. Culminating with his service as Marriott International’s President & Managing Director of International Lodging for nearly 22 years, Mr. Fuller’s distinguished, performance-driven corporate career spanned four decades.

Michelle McCue

McCue Marketing Communications
Los Angeles, CA
Michelle is the founder of McCue Marking Communications, LLC in 2009. Her company focuses on the intersections between the destination, wine and food industries and offers a blend of traditional and cutting-edge communications services to clients in these sectors. A strategic marketing communications professional, Michelle has more than a decade of experience promoting places and products.

Anton Najjar

El Dorado Hills, CA and Dubai, UAE
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.

Sue Padernacht

Ncline Leadership Strategies, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
Sue has over 30 years of coaching, consulting, facilitating and university teaching experience. Currently, she is the Vice President of Talent and Organization Development for tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing). The focus of her role is to be Chief Learning Officer and organization development leader and advisor to the business in alignment with the company’s vision and strategic goals.

Andrew J. Policano

University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA
Andrew J. Policano is the Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professor and Academic Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. During his tenure, the School received over $60 million in pledges, hired over 20 faculty members, created five new degree programs, established 11 new chairs/professorships and broke ground on a new business school building.

Edward "Ned" Snavely

Corona Del Mar, CA
As an accomplished professional in the hospitality industry, Ned Snavely specializes in various aspects of general management, strategic planning, and development. With a comprehensive background in sales & marketing, he offers a depth of understanding and knowledge to a multitude of problem-solving situations. Ned utilizes his business expertise and experience in every aspect of his life, including philanthropy and humanitarian assistance globally and within his community.

Brad Snyder

Seaside Management LLC
Huntington Beach, CA
Brad Snyder is the Owner and Principal of Seaside Management LLC, a comprehensive hospitality consulting company founded in 2005. Brad has 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a depth of knowledge and an ongoing record of excellence in his field. He is a recognized leader in all aspects of hotel, resort and vacation ownership management with experience in generating sales, profits, guest satisfaction and personnel development.

Edwin F. "Chip" Stuckmeyer

Stuckmeyer and Associates, LLC
Dana Point, CA
An accomplished leader in the hospitality industry, Edwin F. ‘Chip’ Stuckmeyer has over 30 years of global experience specializing in the development of international sales and marketing strategies. In 2009, Chip formed Stuckmeyer and Associates an international hospitality consultation firm, specializing in all aspects of sales and marketing, leadership and training solutions.
Connecticut

J. Weili Cheng

New Haven, CT and Washington, DC
Weili Cheng has over 30 years of combined experience in hospitality and law. She has developed extensive knowledge in hospitality law, operations and strategic planning, due to her wide-ranging background. She is currently the incoming Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni and in that role, is responsible for overseeing the direction of alumni organizations and programs as well as providing a channel for communication between Yale University and its alumni.
Delaware

Barbara Powell

Lewes, DE
Barbara Powell launched her consulting business in 2014 following a career of more than 15 years working in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through Barbara Powell Consulting, she helps small independent businesses, social enterprises, charitable foundations, not-for-profit organizations and global corporations achieve greater impact and measurable outcomes from social or environmental programs and partnerships.
District of Columbia

Paul Cerula

Washington, D.C.
Paul Cerula is a sales and marketing business leader, widely recognized for developing and implementing visionary strategic plans while cultivating cross-discipline, top-performing teams that span the globe. As a senior level executive, he serves as a catalyst for positive change and growth. He offers a rare breadth and depth of experience, embodying all of the essential executive and entrepreneurial traits that generate widespread success.

J. Weili Cheng

New Haven, CT and Washington, DC
Weili Cheng has over 30 years of combined experience in hospitality and law. She has developed extensive knowledge in hospitality law, operations and strategic planning, due to her wide-ranging background. She is currently the incoming Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni and in that role, is responsible for overseeing the direction of alumni organizations and programs as well as providing a channel for communication between Yale University and its alumni.

Deborah S. Fell

Chief Outsiders
Washington, DC
Deborah Fell is a CMO at Chief Outsiders, a national management consulting firm that provides part-time marketing executives to growth firms and mid-sized businesses for a fraction of the price of hiring a full-time CMO. Deborah has over 30 years of experience in marketing spanning multiple industries, ranging from growth and mid-sized businesses to large global entities.
Florida

Chuck Kelley

Cayuga Hospitality Consultants & G7 Hospitality Group
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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.

Jeff Loether

Electro-Media Design, Ltd.
Orlando, FL and Gaithersburg, MD
Jeff Loether is a leader in both the hospitality and event technology industries, and provides world-class ArchiTechnology consulting for entertainment and event spaces. His 40+ years of experience and reputation makes him the prime resource for architects, hotel developers, and management companies looking to optimize their event and entertainment venues through practical design and profitable operations.
Georgia

Carl Wilson

CW & Associates
Atlanta, GA
Carl Wilson is a turnaround CIO and business leader with a career that spans more than four decades and multiple industry segments. Carl launched his career as a computer operator and is now recognized as a world-class CIO who led technology for national and global companies. Currently, Carl develops emerging talent as a CIO coach and mentor, in addition to actively serving on several corporate and advisory boards
Hawaii

Pat Monick

4Front Branding
Honolulu, HI
Pat has over 25 years of branding experience for both local and international brands. She is co-owner and Partner of 4Front Branding, and uses her vast business experience grounded in the ability to understand consumer needs to guide her clients to success. She is known for her attentive client service, strategic thinking and broad view of business

Leslie Mullens

PlayBook Consulting Group
Kula, HI
PlayBook Consulting Group is a Hawaii-based management consulting firm that transforms organizations, improving performance and increasing the capacity for meaningful impact across Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington. We are known for our specialized expertise in strategic planning, tactical implementation, executive coaching, and team development.
Maryland

Rick Goldstein

Kensington Consulting Group, Inc.
Annapolis, MD
Rick Goldstein is the founder and President of Kensington Consulting Group, Inc. Since 1993, this organization has provided consulting support to a diverse mix of industry leading companies including IBM, Nextel, GE, Ciena, Diageo, Pulte, Marriott and T Rowe Price, as well as, associations and non-profits including U.S. Travel, Orlando CVB, American Gas Association, American Society of Anesthesiology,and Home Appliance Manufacturers.

