HVS Chicos Hotel Investment Conference

HVS Chicos Hotel Investment Conference

Thursday 8th November 2012  7:00 AM

HVS Chicos Hotel Investment Conference

DAY 1 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 2012 and DAY 2 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2012

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7:00 am - 9:00 pm - REGISTRATION
Grand Ballroom D

8:00 am - 8:30 am - NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Grand Ballroom D

8:30 am - 9:45 am - GLOBAL, REGIONAL, CARIBBEAN, AND ECONOMIC OVERVIEW
Grand Ballroom D

Global Trends
Stephen Rushmore, Jr, Chief Executive Officer & President - HVS Global Hospitality Services
Global & Regional Hotel Performance
Carter Wilson, Director - STR Analytics
Overview of Caribbean Lodging Market
Parris Jordan, Managing Director, Caribbean - HVS Global Hospitality Services
Overview of Global Economy
Dr. Avery Shenfeld, Managing Director & Chief Economist – CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank

9:45 am - 10:45 am – GENERAL SESSION
Grand Ballroom D

VIEW FROM THE TOP: INVESTMENT IN THE REGION
Join our panel of Investors, owners and operators in a discussion of the major issues impacting the industry in the region today. The region has been impacted significantly over the past five years but we are starting to see recovery in the top line at least.

But is this enough to get the investment and lending communities excited about the region again? What hurdles do we still need to get over? Where do these experts see opportunities? These experts will discuss what has attracted them to the region historically, the obstacles that the industry has been dealing with and how they are overcoming the impediments to successful operations, investment and development. They will discuss whether the challenges in the Caribbean region are significantly different than in other parts of the world or whether the same issues are present and what can be learned from the experience elsewhere. Finally, they will discuss how the industry within the region may evolve over the next few years and where their focus is.

Moderator:
David Larone, Director – PKF Consulting

Panelists:
David Brillembourg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Brilla Group
Kenneth Blatt, Principal – Caribbean Property Group
Dave Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer – Aimbridge Hospitality
Michael Shindler, Executive Vice President of Hotels & Casinos – Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos

10:45 am - 11:00 am - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - SPONSOR EXHIBITS
Foyer

11:00 am -12:00 pm – GENERAL SESSION
Grand Ballroom D

CARIBBEAN GONE GLOBAL - INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS
Where did they come from and what do they want?
In this important discussion comprised of experienced international investors representing various regions in the world, panelists will explain how perspective on the Caribbean has recently changed and appetite for Caribbean investment opportunity has consequently gone global. This discussion will examine how a variety of foreign family offices, institutions, lenders and emerging hotel brands have taken to the sand looking for opportunity to extend their reach into the recovering Caribbean region. Learn what they want and how they want it.

Moderator:
Bernard van der Lande, Managing Director and Senior Vice President – Hodges Ward Elliott Hotels

Panelists:
Pierre Charalambides, Founding Partner – Dolphin Capital
Greg Rice, President and Founder – Solid Rock Advisors
Jay Rosen, Vice President of Business Development – Davidson Hotels & Resorts
Fausto Barba, Vice President of Finance and Development – Capella Hotel Group
John Keith, Managing Partner – Caribe Hospitality

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 1 A
Grand Ballroom E

DESTINATION MARKETING IN THE CARIBBEAN
Join this prestigious panel of marketing and public relations professionals and reporters who will share insights and make recommendations for effective marketing techniques. This panel is geared toward the hotel operator and owner as well as anyone with an interest in tourism promotion for the Caribbean.

Moderator:
Leora Lanz, Managing Director - HVS Sales & Marketing Services

Panelists:
Gay Myers, Senior Editor, Mexico & Caribbean - Travel Weekly
Laura Davidson, President and Founder - Laura Davidson Public Relations
Gary Leopold, President and Chief Executive Officer - ISM Travel & Lifestyle Marketing
Ed Watkins, Editor-in-Chief - Lodging Hospitality
Simón B. Suárez, Chief Development Representative, Caribbean and Central America – Hilton Worldwide

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 1 B
Grand Ballroom F

FINANCING A DEAL IN DIFFICULT TIMES
The level of difficulty to finance hotel projects varies by region, project type and the sponsor’s track record. While construction financing remains difficult to obtain, funding for acquisitions appears to be loosening. Our panelists will discuss what pieces of the puzzle are needed to possibly make getting financing easier, the types of projects qualifying for debt, the current trends in financing terms and what the future holds on the financing front.

Moderator:
Jeff Higley, Vice President - STR Global

Panelists:
Lance Shaner, Chairman - Shaner Group
Steve Carvell, Associate Dean - Cornell University, School Of Hotel Administration
Peter Weiss, Director - Ackman-Ziff Real Estate
Neil Bane, Senior Managing Director and Principal - Johnson Capital
Sagar Desai, Director of Acquisitions & Development - Viceroy Hotel Group

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - NETWORKING LUNCH
Crowne Ballroom A

Presentations from Task Force Leaders
Announcement of 2013 CHICOS location from the host hotel and local Tourism Official.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - GENERAL SESSION
Grand Ballroom D

THE STATE OF THE GLOBAL GAMING SECTOR: PUTTING THE CARIBBEAN INTO CONTEXT
What does the future hold for casino-style gaming in the Caribbean? In the broader “neighborhood” of
Central and South America? How do these opportunities compare to those available in other gaming jurisdictions around the world? This panel will explore these questions and others, from the perspective of selected leaders with relevant experience operating and investing in casino-resort projects around the world – from Las Vegas to Asia to the Caribbean. Hear about how different regulatory regimes, infrastructure demands, capital structure difficulties, project returns and other key elements impact investment and operating decisions around the gaming world from a seasoned group of industry experts.

