Thought Leaders 

Thought Leaders 

Stewart Applbaum, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Infor 

Bruce Baltin, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / Valuation & Advisory Services 

Robert Barnard, Partner, BDO LLP  

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Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director at International Society of Hospitality Consultants

Caroline Beteta, President and CEO, Visit California

Raymond N Bickson, Principal & CEO, The Bickson Hospitality Group 

Mike Blake, CEO, HTNG

Laura Calin, VP of Strategy and Solutions Management, Oracle Hospitality

Frank Comito, President & CEO, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Authority

Colleen (Donovan) Coulter, Head of Industry for Travel, Facebook  

Chad Crandell, Managing Partner and President, CHMWarnick  

Bob DeVries, Global Leader Hospitality & Leisure Practice, Spencer Stuart 

Ron De Wit, Managing Director, AHS Advisory

Roger Dow, President & CEO, US Travel Association  

Ann M. Fastiggi, Consultant, Spencer Stuart 

Ed Fuller, President, Laguna Strategic Advisors 

Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDA

Robert Gilbert, President & CEO, HSMAI

Susan Grynol, CEO, Hotel Association of Canada

Gloria Guevara Manzo, CEO & President WTTC (The World Travel & Tourism Council) 

Brenna Halliday, Vice President, Strategic Insight at Host Hotels & Resorts

Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association  

Robert Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific     

Zane Kerby, President & CEO at ASTA - American Society of Travel Advisors

Mike Kistner, CDO, AC Project 

Akshay Kulkarni, VP APAC, Digivalet 

Greg Land, Executive Director & Global Industry Leader - Aviation, Hospitality & Travel Related Services, IBM 

Daniel Larkin, Esq., Partner at Fisher Broyles LLP  

Ronald M. Lustig, AIA, ISHC, Principal/Design Architect, ESa 

Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President Global Partner Group, Expedia, Inc. 

Kevin Mallory, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / CBRE | Capital Markets 

Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director & COO, Global Business Travel Association 

Stefan Merkenhof, Managing Consultant, GBR Consulting

Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality

Jerry Noonan, Global Leader Consumer Practice, Spencer Stuart 

Shane O’Flaherty, Global Director of Travel, Transportation & Hospitality, Microsoft

Thomas Page, Partner, Global Head of Hotels & Leisure Group, CMS

Jess Petitt, Vice President, Global Business Analytics, Hilton Worldwide 

Alam Pirani, Executive Managing Director, Colliers International Hotels  

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO

Diana Robino, Global Enterprise Partnerships SVP, Mastercard 

Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AH&LA  

Dr. José Roquette, Director of Development, Pestana Hotels & Resorts 

Julie Shainock, Global Managing Director - Travel and Transportation Industry, Microsoft

Filippo Sona, Entrepreneur/Investor, Wood Couture 

Mark Sparrow, Executive Vice President, JLL Canada's Hotels and Hospitality Group 

Cecil Staton, President & CEO, AAHOA

Dawn Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Restaurant Association 

Rob Torres, Managing Director for Travel, Google, Inc. 

Suzy Treece, Head of Global Hospitality, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Paul Van Deventer, CEO, Meeting Professionals International 

Neil Walters, CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization

Don Welsh, President & CEO, Destinations International

Harry Wheeler, AIA, Principal, Group One Partners, Inc

Kevin White, Vice President/Business Leader, Global Strategy and Business Development, Travel & Entertainment Industries, Mastercard | MK Merchant Development  

Rema Wiese, CEO, FEDHASA

Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, CEO, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

Jing Zhu, Founder & Chairperson, China Hospitality and Travellers Innovation Alliance

Ghassan Aidi, President & CEO, IH&RA

Stewart Applbaum, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Infor 

Bruce Baltin, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / Valuation & Advisory Services 

Robert Barnard, Partner, BDO LLP  

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director at International Society of Hospitality Consultants

Caroline Beteta, President and CEO, Visit California

Raymond N Bickson, Principal & CEO, The Bickson Hospitality Group 

Mike Blake, CEO, HTNG

Laura Calin, VP of Strategy and Solutions Management, Oracle Hospitality

Frank Comito, President & CEO, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Authority

Colleen (Donovan) Coulter, Head of Industry for Travel, Facebook  

Chad Crandell, Managing Partner and President, CHMWarnick  

Bob DeVries, Global Leader Hospitality & Leisure Practice, Spencer Stuart 

Ron De Wit, Managing Director, AHS Advisory

Roger Dow, President & CEO, US Travel Association  

Ann M. Fastiggi, Consultant, Spencer Stuart 

Ed Fuller, President, Laguna Strategic Advisors 

Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDA

Robert Gilbert, President & CEO, HSMAI

Susan Grynol, CEO, Hotel Association of Canada

Gloria Guevara Manzo, CEO & President WTTC (The World Travel & Tourism Council) 

Brenna Halliday, Vice President, Strategic Insight at Host Hotels & Resorts

Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association  

Robert Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific     

Zane Kerby, President & CEO at ASTA - American Society of Travel Advisors

Mike Kistner, CDO, AC Project 

Akshay Kulkarni, VP APAC, Digivalet 

Greg Land, Executive Director & Global Industry Leader - Aviation, Hospitality & Travel Related Services, IBM 

Daniel Larkin, Esq., Partner at Fisher Broyles LLP  

Ronald M. Lustig, AIA, ISHC, Principal/Design Architect, ESa 

Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President Global Partner Group, Expedia, Inc. 

