3:00-5:00 pm NEWH POWERtalk LIVE Registration  (table sponsors & delegates only)
Check in at NEWH Registration Desk
Event Hub, Lobby Level
7:30-4:30 pm NEWH POWERtalk LIVE (table sponsors & delegates only)
Grand Ballroom
4:00-5:00 pm Students Mix & Mingle
Belle Meade
4:00-8:00 pm Registration for Leadership Conference Attendees
Event Hub, Lobby Level
6:00-8:00 pm Welcome Reception  (open to all conference attendees)
Broadway 1
6:00-10:00 pm President’s Dinner  (an invitation only event)
sponsored by ALIS DESIGN+, Architex, Hospitality Design, Kalisher, Maison Hospitality Furnishings, Porcelanosa USA, TLC Hospitality, TLS Furniture & Woodcraft Hospitality
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00-8:10 am Welcome
Grand Ballroom
8:15-9:15 am Keynote with Scott Stratten, President of UnMarketing
Scott has co-authored six best-selling business books with his business partner and wife Alison and was formerly a music industry marketer, National Sales Training Manager, and a College Professor. He ran one of the most successful viral video agencies in the world for nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like Walmart, Pepsi, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Cirque du Soleil and Saks Fifth Avenue when they need help navigating their way through the landscape of business disruption.
Grand Ballroom
sponsored by CF Kent Contract
9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-9:45 am Pinnacle Award Presentation
Celebrate with NEWH as we present the NEWH Pinnacle Award to an NEWH member who has contributed extraordinary time, effort and commitment to NEWH.
Grand Ballroom
9:45-10:45 am VIEWPOINT 2024
Vision for the future of hospitality. Building upon the past and setting up for the future. Hear from C-Suite Executives. Industry trends, creative deal making, what are the opportunities around distressed assets and where are the deals. Helen Jorgensen, Chet Patel, Christie Patterson, & Brian Quinn
Grand Ballroom
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-12:00 pm NEWH BrandED – HILTON
Delve into the history of Tempo, Hilton’s newest Lifestyle brand and what makes each hotel a unique destination created for today’s lifestyle travelers. Join an in-depth discussion of the development, design, and construction of the newly opened Tempo Nashville with 308 rooms and suites, spectacular public areas and meeting facilities, pool, Topgolf venue, and a Bluestone Lane. Learn the details of hotel development and construction from executives of HRI Hospitality, Tempo Nashville’s owner and operator. Barry Sullivan, Kirsten Vaselaar, & Grant Worrell
sponsored by BERMANFALK Hospitality Group
FireSide Chat with Scott Stratten
Enjoy an informal casual setting for conversations with Scott
Does Being a Hotelier Make a Good Restaurateur?
See what’s on the menu
The new wave of F&B in hotels is moving towards 3rd party F&B programs. Learn how these collaborations and trends affect design, revenue and service. David Ashen, Jason Berry, Vincent Celano, & David Shove-Brown
12:00-12:15 pm Break
12:15-1:30 pm Scholars & Awards Luncheon
Luncheon Keynote – Vaki Mawema
Join us for lunch and a presentation of the NEWH Leadership Scholarship awards as we celebrate these deserving students: Shannon Bauer, Design Institute of San Diego; Elizabeth Brown, High Point University; & Megan Mullenax, Michigan State University
Grand Ballroom
sponsored by Quiltcraft & Tarkett Hospitality
1:30-2:00 pm Break / No Vacancy – a live Podcast with Glenn Haussman
A fun, fast paced genre bending program peeling back the travel business veneer. Perfect for the road warriors, leisure travelers and industry insiders. Glenn looks behind the scenes of the travel business by sharing stories, experiences, and with interviews featuring the industry’s biggest names.
Grand Ballroom Foyer
2:00-3:00 pm Hotel Renovation: Knocking Down the Walls
When is it more than lipstick on a pig?
