*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 AIA LU
**Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 AIA HSW LU

Wednesday, April 4

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get the drill down on the strategies that helped these powerhouse hospitality companies pioneer the transition from OTT theming to seamless storytelling. Learn best practices for building a materials palette and sourcing FF&E to craft hospitality environments that balance brand awareness with a welcome sense of escapism.

MODERATOR
Matthew Hall, editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Jeanne Starling, director of design development, MGM Resorts Design & Development
Lora Spran, manager interior design, NBC Universal Creative Studio
Pat McBride, chief executive officer, The McBride Companies
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DTLA is in the midst of the biggest building boom in recent memory, and hotels are a big driver in this growth engine.  This panel of design insiders offers a behind-the-scenes look at the regulatory and site-related challenges of working in a redeveloping city center, as well as the factors that make design concepts connect with the vibe of the City of Angels.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Amy Jakubowski, managing director & design director, Los Angeles, Wilson Associates
David Dunphy, principal, Studio HBA
David Krumins, founder, Davis Ink Ltd.
David Oswald, senior director of design, luxury & lifestyle brands, Hilton
John Sofio, founder, Built, Inc.
Juan Pablo Torre, owner, Tuck Hotel
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Hoteliers and designers both need to know where the economy is heading in order to make the right choices to make projects successful. Listen in as experts with the  Intl. Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) identify key indicators to help attendees understand where we are in the current cycle  and what’s next to make decisions now that will pay off in the future.

MODERATOR
Andrea Belfanti, executive director, ISHC

PANELISTS
Alan Benjamin, chief executive officer, Benjamin West
Rick Pastorino, principal, REVPAR Intl.
Roger Hill, chairman/chief executive officer, The Gettys Group
Suzanne Mellen, senior managing director - practice leader, HVS
11:15 AM - 12:15 AM

Get the inside scoop on how these hospitality powerhouses are rewriting the rules for the scope of design, and what skills you’ll need to bring to projects that don’t have the structure of a hard brand’s program. Drill down into what that means for projects and processes from the first client meeting to sourcing and installation.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Christian Schulz, partner, Studio Collective
David Kuperberg, chief development officer, Dream Hotel Group
Gina Deary, co-founder and principal, Simeone Deary Design Group
Stephen Brandman, chief executive officer, Journal Hotels
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Investments LLC
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

From micro-hotels to treehouses to trailers, guests are looking further afield than ever for a memorable stay, Find out from the mavericks themselves how to channel that inspiration into the concept, design and execution for your next project.

PANELISTS
Ash Pathi, founder, Indra & Co.
Elvina Beck, founder, PodShare
Sonia Greenlee, senior vice president | director of design and construction, AutoCamp
Will Beliharz, chief executive officer / founder, ArtisTree LLC
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

This lively discussion focuses on insights from leading hoteliers and investors about the state of the hospitality industry, trends and growth opportunities.

MODERATORS
David Shulman, principal, Project Dynamics, Inc.
Neil Locke, principal, Neil Locke & Associates

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether globe-spanning giants or powerful up-and-comers, hotel brands want designers who talk their language. Learn what the experts making the decision on awarding commissions want to know from designers aiming for their short lists–from a familiarity with brand standards, target markets and design briefs to an understanding of financial, operational and loyalty-building goals.

PANELISTS
Amy Hulbert, managing director, design, Best Western Intl.
Arash Azarbarzin, chief operating officer, Proper Hotels
Benoit Racle, global brand leader, senior director, Marriott Intl.
Larry Traxler, senior vice president--global design, Hilton
Tom Luersen, chief operating officer, Two Roads Hospitality
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Experiential dining is more than the sum of a perfect menu and a beautiful setting. Find out how the ingredients come together from the design, client and chef perspective to make a hotspot happen.

