Meet the Money® 2017 Program

May 8-10, 2017
Hyatt Regency LAX

Opportunity or Peril: Finding the Right Key to the Right Door

The 2016 Meet the Money® program and presentations are available here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 pm Interval International Boot Camp
5:00 pm Winebar mixer for early arrivals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:00 am Registration, Networking, Breakfast
Sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
7:50 am Welcome: Jim Butler
08:00 am Session 1
General Session
Strategies for Successful Development of Upscale and Luxury Hotels

– Moderator:
Jack Westergom, Manhattan Hospitality Advisors

– Panelists:
Marty Collins, Gatehouse Capital
Ali V. Kasikci, Bentley Management
Richard C. Kessler, Kessler Collection
Larry J. Kosmont, Kosmont Companies
Hal Thannisch, Thannisch Development Services

9:00 am Session 2
Spotlight Interview with Eric Danziger
9:10 am Session 3
General Session
CEO Panel

– Moderator:
Tom F. Morone, CHMWarnick

– Panelists:
Bill Blackham, Condor Hospitality Trust
Phil W. Cyburt, Monday Properties
David C. Gilbert, Interval International
Patrick F. Hogan, CMB Regional Center
Dave W. Johnson, Aimbridge Hospitality

10:10 am Session 4
Special Presentations
Stephen Rushmore Jr., HVS
Vail R. Brown, STR
10:35 am Session 5
General Session
Owner Panel – Acquisition and Divestment Strategy

– Moderator:
Herb H. Warmbrodt, HREC Investment Advisors

– Panelists:
Kate B. Henrickson, RLJ Lodging Trust
Thuong Luong, Gehr Hospitality
Richard Russo, Highgate Hotels
Stuart J. Turner, Barings
Dexter E. Wood, Park Hotels & Resorts

11:30 am Coffee Break
Sponsored by JF Capital
11:50 am Session 6
Breakout Panels

6A: Capital Stack
– Moderator:
Daniel B. MacDonnell, Cushman & Wakefield

– Panelists:
Tim Doherty, iStar
Alan L. Flatt, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jeff M. Frank, Goldman Sachs
Brian M. Good, iBorrow
Scott Magoffin, Barings Real Estate Advisers

6B: Case Studies – Breathing New Life Into Old Assets
– Moderator:
David A. Sudeck, JMBM

– Panelists:
Larry R. Broughton, Broughton Hotels
Matt Comfort, Bullwhip Capital Partners
Ramin Kolahi, Lighthouse Investments
Craig Sullivan, Parkwest GC
John W. Wong, HFS Concepts4

6C: Chinese Investment – Debt and Equity
– Moderator:
Harry W. Pflueger, MAXIM Hotel Brokerage

– Panelists:
Frank J. Bergold, HSBC Bank
Alice Gao, ICBC
Grant W. King, Hollywood International Regional Center
Don Li, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Frank S. Yuan, ASAP International Holdings

12:50 am Buffet Lunch
Sponsored by CMB Regional Centers
1:15 pm Sponsor Presentation
Brent Tinter, The Lodging Conference
1:25 pm Session 7
General Session
Acquisition and Repositioning – How to Acquire, Finance and Reposition Hotels for Fun and Profit

– Moderator:
Peter D. Connolly, Connolly Hospitality Advisors

– Panelists:
Ross Greenman, Vista Investments
Dave Schwartz, AllianceBernstein
Steve Van, Prism Hotels & Resorts
Jack Westergom, Manhattan Hospitality Advisors

Return to General Session

2:35 pm Session 8
Special Presentations
Mike Cahill, Lodging Industry Investment Council
Suzanne R. Mellen, HVS
3:00 pm Session 9
General Session
Bread and Butter Lending
– Moderator:
Rushi Shah, Aries Capital

– Panelists:
Scott Andrews, Western Alliance Bank
Peter Berk, PMZ Reality Capital
Jamie Bourgeois, Live Oak Bank
Derek J. Eisele, Silvergate Bank
Barbara Morrison, TMC Financing
LiBin Sun, ICBC

4:05 pm Session 10
Breakout Panels

10A: Capital Stack
– Moderator:
Stephen E. O’Connor, RobertDouglas

– Panelists:
Mark Fluent, Deutsche Bank
Steven Graines, LoanCore Capital
Kyle Jeffers, Acore Capital
Sujan S. Patel, NorthStar Realty Finance
Jerad Slagle, Prime Finance

10B: Finding and Polishing Hidden Gems
– Moderator:
Judy Hoffman, Trigild

– Panelists:
Frank Anderson, Anderson Hospitality Consultants
Bruce Baltin, CBRE Hotels
David J. Duncan, JC Resorts
Jonathan Falik, JF Capital Advisors
Michael Mohr, MetWest Ventures
Steve Van, Prism Hotels & Resorts