Renovations cycles have been extended and gone through a metamorphosis. A study into what the Brands are requiring and how owners are negotiating with them as they navigate CapEx shortfalls, lending concerns and daily operations. Jennifer Clawson, Clif Dierking, Sean McNaboe, Cindy Potter, & Pete Welch
sponsored by Sunbrite Outdoor Furniture
Project Success – Design & Procurement Relationships
Going to the Mat
Walking the tightrope for design integrity and the interface between procurement, design and budgets. Ted Carroll, Mark Friesen, Staci Patton, & Trisha Poole
Opening Doors… Opportunity Knocking
Building the Future of Hospitality
Hear from industry leaders how they are opening doors and providing education to encourage today’s youth for careers in the hospitality industry. Seize the day means making the most of your life in this exact moment. Don’t let yourself wander to the past in your thoughts nor should you be distracted by the future. Instead, focus on what you can accomplish in the present moment to make the most of it. Karin Harrington, Dionne Jefferson, Ashli Johnson, & Thomas Penny
sponsored by Smith Gee Studio
3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:15 pm Bridging the Gap
Exploring the Impact of Generational Differences
Understanding how generational differences affect various segments of the hospitality industry is crucial for creating reciprocity and profitability in employee relations, addressing ever-changing trends and expectations in guest experiences, and developing strong corporate identities and cultures. NEWH will deliver and discuss their 2024 framework, supported by research within the membership and community, that addresses trends, challenges, and best practices to help organizations not only react to generation shifts but plan for and embrace them. Jessica Casiano, James Lumsden, Michelle Madison, & Tara Witt
3:15-5:00 pm HD University: Product Specification Bootcamp
Case Goods Module 1.5 CEU, 1.5 LU
Presented by Hospitality Design and ISHP|The International Society of Hospitality Purchasers
Designed to help you spec smarter, HDU: Product Specification Bootcamp features the expert points of view of five project team panelists—owner, brand, A+D, manufacturer, and purchaser—to unpack the specification process from owner expectation to writing the spec. This in-depth, how-to course merges product knowledge and skill development with highly interactive Q+A and hands-on spec-writing. Brady Hall, Hayley Morgan Heider, Kathleen Houlehan, Dionne Jefferson, Carl Long, Aine O’Connor, & Jessica Pfeifer
3:30-5:00 pm Hospitality Design / NEWH Owners Roundtable
Take the opportunity to connect one-on-one with some of the most influential leaders in hospitality in a rotating roundtable format. Additional ticket purchase required.  (see participants here )
Grand Ballroom
sponsored by Hospitality Design/Emerald
5:30-6:30 pm VIP Cocktail Reception – 1st hour open to Architectural firms, Interior Design firms, Procurement firms, Hotel Brands and Owners, Speakers and Panelists, and VIP Reception Sponsors
Broadway 1
sponsored by C2C Designs, Durkan/Mohawk Hospitality Group, Tempur Sealy International, & Source
6:30-8:00 pm Open Cocktail Receptionopen to all attendees
Broadway 1

Y O U R   N I G H T   T O   E N J O Y   N A S H V I L L E   W I T H  I N D U S T R Y   F R I E N D S
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:00-9:05 am Welcome and Special Announcements
Grand Ballroom
9:05-9:15 am NEWH Fellows Induction
Join us as we present our new members into the NEWH College of Fellows. Fellowship is bestowed on NEWH members who have made notable contributions to the Hospitality Industry, not only through their work, but through their demonstrated commitment to NEWH.
Grand Ballroom
9:15-10:15 am Keynote with Clodagh
A multiple award-winning ID Hall of Fame designer, named to the AD 100 and as one of the top ten designers in the world by the Robb Report, Clodagh is the founder and CEO of the international design studio, Clodagh Design. In the design world and beyond, she has focused on sustainable, green design and wellness for many years, bringing it to the forefront of the industry.
