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HD Expo + Conference Virtual Preview

All sessions now available on-demand

Wait, what? We said the same thing when the pandemic forced moving HD Expo + Conference dates to August. But we found a silver lining. Since we looked forward to May 4th and 5th, we figured you did too—and we seized the days to connect via HD Preview Virtual.

You’ll hear economic forecasts and the latest Las Vegas concepts; lightning rounds on new projects and live Q+A with purchasers; brand updates and wellness deep-dives. Get a jumpstart on conversations to be continued at HD this August.

Two days. 10 sessions. Broadcast live. Streaming on demand.

And the best part? All free.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

10:00 a.m. ET

HD Conversations: David Rockwell on Drama

David Rockwell, Founder + President, Rockwell Group
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

Join David Rockwell in his very first U.S. conversation about his new book, Drama (Phaidon), a rigorous exploration of Rockwell Group’s visionary audience-centric system of ideas and methods in action, found in examples from architecture and theatrical design—both inside and outside the firm. Hospitality Design Editor in Chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen dives in for a sneak peek of the book and the firm’s latest work.

Session sponsored by:

11:00 a.m. ET

HD Insight: Where Are We Now?

Mari Balestrazzi, Director, Environments Design, Airbnb
Adi Bhoopathy, Principal + Executive Vice President, Noble Investment Group
Avi Brosh, Founder, Leader + Creative Force, Palisociety
John Leary, Principal—Design + Construction, IHG Hotels & Resorts
Patrick Mayock, Vice President, Research + Development, STR
Aaron Noveshen, Founder + CEO, The Culinary Edge
Bram Van Der Hoek, CEO, Sircle Collection
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

HD asks industry thought-leaders for their take on industry performance, direction, and, most importantly, an outlook on opening up. HD’s relevancy check? Expert data, audience Q+A, and real-time poll responses.

1:00 p.m. ET

Lightning Round: New Project Update

Jersey Banks, Partner, Urban Cowboy + The Dive Motel
Jon Cicconi, Associate Director, SOM
Kent Lindvall, Founder + Owner, Treehotel
Jacu Strauss, Creative Director, Lore Group
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

Despite the pandemic, our industry has seen incredible creativity on recent projects as HD tracks amazing openings and developments—what’s new and noteworthy globally. With the dedicated design minds behind the projects, explore design stories, highlights, and lessons learned in F+B, lodging, hybrid, and beyond.

3:00 p.m. ET

Ask the Purchasers

Helen W. Jorgensen, LEED AP, Vice President, Design + Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts
Joan Cardy, Founder, The Cardy Group
Shawn Fowler, Managing Director, Canoe Hospitality
Yvonne Nicholson, Project Purchasing Manager, Marriott International
Steven A. “Gus” Sarff III, CEO, GS Associates, Inc.
Vanessa Waldner, Co-founder/President, The Ness Group

For 60 minutes, audience questions—that is, industry Q+A—create the backbone of this session. Purchasing experts share answers, intel, and info on what’s happening in hospitality procurement. We asked Helen W. Jorgensen, Vice President, Design and Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts, to take the reins as moderator.

4:30 p.m. ET

HD Onsite with Daniel Boulud and Stephanie Goto

Daniel Boulud, Restaurateur, and Founder, The Dinex Group, LLC
Stephanie Goto, Architect and Designer, STEPHANIEGOTO
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

Hospitality Design magazine Editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen catches up with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and renowned architect and designer Stephanie Goto for an inspiring walkthrough and conversation at Boulud Sur Mer, the new, the innovative outdoor counterpart and more approachable iteration of New York staple Daniel. Join us as we inaugurate HD Onsite. It’s a visit worth taking!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sponsored by:

9:30 a.m. ET

Platinum Circle Roundtable

Rossana Hu, Co-founder, Neri&Hu
Jennifer Johanson, CEO + President, EDG
Lyndon Neri, Co-founder, Neri&Hu
Larry Traxler, EVP Global Design, Hilton
Brad Wilson, President + Co-partner, Atelier Ace and Ace Hotel Group
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

Bestowing HD’s most prestigious honor was temporarily delayed last November due to the pandemic. (Such was 2020.) The good news: we are celebrating and inducting our newest honorees in 2021. Hear from five industry rockstars from D.C. to New York to California to Shanghai, as they share their global POV on all things hospitality.

NEWH opens the session by presenting three major 2020 scholarships to deserving students pursuing hospitality careers:
NEWH Harvey Nudelman Scholarship, sponsored by Fabricut Contract, FR One
NEWH Fabric Innovation Legacy Scholarship, sponsored by Fabric Innovations
NEWH Clifford R. Tuttle Scholarship, sponsored by Deborah Lloyd Forrest and Thomas Scott

11:00 a.m. ET

Lodging Forecast—Lodging Econometrics’ Global Hotel Overview and Outlook

Bruce Ford, Senior Vice President + Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics

Lodging Econometrics’ Bruce Ford, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, presents LE’s latest global hotel development details and forecasts by chain scale, cities, and for major franchise companies and brands in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Discover what to watch now–and what to note for the future of our ever-changing industry.

12:30 p.m. ET

Brand Identity and Update

Vincent J. Ficarra, Founder + Creative Director, Revolver New York
Tenaya Hills, Vice President—Design + Development, Bunkhouse Group
Kemper Hyers, Chief Creative Officer, Auberge Resorts
Ryan Miller, Co-founder + Chief Brand Officer, AutoCamp

What’s the updated definition of lifestyle-meets-luxury? What does experiential mean now? Who’s leading the charge on brand? Our experts break it all down as they share brand-centric stories from an insiders’ perspective.

2:00 p.m. ET

DesignWell—10 Questions on Health, Wellness, and Design

Anna Bjurstam, Wellness Pioneer, Six Senses Spas and Wellness
Sarah Klymson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Vice President Product + Brand Development, Global Operations Center, Hyatt
Tony Machado, SVP of Design, SH Hotels and Resorts
Jennifer May, Co-owner, Two Sister Bosses
Robin D. Staten, Founder + CEO, Tiny Urban Escapes
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

We asked experts on health, wellness, and design to answer 10 pressing questions. And we’ll take your temperature via audience live-polling—on what you want to know and need to know about designing for wellbeing.

Session sponsored by:

4:00 p.m. ET

HD Onsite…Las Vegas Preview

Mark Boekenheide, AIA, Senior Vice President—Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Teddy Mayer, Vice President of Design, Virgin Hotels
Kara Siffermann, Vice President of Design, Resorts World
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in chief, Hospitality Design, SVP Design Group, Emerald

HD Onsite previews the latest in Las Vegas hospitality with project updates, walk-throughs, and eye-opening conversations. Join a who’s who of global and local design leaders who are changing Las Vegas, hosted by Mark Boekenheide, AIA, Senior Vice President-Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

View the Speakers

It’s a “who’s who” of industry innovators, visionaries, and leaders. Hear firsthand about their challenges, victories, lessons learned, and their predictions for the industry over the next few years.

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