025 | Bringing Magic To Hotels With Kunal Patel

Kunal Patel grew up in the hotel industry. The son of successful multi-property owners, he learned firsthand how difficult it is to make a hotel run efficiently.

Kunal commenced studies in Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla, before transferring to Florida State/Florida A&M College of Engineering, where he majored in Chemical Engineering. Keep Reading »

024 | The Future of Almost Everything with Patrick Dixon

Patrick Dixon has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today by Thinkers 50. He’s often described as a Futurist keynote speaker, and he’s authored 16 books (650,000 in print in 40 languages) including Futurewise, SustainAgility, The Genetic Revolution, Building a Better Business, and his latest book, The Future of Almost Everything. Keep Reading »

023 | Think Big and Act Bigger with Jeffrey Hayzlett

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and former Fortune 100 c-suite executive. From small business to international corporations, he puts his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. Keep Reading »

022 | 10 Steps for Improving Operational Profits with Jon Albano

Jonathan “Jon” Albano is Founder & CEO of LodgingMetrics – a secure, cloud-based platform that enables hoteliers to track all of their critical business metrics across multiple properties from anywhere at any time, using a laptop, tablet or smart phone. He also hosts the popular Lodging Leaders podcast, an interview based show providing powerful business strategies for hotel professionals. Keep Reading »

021 | Mediation, Fact-based Decision Making, and Doing the Right Thing with Ramesh Gokal

Ramesh Gokal is a 39-year veteran of the hospitality industry, with a recognized reputation in the areas of entrepreneurship, franchise leadership and mediation expertise. His diverse industry experience includes being an entrepreneur, owning developing and managing a diverse hotel portfolio, working as a brand president for the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Cendant, and selling commercial real estate as a licensed real estate broker in the southeast. Keep Reading »

020 | Leveraging Your Network to Grow Your Business with Gillian Morris

Gillian Morris is the co-founder and CEO of TripCommon and Hitlist, building technology to bring online travel search and booking into the 21st century. TripCommon was born out of cofounders Gillian and Timo de Winter’s years of struggling with outdated, buggy travel search and booking tools. The company’s first product, Hitlist, helps users travel more by leveraging data in their social graph to present them with relevant destinations and deals. The app’s intelligent filters help users to find trips that suit their time, destination preferences and budget. Keep Reading »

019 | Technology Innovation, Big Data Analytics and Cyber Security with Fortune 500 CIO Les Ottolenghi

Les brings 30+ years of experience as a Fortune 200 IT executive, an entrepreneur, and a creator of several of the travel and entertainment industries’ most game-changing technologies. He’s been lauded by top executives at many of the world’s most respected technology companies including HP, Microsoft, Google, Dell, and Cisco as the best CIO they have ever seen and he’s earned the distinction of a top 50 CIO by CIO Magazine. Keep Reading »

018 | Service, Employee Benefits, Operating Debt Free and Entrepreneurial Responsibility with Harris Rosen

Harris Rosen is president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and is Florida’s largest independent hotelier. Founded in 1974, Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently features a collection of seven Central Florida hotels offering a total of more than 6,300 guest rooms, approximately six percent of the Central Florida inventory. Keep Reading »

017 | Iconic Leadership, Innovation by Necessity, the Human Resource, and Mindset with Mike Leven

Michael Allen Leven, also known as Mike, has served the hospitality industry for more than 50 years. Throughout his career, Mike has garnered nearly every award and recognition one can receive in the hotel industry, and he’s recognized by many as an industry icon and an innovative pioneer. In 2014, AH&LA presented Leven with a lifetime achievement award at the annual Americas Lodging Investment Conference. Keep Reading »

016 | Adapting to Change, Delivering the Right Product, and Government Affairs with Ash Patel

Ashwin “Ash” Patel entered the lodging industry in 1992 as a resident-manager and partner of a 54-unit Econo Lodge in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2004, he started Southwest Hospitality Management, LLC, with ownership interest in hotels that have affiliations with a variety of national chains, including Marriott, La Quinta Hotels, Choice Hotels, Wyndham Worldwide Hotels, Hilton Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, and Best Western International. Headquartered in Mesa, AZ, Southwest Hospitality Management provides both third-party and distressed-hotel management services, as well as investment opportunities through syndication. Keep Reading »