THINC: The Hotel Investment Networking Conference Releases Final Schedule of Events and Speakers for May 15-16 Event in Chicago

  THINC: The Hotel Investment Networking Conference Releases Final Schedule of
  Events and Speakers for May 15-16 Event in Chicago

  Marcus & Millichap Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Hessam
                         Nadji Named Keynote Speaker

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- April 14, 2014

Organizers of The Hotel Investment Networking Conference (THINC) today
released its final agenda for the inaugural event to be held at the Hilton
Chicago, May 15-16, 2014. Co-hosted by DePaul University School of Hospitality
Leadership and Lodging Unlimited, the hospitality consulting company, the
updated speaker list includes a virtual “who’s who” of hospitality industry
elite. Of particular note, Marcus & Millichap Senior Vice President and Chief
Strategy Officer  Hessam Nadji has been named the conference’s keynote

“It is extremely gratifying to have been able to compile these exceptional
speakers and panelists, 100 percent of which are presidents, CEOs, owners,
investors and senior executives, for our very first THINC event,” said Morris
Lasky, co-chair and co-founder. “We have representatives from Marriott
International, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Capital Group, Interstate Hotels &
Resorts, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Hostmark
Hospitality Group and the Marcus Corporation, amongst others. We have
purposefully put together a centralized event that immediately precedes the
National Restaurant Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, should attendees like
to stay for both events.”

“We are particularly proud of our interactive THINC Tanks and three Power
Panel General sessions: Thursday at 3:45pm, Friday at 9:00am and a super power
Panel closing out the event on Friday at 3:30pm,” said Mary Lou Lasky,
co-chair and co-founder. “Panelists consist of Nancy Johnson, executive vice
president, Industry Relations, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Katherine Lugar,
president & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Suril Shah, senior vice
president, Starwood Capital Group; Jim Abrahamson, chief executive officer,
lnterstate Hotels & Resorts; Bob Alter, president, Seaview lnvestors, LLC;
Liam Brown, president, U.S. & Canada Select Service & Extended Stay Lodging
and owner & franchise services, the Americas, Marriott lnternational; Greg
Marcus, president & CEO, The Marcus Corporation; Pratik Patel, chairman,
AAHOA; Bill Fortier, senior vice president of development, Americas, Hilton
Worldwide; Greg LaBerge, national director, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate
lnvestment Services; Richard P. Millard, chairman & CEO, Trust Hospitality;
John Rutledge, president & CEO, Oxford Capital Partners, lnc.; Homer G.
Williams, chairman, Williams / Dame & Associates, lnc.; and Chuck Tomb,
principal, LRC properties, LLC.

“Furthermore, attendees have the opportunity to meet with these top level
executives throughout the two-day event in a series of formal and informal
networking events."

Lasky noted that DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership, which was formed
just five years ago, already has earned a reputation as an important
educational resource and is graduating more than 50 students a year who are
finding good leadership positions within the industry. In addition to
providing student support, The School of Hospitality Leadership will benefit
from the proceeds of the conference.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network also is working with conference to raise
awareness and funds to combat the disease.

Additionally, THINC offers a series of in-depth discussions with top hotel
power players, topics will include “Creating a Hotel Portfolio,” “Debt &
Equity Finance Options,” “Economic Indicators & Valuation Parameters,” “Hotel
& Restaurant Profit Generators,” and “Branding Strategies & the Franchise
Agreement,” amongst others.

Cost for the two-day event is $895, which includes three general session power
panels, speed networking, interactive THINC tanks, two cocktail parties and
multiple networking and food events. Additional information and electronic
registration are available at, and the conference
electronic brochure can be viewed at THINC Brochure.


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