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PIHE & CHR: Shaping the Future of Short-Term Rentals: Exploring Regulatory and Social Dynamics, Technology, and Alternative Models

February 15 - February 16

It is our pleasure to invite you to the upcoming Short-Term Roundtable titled: Shaping the Future of Short-Term Rentals: Exploring Regulatory and Social Dynamics, Technology, and Alternative Models. This event, which is by invitation only, is presented by Cornell’s Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship and the Center for Hospitality Research, and will take place in New York City on February 15-16, 2024.

A variety of topics will be explored including:

  • Airing Out the Housing Crisis: Unveiling Short-Term Rentals’ Impact on Affordable Housing
  • Blockchain Beds and Beyond: The Tech Revolution in Short-Term Rentals
  • Beyond Airbnb: Exploring Innovative Housing Paradigms in the Short-Term Rental Realm


  • Dustin Abney, CEO, Portoro
  • Christopher Anderson, Professor, Cornell University
  • Tom Botts, Chief Commercial Officer, Uplift
  • Sarah Bratko, Policy Counsel, American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Vijay Dandapani, President & CEO, Hotel Association of NYC
  • Zach Demuth, Global Head of Hotels Research, JLL
  • Terry Donovan, EVP, AETHOS Consulting Group
  • Bryan Dunn, Managing Partner, Guidepost Capital
  • Brian Fulginiti, VP, Bain Capital
  • Robert Gregor, Executive Director, Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
  • Yin Law, Head of Distribution Strategy, Americas Hyatt
  • Felix Litvinsky, Managing Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, Cornell University
  • Peng Liu, Professor in Real Estate & Finance, Cornell University
  • Taylor Marr, Senior Housing Economist, Airbnb
  • Nicole McQuiddy-Davis, Interim Director, Center for Hospitality Research, Nolan Hotel School, Cornell University
  • Jason Paez, Co-Founder & CEO, HVN Travel Group
  • Ama Romaine, General Counsel, Progress Residential
  • Nick Slavin, CEO, Curacity
  • Liesl Smith, SVP Global Marketing & Sales Enablement, FreedomPay

Full event details and link to register can be found HERE. Please register no later than February 2, 2024.

Program Agenda

Thursday, February 15

Networking Reception
Location: TBD

Time: 6PM-8PM

Friday, February 16

Location: Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center, 570 Lexington Avenue, 12th floor, New York, NY 10022

8AM: Breakfast

9AM: Discussion

12PM: Lunch

1:15PM: Continued Discussion

3PM: Event Concludes


The format includes three sessions, each focused on different topics. Session facilitators will kick off each of the sessions with brief open-ended remarks—intended to spark conversation, not defend a position or pitch solutions—before opening the discussion up to all participants. Roundtable chair and PIHE executive director, Rob Gregor, will moderate the event.

Invite a Colleague

If you are unable to attend, please consider forwarding this invitation to a colleague within your organization whose expertise is well-suited for the topics.


Please email Michelle or Rob at pihe@cornell.edu.


February 15
February 16
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Michelle (Ciaschi) Mahool