START SOMETHING AWARD

The Independent Lodging Congress® and its non-profit partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, are excited to announce the sixth annual Start Something Award for a member of the independent hotel sector who has demonstrated a commitment to service within the community and innovation within the hotel industry.

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START SOMETHING 2019

Sharan Pasricha

Sharan Pasricha

Founder & Co-CEO, Ennismore

CEO & Co Founder, Ennismore

Our 2021  Start Something Award recipient, Sharan Pasricha, is a force to be reckoned with. His astute business sensibilites have led Ennismore's expansion in uniting with Accor. While his compassion drives the companies philanthropic efforts to aid London's homeless population. 

The recipient of the 2019 Start Something Award has made a huge wave in our industry. Brad Wilson has helped to launch iconic brands such as W and Ace Hotels.

START SOMETHING 2019

Brad Wilson

CEO, Ace Hotels 

The recipient of the 2019 Start Something Award has made a huge wave in our industry. Brad Wilson has helped to launch iconic brands such as W and Ace Hotels.

The recipient of the 2019 Start Something Award has made a huge wave in our industry. Brad Wilson has helped to launch iconic brands such as W and Ace Hotels.

START SOMETHING 2017

Kat Lo

Founder & President, Eaton Workshop

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

BEST INDIE HOTEL 2018

START SOMETHING 2016

Chip Conley

Hotelier, Entrepreneur, Author

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

Liz Lambert

Hotelier/ Founder & CCO Bunkhouse

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

Niki Leondakis

Niki Leondakis

CEO, CorePower Yoga

Niki Leondakis holds an impressive trackrecord, to say the least. Currently, Niki is CEO of CorePower Yoga, the largest Yoga studio chain the in US. As former CEO of Hotels & Resorts for Two Roads Hospitality, Niki leveraged 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 was 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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