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Tuesday, February 8 INDIE Experience

Tuesday, February 8 Immersive Experience

  • 12:30-1:00: check-in at the Historic Hampton House
    1:00-2:00: Stop #1
    Historic Hampton House 

  • The Historic Hampton House is a hallmark location of Miami's black history. Famous for hosting some of America's greatest black performers, athletes, and activists, this 50-room Miami-modern style hotel delights in its stunning aesthetic and poignant legacy.

  • 2:00-3:00: Stop #2
  • Rubell Museum

  • The corwn jewel of Miam's modern art collection, the Rubell Museum is the culmination of Don & Mera Rubell's 50 years of art collecting. The museum holds over 40 galleries that showcase some of the biggest superstars in modern art such as Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Oscar Murillo, Richard Princ, and Yayoi Kusama.

  • 3:00-4:00: Stop #3
    Wynwood Walls
  • Established in 2009, Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum of international street art. It holds more than 50 cutting edge murals created by artists from around the world.

  • 4:00-4:30: Stop #4
    Miami Design District (Jungle Plaza)

  • 4:00-4:30: Stop #4
    Miami Design District (Jungle Plaza)
  • The Miami Design District is home to Miami's hub of fashion boutiques, edgy art galleries, engaging public art and trendy restaurants. The brainchild of visionary developer and art collector Craig Robins, the Miami Design District has grown into a sophisticated and inviting international destination for art and design.
  • 4:30-6:00: Opening Cocktails (All Congress attendees welcome)
  • Miami Design District (Jungle Plaza)
  • 4:30-6:00: Opening Cocktails (All Congress attendees welcome)
  • Miami Design District (Jungle Plaza)

Wednesday, February 9- EAST Hotel

Wednesday, February 9

  • 8:00-9:30: Check-in
  • 9:30-10:25: Roundtable Discussions
  • 8:00-9:30: Check-in
  • 9:30-9:55: Roundtable Discussions
  • Owner's Roundtable Discussions
  • Markus Schreyer, SVP- The Americas and Global Business Innovation, Design Hotels
    Jorgan Von Stiening, President, Paligroup Management
    Robin Staten, Founder&CEO, Tiny Urban Escapes
    Steve Palmer, Founder, Indigo Road Hospitality Group
    Larry Spelts, President, Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures
    Samantha Goldworm, Co-Founder & CMO, 12.29
    Jamila Ross, Owner, The Independent Hospitality Group
    Akino West, Owner & Chef, The Independent Hospitality Group
    Michael Foschetti, Founder, First Bourne
    Chris Walker, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, The Leading Hotels of the World
    Spiro Frangos, Vice President - Asset Management, Diamond Rock Hospitality
  • Bridget Tran, Corporate VP Marketing, Club Quarters
    Mark Lotenberg, CEO, Future Media Group
  • 10:30-11:00: Networking Break
  • Chat, connect, hang out!
  • 11:00-11:55: Roundtable Discussions Continued
  • 8:00-9:30: Check-in
  • 9:30-9:55: Roundtable Discussions
  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15: Breakout Sessions
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Jamila Ross, Owner, The Copper Door B&B 
    Christine Visneau,VP, Retail, Art & Curation, Makeready
    Jason Bass, Director of Culture, Hotel Revival 
  • Moderator: Justin Watkins, CEO, Native Digital
  • Emerging Markets: Up & Coming Secondary Cities
  • Chris Walker, Senior VP, Global Sales, The Leading Hotels of the World
    Craig Menin, CEO, Menin 