10C: Why Select Service Continues to be a Favorite
– Moderator:
Karen L. Johnson, Pinnacle Advisory Group West

– Panelists:
Chris Dobbins, Hyatt
Jeff Dougan, Condor Hospitality Trust
Gary Gray, 24/7 Hotels
Eric B. Jacobs, Marriott International
Ron Y. Kim, Prospera Hotels
Sam F. Reynolds, Apple REIT

5:05 pm Session 11
Breakout Panels

11A: Capital Stack
– Moderator:
Geoff E. Davis, Davis Hotel Capital

– Panelists:
Chad C. Christensen, Washington Holdings
Krystal England, Canyon Capital Realty Advisors
Matt Ottesen, Pacific Life Insurance
Jeff Reinstein, Geolo Capital
Michael M. Watson, BMO Harris Bank

11B: EB-5 Financing
– Moderator:
Ali Jahangiri, EB5 Investors

– Panelists:
Grant W. King, Hollywood International Regional Center
Kraig A. Schwigen, CMB Regional Centers
Steve Shpilsky, California Real Estate Regional Center
David A. Sudeck, JMBM
Kevin Wright, Baker & Tilley

11C: Cybersecurity
– Moderator:
Sean McCracken – Hotel News Now

– Panelists:
Bob Braun, JMBM
Jackie C. Collins, Arthur J. Gallagher
Robert Justus, Optiv Security
Brad N. Maryman, Maryman & Associates

6:00 pm Grand Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Prism Hotels & Resorts

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7:00 am Breakfast & Networking
Sponsored by Live Oak Bank
7:50 am Welcome back: Jim Butler
8:00 am Session 12
Special Presentations
Michael J. Bellisario – Robert W. Baird
Alan X. Reay – Atlas Hospitality Group
Mark Woodworth – CBRE Hotels
Dan H. Lesser – LW Hospitality Advisors

8:55 am Session 13
General Session
Capital for Development and New Construction
– Moderator:
Frank Anderson, Anderson Hospitality Consultants

– Panelists:
Chris Diffley, Rockbridge
Joe Euphrat, CleanFund
Michael Fleischer, Related Fund Management
Robert Lo, East West Bank
Matt Mitchell, Hall Structured Finance
Tom C. Whitesell, CapitalSource

9:55 am Session 14
General Session
Strategies for Developing or Redeveloping a Hotel
– Moderator:
Guy Maisnik, JMBM

– Panelists:
Ethan Elser, PACE Equity
Jonathan Falik, JF Capital Advisors
John M. Keeling, Valencia Group
Rod Mullice, AirRealty
Andrew Shayne, Hollywood International Regional Center

10:55 am Session 15
Keynote Speaker
Richard K. Green, University of Southern California
Lusk Center for Real Estate
11:25 am Session 16
What About the New “Hip” Brands (and Soft Brands)?
– Moderator:
Kim Bardoul, Highland Group

– Panelists:
Kimo Bertram, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Jonathan Blanchard, BLVD Hospitality
Roger Bloss, RLHC
Mike Dean, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Chris Port, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

12:30 pm Session 17
Breakout Panels

17A: The Feasibility and Future of Boutique Hotels
– Moderator:
Frances Kiradjian, Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association

– Panelists:
Sagar Desai, Viceroy Hotel Group
Channing E. Henry, Alma Development
David Kuperberg, Dream Hotel Group
Carl J. Lambert, Lambert Investments
Jesse Stein, KHP Capital Partners

17B: Fine Tuning Management and Operations for Greater Profit and Value
– Moderator:
Michelle S. Russo, HotelAVE

– Panelists:
J.D. Barnes, Hilton Worldwide
Marc Hoffman, Sunstone Hotel Investors
Ali V. Kasikci, Bentley Management
Saxton Sharad, HotelAVE

17C: Why Independent Operators Make Sense
– Moderator:
Bob A. Rauch, RAR & Associates

– Panelists:
Jerry F. Cataldo, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Mark D. LeBlanc, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Adam Marquis, Pacifica Hotel
Doug Rigoni, Coast Hotels
Richard Russo, Highgate Hotels

1:30 pm Buffet Lunch
Sponsored by Red Lion Hotel Corporation

2:00 pm Session 18
General Session
Which Brand is Right for You, and How to Pick It

– Moderator:
Bob Braun, JMBM

– Panelists:
Tiffany R. Cooper, Marriott
Rush Ormsby, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Julienne Smith, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Todd Ruff, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

3:00 pm Adjourn