Moderator:
Adam Rosenberg, Managing Director, Global Head of Gaming – Goldman Sachs

Panelists:
Andrea Balkan, Managing Partner – Brookfield Real Estate
Nicholas Hecker, Principal – Och-Ziff Real Estate
Uri Clinton, General Counsel – Baha Mar Resorts

2:50 pm - 3:50 pm - GENERAL SESSION
Grand Ballroom D

CUBA VS. COLUMBIA INVESTMENT CLIMATES
Who will be the next success story?
While Cuba has been posted on the radar for so many years in anticipation of its long-awaited opening to foreign investment, Columbia is experiencing a genuine investment renaissance that has taken everyone by storm. Listen to this panel of savvy, market-specific investors debate the merits of each respective destination, focusing on the effects of transparency, rule of law, freedom of the capital markets, and graduation from age-old stereotypes as these Caribbean cousins compete for regional and international hotel investment.

Moderator:
Chad Meyerson, Director Global Sales – JetBlue

Panelists:
Jeremy Tang, Managing Director – Hemingway Capital
Adam Cohen, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer – Brilla Group
Michael Register, Vice President of Development & Partner – Trust Hospitality
Tim Ashby, Chief Executive Officer – Federal Regulatory Compliance Services, LLC

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - SPONSOR EXHIBITS
Foyer

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 2 A
Grand Ballroom E

INNOVATE FOR INVESTMENT SUCCESS - OVERCOMING INVESTMENT CHALLENGES
With the economy slowly turning around and foreign investors showing renewed interest in hospitality transactions, it is vital that new development projects are delivered successfully – which will in turn stimulate additional investment into the region. This panel discussion is intended to focus on critical implementation activities that are unique to the Caribbean region – and how governments, investors, and development teams can collaborate to conceive and deliver viable hospitality investments. The discussion is intended to be very practical – providing “real-world” guidance for developers based on the panelists’ extensive experience in development in the region (representing the views of Government, private developers, investors, and operators).

Moderator:
Kevin Goldstein, Director of Sustainability Services – HVS Global Hospitality Services

Panelists:
Patrick McCudden, Senior Vice President of Real Estate & Development – Hyatt International
Patrick Freeman, Vice President, Real Estate and Development – Cisneros Group of Companies
Mark Durliat, Chief Executive Officer and Principal – Grace Bay Resorts
Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Principal – Bedford Baker Group
Amy Ironmonger, Associate – K&L Gates, LLP

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 2 B
Grand Ballroom F

HOSPITALITY-DRIVEN MIXED USE RESORTS - PERSPECTIVES ON VARIOUS COMPONENTS
A lively discussion of the hospitality driven mixed use model with an emphasis on several real estate components typically present within the model. The discussion will focus on these components from the perspective of physical facilities and issues, operating models, and ways to optimize cash flow and value.

Moderator:
John Lancet, Managing Director, Miami – HVS Global Hospitality Services

Panelists:
Neil Kolton, Director of Sales - Interval International
Jonathan Nehmer, Principal - JN+A Design
Alinio Azevedo, Director of Development - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Nelson Parker, Head of Development, Americas - Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
German Rojas III Castillo, Senior Manager, Business Development - RCI

5:10 pm - 6:00 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 3 A
Grand Ballroom E

OPERATIONS: MASTERING THE REBOUND
In this highly interactive session we are looking at how operators and other stakeholders are maximizing gains as the Caribbean soars into recovery. Learn from industry experts their secrets to promoting destinations, leveraging opportunity, raising rates and keeping expenses in check.

Moderator:
Glenn Haussman, Managing Editor – Hotel Interactive

Panelists:
Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer and Principal – Grace Bay Resorts
Paul Burke, Chief Operating Officer – Kerzner International
Honorable Haydn Hughes, Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism - Government of Anguilla
Louis Alicea, Director of Development, Caribbean and Latin America – Wyndham Hotel Group
Alejandro Acevedo, Vice President, Caribbean and Latin America – Marriott International

5:10 pm - 6:00 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION 3 B
Grand Ballroom F

OPPORTUNITIES, OPPORTUNITIES, OPPORTUNITIES
Following four long years with stormy clouds due to the impact of the global economic recession, the silver lining is finally beginning to bring to the forefront some opportunities for investors with access to capital. Banks are emerging from the world of “pretend and extend” and are bringing some challenged properties to market; developers are taking a renewed look at stalled new builds; investors are getting tired of sitting on the sidelines and are looking actively for opportunities to reposition for the improving economy; and the existing hotels are exhibiting positive gains in RevPAR throughout the Caribbean. We look forward to discussing what form these opportunities take and some strategies to assist in bringing them to fruition. Investors, bring your wallets!

Moderator:
Cristina Lanao-Rossel, President - The BDC Group

Panelists:
Timothy Peck, Chairman – OBM International
Roland Mouly, VP of Development, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, Americas – Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Edgar Garin, Director of Franchise Development, Central & South America – La Quinta Inns & Suites
Juan Morera, Deputy Director of Corporate Development – Grupo Posadas
Fernando Fernandez, VP of Development, Americas – Sol Melia International Hotels

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Cafe at The Great Hall of Waters - Royal Towers Lobby

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