ILES 2017 Agenda

May 15 - 17, 2017



Day 1: Monday, May 15

9am – 5pm Registration Open Muse Foyer
9am – 3pm Exhibitor Set-Up Event Lounge
3pm – 3.15pm Conference Welcome Muse A
4pm – 7pm F&B Stations
Exhibits Open
Muse E
Muse E
6pm Excellence in Hospitality Awards

Monday, May 15

3.15 – 4.00

Managing To Increase Asset Value – MUSE B

Moderator: Dennis Nessler, Hotel Interactive


Mary Beth Cutshall, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Business Development, Hospitality Ventures Management Group; Jayson Seidman, Founder Sandstone Hospitality Developments; Harper Stephens, Business Development at Charlestowne Hotels; Chris Green, Chief Operating Officer, Chesapeake Hospitality; Justin Jabara, Vice President of Development, Meyer Jabara Hotels.

Finding the right operator is critical to the success of any property and ultimately a means of differentiation in a crowded marketplace. Executives from leading management companies will share best practices and measures that can be taken to help enhance the long-term value of a particular property.

Taking A Hard Look At Soft Brands: – MUSE C

Moderator: Elliott Mest, Hotel Management


Jenna Hacket, Director of Full Service Business Development, Curio Hotels by Hilton; Shane Platt, Managing Director of Development, SureStay Hotel Group / Best Western; Michael Fuerstman, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Pedry Hotels / Montage Hotels & Resorts; Keith Biumi Vice President Development, Ascend Hotel Collection; Steve Belmonte, CEO Vimana Franchise Systems; Roger Bloss, EVP & President of Global Development, Red Lion Hotels Corporation.

The soft brand revolution continues to gain momentum throughout the lodging industry as many owners look to maintain their property’s independence while gaining access to a major brand’s powerful distribution system. This session will examine the benefits and potential pitfalls of soft brands and the various factors, including everything from costs to consumer preferences, which could influence such a decision for an owner.

Technology Innovations in Hospitality and Gaming – MUSE D

Moderator: Saverio R. Scheri, President and CEO of Whitesand Gaming


Chris Abrahamson, VP of Marketing Grand Sierra Resorts and Casino; Mike Musicaro, GM/VP IT, Orleans Hotel & Casino; Jeff Pepple, COO Fire Mountain Casino.

Mobile technology, social media, proximity marketing and cloud-based computing are revolutionizing the way hotels and casinos operate and deliver experiences to their customers. Casinos are struggling to keep up with the innovations: which technology will provide a competitive advantage? can we justify the cost? and how do we integrate it to legacy systems? These are just some of the issues technology and operational leaders are facing today. In this session, we’ll explore a number of trends and discuss technologies into our day-to-day operations.

Day 2: Tuesday, May 16

8am – 4pm Registration Open Muse Foyer
9.30am – 10.30am Continental Breakfast Muse A
10am – Noon Idea Exchange Roundtable: 30 minute roundtables
Marketing, Revenue Management,
Technology, Operations
Muse A
12pm – 3pm F&B Stations
Exhibits Open
Muse E
Muse E
4pm – 6pm F&B Stations
Exhibits Open
Muse E
Muse E
6pm Excellence in Hospitality Awards


3:15 – 4:00

Technology To Boost Your Bottom Line: – MUSE B

Moderator: Robert Rippee, UNLV Director, Hospitality Lab & eSports Lab, International Gaming InstituteUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas


Eric Gravelle, VP Revenue Management, Diamond Resorts; Pamela Barnhill, President, InnSuites Hospitality Trust; Mark Molinari, Corporate Vice President Revenue Management and Innovation, Las Vegas Sands; John Celona, Corporate Vice President, Marketing Systems, Caesar’s Entertainment Company; Allison Morris,Owner/Hospitality Technology Consultant, ForEm Consultants LLC; Sean Skellie, Partner, IDM Hospitality.

Cutting-edge technology continues to evolve and offer hoteliers an opportunity to increase efficiency, guest satisfaction and profitability. This session will analyze the technologies that are most critical to hoteliers today, such as revenue management and mobile solutions, and some of the ways they can gain a competitive advantage.

Independence Day For Women Execs – MUSE C

Moderator: Dr. Toni Repetti, Assistant Professor at UNLV


Jody Harwood,Vice President and Managing Director, Grace Hospitality; Tina Patel, Managing Director, ALKO Hospitality; Bobbie Singh-Allen, Executive Director, Independent Lodging Industry Assn.; Radhika Papandreou, Senior Director, Restaurant & Leisure Practice Leader – Chicago, Ferguson Partners Ltd.

An increasing number of women executives are making their mark within the independent hotel sector. A handful of leading women professionals will take a look at some of the ways in which they are impacting the industry, as well as what the prospects are for the next generation of women hoteliers.

Financing Forum: The Increasing Appeal Of Independents – MUSE D

Moderator: Jonathan Falik, CEO, JF Capital Advisors


Richard Bosworth Managing Partner, Bosworth Hospitality Partners, LLC; Guy Maisnik, Partner & Vice Chairman, JMBM Global Hospitality Group® Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP; Evan Weiss, co founder and EVP, LW Hospitality Advisors; Gary Carter, CEO, Resort Owners Group.

Independent hotels are thriving in today’s economic environment driven in large part by the power of the Internet as well as the soft brand revolution. Hear why independent properties continue to perform well and offer investors the promise of solid returns making financing far easier to secure than in past years.

Day 3: Wednesday, May 17

9.30am – 10.30am Continental Breakfast Muse A
10am – Noon Idea Exchange Roundtable: 30 minute roundtables
Soft Brand, Sales, Technology, Independent
Muse A
Noon ILES Summit adjourns

Lodging available at the Hard Rock for a ILES 2017 group rate of $105 per night, including event shoulder nights (two days before and two days after).

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The Independent Lodging Executive Summit is perfect for independent hotel owners, executives, managers, operators, and developers.

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Previous Events:

Managing to Increase Asset Value panelists Harper Stevens, Business Development at Charlestown Hotels and Mary Beth Cutshall, Sr. Vice President of Acquisition and Business Development at Hospitality Ventures Management Group share their experience and knowledge at ILES 2017, Las Vegas.

Attendees Dave and Amber Christensen, owners and operators of The Red Sands Hotel, Torrey, UT, meet with ILES 2017 exhibitors.

Lunch at The Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas ILES 2017

Technology to Boost Your Bottom Line panelists Pamela Barnhill, President & COO of IBC Hospitality Technologies, Eric Gravelle, VP of Revenue Management at Diamond Resorts, Mark Molinari, Corporate Vice President Revenue Management and Innovation, Las Vegas Sands, and John Celona, Corporate Vice President at Marketing Systems share expert tips at ILES 2017, Las Vegas.