Grand Ballroom
sponsored by PTY Custom Lighting
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:30 am Communicating Brand Personality
Discover Brand Differentiators – Creating the Brand
How are brands developed? How are they reinvented? Who drives the initiative? Do we have too many? What are the swim lanes and what distinguishes one brand from another? Adam Glickman, Ashley Ewing Parrott, Lissa Pierce, Leslie Schultz, & Barry Sullivan
Design Firm Exposé
Creating the firm’s vision – inspiring the team to achieve it
NEWH TopID firms share their leadership competences on how they have built successful design firms. Join them as they share their collective expertise on how they built their exterior and interior culture. Michelle Finn, Anissa Mendil,  David Shove-Brown & Libby Sims Patrick
Podcasts: A Growing Communications Media Platform
Creative Communications Through Podcasting
Hear from top podcasters in the hospitality industry… how they started their podcasts, do’s and don’ts, target audiences and how they provide relevant industry news and information. Sarah Dandashy, Glenn Haussman, & William Speros
11:30-12:00 pm Break
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch and Networking
Drawing for the Lodging Conference 2024 attendee pass (a $2595 value). Bring your business card to enter the drawing. Must be present to win.
Grand Ballroom
sponsored by Akula & County Draperies
12:45 -1:00 pm Break
1:00-2:00 pm Designing Dreams to Fruition
Design Imagination and the Experience
A look at inspirational, fantasy projects and how they become reality. Explore the globe for these unique designs and their creators.  Enrico Cleva & Andreas Profanter
Rethinking Design at Midscale
Mid-scale hotels… Not as mainstream as you think
Join this panel for an in-depth discussion on how mid-scale is designing outside of the prototypical box. Kristen Freeland, Kevin Ketschek, Chet Patel, Mitch I. Patel, & Harry Wheeler
The Future of Sustainability in Hospitality
Partnership, Collaboration, and Commitment
Connecting the impact and intersection of sustainability between the manufacturer, the designer, and the brand and/or owner. Each of these stakeholders cannot meet their own sustainability goals without the commitment to deep sustainability practices from the entire eco-system. This session will explore the value of partnerships and synergies in the areas of Human Health, Climate Health, and Social Equity. Rachel Berkin, Gordon Boggis, Tom Ito, & Justin Taylor
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-3:15 pm What’s the Narrative?
The art of storytelling with the purpose of creating distinctive experiences
Leading designers provide insight on building a design narrative. What is the difference between the narrative and design description? Exploring the process to writing the story. Kathy Chavez, Kristen Freeland, Linda Laucirica, Casey Scalf, & Andrea Sheehan
NEWH BrandED – Marriott
Bringing extended stay hospitality to a new level, Marriott’s newest brand, Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy or AMB, is an apartment-style soft brand that offers premium and luxury stays in individually branded buildings. Targeting the needs of families, friend groups, and business travelers, AMB offers full-size apartment suites, furnished, with locally-inspired aesthetic, driven by a branding narrative unique to each property. Backed by the power of Bonvoy, Marriott’s loyalty program, guests can book a night or a month-long stay, with certainty and consistency. Join the presentation to learn what makes AMB an exceptional hospitality offering, like nothing else currently on the market. Rado Ivanov & Lauren O’Neal
sponsored by Ratana
Unparalleled Luxury
Indulge and experience: Designing luxury and their inspirations
Explore what is involved in international design, creating global luxury destinations and exceptional service. Malcolm Berg, Grace Escaño-Maniatis, Amy Jakubowski, & Bill Tom
4:00-5:30 pm Surprise! Closing Event
Join us for Camaraderie, Competition and Chaos for a Great Cause
NEWH is taking networking to a new level, with a twist. All conference attendees are invited to the Pre-Game Party on Saturday at 4:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Nashville Hotel to complement your adventures Saturday evening, whether you are attending the Mid-South Regional Group’s Closing Party at the Redneck Riviera or headed out on the town. Come dressed in your boots and western attire to join in the fun that will include a DJ, line dancing lessons, bull riding and pony hop races. NEWH has teamed with Folds of Honor and John Rich of Redneck Riviera, who has generously provided Redneck Riviera Whiskey for a tasting. There will be a full cash bar and fun State Fair food! Donations for the whiskey tasting will go to NEWH Scholarships and Folds of Honor Scholarships, a nonprofit providing life-changing scholarships to families of America’s fallen or disabled military and first responders.
Special thanks to…

Redneck Riviera – John Rich & Team – Twenty20 Beverages
Grand Ballroom
7:00 pm Redneck Riviera – Chapter Conference Closing Party  (sorry, we are sold out)
Stay a While and Self-Explore Nashville!
To “See & Do” Nashville, use the NEWH/Mid-South Region guide you received at registration.