OUR MINDSET MENTORS
Founder, Principal Hunter Hospitality Consultatnts
Executive Sales and Business Development leader with a laser focus to exceed revenue goals and secure partnerships that will impact the bottom line. A leading boutique lifestyle specialist that has launched over 46 Hotels and developed 5 brands in 8 countries. Fearless visionary that will strategically and successfully lead organizations with limited resources to produce cutting edge results. Recognized for unique and broad networking capabilities creating exposure for companies that historically are new in a marketplace. Cultivating relationships and developing in 30 years an extreme global business network that most recently grew a Regional Hotel Company to International acclaim.
Expertise: Strategic Partnership, Luxury Leisure Sales, Corporate Business Travel and International Wholesale
Co-Founder, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Founder, Pinetti W.A.Y.
Steve helps organizations of all sizes in the hospitality, healthcare, and service industries train their employees to strengthen their culture, and align brand values around a shared purpose and vision. Through workshops and custom tailored courses that focus on creativity in problem solving, personal evolution, unique top line strategies, employee and customer experiences. Steve helps leaders hit the reset button to breakthrough the ruts and routines standing in the way of their growth and success.
Expertise: Hospitality Management, Leadership and Brand Development
Founder & CEO, Aspire
Renie Cavallari is founder, CEO and Chief Instigator of Aspire and an award-winning international strategist and leadership expert. Since founding Aspire in 1995, Cavallari has worked with thousands of organizations helping them optimize asset value and improve people performance. Known as an organizational anthropologist and a pioneer and innovative change agent, she is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on shifting human behavior.
Expertise: Revenue Optimization, Revenue Management Strategy, Corporate Development and Cultural Alignment
Founder & CEO, THISASSEMBLY
Bashar Wali is a trailblazer of culture. He lives at the nexus of beauty, travel, design, and divining the future. Consummate traveler and connoisseur of globetrotting experiences. To be human is to evolve and create. Founder of This Assembly. Always ready with the perfect word at the perfect time.
Expertise: Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Development, and Brand Development
Founder, Genre Hotels
With over 30 years of relationship marketing experience, Kerry has companies as diverse as Hyatt and Kimpton on his resume. This Purdue educated, Sigma Chi Fraternity, hotel expert has founded 3 hospitality marketing companies including Kerry Hotels and Kerry Camp (Boot Camp Training for SUPERSTAR Sales) providing unparalleled representation to independent hotels.
Expertise: Strategic Marketing, Revenue Analysis, and Strategic Partnerships
Global Travel Ninja, Snap Inc.
With 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Sean has been instrumental in the development and management of the travel programs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Guess Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Riot Games. Sean currently leads the travel program in 17 countries for the parent company of Snapchat, Snap Inc., in Los Angeles. In addition to his duties at Snap Inc, Sean served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Business Travel Association for 10 years from 2006 to 2016, including two terms as chapter President. He also served on the Delta Air Lines’ Technology Advisory Board for two consecutive years from 2015-2016.
Expertise: Contract Negotiation, Strategic Planning, Program and Event Management
North America Travel Manager, Amazon
In Shannon Wilson’s current role as the North American Travel Manager she is responsible for a number of programs which include and definitely not limited to; Amazon’s global hotel, air and car programs; Amazon’s “GEMS”, Groups, Events and Meeting Services group; traveler education, development and training of travel programs with employees, vendors and TMC. She also currently serves on the GBTA Accommodation Committee.
Going on her 10th year at Amazon.com Shannon, prior to that she spent 25 years with CWT starting as a Corporate Travel Counselor and then moving into the Account Management.
Expertise: Program Management, Strategic Partnerships, and Strategic Planning
Vice President of Human Resources, Chesapeake Hospitality
Brenda McGregor has played an instrumental role in the Chesapeake Hospitality story for more than three decades. In her current position as the Vice President of HR, McGregor is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of Human Resources services and support within the organization. She works closely with senior leadership to strategically cultivate a collaborative and cohesive workplace environment that reflects Chesapeake’s unique culture and supports the healthy growth and development of Chesapeake employees.
Expertise: Revenue Analysis, Organizational Development, and Strategic Planning
Hospitality Strategic Advisor
Travel Agency Owner
Since 2003, Rob has overseen hospitality sales, marketing, public relations and revenue management strategy for some of the industry’s biggest names. In recent years with his company, RDB Hospitality, DelliBovi and team have added property operations and food & beverage expertise to their arsenal, serving as asset management or full service advisers on 140+ properties in domestic & international markets.
Expertise: Revenue Management, Strategic Planning and Marketing