133 | GDPR Compliance with HFTP COO Lucinda Hart

Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, has over 22 years of association management and customer service experience in the areas of human resources, certification, membership, chapter relations, conferences/trade shows, nonprofit legal issues, and governance and administration. As HFTP Chief Operations Officer, Lucinda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association, managing 30 staff members, as well as representing HFTP at numerous industry global events.

Lucinda received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management and her Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Management from Concordia University Texas. She is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Lucinda was awarded the Professional Excellence Award from the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). She serves as a mentor for Leadership TSAE and Concordia University Texas. Keep Reading »

132 | Practical Hospitality Consulting for Today’s Hotelier with Chip Elbers

Chip is a hospitality veteran and he’s been serving the industry for more than 30 years. He’s done it all – from washing dishes, to the front desk, Assistant GM, General Manager, Sales Manager, COO, CDO, VP and more. For over 20 years, Chip served America’s Best Franchising as the brand grew from just a few properties to a portfolio of nearly 300. After ABF was acquired by Vantage Hospitality a couple years ago, Chip began his hospitality consultancy, and he has helped multiple development and management groups not only grow profits, but identify key areas for improvement.

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131 | Let’s Rock the Hotel with Holly Arora

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Holly began her hospitality journey at the age of 13 as a housekeeper. Like many hoteliers, she slowly worked her way up through the ranks. By the age of 30, she was managing a hotel, and by 33, she became the General Manager at a Hampton Inn. Today, Holly is a full time mom and chief educator at Lets Rock the Hotel.

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130 | Hotel Safety and Security with Bill Frye

William D. Frye, Ph.D., CHE, CHO, CHIA is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator at Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and a doctoral graduate from the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Recreation Management at The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches classes in hotel and resort management, hospitality and tourism law, and club management, and is the professor in charge of Niagara University’s club management and Disney internship programs. He holds a Master of Hospitality Management degree from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

Dr. Frye has earned the designation of Certified Hospitality Educator from the Education Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He also serves as the editor of the Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety and Security Research. In 2008, he co-authored a textbook, Managing Housekeeping Operations, available from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Keep Reading »

129 | Improving Communication for Every Single Employee with Corey McCarthy

Corey McCarthy is VP of Marketing for the digital workplace app Beekeeper, and she has nearly twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Serving as the Associate Publisher of Lodging Hospitality magazine, VP Sales at Hotel Interactive and founder of Testarossa Marketing, she has extensive insights into all facets of the hotel business.

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128 | Leadership and Service Go Hand In Hand with Roger Miller

As a multi-unit hospitality veteran of 30+ years, Roger Miller has established himself as one of the hotel industry’s leading sales and marketing technical advisors who offers results-driven, sales & marketing expertise to the industry. He brings a depth of experience as a strategist, trainer, leader, coach, mentor and industry resource for full service, select service, extended stay, resort and independent brands.

Roger has represented more than 225 properties ranging in size from 60 to 600 rooms and $2.5 billion in assets across 42 states. His depth of knowledge across brands includes Marriott/Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Choice Hotels. He also has extensive experience with convention, resort and boutique independent hotels.

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127 | If You Don’t Invest in Your Employees, Your Competition Will with Kayla Barrett Curry

Kayla Barrett Curry is President of Organization Impact, LLC and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, American Society of Training and Development, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the National Association of Professional Women.

She has over 25 years experience in both the corporate sector and non-profit market as Director of Organizational Strategy, Director of Human Resources and Director of Staff Development. Kayla’s experience allows her to walk alongside organizations to help them identify their people development needs, then helps them discover a hands-on approach that advances the organization’s vision. She is the author of “Leadership Shorts: Practical Tips When You Are at Wit’s End” and the Amazon #1 bestseller “The Complete Experience: Unlocking the Secrets of Online Reviews that Drive Customer Loyalty.” Kayla holds a B.S. and M.S. in Organizational Communication from Murray State University in Kentucky.

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126 | Achieving Extreme Focus with Mental Performance Coach Dave Austin

Dave Austin is Founder of Extreme Focus and Co-Author of the international best-selling book, “Be A Beast: Unleash Your Animal Instincts for Performance Driven Results.”

Dave brings out the best in his clients, many of which are the elite and professional athletes you watch on TV everyday. He is a highly sought after “mental performance coach” who has worked, not only at the professional sports level, but also at every other level along the way.

The principles he teaches not only work on the field, they work in the boardroom, as his work translates exceptionally well for companies, entrepreneurs, and sales teams.
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125 | 7 Steps to Transform Your Customer Experience Micro-Moments with Tony Bodoh

Tony is a #1 best-selling author, international speaker and the founder or co-founder of five companies ranging from customer experience consulting to small business training to television production. Tony’s research in the area of human experience has helped companies improve their sales, marketing conversion and customer satisfaction. As a certified Mental Performance coach, he has trained Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, professional athletes and executives how to use their mind and emotions to achieve peak performance. Tony received the Award of Excellence from the Life Mastery Institute for his coaching. Keep Reading »

124 | A New Generation of Lifestyle Hostels with Rafael Museri

Rafael Museri has over fifteen years of experience in international real estate development. Eight years ago, Rafael moved from Tel Aviv to Panama City, Panama. In 2008, he founded the Dekel Group where his knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in the aggregation of Dekel’s extensive portfolio of real estate assets. Rafael’s vision has facilitated the growth of Dekel and its team – it took Rafael three years to find the village of Pedasi through careful research and then he found the correct team to help take his imagination and turn it into reality. He is the founder and CEO of Selina, a rapidly growing, new generation of lifestyle hostels with 13 locations in Latin America. His personal and successful business record has drawn a lot of successful business groups with great influences to invest in his company.
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