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START SOMETHING 2019

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Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson is President and Co-Partner of Ace Hotel Group and the brand’s in-house creative agency Atelier Ace, where he oversees growth and operations, develops new hotels and collaborative projects, and leads operational and creative teams. After attending Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Brad first honed his skills at major hospitality brands like Hilton International, Park Hyatt and Westin. He launched the first W Hotel and helped to guide the Starwood brand’s early days, rising to Vice President of Operations for W Worldwide. Directly prior to helming Ace Hotel, Brad helped build James Hotels from the ground up, serving as CEO.

START SOMETHING 2018

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Kat Lo

Kat Lo, Founder & President of Eaton Workshop, is building a hotel brand which incorporates co-working, lodging, and a platform for progressive thinkers to meet and collaborate. Each location benefits its community just as much as it benefits its guests through programming such as a radio platform to broadcast a radical indigenous-rights show and hiring truly local.

START SOMETHING 2016

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Chip Conley

Chip Conley is more than just a kick-ass hotelier: he’s an entrepreneur, business guru, author, and speaker. He’s an industry disruptor with a soulful aura. He has a self-described “beginner's mind” which is curious about life and unyielding in nature.

START SOMETHING 2015

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Liz Lambert

Liz Lambert is not your typical hotelier, and it’s not only because her background includes prosecuting street crime in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. What makes her perspective unique to the industry is how she learned the business. She bought the Hotel San José fifteen years ago with little more than guts and a vision. Unable financially to begin renovations, she ran the hotel herself for three years while forming a business plan and working to secure financing.

START SOMETHING 2014

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Niki Leondakis

As CEO, Hotels & Resorts for Two Roads Hospitality, Niki leverages her extensive experience in lifestyle hotels and creating award-winning workplace cultures to drive innovation and guest loyalty, and lead visionary, high-performing teams. With oversight of Two Roads’ hotel portfolio, she is responsible for property financial performance, guest experience, food & beverage programming and interior design strategy, with a focus on elevating the lifestyle experiences across the company’s enviable roster of hotels and resorts.

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