Holds over twenty-eight years of Hospitality experience with Hyatt and Hilton Hotels and Resorts. Hotel management experience within 14 Four Diamond Resort and Leisure properties. Led food and beverage and innovation design process experience among first class resort properties, International destinations, working with multi -cultural work forces, leading teams of 400 employees. building customer service focused strategies into work groups competitive environment.
CLARA CARTER, is an award winning and seasoned meeting and event professional with over 20 years experience. Ms. Carter, President and Founder of the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network (MCCSN), Inc., provides global meeting, event management and hotel sourcing services to associations, corporations and leisure travel clients.
Karen Gonzales, CMP has joined the staff of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) as Director, Partnership Relations. In this role, she will assist with selling exhibit space for Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition and manage the sponsorship and advertising programs for IAEE, as well as fundraising for Exhibitions Mean Business. Gonzales will also engage in outreach and attendee acquisition for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Foundation’s initiatives.
Robert Rauch, CHA, is a nationally recognized hotelier and CEO of RAR Hospitality, a leading hospitality management and consulting firm. Rauch has over 35 years of hospitality management experience in all facets of the industry. Widely recognized as the 'Hotel Guru', Mr. Rauch runs a blog called Hospitality Innsights where he expounds upon trends in the hospitality industry at HotelGuru.com.
Lucy Burni is an accomplished business woman, devout mother, and serves multiple community organizations. In her professional life, she is a seasoned commercial real estate and hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience, ranging from property management, leasing, financing, and acquisition to development and renovation. Ms. Burni’s experience has been applied to a number of commercial properties including: The Four Points Sheraton, a 225 room full service hotel since 2006 to present; Churchill Hotel, a 125 room hotel from 1996-2012; Ramada Inn, a 210 room hotel from 2001-2007 and multiple multi-tenant commercial, restaurant, entertainment and residential properties in prime San Diego markets.
Business owner, travel expert, author, actor, public speaker, TV producer/host with a technology background---Michael Gordon Bennett is the Founder and CEO of TripCrazz a technology-driven customizable approach to travel, lifestyle and media that will utilize AI/ML, UX/UI, NLP, Big Data, Social and eCommerce to simplify and tailor the travel process for the end user from information gathering to bookings and beyond emphasizing a mobile first approach.
Trustworthy, agile, driven, results oriented, executive leader with 25 plus years hospitality experience. “Honesty and Integrity counts” to Reggie Woolridge. Reggie’s in the Peoples Business managing teams from 5 to 500. He’s currently with Marriott International as the General Manager for the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park and most recent hotel manager at Westin and Sheraton Hotels Crown Center Kansas City 1,500 rooms.
Carolyn’s responsibilities as Principal Diversity Advisor at Sempra Energy entailed consulting with leaders at all levels regarding the company’s Diversity Initiatives. These initiatives included identifying high performing women and people of color for developmental opportunities for upward mobility; diversity awareness training; sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention training, and conducting harassment and discrimination investigations. She also was responsible for coaching and counseling employees at all levels on their responsibility to create an environment free of harassment and discrimination.