2016 – 2017 Speakers

Kate Walsh

Speaker: Kate Walsh, Ph.D., Interim Dean and E.M. Statler Professor

Kate Walsh is Dean of the School of Hotel Administration and E. M. Statler Professor. A professor of management, Dr. Walsh has been a member of the School’s faculty since […]

Daniel Schwartz

Speaker: Daniel Schwartz, Dyson ’01, Chief Executive Officer

Restaurant Brands International, the third-largest fast food operator in the world, was formed by the merger between Burger King and Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain. Daniel Schwartz […]

Suzanne Heidelberger

Speaker: Suzanne Heidelberger ’90, Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement

At American Express, Suzanne Heidelberger is charged with managing over 200 properties in over 41 countries, while providing a safe and productive workplace for AmEx employees. Her group leads all […]

Tyler Henritze

Speaker: Tyler Henritze, Senior Managing Director

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms that seeks to create positive economic impact and long-term value for its investors, the companies they invest in, and the communities […]

Matthew Upchurch

Speaker: Mr. Matthew Upchurch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Virtuoso is a global network of travel advisors, suppliers, and others connected to the travel and leisure industry. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite […]

Lindsey Ueberroth

Speaker: Lindsey Ueberroth, President and Chief Executive Officer

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel company, providing sales, marketing, distribution, quality assurance, and guest loyalty solutions to a portfolio of more than 650 hotels, resorts, […]

Marco Benvenuti

Speaker: Marco Benvenuti, MMH ’05, Chief Analytics and Product Officer; Co-Founder

Duetto is a cloud-based Revenue Strategy application that allows hotels to move beyond traditional revenue management by providing new, actionable insights into demand. Duetto’s Open Pricing strategy allows hotels to […]

Daniel Halpern

Speaker: Daniel Halpern, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jackmont Hospitality is an award-winning, minority-owned foodservice management company and one of the fastest growing TGI Friday’s franchisees. In addition, the firm oversees on-site foodservice management contracts for airport concessions, […]

Matthew Stevens

Speaker: Matthew Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 1977, The Bay Club Company (“Bay Club”) is the owner and operator of twenty five+ locations across multiple active lifestyle campuses throughout California. Bay Club welcomes more than […]

Victor Woo

Speaker: Mr. Victor Woo, Executive Vice President

Founded in 1977, The Bay Club Company (“Bay Club”) is the owner and operator of twenty five+ locations across multiple active lifestyle campuses throughout California. Bay Club welcomes more than […]

Jeff Zalaznick

Speaker: Jeff Zalaznick, A&S ’05, Restaurateur

Jeff Zalaznick is a restaurateur and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and co-owner of Major Food Group (MFG). MFG is a New York based restaurant and hospitality company founded in […]

Stefan Leser

Speaker: Stefan Leser, Group Chief Executive Officer

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The company was founded in […]

Mark Tamis

Speaker: Mark Tamis ’88, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive […]

Mia Kyricos

Speaker: Mia Kyricos, MMH ’03, President and Founder

Kyricos & Associates (K&A) is a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness-driven hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies on a global scale. With over 20 years of experience, Mia […]