Hear from Some of the World’s Leading Industry Experts

Our Knowledge sessions are all about giving a platform to experts— Speakers, Visionaries, Specialists, Authors, Professionals, Facilitators, Veterans, Senior Executives, Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Decision-Makers. Attendees can expect groundbreaking ideas, actionable insights, thought-provoking opinions, fresh perspectives, emerging trends and other valuable information.

Keynote Speakers

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Josh Linkner

Innovation Keynote Speakerlinkedin

Josh Linkner started his career as a jazz guitarist and then went on to become the founder and CEO of five tech companies

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Nina Sossamon-Pogue

Keynote Speaker & Owner, NSP Communicationslinkedin

Nina Sossamon-Pogue is a respected keynote speaker on Resilience. A former executive at a high growth tech company during its IPO

Thought Leaders at The Innofac Show 2021

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Biran Patel

Chairman, AAHOAlinkedin

Biran Patel is the Chairman of AAHOA. He has been an active member of the association since 2003

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Greg Walker

Director of Research, CABAlinkedin

Walker is an accomplished research and business operations professional with many years of experience in science research

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Michael Lee Sherwood

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Las Vegaslinkedin

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of process improvement, technology, and innovation

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Pawel Pietrasienski

Director, Intl. Trade, Nevada GoED, Las Vegaslinkedin

Pawel Pietrasienski serves as the Director of International Trade in The Nevada, Office of Economic Development International Division

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Glenn Haussman

Show Host, No Vacancy Newslinkedin

Glenn Haussman loves the hospitality business. That’s why he’s hosts the No Vacancy Live Video Podcast

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Calvin Tilokee

CEO, Revpar Media LLClinkedin

After a 20 year career in hospitality, Calvin founded Revpar Media to help hotels properly strategize social media

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Harman Narula

Co-Founder, Canary Technologieslinkedin

Harman Singh Narula is one of the founders of Canary Technologies, a venture backed hotel technology company

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Are Morch

Customer Experience Coachlinkedin

Are Morch provides social media consulting for hotels and resorts. He works closely with hotels to create social media strategies

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Lloyd Major

CEO & Co-Founder, Halo Solutions Ltdlinkedin

Lloyd has nearly 20 years experience as a police officer and has developed his expertise at the College of Policing, Coventry University

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Eric Eisenberg

VP of Hospitality, Pürlin, LLClinkedin

Eric Eisenberg is VP of Hospitality for Pürlin, LLC. Pürlin provides a truly sustainable linen option that creates a unique guest experience

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Yani Deros

CEO, CIRQ+linkedin

A Technologist with decades of experience developing 100’s of advanced product solutions for start-ups and global corporation

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Elle Rustique

CEO & Founder, TipBrightlylinkedin

Elle Rustique, PhD is an educator and social scientist turned fin-tech startup founder on a social impact mission

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Vicky Smith

Founder, Earth-changerslinkedin

Vicky’s worked in tourism since the mid-90s, and sustainable tourism since the mid-90s, in destinations, marketing and e-commerce

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Mili Majumdar

Sr. Vice President, U.S. Green Building Councillinkedin

Mili Majumdar is Senior VP, US Green Building Council and MD of Green Business Certification Institute Pvt. Ltd., India

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Prof. Dr. Willy Legrand

Professor, IU Intl. University of Applied Scienceslinkedin

Dr. Willy Legrand is a Professor of Hospitality Management at the IU International University of Applied Sciences in Germany

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Ron Pohl

COO, Best Western Internationallinkedin

Ron Pohl is Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts

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Christopher Puntureri

COO, Iridescent Hotelslinkedin

Christopher Puntureri is the Chief Operating Officer at Iridescent Hotels. He started his Hospitality career in 2004

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Fred Gordy

Director of Cybersecurity, Intelligent Buildingslinkedin

Fred Gordy is a SmartBuilding industry expert and thought leader with 20 years of experience in secure control system

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Amr Raafat

Vice President, VDC & Technologylinkedin

Technology Leader and Expert in the Construction industry’s most cutting-edge technologies

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Robert Stevenson

CEO, Intelitylinkedin

Robert Stevenson is a tech and entertainment executive with more than 20 years of rich experience

