Speakers 2017

In 2017, we brought you the best in class of hoteliers at the forefront of the Direct Booking Movement.

Darrell Stark

Vice President Revenue & Distribution, Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Darrell oversees pricing strategies, channel distribution, digital strategy, systems implementations, positioning and inventory along with the necessary processes associated with demand, revenue, inventory, forecasting and opportunity analysis.

Brandon Standerfer

Vice President Distribution, Two Roads Hospitality

Brandon has a kin focus on Reservation and Distribution Technology. The focus of his expertise is adjusting to industry trends through analysis, retention and operational development. Brandon joined Joie de Vivre Hotels in 2010 and has played an intrigue part in the development of Two Roads Hospitality, the leading operator of independent hotels with more than 95 properties in eight countries.

Dan Towvim

Senior Director of eCommerce, Sonesta Hotels

As head of eCommerce, Dan thinks about little else other than driving direct bookings for Sonesta, a global hospitality brand celebrating its 80th year. In his role, he oversees digital marketing, web, email marketing, and CRM. Dan has over 20 years of experience building consumer brands and driving growth across multiple industries.

Donald Pinkney

Director of Sales & Marketing, Pacific Gateway Hotel

With more than 13 years in the hospitality industry, Donald oversees the hotel’s revenue-driving strategies as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Jose Canelos

Senior Manager of Digital Product Development, The Leading Hotels of the World

Jose is responsible for driving optimization of core product features, innovation and platform development, as well as oversee the product development lifecycle.

Adele Gutman

VP Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Library Hotel Collection

Adele is a regularly featured speaker and authority on reputation management having orchestrated initiatives that resulted in the all Library Hotel Collection properties maintaining a top 10 position in their cities on TripAdvisor for over a decade. At one point all four Library Hotel Collection NYC properties in the top four spots on TripAdvisor simultaneously, an achievement that has yet to be matched by any other hotel group.

Derek Brewster

Director of Revenue Management, Lotte New York Palace

Derek has over 10 years of Revenue Management, Marketing and Channel Distribution experience and creating a strong culture of Revenue Management in the hotel is his primary focus.

Monique Strouvens

VP Sales & Marketing, Group Germain Hotels

Monique has 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, with 15 years specializing in sales and marketing, distribution, as well as in e-commerce. In 2017, she joins Group Germain Hotels as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, an ideal opportunity to put her expertise to good use at a rapidly growing company.

Daniel Melnyk

Managing Director, Anticipate Hospitality

Daniel provides strategic consulting and management services to individual, corporate and association clients in hospitality, tourism, real estate, technology and small business sectors.

Pamela Barnhill

President & COO, InnSuites Hospitality Trust

Pamela serves as President and COO of InnSuites Hospitality Trust, which owns and manages hotels and provides a technology platform with CRS, loyalty, marketing and soft-brand services to the hospitality industry.

Del Ross

Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Del develops strategic and tactical plans for growth for leading global companies. He leverages his extensive experience in digital commerce, travel distribution, sales, marketing and operations to support the ambitions of transportation, lodging, wholesale and retail distributors, and technology providers across the travel industry. In addition, Del is Managing Director of Noctober Properties, LLC, a hotel investment company.

Maryam Cope

VP Government Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association

Maryam leads AH&LA’s government advocacy in technology and e-commerce policy issues, including managing the hotel industry’s strategic approach to public policy, regulatory, and legislative affairs for innovation, technology, and competition issues.

Liz Lancaster McIntyre

Marketing Manager, The Inn at Ole Miss

As Marketing Manager, Liz McIntyre’s roles include all advertising, updating social and digital media, and creating community relationships.

Cindy Estis Green

CEO & Co-Founder, Kalibri Labs

Cindy launched Kalibri Labs in 2012, providing a next generation benchmarking platform to evaluate hotel revenue performance. Using innovative big data techniques, Kalibri Labs helps hotels manage the cost of customer acquisition and optimize profit contribution.

Jeff Robertson

VP Marketing, NAVIS

For 25 years, Jeff has helped businesses rethink their marketing and sales strategies to increase revenue and profitability. At NAVIS for the last 5 years, he’s helped independent hoteliers increase the efficiency and productivity of their direct channel efforts.

