This year's program is being finalized with many of the popular sessions of the past will be included and updated to reflect on the changes we are all experiencing today.
 


Interactive attendee-driven session content focuses on four key areas:
~Career/personal/leadership development
~Developing technology strategy as a platform for success
~The business impact of technology
~Private exposés into specific technology disciplines
 



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Registration Open - Pre-Function C Optional
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Pre- Conference Dinner - The Ginger Man 

For those arriving Tuesday Night, The Ginger Man, Specialty Beers From Around The World, will host the pre-conference dinner for the 15th iteration of the Executive Vendor Summit.  The Ginger Man was created in Houston by Bob Precious in 1985. Certain aspects of Bob’s history bore resemblance to the main character, Sebastian Dangerfield, in J.P. Donleavy’s 1952 novel The Ginger Man*, and this provided the name of the pub. Due to the history of "pre-opening" night, a section of The Ginger Man will be cordoned off. A special menu of pub food, spirits, soft drinks and of course beer will be served!
 

Optional
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Roof-top Bar Open - Meridian 98

Let the late night networking begin! Fashioned after an authentic London club, Meridian 98 is one of the area’s hottest upscale rooftop lounge and small plate eatery. The venue offers both guests and the community wonderful specialty plate concepts by Executive Chef Patrick Newman if your flight arrived late. Featuring quarter sawn oak interiors and leather furnishings, this cozy space features a full bar, multiple indoor seating arrangements and an amazing rooftop terrace delivering commanding views of the neighboring Texas Hill Country. Enjoy a gorgeous hospitality moon, a Texas-styled drink and network the night away.

 
Optional


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Early morning self-guided run in the Texas Hill Country Run - Meet In Lobby
Runs will be catered to the participants' speeds and interests.

Optional
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration Open - Pre-Function/Foyer
 

Optional
11:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Pre- Conference Activity - Golf Tournament (Falconhead Golf Club) - Meet in Lobby 
This "tournament" is exclusively designed as an icebreaker that will break down inhibitions some have about embarrassing themselves on the golf course. In hospitality everyone works hard and we recognize spending hours on the golf course is a rare privilege. In order to ensure everyone has a good time, we have purchased extra tee times behind play so you won't be rushed and all golfers agree by playing that there is no judgement! There will also be some really fun prizes awarded. We recognize that there are two kinds of golfers ... those who can and those who can't, but like to have fun. So if you can, plan on captaining your team and if you can't you might pick up some free lessons, but you will definitely have a good time. 
 
Tee time is set at 12:00 PM and box lunch will be provided. 
Golf will be an additional $60.00 per person. If you are planning on renting clubs, it will be an additional $65.00 per person.






Optional   Optional
6:00 - 6:30 PM

First-time attendee reception in the Meridian 98
Optional
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

All attendees join the reception in the Meridian 98
Come enjoy a “Farmers Market” type set up with local Texas tastes. Each local taste would have a table and will pass out samples. 

During this time enjoy samples and be introduced to many local Texas flavors! Don’t be late – the annual Ice-breaker will be during this time and you won’t want to miss it!

Optional
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Plated Dinner for the attendees in the Colony C
Come officially kick off the Executive Vendor Summit at our Welcome Reception and Dinner on Wednesday night.  First enjoy networking with your peers while sampling local tastes of Austin, then enjoy a dinner that is locally sourced, incredibly fresh and artfully presented, true Austin style. 

 
Optional
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Roof-top Bar Open - Meridian 98
Let the late night networking begin! Fashioned after an authentic London club, Meridian 98 is one of the area’s hottest upscale rooftop lounge and small plate eatery. The venue offers both guests and the community wonderful specialty plate concepts by Executive Chef Patrick Newman if your flight arrived late. Featuring quarter sawn oak interiors and leather furnishings, this cozy space features a full bar, multiple indoor seating arrangements and an amazing rooftop terrace delivering commanding views of the neighboring Texas Hill Country. Enjoy a gorgeous hospitality moon, a Texas-styled drink and network the night away.
 