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James Lemon

Founder & CEO, Otololinkedin

James is Founder & CEO of Otolo, a mentoring community platform for people passionate about hospitality to realise their potential

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Shafi Syed

Global Head of Department, Equinox Hotelslinkedin

Shafi Syed is the Global Head Hotel Development & Acquisitions at Equinox Hotels, leading the Group’s expansion

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Dr. Jeffrey O

President, International Hospitality Institutelinkedin

Dr. Jeffrey O is a seasoned CEO, hospitality educator, coach, and author. He currently serves as President of the International Hospitality

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Mark Dorr

President, New York State Hospitality & Tourism Associationlinkedin

Mark currently serves as the President of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA)

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Howard Weiss

Hospitality & Entertainment Strategy, AREA15linkedin

Howard Weiss serves as Head of Entertainment & Events for AREA15. He is an experienced Entertainment & Hospitality Executive

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Kelley Jones

Principal, Kelley Jones Hospitalitylinkedin

Kelley Jones is the founding partner of Hospitality Alliance and principal of Kelley Jones Hospitality with offices in New York City

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Peter Ricci

Clinical Associate Professor & Directorlinkedin

Peter Ricci is Clinical Asso. Prof. & Director of the Hospitality & Tourism Program with s 25+ years experience in tourism industry

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Suzanne Markham Bagnera

Clinical Assistant Professor, Boston Universitylinkedin

Suzanne Markham Bagnera is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University

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Holly Stiel

Speaker, Consultant, Thank You Very Much Inclinkedin

Holly Stiel is a trailblazing service philosopher who innovated a method of training based on the practices and principles

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Jonathan Hayes

Risk Director, Moto Hospitalitylinkedin

Jonathan Hayes is a commercially minded Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner specializing in operational risk

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Roger A. Allen

Group CEO, RLA Globallinkedin

Roger is the Group Chief Executive Officer of RLA Global, a recognized global advisory to investors, owners & developers

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Christopher M. Henry

Co-Founder & CEO, Majestic Hospitalitylinkedin

Christopher M. Henry, ISHC, co-founded the Majestic Hospitality Group in August 2008 and handled projects in Americas, Europe & Asia

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Ritu R. Pahwa

National Commercial Chair, AREAAlinkedin

Ritu Rani Pahwa earned her MBA in Global Marketing and Management from the University of Texas at Austin

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Abid Butt

Managing Director, AB Ambassadorslinkedin

Abid Butt has a keen knowledge of organizational design and developing high performing teams

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Jacques Barthelemy

President, Charme & Caracterelinkedin

Jacques Barthelemy is both the President of Charme & Caractere and Professor at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaures (France)

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Lara Paemen

EMEA Director, IFMAlinkedin

Lara is also a member of the European Advisory Board, she acquired 17 years of experience as a Strategic Workplace Consultant

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Calvin Stovall

CEO, ICONIC Presentations, LLClinkedin

Calvin is the CEO for ICONIC Presentations, LLC. Calvin specializes in delivering high-energy, customized keynote presentations

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Eric Reinarman

Policy Counsel & Director, State & Local Government Affairslinkedin

Prior to joining AAHOA, was a Chief of Staff in the Florida Senate and served in the same role as Broward County Board of Commissioners

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Steve Arehart

Director, GBAC a Division of ISSA

Steve Arehart, GBAC Director of Technical Operations, has more than a decade of environmental health and safety experience

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Khristina Quigley

Host, Revenue Hackslinkedin

Khristina is a former commercial manager working in the hospitality industry. Also a Guest Speaker on revenue, recovery & strategies

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Dr. Andy Cooper

Senior Vice President, Ecolablinkedin

Dr. Andy Cooper joined Ecolab in 1998 and has been responsible for diverse innovation and customer support teams across Ecolab

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Faustino Fernandez

Founder and CEO, STAYmywaylinkedin

Faustino Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of STAYmyway, a hospitality technology company that offers mobile access to hoteliers

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Brian Tkac

Director of Hospitality Analytics – U.S. Midwest, CoStar Grouplinkedin

Brian has over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience in Hotels & Resorts, with numerous executive Sales & Marketing positions