Jeff Loether

Electro-Media Design, Ltd.
Orlando, FL and Gaithersburg, MD
Jeff Loether is a leader in both the hospitality and event technology industries, and provides world-class ArchiTechnology consulting for entertainment and event spaces. His 40+ years of experience and reputation makes him the prime resource for architects, hotel developers, and management companies looking to optimize their event and entertainment venues through practical design and profitable operations.
Massachusetts

Jon Moore

Jon Moore & Associates
Boston, MA
Jon Moore is an experienced executive with leadership skills in the Sales, Digital Marketing and Operations areas within the hospitality industry. As a results-focused leader, coach and confidante, Moore has taken his accomplished executive background and applied it to his new role as President of Jon Moore & Associates, a hospitality sales, branding & digital marketing consulting start up.
New Hampshire

Sandy Leandro

Sandy Leandro, LLC
West Ossipee, NH
Sandy Leandro is an exceptionally strong leader and visionary with 39 years of experience in the room and operation areas of the hospitality industry, hotels and resorts, 34 years with Marriott International/Marriott Vacation Club and 5 years with Sheraton Hotels. She has a wide-range of experience having worked at multiple hotel and resort brands as General Manager, Regional Director, and Vice President.
New Jersey

Kevin Kearny

KEVINNS LLC
Alton, NJ
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.
New York

James (Jim) O'Hern

O'Hern
New York, NY
Jim has over 25 years of experience in corporate leadership, coaching and consulting. His executive coaching, recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF), focuses on building top performance results through assessment and self-awareness, encouragement, challenge and support to leaders, assisting them in developing the knowledge, beliefs and behaviors required to accomplish their full leadership capability.
Texas

Kate Burda

Kate Burda Co.
Dallas, TX
Kate Burda’s work has been both inside the hospitality world within IHG, Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott, as well as within other Fortune 500 companies, such as Medtronic and Abbott and Real Estate Investment firms. Her focus is how to accelerate revenue through Science & Strategy, Process & Customer Engagement, Art & Talent Optimization and Revenue Operations.
Virginia

Pamela Jones

Alexandria, VA
Pam is a recognized global leadership development and organizational effectiveness executive with extensive experience within Fortune 500, non-profit, healthcare and academic environments. Having served in several Vice President roles at Marriott International and the American Red Cross, she brings experience in defining and driving human resources strategies from conceptualization to implementation linking while leveraging her 5 years in brand management.

International

Canada

Gordon Carncross

G7 Hospitality Group
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Throughout Gordon Carncross’s career, he has built a reputation for success in managerial roles at major international hospitality organizations. With a comprehensive background in sales and marketing at the local, regional and national levels, he offers exceptional depth of understanding to diverse challenges in multiple hospitality industry scenarios.

Stephen Darling

G7 Hospitality Group
Vancouver, BC, Canada
After 40 consecutive years working in the hospitality industry in three countries, most recently as Regional Vice President for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in North America, Stephen now leads his own hospitality consulting practice, and he currently serves on two boards. Darling entered the hospitality industry as a bellman in Quebec City, from where he became motivated to obtain a Hospitality Management Diploma at Concordia University.

Buck Laird

The Laird Co. LLC
Quadra Island, BC, Canada
Buck Laird is the former Managing Director of Anthology Marketing Group based in Honolulu, Hawaii and co-founded its advertising unit, Laird Christianson Advertising in 1989. Anthology is now the largest marketing communications firm in Hawaii. In 2008 he formed his consulting practice, The Laird Co. LLC. Laird’s business career can be traced to his first experience in self-employment at age 15.

Larry Mogelonsky

P. Eng., Hotel Mogel Consulting Limited
Toronto, ON, Canada
With a marketing career that spans over thirty years, Larry Mogelonsky has accumulated a wealth of experiences: from shampoo and toothpaste; salty snacks to disposable diapers; and luxury resorts to real estate. An accomplished business-owner, writer, and speaker, Larry is a successful hospitality operations and marketing specialist.
Costa Rica

Stephanie Roncallo Carrillo

Hotel Selection Experts
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Stephanie is a results-driven hospitality professional with 15 years of experience in sales, operations and event organization for multinational hotel brands. She strives to make an impact through exceptional customer service and communication skills. Driven by her passion for the hospitality industry, tourism and most importantly, customer satisfaction, she founded Hotel Selection Experts (HSE), a hospitality company based in Costa Rica.
Hong Kong

Geoff Garside

Hong Kong & Singapore
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.
Singapore

Geoff Garside

Hong Kong & Singapore
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.
United Arab Emirates

Anton Najjar

El Dorado Hills, CA and Dubai, UAE
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.
United Kingdom

Paul A. Downing

Global Hotel & Hospitality Consultant
London, UK
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.