Kevin Mallory, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / CBRE | Capital Markets 

Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director & COO, Global Business Travel Association 

Stefan Merkenhof, Managing Consultant, GBR Consulting

Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality

Jerry Noonan, Global Leader Consumer Practice, Spencer Stuart 

Shane O’Flaherty, Global Director of Travel, Transportation & Hospitality, Microsoft

Thomas Page, Partner, Global Head of Hotels & Leisure Group, CMS

Jess Petitt, Vice President, Global Business Analytics, Hilton Worldwide 

Alam Pirani, Executive Managing Director, Colliers International Hotels  

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO

Diana Robino, Global Enterprise Partnerships SVP, Mastercard 

Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AH&LA  

Dr. José Roquette, Director of Development, Pestana Hotels & Resorts 

Julie Shainock, Global Managing Director - Travel and Transportation Industry, Microsoft

Filippo Sona, Entrepreneur/Investor, Wood Couture 

Mark Sparrow, Executive Vice President, JLL Canada's Hotels and Hospitality Group 

Cecil Staton, President & CEO, AAHOA

Dawn Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Restaurant Association 

Rob Torres, Managing Director for Travel, Google, Inc. 

Suzy Treece, Head of Global Hospitality, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Paul Van Deventer, CEO, Meeting Professionals International 

Neil Walters, CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization

Don Welsh, President & CEO, Destinations International

Harry Wheeler, AIA, Principal, Group One Partners, Inc

Kevin White, Vice President/Business Leader, Global Strategy and Business Development, Travel & Entertainment Industries, Mastercard | MK Merchant Development  

Rema Wiese, CEO, FEDHASA

Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, CEO, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

Jing Zhu, Founder & Chairperson, China Hospitality and Travellers Innovation Alliance

Stewart Applbaum, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Infor

Bruce Baltin, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / Valuation & Advisory Services

Robert Barnard, Partner, BDO LLP

Raymond N Bickson, Principal & CEO, The Bickson Hospitality Group

Laura Calin, VP of Strategy and Solutions Management, Oracle Hospitality

Colleen (Donovan) Coulter, Head of Industry for Travel, Facebook

Chad Crandell, Managing Partner and President, CHMWarnick

Bob DeVries, Global Leader Hospitality & Leisure Practice, Spencer Stuart

Ron De Wit, Managing Director, AHS Advisory

Ann M. Fastiggi, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

Ed Fuller, President, Laguna Strategic Advisors

Brenna Halliday, Vice President, Strategic Insight at Host Hotels & Resorts

Robert Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific

Akshay Kulkarni, VP APAC, Digivalet

Greg Land, Executive Director & Global Industry Leader - Aviation, Hospitality & Travel Related Services, IBM

Daniel Larkin, Esq., Partner at Fisher Broyles LLP

Ronald M. Lustig, AIA, ISHC, Principal/Design Architect, ESa

Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President Global Partner Group, Expedia, Inc.

Kevin Mallory, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels / CBRE | Capital Markets

Stefan Merkenhof, Managing Consultant, GBR Consulting

Jerry Noonan, Global Leader Consumer Practice, Spencer Stuart

Shane O’Flaherty, Global Director of Travel, Transportation & Hospitality, Microsoft

Thomas Page, Partner, Global Head of Hotels & Leisure Group, CMS

Jess Petitt, Vice President, Global Business Analytics, Hilton Worldwide

Alam Pirani, Executive Managing Director, Colliers International Hotels

Diana Robino, Global Enterprise Partnerships SVP, Mastercard

Dr. José Roquette, Director of Development, Pestana Hotels & Resorts

Julie Shainock, Global Managing Director - Travel and Transportation Industry, Microsoft

Filippo Sona, Entrepreneur/Investor, Wood Couture

Mark Sparrow, Executive Vice President, JLL Canada's Hotels and Hospitality Group

Rob Torres, Managing Director for Travel, Google, Inc.

Suzy Treece, Head of Global Hospitality, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Harry Wheeler, AIA, Principal, Group One Partners, Inc

Kevin White, Vice President/Business Leader, Global Strategy and Business Development, Travel & Entertainment Industries, Mastercard | MK Merchant Development