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Tracey Hartford

Vice President of Client Services, Windover Construction

Tracey is the Vice President of Client Services for Windover Construction and has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry

Thought Leaders at The Innofac Show Talks

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Miraj S. Patel

Board of Director, AAHOAlinkedin

Miraj is a highly motivated second-generation hotelier who began his career in hospitality from a young age

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Charles Pappas

Senior Writer, Exhibitor Magazinelinkedin

Charles Pappas has covered the expo industry for Exhibitor Magazine since 2002 and is its defacto historian

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Manuela D'Agata

Education and Certification Director, ISSAlinkedin

Manuela D'Agata is the Education and Certification Director at ISSA International where she joined in the beginning of 2019

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Yannis Moati

CEO, HotelsByDaylinkedin

Yannis Moati is the CEO of HotelsByDay, a booking platform for daytime hotels. Yannis has a rich background of 15 years in travel

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Ken Patel

CEO, EV Hotel Grouplinkedin

Ken Patel is the CEO of EV Hotel Group, an Atlanta based Hospitality Management Company

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Maurizio Tripi

CTO, Bidroomlinkedin

Maurizio Tripi is a technology leader, and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience

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Patricia Olinger

Executive Director, GBAC (ISSA)linkedin

Ms. Patricia Olinger is the Executive Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, (GBAC), a Division of ISSA

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Peter Daly

COO, GettinLocallinkedin

As a co-founder of GettinLocal, Peter is hyper-passionate about creating a mobile marketing solution that connects travelers and residents

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John Bohlman

Founder, HawkenAQlinkedin

John Bohlmann is the founder and CEO of HawkenAQ, a building technology company working to make every building healthy

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David Katz

President, Sustainable Resources Management Inc.linkedin

David Katz established Sustainable Resources Management in 1993 to invest in and provide, marketing and administration

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J. Christopher Larry

Director of Energy Engineering for EXPlinkedin

Chris has spent almost 30 years working with clients to minimize the building industry’s energy and environmental

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Miraj S. Patel

Board of Director, AAHOA linkedin

Miraj is a highly motivated second-generation hotelier who began his career in hospitality from a young age

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Charles Pappas

Senior Writer, Exhibitor Magazine linkedin

Charles Pappas has covered the expo industry for Exhibitor magazine since 2002 and is its de facto historian

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Ritu R Pahwa

National Commercial Chair AREAA linkedin

Ritu Rani Pahwa earned her MBA in Global Marketing and Management from the University of Texas at Austin

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Faustino Fernandez

Founder and CEO, STAYmyway linkedin

Faustino Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of STAYmyway, a hospitality technology company that offers mobile access to hoteliers

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Manuela D'Agata

Education and Certification Director at ISSA linkedin

Manuela D'Agata is the Education and Certification Director at ISSA International where she joined beginning of 2019

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Eric Eisenberg

VP of Hospitality, Purlin, LLC linkedin

Eric Eisenberg is VP of Hospitality for Purlin, LLC. Pürlin provides a truly sustainable linen option that creates a unique guest experience

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Patricia Olinger

Executive Director, GBAC linkedin

Ms. Patricia Olinger is the Executive Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, (GBAC), a Division of ISSA

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Ken Patel

CEO, EV Hotel Group linkedin

Ken Patel is the CEO of EV Hotel Group, an Atlanta based Hospitality Management Company

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Maurizio Tripi

CTO, Bidroom linkedin

Maurizio Tripi is a technology leader, and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience.

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Elle Rustique PhD

CEO & Founder, TipBrightly linkedin

Elle Rustique, PhD is an educator and social scientist turned fintech startup founder on a social impact mission

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Yannis Moati

CEO, HotelsByDay linkedin

Yannis Moati is the CEO of HotelsByDay, a booking platform for daytime hotels. Yannis has a rich background of 15 years in travel

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Jacques Barthelemy

President, Charme & Caractere linkedin

JB is both the President of Charme & Caractere and Professor at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaures (France)

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Peter Daly

COO, GettinLocal linkedin

As a co-founder of GettinLocal, Peter is hyper-passionate about creating a mobile marketing solution that connects travelers and residents