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INDEPENDENT LODGING CONGRESS PROGRAM
Wednesday, October 17

3:00 - 5:00pm

ILC ROUNDTABLE

3:00pm – 5:00pm
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.

Jim Abdo | Hotel Hive
Marquise Stillwell | OpenBox | Topic: The Lowline
Keith Pierce | Passionality Group | Topic: Food Concepts
Elizabeth Keating | Revolver NY

8:30 - 11:00pm

ILC PARTY

8:30pm – 11:00pm
We are all about kicking off the Congress with a little imbibing and socializing. Come enjoy a drink (or a few) on us. Don’t forget your Congress Pass. Location: The Apartment @ Hoxton Williamsburg

Thursday, October 18

7:30 - 8:45

WELCOME BREAKFAST

Fuel up.

9:00 - 9:15

WELCOME

9:25 - 9:50

PARTNERSHIPS, HIP HOP CULTURE + FRIED CHICKEN

Peter Bittenbender | Mass Appeal
John Seymour | Sweet Chick
Dan Ryan | Beachwood Custom

9:55 - 10:30am

ORIGINAL AF

Andrew Benioff | Independent Lodging Congress
Amar Lalvani | Standard International
Rafael Micha | Grupo HABITA
Brad Wilson | Ace Hotels

10:30 - 11:20am

NETWORKING

11:20 - 11:55am

CONCURRENT BREAKOUTS
FROM CREATIVE TO CREATION

Brigette Breitenbach | Company B
Kraig Kalashian | KKAD
Jeff Lazarowich |WSA Hospitality
Sara Masterson | The Olympia Companies

SHELF-LIFE: CREATING A LASTING FOOD BRAND

Allyn Magrino | Magrino PR
Paul Chevalier | Whispering Angel
Kevin Lillis | Hospitality Alliance
Patrick Nichols | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Charlotte Voisey | William Grant + Sons

12:00 - 1:30pm

LUNCH

Get your grub on.

1:55 - 2:15pm

INDIEtalk: TBD

2:20 - 2:55pm

LEADERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD

Erik Warner | Eagle Point Hotel Partners
Ben Lovett | Mumford and Sons, Communion Music
Ben Pundole | EDITION Hotels

3:10 - 3:30pm

INDIE CONVO: A MISSION-DRIVEN HOTEL

Katherine Lo | Eaton Workshop

3:30 - 3:50pm

INDIEtalk: SOLD

Jane Charles | StolenYouth.Org

3:50 - 4:20pm

NETWORKING

4:25 - 5:00pm

CONCURRENT BREAKOUTS
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: DESIGN, EXPERIENCE + BUDGET BALANCE

Stephen Chan | Eagle Point Hotel Partners  
Mike Depatie
| KHP Capital Partners
Naveen Kakarla | HHM Independent Collection
James T. Merkel | Rockbridge

CONSIDERING YOUR HABITAT: MATERIALS + GUEST EXPERIENCE

Mark Harmon | Auberge Resorts Collection
Andrew Leber |
Bedrock
Christine Magrann | Makeready

5:05 - 6:20pm

COCKTAIL HOUR

Drink up.

7:00 - 9:30pm

DINE AROUND

Various Locations.

Friday, October 19

7:30 - 9:00am

BREAKFAST

Last meal on us.

9:00 - 9:35am

CULTURAL VANGUARDS: ART, DESIGN + HOSPITALITY

Michael Lastoria | &pizza
Marc Lotenberg | Surface Media
Kara Mann | KARA MANN
Stacy Shoemaker | Hospitality Design

9:40 - 10:00am

KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE

Mike Keriakos | Curacity

10:25 - 11:00am

CONCURRENT BREAKOUTS
BLURRING THE LINES : NOTHING IS STRAIGHTFORWARD ANYMORE!

Antoinette Johnson| Cohere
Gulla Jonsdottir | Gulla Jonsdottir Architecture + Design
Erik Oberholtzer | Tender Greens
 Ryan Simonetti | Convene

THE FUTURE IS INDEPENDENT: HOW BRAND VALUE'S ARE EVOLVING

Joe Diaz | AFAR
Daniel del Olmo | The Passionality Group
Chris Sheffield |
SLDesign
Susan Spinney | Expedia

11:20 - 11:40am

INDIE CONVO: AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Marquise StillwellOpenBox
Nick Belsito | Open City
Mike Montero | Resy

11:40am - 12:00pm

INDIEtalk: SUCCESS + LUCK

 Robert Frank | Cornell’s Johnson School of Management

12:00 - 12:20pm

INDIEtalk: TBD

12:00pm – 12:20pm

12:20 - 12:30pm

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