013 | Fearless Leadership with Vantage Hospitality President and CEO Roger Bloss

Roger Bloss has more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting in the business as a teenager. After serving in executive positions with several major hotel franchise companies, Bloss and his partners started the Vantage Hospitality Group in 1996 and acquired their first hotel. Bloss’ vision was to develop a national hotel chain based on an innovative membership model. His group was confident that this approach would reinvent the hospitality industry and change the way franchises were operated, and it did. The group continued to build the company’s infrastructure, resources, and programs, before launching Americas Best Value Inn as a national hotel chain in 1999, earning many industry accolades over the past decade. Today, Vantage Hospitality is the 8th largest hotel company with nearly 1300 properties worldwide. Read more

012 | The 12-Year Journey to the Top 10 with Magnuson Hotels CEO Tom Magnuson

Tom Magnuson is Co-Founder and CEO of Magnuson Hotels Worldwide – a top 10 global chain, and the world’s largest independent hotel group. Magnuson markets over 1000 hotels across six countries and three continents, and they’re the number one conversion brand in the market, with over 400 Best Westerns, 250 Wyndhams and 200 Choice franchises that have made the switch. Read more

011 | Raising Capital, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and Prefab Hotels with Dan Rama

Dinesh “Dan” Rama is Co-Founder, Partner/Designated Broker of NewGen Worldwide – a real estate investment advisory company that works with owners and investors in all aspects of the hospitality business. The firm provides services for the sale and acquisition of lodging properties, consulting, hotel asset management, and hotel litigation support. NewGen also owns and operates several hotels in the Southwest with affiliations with Hilton, InterContinental Hotels, Accor, and Choice Hotels. Read more

010 | Success by Association with HFTP CEO and Technology Trailblazer Frank Wolfe

Frank Wolfe is CEO of Hospitality Financial & Technology Professional’s (HFTP) – a global association serving hospitality professionals that provides members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth. Read more

009 | OTAs – The Basics, Tools and Strategies with Expedia’s Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is the Managing Director of Industry Relations at Expedia, Inc. – one of the largest online travel companies in the world – owners of the consumer brands Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Travelocity.com, Trivago.com and several other international travel sites. Read more

008 | Managing Your Online Reputation with Geordie Wardman

Geordie Wardman is Founder and Chief Conversion Officer of WaveReview.com, a Software as a Service platform that helps businesses improve their online reputations by proactively increasing the frequency and effectiveness of customer interaction.

Over the last several years, he has become an expert in managing your online reputation. Read more

007 | A Franchisor’s Perspective with Doug Collins

Doug Collins is President of DC Hospitality, a hotel brokerage firm based in Atlanta, Ga. DC Hospitality was formed in 2014 and offers comprehensive brokerage services to the hospitality industry throughout the country.

He is also CEO of Hospitality Lodging Systems, owner of the Budgetel and Haven Hotels Lodging hotel chains. Read more

006 | Another Day in Paradise with Mukesh Mowji

Mukesh Mowji, in addition to being a co-founder & CEO of Pracrea, Inc., is also a Principal in Silver Creek Hospitality and Everest Hospitality. Mukesh is a Charter member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), served as Chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and was President of Leuva Patidar Samaj of USA (LPS). Read more

005 | What Makes a Leader with John Hogan

John J. Hogan, CHA CMHS CHE CHO is a career business professional and educator who has held senior leadership with responsibility in several organizations involving operational, academic and entrepreneurial enterprise. He has demonstrated competencies as a strong leader, relationship builder, problem solver and mentor and is frequently invited to speak at franchise meetings, management company and hospitality association industry events. He also acts as an expert witness in both research and testimony in hospitality industry related cases.
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004 | Take Responsibility and Own It with Paul Darrow

Paul Darrow is the founder and president of PHD Financial – a boutique investment banking firm specializing in hospitality finance, debt restructure, consulting services, funding acquisition and financial advisory. He’s also a former hotel owner with a strong understanding of hotel operations. Read more