Thursday, February 7th

8:00 am-1:00 pm NEWH, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting
3:00-4:00 pm Students MIX & MINGLE
7:30 pm
Presidents Dinner (invitation only event)

Friday, February 8th

6:45-7:45 am EARLY RISER Activities
7:45-8:45 am Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome/BrandED Scholarship/NEWH Scholarship Video  IHG & Marriott Scholarships
9:00-9:45 am KEYNOTE: Make Way for Gen Z  David & Jonah Stillman During this dynamic keynote, father and son David and Jonah Stillman will introduce Gen Z and share their insights about navigating generational divides in the workplace and beyond. (Grand Ballroom)
9:45-10:30 am STATE OF OUR INDUSTRY: An industry health check: Where are we headed, and what do the finance and development pipelines for leading hospitality brands and operators look like? From limited service to luxury, hotels to timeshares, international hospitality leaders share their data-based industry outlook. John Hogan (Marriott), Tom Onken (Marriott), Chet Patel (Baywood Hotels), John Walters (Hilton) and moderated by Mark Sparrow (Jones Lang LaSalle)   (Grand Ballroom)
10:45-11:30 am Break Outs
NEWH BrandED: Sheraton by Marriott  In a condensed version of NEWH’s educational program, take a deep dive with Marriott leaders into the company’s brands and brand strategy, and what they have planned for the future. Indy Adenaw (Marriott), David Morton (Marriott)  (Plaza 4/5)
NAVIGATING INNOVATIONS IN HOSPITALITY  Find out which guestroom technologies are going mainstream, and how they will affect design and hoteliers’ bottom lines. From virtual and augmented reality to drones, the future is now. Find out which innovations in guestroom technology are going mainstream, how they will impact design and scope for A&D professionals, and what they mean for hoteliers’ bottom lines.  Drones Do The Job   Jeffrey Clement (Volara), Dan Rothfield (Measure UAS), Alexandre Simionescu (Float4), Sonny Sultani (Sonny & Ash),  and moderated by Kavitha Iyer (Marriott)  (Junior Ballroom)
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION CASE STUDY  Hear from an owner, general contractor, and manufacturer about modular construction and why owners are opting for the approach. Some of the industry’s leading brands are adopting modular techniques for future construction of bathrooms and guestrooms. Hear from an owner, a general contractor, and a manufacturer about how the A&D scope works within the process, and why owners are going modular. Bill Finfrock (Finfrock) and Russ Dagon (NBC Universal)  (Plaza 6)
11:45-12:00 pm Break / Live Podcasts and Interviews
xxNEWH Scholarship Presentation
xxNEWH Award of Excellence
xxNEWH Fellows Induction
xxPanel Discussion with Students
xxDrawing for Lodging Conference Passes (Grand Ballroom)
2:00-2:40 pm Break Outs
HOSPITALITY ON THE HIGH SEAS: Explore the world of design and supply for cruise ships—both new builds and renovations. Hear from a ship architect, designer, and cruise line internal designer and purchaser about their challenges and opportunities, company strategies, and even their private islands.  Aherif Ayad (IDDI), Nigel Hatcher (Ritz Yacht), Petu Kummala (Carnival), Per Lindqvist (Tilberg Design of Sweden), David McCarthy (AD Design London), and moderated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen  (Plaza 6)
BURLOCK COAST: A Restaurant Design Case Study by Streetsense From design concept to branding, Streetsense offers an in-depth case study of a recent restaurant project. A design director from this Top ID firm will delve into topics including back-of-house considerations and the way cuisine influences design.  Fabien Gnemmi ( Ritz Carlton Hotels) Gary Lake (Gencom), Jason Maringola (Streetsense), Angela McGarvey (Streetsense), Antoni Yelamos (Streetsense), and moderated by Roberto Sablayrolles (Streetsense)   (Plaza 4/5)
GROWING BRANDS & LIFESTYLE HOTELS  Jennifer Connell (Marriott), Jeanne Starling (The Kessler Collection), Barry Sullivan (Hilton) and moderated by Mary Scoviak (Emerald Expo)   (Junior Ballroom)
2:50-3:30 pm Break Outs
PROCUREMENT PARTNERSHIPS: Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas? Candid conversations between an owner, owners’ representative, project manager, designer, and purchaser will help you navigate these vital project relationships. Should designers design to provided owner budget, or is it the purchasers job to value engineer to meet budget? What’s the best way to ensure designer vision while keeping spec? These candid conversations between an owner, owners’ representative, project manager, designer, and purchaser will help you navigate the potentially choppy waters of these vital relationships.  Denise Ganson (NBC Universal), Helen Jorgenson (Host Hotels & Resorts), Doug Parker (The Parker Company), Trisha Poole (Deisgn Poole), Julie Rivera (PDSI), and moderated by Pat Miller (Leo A Daly)   (Junior Ballroom)
– GENERATIONS FIRESIDE CHAT with DAVID AND JONAH STILLMAN In this ask-the-author session, smaller groups can gather to take a deeper dive into what they most want to know about Gen Z. From politics to parenting to payroll, no topic is off limits. Participants can ask questions or share insights that are top of mind. This fireside chat takes Q&A to a deeper and more customized level.   (Plaza 6)
SMART-SPEC INTERIORS -Guestroom Casegoods  This specification writing class, presented by Boutique Design in partnership with NEWH, gets granular with in-depth methods for writing clear, supplier-ready specs. Learn best practices in guestroom casegoods writing from leading hospitality interior designers, purchasing agents, and manufacturers who will guide participants on efficient and effective spec writing for achieving optimal project results and avoiding errors that cost time and money. David Benz (Vaughan Benz), Joe Eikelberner (Benjamin West), Jonathan Fu (CF Kent), Karin Harrington (Studio Partnership), and moderated by Michelle Finn (Boutique Design)   (Plaza 4/5)
3:45-5:15 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 format. Facilitated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen   (Grand Ballroom)
3:45-5:15 pm Break Outs
STRATEGIC THINKING | Strategic planning begins with strategic thinking. This session, will review the components of strategic thinking—from topics such as customers and competitors, to products and services, to strengths to build upon and gaps to close. Channeling this thinking, along with the framework of the organization’s mission, will help provide a strong foundation to planning objectives and establishing actionable goals to move your organization forward. Led by Trudy Craven of TWC Consulting  (Junior Ballroom)
WHAT THE HEALTH? How the Built Environment Impacts Occupant Health and Well-being:  The world wellness market grew 12.8% in just the last two years: from a $3.7 trillion industry in 2015 to $4.2 trillion in 2017. This session explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, sleep, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being and looks to connect this trend with actions you can take now and in the future. Presented by Michael Eckert (Milliken & Company)   (Plaza 6)
5:30-6:30 pm VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION   (Corporate Lounge)
6:30-8:00 pm OPEN COCKTAIL RECEPTION (for all registered attendees)
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Saturday, February 9th

