Kate Burda Co.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Davies Consulting Group, LLC
Henry Davies is a veteran professional in the hotel industry, experienced in various aspects of strategic and operational hotel management both internationally and in the U.S. He provides the leadership expertise to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a hotel or group of hotels. In his present capacity as President of Davies Consulting Group, LLC, he advises investment funds on hotel acquisitions and provides strategic reviews of their existing portfolio’s operations.
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.
Deborah S. Fell
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kensington Consulting Group, Inc.
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.
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.
Jeffrey L. Holmes
Jeff Holmes Group LLC
Jeff Holmes is a recognized leader in the planning, implementation and operation of business. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of strategy, business operations, sales/sales management, business development, acquisition management as well as supply chain/logistics planning and operations across multiple industries and geographies.
Ed Hubennette is an international business leader with recognized skills in developing, motivating and coaching leaders for the future. As an executive coach and consultant, Ed draws upon his prior professional experience in management, customer service, business strategy, operations, product management marketing and development. Today, he coaches and leads workshops for some of the largest corporations, nonprofits and governmental organizations worldwide.
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.
Having graduated from Canterbury College of Art, Design and Architecture with a First Honours Degree in Graphic Design, Mark made his mark at several leading London design agencies before establishing his own design consultancy back in 1993. With a very hands on approach to managing and building the business, Mark still drives the creative direction of the business across all of the offices supported by the award winning teams in the regions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teri Merritt is founder and CEO of Merritt Marketing Solutions, LLC based in South Florida. As an experienced marketing executive, Teri’s extensive background enables her to provide strategic marketing & digital solutions to hotel owners and managers, both at a brand and / or independent hotel level. Her primary skills are both brand and hotel marketing & advertising (both on and off line), with the capability to ensure that the hotel asset or assets are properly positioned.
Fredrick L. Miller
Fredrick L. Miller LLC
Fred Miller formed his own consulting business after retiring from Marriott International, Inc where he held the positions of vice president, global sales and vice president, travel industry relations. Based at Marriott's headquarters in Washington D.C. Mr. Miller was responsible for establishing and maintaining the global sales offices and general sales agents in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific.
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.
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
Jon Moore & Associates
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.
PlayBook Consulting Group
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.
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.
James (Jim) 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.
J. Alan Orlob
Orlob Group, LLC
Newport Beach, CA
Alan Orlob is the Chief Executive for the Orlob Group, an advisory and consultancy group that consults with companies and governments on crisis management, travel security and how entities identified as "soft targets" can protect themselves. He has been a prolific public speaker in venues worldwide, both for private organizations and for government groups and has been interviewed by most major media organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
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.
Talent Link International LLC
Jim Pilarski is the Owner and Principal of Talent Link International LLC, a comprehensive HR and Leadership Development consultancy. A seasoned senior-level Human Resources executive and practitioner with more than 30 years of HR experience from the unit level to the senior corporate ranks, Jim has deep experience in the hospitality industry as an HR generalist with expertise both inside and outside North America.
Andrew J. Policano
University of California Irvine
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.
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.
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.
Strategic Solutions Partners
Bill Scanlon is President of Strategic Solution Partners, a consulting group he helped to found in 2007. A results-driven sales and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience generating organizational transformation and achieving measurable results with global hospitality brands, he now shares his expertise with private clients.
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.
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.
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.
With over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jim Stamas is an accomplished executive specializing in hotel development and management. Retired Senior Vice President of Omni Hotels and founding Dean of the School of Hospitality at Boston University, he is currently the founder and president of Stamas Partners. Jim Stamas began his hospitality career in the Boston corporate office of Sonesta International Hotels.
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.
CW & Associates
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