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ILC 2017 Program
Wednesday, October 4
3:00 - 5:00pm

ilc Roundtable

Franklin Room
At the ILC Roundtable on Wednesday afternoon, attendees have the chance to join in group talks with some industry powerhouses. Note that the ILC Roundtable is included in the All Access Congress Pass.

8:30 - 11:00pm

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Brooklyn Brewery
Now that we’re in Brooklyn, we’re looking to get grunge-chic. Meet us at the Brooklyn Brewery Wednesday evening for some exceptional craft beer. Don’t forget your ilc congress pass!

Thursday, October 5th
7:30 - 8:45am

Welcome Breakfast

Vale Ballroom / Foyer Salon

9:00 - 9:25am

Welcome & Industry Update

Vale Ballroom 

Andrew Benioff | ILC & Llenrock Group
Deanna Ting | Skift

9:30 - 10:15am

Wabi Sabi Aesthetic: Innovation, Adaptation & Imperfection

Vale Ballroom
This year we will explore how individual properties go against the grain by embracing its own identity through geography, history, community, and service.  In what ways do properties combat the uniformity of mass-produced hotels? Is the answer to embrace imperfection rather than fear it?

Andrew Benioff | ILC & Llenrock Group
Stephen Brandman | Journal Hotels
Leah Cohen |Pig & Khao
Sharan Pasricha |
Ben Pundole |
EDITION Hotels & AHotelLife

10:20 - 10:40am

INDIEtalk: John Foley | Peloton
Vale Ballroom

10:40 - 11:15am

Vale Ballroom

11:20am - 12:05pm

Concurrent Breakouts:

Immerse, Expand, Repeat: Incorporating Experiential Travel in Hospitality

Franklin East
Lilit Marcus | CNN Travel
Shosh Friedman | SB Architects
Martin Glegg | Wallop Film
Jerry Inzerillo | Forbes Travel Guide
Tom Marchant | Black Tomato

Show me the Money: Financing & Investing in Indies

Franklin West
Alex Cabanas |
Naveen Kakarla | HHM Independent Collection
PJ DiConza | Deustche Bank
Naftali Holtz | Goldman, Sachs & Co.
James T. Merkel | Rockbridge

Strength of Online Independence

Vikram Singh | MCR Investors
Brigette Breitenbach | Company B Brand Marketing
Chris Jackson | GCommerce
Mike Keriakos |

12:10 - 1:20pm


1:25 - 1:45pm

INDIEtalk: Dawn Goldworm | 12.29

Vale Ballroom
Dawn Golworm | 12.29
Vincent Ficarra |
 Revolver New York

1:50 - 2:35pm

Leaders from Another World

Vale Ballroom
We believe in pulling inspiration from industry outliers, so we’re bringing back an ILC favorite: Leaders from Another World.

Erik Warner | ILC & Eagle Point Hotel Partners
Adam Rappoport | Bon Appetite
Evan Silverman
| A+E Networks
Mark Shulman |AEG / The Bowery Presents

2:35 - 2:50pm

Networking & Speaker Diaspora
Vale Ballroom

3:10 - 3:55pm

Concurrent Breakouts:

Tailored for Success: Retail Brands in Hospitality

Franklin East
Bashar Wali
| Provenance Hotels
David Bowd | Salt Hotels & west elm Hotels
Kemper Hyers | Starwood Capital Group
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen | Hospitality Design

The Connection of F&B

Franklin West
Kevin Lillis | Hospitality Alliance
John Fraser | Dovetail NYC
John Meadow | LDV Hospitality
Christian Robert | R&A Architecture & Design

4:00 - 4:30pm

INDIE Town Hall: Concerns of the Indie Hotelier

Vale Ballroom
How do hoteliers combat Airbnb? What’s the importance of brand positioning in independent properties? What are the challenges of social media marketing? You bring the questions, our speakers will answer them.

Kelley Jones | Hospitality Alliance
Marc Jongerius |
Anthony Melchiorri
| Hotel Impossible
Mark Nogal | Curio Collection by Hilton

4:35 - 5:05pm

Awards Ceremony
Vale Ballroom

5:05 - 6:20pm

Cocktail Hour

7:00 - 9:30pm

Various Locations

Friday, October 6
7:00 - 8:00am

Yoga on the Roof
William Vale Roof

8:00 - 9:00am

Vale Ballroom / Foyer & Salon

9:00 - 9:45am

Concurrent Breakouts:

Engaging Today’s Globe-Trotting Citizen

Franklin East
Joe Diaz | AFAR Media
Richard Goodstone | Superfly
Victoria Isley | Bermuda Tourism Authority
Scott Williams | the nantucket project

“Who Runs the World?” Lessons from Women in Business

Franklin West
Nell Merlino | Activist, Social Entrepreneur, Author
Annbeth Eschbach
 | Exhale Spa
Elizabeth Keating | Revolver New York
Amri Kibbler |
Bettina Prentice | Prentice Cultural Communications

More than a Building: Hotels that Do Good

Franklin West
Tien-Yueh Bosma Kubach | Resonance Advisors, LLC
Harsha Chanrai | Saira Hospitality
Sarah Eustis | Main Street Hospitality
Sims Foster | Foster Supply Hospitality
Amy Gill | Checkmate Design

9:55 - 10:15am

INDIEtalk: Marcus Samuelsson

Vale Ballroom
Marcus SamuelssonRed Rooster Harlem & Streetbird Rotisserie

10:25 - 11:10am

Spheres of Hospitality Influence: Social Clubs & Residential

Vale Ballroom
Stephen Chan | Eagle Point Hospitality Partners
Bruno Haid | Roam
Edwin Hendriksen | WeWork
Beri Meric | IVY
Hans Meyer | Zoku

11:10 - 11:40am

Networking & Speaker Diaspora

Vale Ballroom

11:45am - 12:30pm

The Makers of Taste

Vale Ballroom
We’re getting esoteric…again. Our Taste Makers talk design, partnerships, overall industry trends and where they see the future of hospitality going.

Jennifer Flowers | AFAR Media
Michael Fuerstman |
Pendry Hotels
Marc Lotenberg
| Surface Magazine
Madeline Weinrib | Designer

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