Optional


Thursday, February 28, 2019

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Early morning self-guided run in the Texas Hill Country: Day 2--Meet in Lobby (Complimentary)
Runs will be catered to the participants' speeds and interests.

Optional
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast - Pre-Function

Optional
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Summit Welcome - Colony C
Welcome From Rich and Frank
 

Optional
8:45 AM - 9:55 AM

ARE YOU AIMED TOWARD THE EXIT? - Colony C
Dave Berkus, who has negotiated more than 20 successful exits for his companies since 1990, will give a quick M&A course about focus, execution and wealth.  Dave will provide attendees with a four-step plan, including valuation methods for your business, finding the right kinds of buyers, maximizing the price tag, and reverse engineering your future exit event.  Finally, Dave will have a little fun with the audience while describing eight of his exits, along with one that never happened.  
 
Dave comes from the hospitality technology industry, having created, written and grown Computerized Lodging Systems from its inception in 1974 to its sale in 1990 and beyond. Today, he is a best-selling author, globally renowned speaker, highly sought after consultant, and manager of six early stage technology investment funds, including Wayfare Ventures, created to invest in early stage tech companies in the hospitality and travel segments.  He is acknowledged as one of the most active early stage investors in the country, named by Inc. Magazine as the first “super angel” in 1996, and has invested in more than 180 companies and participated in more than 40 boards - today chairman of seven of these.  Among his awards over the years, Dave was inducted into the HFTP HITEC Hall of Fame, named “Director of the Year” by the Forum for Corporate Directors, and “Technology Leader of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Dave’s blog, BERKONOMICS, is distributed to more than 140,000 readers each week, as Dave gives advice for entrepreneurs and managers, and tells stories of lessons learned.  He has written 14 books covering starting up through exit, and regularly posts videos on the subject on his YouTube channel and on LinkedIn. His “Berkus Method” of valuation is used worldwide, with more than 380,000 references in search engines such as Google.

Speaker: Dave Berkus, Author, Speaker, Consultant
 

Optional
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

How Entrepreneurs & Executives Can Leverage the Power of Story
Story is one of the most powerful assets entrepreneurs and business executives have access to. This session is meant to help you understand the power of story and how storytelling can be used to drive sales, build awareness, increase customer loyalty and impact a number of other key business drivers. We’ll look at examples of how successful entrepreneurs leveraged story to build their brands and examine ways you can use storytelling in your industry to leverage digital assets across multiple channels to better support marketing, sales and promotional activities. 
 
Speaker: Lyn Graft, Founder of StorytellingforEntrepreneurs.com


Optional
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Break - Colony C

Optional
11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Technology with Purpose – How we avoid solving problems we don’t have.
The law of diminishing returns applies to technology investment. Over engineered solutions aren’t only expensive they’re counterproductive in creating the guest experience of the future. In this session we’ll discuss where we see technology going and how as solution providers we ensure we solve problems that really exist.

Speaker: Peri Pierone

Optional
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch - Meridian 98

Optional
12:45 PM - 1:05 PM

Boomer vs. Echo-Boomer: What Works At The Office? - Colony C
Hear the first-ever hospitality debate between the classic rock, polyester leisure suit, hair spray using classic car owner and the technology infused, Uber-riding hipster, always looking for the best deal. A company’s success depends on both legacy and disruption -- but where does one end and the other begin?  
 
Optional
1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Grassroots or Grass Roots?  - Colony C
How do successful companies attract and motivate the best talent available in the market? Do we provide grassroots, a foundation for them to grow or do we throw out a nice cafeteria/coffee bar and accept the fact that the transgenials (Gen Y + Z) will just move on? Ivy Ford, Head of Global Employee Experience and Development, YETI, Inc., is going to share how a company with one simple mission: "to build the cooler you’d use every day if it existed," maintains a very talented workforce in one of the most competitive markets in the country. YETI has grown from a company started in 2006 by two brothers into a renowned brand traded on the New York Stock Exchange offering the best outdoor products in the world. 