Emily Patrician

General Manager, Mere Hotel

With 12 years of experience, Emily has comprehensive experience in hotel operations including front office, sales and catering, spa, marketing and revenue management.

Curtis Bova

Interim General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing, Cheyenne Mountain Resort

For more than 23 years in the lodging industry, Curtis has delivered superior results across operations, sales and marketing within multi-brand corporations and independently positioned hospitality assets.

Brad Brewer

CEO & Founder, Brewer Digital Marketing

Brad founded Brewer Digital Marketing to help hotel companies shift bookings from expensive OTA channels to their under-used web assets.
Recognized as the thought-leader in semantic search for hotels, Brad continually evangelizes the need for hospitality companies to understand the value of structured data. With over 15 years of experience, he is a trusted advisor to many of the world’s leading hotel companies.

James Gancos

CEO & Founder, The Guestbook

James’ background as both a veteran hotel operator and business process/technology consultant provided the inspiration and insight to create an innovative rewards platform that provides instant “cash back” gratification and fosters the direct connection between hotel and guest.

MarcAnthony Crimi

General Manager, Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

As well as being General Manager, MarcAnthony is a technology and distribution advisor to Bridgeton Holdings growing portfolio including key properties in Montauk, NY, Boston, MA, Manchester, VT and Rahway, NJ.

Daniel Tennant

General Manager, Hotel on Rivington

As General Manager, Daniel’s specialties include operational efficiencies, partnership development and financial analysis.

Nick Vivion

Editorial Director, Tnooz

Prior to his role, Nick has multi-hyphenated his way through a variety of passions: restaurateur, photographer, filmmaker, corporate communicator, Lyft driver, Airbnb host, journalist, and event organizer.

Amanda Gregory-Jones

Marketing Manager, Pacific Gateway Hotel

As the Marketing Manager, Amanda maintains the Pacific Gateway Hotel brand and manages marketing campaigns across various platforms.

Chris Blaine

VP Sales & Account Management, Sojern

Chris leads Sojern’s Property Solutions inside sales and account management teams. He brings more than 17 years of global experience in launching new businesses and building high-performing teams.

Rich Tuckwell

VP Sales & Marketing, Avvio

With a successful background in sales, business acquisition and global new business development, Rich has worked with a wide range of industries, starting in the communications software sector, before moving to the SaaS hospitality market. His work has been particularly focussed around the UK, Europe and North America. Rich was recognised as one of the Top Extraordinary Minds in 2016 by HSMAI Europe.

Josh Runes

Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media, Modus Hotels

Josh is Digital Marketing Manager at Modus Hotels, responsible for their websites as well as all of their online marketing efforts.

Bob Kippola

VP Sales, Brewer Digital Marketing

Bob has 25+ years of helping hospitality customers drive revenue using the latest technology via a consultative sales approach. From the earliest days of automated hotel technology, he has always been respected for helping customers adopt the newest ROI producing products and services.

RJ Friedlander

Founder & CEO, ReviewPro

RJ has more than 20 years Internet and technology experience in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to ReviewPro, he worked for 10 years as a senior executive of Grupo Planeta, one of Spain’s largest media companies. RJ is an advisor and investor in a number of technology companies, widely recognized as one of the top experts in hotel technology & online reputation management and is on the advisory board of The Hotel School at Cornell University.

Elizabeth Willett

Account Director & Travel Practice Lead, House of Kaizen

Elizabeth is a dedicated Account Director and digital strategist with 12+ years experience in Performance Marketing. As the Travel Practice Practice Area lead at HOK, she creates revenue streams for travel clients through multichannel marketing.

Charlie Osmond

Chief Tease, Triptease

Charlie Osmond is Chief Tease at Triptease. Triptease creates digital tools that help hotels build stronger relationships with guests and increase direct bookings.

Alexandra Zubko

Co-founder, Triptease

Alex earned her MBA at Stanford and has seen the inside of global giants and startups alike. She joins us from her role as VP and Head of Global Strategy at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). She is also winner of the IHIF Young Leader Award, a top travel industry accolade.