  • Moderator: Allyn Magrino, President & CRO, MAGRINO 
  • Green Book Hotels & The Black Travel Experience
  • Jacqui B. Coyler, Chairperson, Historic Hampton House
    Kristina Williams, Founder & CEO, Unpacking Co
  • Theo Edwards-Butler, Founder, The Modern Green Book
  • Moderator: Damon Lawrence, CEO, Homage Hospitality
  • Plant-Based: Why Veggies & Why Now?
  • Fernando Cruz, Culinary Director, 1 Hotels
    Moderator: Sumindi Peiris, Principal, Moxi Branding
  • Eudaimonia: Human Flourishing & Wellness (Look it up!)
  • Aaron Richter, SVP of Design, Equinox Brands
    Paris Swann, AVP, Architectural Design, Celebrity Cruises
  • What is Your Hallmark? Finding Your Authentic Brand
  •  Samantha Goldworm, Co-Founder & CMO, 12.29
    Bri Heu, Director of Strategy , King & Partners
  • Scott Williams, VP Brand & Creative, Main Street Hospitality
    Moderator: Jason Cutinella, Founder, NMG Network
  • 4:00-4:45: Breakout Sessions
  • Not to be too Pessimistic... but the World is Burning
  • Tanja Morariu, Director of Marketing & Head of Sustainability, The Palms Hotel & Spa
    Michelle Woodley, President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
    Moderator: David Rychlowski, Vice President, SB Archtects 
  • Design Breakout
  • Ty Mattson, Owner, Mattson Creative inc
    Dan Padavic, Owner, Vahalla Studios
    Moderator: Kraig Kalashian, Founder, KKAD
  • Getting Off the Beaten Path
  • Channing Henry, Managing Director, PKF hotelexports
    Shequeita Frazier, Co-Owner, Camp Yoshi 
    Moderator: Josie Driscoll, SVP, Business to Business, Williams-Sonoma 
  • 4:45-5:30: Cocktail Hour
    6:30-8:30: VIP Dinner

Thursday, February 10- EAST Hotel

Thursday, February 10 

  • 8:00-9:15: Check-in
    9:15-9:25: Welcome
    9:25-9:30: Welcome
    9:30-10:05: Panel
  • How Institutions View Indies
  • Neil Shah, President & COO, Hersha Hotel Management
    Tom Healy, COO, Diamond Rock Hospitality
    Jen Barnwell, President, Curator Hotel & Resort Collection 
    Moderator: Stephen Chan, Co-Founder & Head of Design, Eagle Point Hotel Partners 
  • 10:10-10:20
    INDIE Awards
  • 10:25-10:55: Panel
  • A Partnership Made in Heaven (Or The Internet)
  • Rami Zeidan, Founder & CEO, Lifehouse
    Steve Hafner, Ceo, Kayak
    Moderator: Richard Valtr, Founder, MEWS
  • 10:55-11:25: Break
    11:25-11:55: Panel
  • Little Footprint, Big Impact
  • Zach Klein, CEO, Dwell
    Robin Staten, Founder&CEO, Tiny Urban Escapes
    Ben Uyeda, Founder & Director, HomeMadeModern
    Moderator: Andrew Benioff, Founder, Independent Lodging Congress
  • 12:00-12:10
    INDIE Awards
  • 12:15-12:35: Panel
  • Labor Revolution
  • 12:35-2:05: Lunch
  • 2:05-2:15
    INDIE Awards
  • 2:20-2:55: Panel
  • Applying Social Influence to Drive Demand
  • Kurien Jacob, Principal, Highgate Ventures
  • Rae Hersey, Digital Creator/Influencer
    Aidan Roberts, Client Partner, Meta
    Moderator: Claire Hathaway, CSO, Curacity
  • 3:00-3:25
    INDIE Awards
  • 3:30-4:05: Panel
  • Sharan Pasricha, CEO, Ennismore/Accor Lifestyle
    Claus Sendlinger, Co-Founder, SLOW
    Moderator: Erik Warner, Co-Founder, Eagle Point Hotel Partners
  • 4:10-4:40: INDIE Convo
  • Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality
    Moderator: Sarah Eustis, Founder & CEO, Main Street Hospitality


  • 4:00-4:25: Panel
  • A Global Perspective
  • 4:50-5:00: Thank You!


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