 
Speaker: Ivy Ford, Head of Global Employee Experience and Development, YETI, Inc.
 

Optional
2:05 PM - 2:35 PM

Group Picture and Break/ Surprise   Optional
2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

From Technology to the Top: How Did a Technology Solutions Vendor Ascend to CEO of A Hotel Chain? - Colony CIt’s a burning question for today’s top hospitality technologists. Can you start your career in hospitality technology or F&B and end up the CEO of an international hotel company? Absolutely! Carlos Flores, the CEO of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation did just that. Carlos will share his journey, including the surprises, hiccups and roller coaster ride along the way. Did being a technology professional help or hinder? We shall see.

Speaker: Carlos Flores, CEO, Sonesta Hotels  
 

Optional
3:35 PM - 4:35 PM

Round Table/ Summit Sound Off: What Questions Do You Have for Your Peers or for the Industry? - Honeycomb
The annual roundtable will include other members of the industry who will participate and can be put "on the spot." This is a great opportunity to voice problems, challenges and solution ideas. Participation is required! Submit your roundtable topic ideas at the registration table when picking up your attendee badge.

Moderator: John Burns, President, Hospitality Technology Consulting
Optional
5:15 PM - 5:25 PM

Meet for Dinner - Lobby
Bus will leave at 5:30 sharp!

Optional
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Reception and Dinner - iFLY
At iFLY, you will fall in love with the sensation and the freedom that comes with floating on air. This new and exciting sport of indoor body flight allows you to experience the thrill and rush of skydiving without the terrifying height. After flying, enjoy Texas barbeque and relax with a refreshing beverage as you network with your peers. 

 
Dress is casual and comfortable. Please wear closed toed shoes.  




Optional
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Bus drives back to Sonesta 

Optional
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Roof-top Bar Open - Meridian 98
Let the late night networking begin! Fashioned after an authentic London club, Meridian 98 is one of the area’s hottest upscale rooftop lounge and small plate eatery. The venue offers both guests and the community wonderful specialty plate concepts by Executive Chef Patrick Newman if your flight arrived late. Featuring quarter sawn oak interiors and leather furnishings, this cozy space features a full bar, multiple indoor seating arrangements and an amazing rooftop terrace delivering commanding views of the neighboring Texas Hill Country. Enjoy a gorgeous hospitality moon, a Texas-styled drink and network the night away.

Optional


Friday, March 1, 2019

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Early morning self-guided run in the Texas Hill Country: Day 3--Meet in Lobby (Complimentary)
Runs will be catered to the participants' speeds and interests.

Optional
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast - Pre-Function

Optional
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Creating Blue Oceans – How to Set Your Business Apart From the Competition - Colony C
In a faster and ever-growing marketplace, examine the possibilities how our very own business can stand out and prosper ahead of our competition. In 2005 Dr. Chan Kim and Dr. Renee Mauborgne introduced us to "Blue Ocean Strategy, creating uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant." Pursuing differentiation and lowering cost stand at the center, but how to achieve that given our own day-to-day tasks. This session will discuss what are the necessary tools we need, how do we go about creating our own blue oceans, who can we use as examples or modeling tools and what does success look like. Learn about company culture and DNA rather than a step by step process and on how to get motivated for achievement.
 
Speaker: Michael Levie, Founding partner at citizenM

Optional
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Annual Customer Insights Onstage/CIO Panel Colony C
Back by popular demand will be the CIO panel where a multitude of tech leaders from hotel companies will share where their technology focus and investment will be this year.

Panel -  Ken Barnes, CIO, Omni Hotel & Resorts, Jeffrey Stephen Parker, VP Hospitality Systems, Red Lion Hotels, Mike Dickersbach, HEI Hotels & Resorts

Optional
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Summit Thank You - Colony C

Optional
11:15 AM

Shuttle leaves for the Austin airport
Hospitality Upgrade will provide one complimentary airport shuttle to Austin Bergstrom International Airport located approximately 20 miles from the Sonesta. Travel time varies widely based on Austin traffic--please plan accordingly. 
 
 

Optional
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