Who’s Going and Why You Should, Too

By Mary Scoviak

Here’s why industry leaders and up-and-comers have our West Coast event on their calendars

There are lots of reasons to come to BDwest March 31 – April 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. First, it’s our debut in LA—and not just any place in the City of Angels, but DTLA, with all of its development and urban energy. We’re making the most of that by getting attendees beyond some very cool velvet ropes, from a night in the Conga Room during the Boutique 18 and Up-and-Coming Hoteliers celebration during the Opening Reception March 30 to a tour of The Broad museum.

Second, we’ve made the conference programming broader than ever. You can tap into discussions among thought leaders during any of the CEU-accredited panels and workshops or get up-close and personal with various sessions with the all the intimacy of TED Talks.

This is also the opportunity to shop till you drop. More than 300 exhibitors will showcase the newest wish-list FF&E for hospitality projects. And, if you need onsite inspiration, you can see how that all comes together in our four signature Design Spaces.

But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s the scoop from design community on why, yes indeed, BDwest is a priority.

Lindsay Broad, director of interior architecture, NICOLEHOLLIS, San Francisco
Her panel: Boutique 18 Update: Catching Up With BD’s Up-And-Coming Designers
Why she’s going: “BDwest offers concepts that no other event does—like the Boutique 18 (with its focus on young designers); its intimate and more regionally focused networking and social events, and a great location surrounded by inspiration.”

Renee Chiarelli, associate principal, tvsdesign, Atlanta
Her panel: Meet the Boutique 18
Why she’s going: “Just as I am seeking out smaller-scale, lifestyle hotels, I’m a fan of smaller-scale, intimate conferences. BDwest is one of those.”

Rachel McCaslin, interior designer, HOK
Her event: Best Product judge
Why she’s going: “It’s a relaxed and professional atmosphere with an amazing turnout from brands and owners and great panel discussions.”

Natalie Smith, vice president/hospitality interiors, HKS, Dallas/Fort Worth
Her panel: Imagine: A No-Boundaries Forecast
Why she’s going: “It’s a new experience. This will be my first time.”

Kathleen Dauber, partner, HBA, Santa Monica, California
Her panel: New in the West
Why she’s going: “BDwest is a great mix of fun and design along with its recognition of young up and coming designers. The focus is on the future with the Boutique 18 and the Hospitality Fashion Runway.”

Andrea Dawson Sheehan, ceo/art director, Dawson Design Associates, Seattle
Her panel: Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast and Panel Discussion
Why she’s going: “BDwest delivers panels with content I’m interested in hearing. It brings some of the top suppliers together on the West Coast, and there’s the showcase of the Boutique 18.”

Chad Sorensen, managing director, CHMWarnick, Chicago
His panel: Teachable Moments: What Owners Want
Why he’s going: “BDwest is a creative environment like no other. It has a good balance of size (not too big, not too small) and a high quality of attendees. In addition, it offers great add-on events.”

For more on what they plan to see and do, check out the March issue of Boutique Design. Then visit boutiquedesignwest.com and sign on for two full days of information, inspiration, networking and being part of the design tribe.