MODERATOR
Steve Rugo, owner, Rugo/Raff Architects

PANELISTS
Dave Beran, executive chef, Dialogue
Michael Simkin, co-owner, Dialogue
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Meet the visionaries behind the hotels that will come to define their era.  Listen in as these influencers–from dynamic legends with a start-up spirit to powerful new voices–share their strategies for creating wish-list properties, staying ahead of the guest demand curve and replacing conventional wisdom with revolutionary new ideas. Get ahead of the curve and hear about  what changes they’re working on and how they’ll continue to break new ground in a changing economic landscape.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Brian De Lowe, president and co-founder, Proper Hospitality
Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director, Pendry Hotels
Trevor Horwell, chief executive officer, Nobu Hospitality
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever been stumped by the ‘surprises’ an old building has in store? From structural issues to awkward layouts to bringing dated plumbing and HVAC up to standards, here’s the inside story on how to make eye-catching redos happen on time and on budget.

PANELISTS
Dane Patunoff, director of development & construction, KHP Capital Partners
Sandy Benitez, principal, DESIGNATELIER
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Here’s your roadmap for concepting A+ design that provides buzz and instant cachet at the property level while respecting operators’ guidelines. Listen in as designers, operators and owners offer the behind-the-scenes master class.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
B. Thomas Goodwin, president, Fillmore Hospitality LLC
James Haggerty, director, architecture + interior design - upscale brands, Choice Hotels International
Rob Polacek, chief creative officer + partner, Puccini Group
Sam Suleman, executive vice president, Equinox Hospitality

Thursday, April 5

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A Boutique Design signature event, presented in partnership with NEWH, this session brings together women thought leaders in hospitality design, operations, investment and manufacturing for a lively, strategic discussion of the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers give designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their advantage.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Anchalika Kijkanikorn, founder and managing director, Akaryn Hotels Group
Dana Kalczak, vice president, design, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Gulla Jónsdóttir, founder, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture + Design
Mari Balestrazzi, vice president, Americas design services, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Pamela Babey, co-founder, BAMO
Simone Meyer, chief executive officer & chief creative officer, FOH
Sue Firestone, principal, SFA Design
11:15 AM - 12:15 AM

Meet the titans who revolutionized the industry. From groundbreaking designs to seismic-shift operational concepts, these are the minds responsible for ideas that propelled hotels and restaurants into the creative stratosphere.

MODERATOR
Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Horst Schulze, chairman emeritus, Capella Hotel Group
Kay Lang, president + chief executive officer, Kay Lang + Associates
Michael Bedner, co-founder, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)
Wing Chao, former executive vice president, Walt Disney Imagineering
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn how and why designers should say no to providing their unfunded proprietary design services – which can be used elsewhere – at any time.  Developers, operators and owners are asking designers to submit uncompensated detailed design plans in a sort of ‘design competition’ against each other, that hands over licensed professional services and proprietary design deliverables – a practice that threatens, undermines, and marginalizes the legalities of IP. Find out what you need to do to protect your work and that of your firm.

MODERATOR
Todd-Avery Lenahan, founder and owner, TAL Studio

PANELISTS
David Davis, managing principal, Rottet Studio
Deborah Lloyd Forrest, president, ForrestPerkins and principal and director, Perkins Eastman
Timothy Corrigan, founder, Timothy Corrigan
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Getting hospitality commissions is a tough assignment. Here’s the GPS for navigating issues ranging from licensing to networking. Studio principals offer tips to shorten the learning curve and getting noticed in an increasingly competitive field.

MODERATOR
Matthew Hall, editor, Boutique Design

PANELISTS
Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, co-founder, MINAR
Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, co-founder, MINARC
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Take an indepth look at how lifestyle trends for the ultra-rich are impacting the look, layout and FF&E that are shaping today’s top-of-the-market hotels, restaurants and branded residences. Explore the design  implications for privacy, technology and have-it-my-way-customization.


*Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 AIA LU
**Accredited Session = 0.1 CEU IDCEC or 1 AIA HSW LU