7:00 – 8:00 am EARLY RISER Activities
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome & Special Announcements
9:00-10:00 am KEYNOTE: The Power of Storytelling  There is nothing more impactful than a story well told. Award winning filmmaker Nirvan Mullick shares the power of storytelling for brands and non-profits, how to turn stories into impact, and the importance of creativity in fostering a culture of innovation and joy.   (Grand Ballroom)
10:00-11:00 am NEWH TOP ID: Behind the Design Top ID winners will share some of their most exciting recent projects in a mini case-study format. Malcolm Berg (EoA), Staci Patton (DLR), David Tracz (//3877), and moderated by Mary Scoviak (Emerald Expositions)   (Grand Ballroom)
11:15 am-12:00 pm Break Outs
– NEWH BrandED: Indigo by IHG  Stephano Delorenza and Lissa Pierce
NEWH BrandED: Tribute Portfolio by Marriott  Jennifer Connell, Amanda Nichols and Alison Sobeck
12:30-1:45 pm TASTE OF DESIGN: The Culinary Experience Through the Visual Sense  This luncheon will explore the latest in restaurant design with a well-known chef and designer.  Sherif Ayad (IDDI), Sarah Elena Cuellar (Jose Andres Think Food Group), Callin Fortis (Big Time Design), James Stapleton (FRCH), and moderated by Robert Polacek (Puccini Group)
2:00-3:30 PM TEAMS AND COMMUNICATIONS |  High performance teams and a strong set of communication capabilities are two fundamental business assets.  This session will review the stages of team development and how to move from one level to the next, along with a discussion about being thoughtful in selecting different communication styles to be the most effective.  Led by Trudy Craven of TWC Consulting
2:00 – 5:00 pm MILLIONAIRE’S ROW CRUISE: Fully-narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami’s spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row” – the homes of the rich and famous. 90 minutes
LITTLE HAVANA FOOD & CULTURAL TOUR: Taste authentic Cuban cuisine and listen to the stories behind those doing the cooking.  Learn about spiritual beliefs the community practices including Santeria.  Visit a cigar factory, explore Domino Park and The Cuba Ocho Art Museum. 1.5 hours includes 3 food stops
THRILLER SPEEDBOAT RIDE: The Thriller SuperCat 55 will cruise at speeds up to 55mph through and past Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Fisher Island and the Miami Beach’s coastline. This is the only tour to include ocean views of Miami Beach. 45 minutes 
SOUTH BEACH FOOD & ART DECO TOUR: Enjoy delicious cuisine at a diverse range of establishments; from 5-star gourmet to hole in the wall delicious ethnic eateries.  Stroll through Ocean Drive, Collins and Washington to learn about art deco history, architecture and famous movie locations. 1.5 hours includes 3 food stops.
6:30-9:30 pm BON VOYAGE SOIREE