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The 17th Annual Executive Vendor Summit -

The 2022 agenda will include many popular sessions of previous events. This year’s CIO panel includes Dan Kornick with Loews Hotels & Co., Cameron Hammond with Hyatt, Andrew Arthurs of Aimbridge Hospitality, Richard Tudgay of Highgate, Yvette Vincent of Marriott, and Brent Lessing of Omni Hotels & Resorts.

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, March 29, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

For the early arrivers, join us at the Concrete Cowboy to kick off the 2022 Executive Vendor Summit! 
Address: 3685 The Star Blvd Suite 210, Frisco, TX 75034
Enjoy good food and a cold beer at this indoor/outdoor relaxed sports bar while overlooking the Dallas Cowboys Ford Center.
We will have a table from 6:30-8:30 pm! This is an informal dinner meet up and please note transportation is on your own. Feel free to ask the front desk to utilize the hotel’s complimentary shuttle services.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open - Lobby Library Optional

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration Open  Sunset Foyer Optional
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


For those who are registered and playing in the golf outing, your tee time and paring information will be sent to you closer to the event date.  We suggest for those who are registered and playing in the outing, to arrive at the onsite Stonebriar Country Club Pro Shop one hour before your tee time to check-in.  This will allow you to have ample time at the club and practice facilities (if needed) before your round.  The Stonebriar Country Club also has onsite food and beverage offerings available as well.
  • Limited space available
  • 9 hole outing
  • Playing the Fazio Course
  • Tee times ranging from 11:00 a.m. to 11:16 a.m.
  • Additional fees required
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Registration Open –  Sunset Foyer

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

Summit Welcome  Sunset Ballroom

3:15 PM - 4:50 PM

Educational Session: Crypto and Blockchain Explained (Hopefully) with Coinbase – Sunset Ballroom

Speaker - VJ Vesnaver, Business Operations & Strategy Manager, Coinbase
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

First-timer reception  Beans & Barrel Patio Optional
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Icebreaker & Cocktail Reception - Beans & Barrel Patio

A Very Non-Traditional HU Icebreaker 

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Dinner - Garden Terrace (Weather Permitting)

Attendees may want to bring along a jacket or sweater to dinner as we will be eating outside enjoying the amazing view of our resort hotel.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Early morning self-guided run  Meet in Lobby (Complimentary)
Runs will be catered to the participants' speeds and interests.
Be sure to check out the newly renovated gym with amenities such as Peloton bikes and much more.
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration Open  Sunset Foyer
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

BREAKFAST  Lonestar Room

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

Educational Session: Hot Topics in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Sunset Ballroom

Nothing is certain, except death, taxes, and changes in privacy and cybersecurity law. Eva Novick is a privacy, cybersecurity and data protection attorney at Foster Garvey PC. She will provide need to know compliance updates from the past year including highlights of new laws and the latest trends in ransomware.

Speaker - Eva Novick, Of Counsel, Foster Garvey PC

9:25 AM - 10:15 AM

Educational Session: The Upside-Down World of Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) Sunset Ballroom

How SSI technologies could change B2C to “C2B”,
SSI benefits to vendors and their clients. Should you be an early adopter?

Speakers -  Mark Haley, Partner, Prism Hospitality Consulting; Douglas Rice, Managing Director, Hospitality Technology Network, LLC

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

MORNING BREAK Sunset Foyer Optional
10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

Educational Session - M&A - Mergers and Acquisitions are happening at a historic pace Sunset Ballroom

How do you prepare for and attract the right buyers?
Speaker John Rovani, Managing Partner & Founder, and James Filsinger, Managing Director, PONTERRA Business Advisors

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

MARSHMALLOW SURPRISE - TBD  Sunset Ballroom Optional
11:55 AM - 12:55 PM

LUNCH – Lonestar Room
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM

Group Photo - DO NOT MISS! 

1:15 PM - 2:10 PM

Education Session: Data to drive smarter revenue and better customer experiences - Sunset Ballroom

The saying that “data and analytics is the new oil” has never been more true. And while there are many high-level data sources available to inform us of everything from the heightened price of gas, reductions in government stimulus, rebounded level and speed of tax refunds to consumers, raising inflation and changing consumer and business debt levels that are impacting the size of a consumer’s and business’s wallet, many of them are disparate and not individually actionable. What if travel companies could understand how these trends are impacting the financial durability of their customers? What if they could use this to better personalize offers or prioritize sales account plans? The Equifax story is a lesson in how to leverage strategy, technology, data and partnerships to transform a 100+ year old credit bureau to shift from a singular credit focus, to a mission to understand a 360-degree view of consumers and companies, partnering with the technology and data eco-systems across industries, to create value driving solutions. We’ll take a look at the inner workings of a data and insights first company, and explore how this can enable the travel and hospitality eco-system.

Speaker – Matt Busch, SVP & GM - Insurance, Communications, Energy and Travel, Equifax

2:15 PM - 2:25 PM

The CallTek Mini-session Sunset Ballroom

Technology has been put to the test over the past two years and has resulted in the creation of additional communication channels to support with remote workers, internal support, field support, customers and guests.

While technology executives are focused on moving forward, they are also looking for solutions to consolidate data from many unmanaged platforms to into platforms that can consolidate data and provide business KPI to enable strategic decision making.

Speaker – Tony Espinoza, CEO, CallTek, Inc.
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Educational Mini Session – Selling the Dream…in Five Minutes or Less Sunset Ballroom

An anecdotal session describing a day in the life of a hotel sales professional post COVID-19. Have you wondered how the sales landscape has changed, or how short-term selling is the norm and how we are changing our approach to keep up with the new lightning-speed pace of client bookings?

Speaker – Mandy Reid, Area Associate Director of Sales, Prism Hotels
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Pass the Mic Activity - Sunset Ballroom Optional
3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

NETWORKING SNACK BREAK - Sunset Foyer Optional
3:50 PM - 5:15 PM

Round Table/Summit Sound Off:  Lonestar Room

CIO PANEL: Cameron Hammond, Hyatt; Dan Kornick, Loews Hotels & Co.; Andrew Arthurs, Aimbridge Hospitality; Richard Tudgay, Highgate; Yvette Vincent, Marriott; John Laplante, G6 Hospitality LLC

There were the obvious challenges but what situations did you encounter that totally surprised you? Good or bad? How many approached you trying to acquire your company? How did you deal with interacting with your customers who were struggling? Any regrets? Positive stories to share? The EVS Roundtable is usually the highlight of the summit and with everyone having experienced a year that we never thought was possible there will be many stories to share.

Moderator - Rich Siegel
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception Legacy Ballroom
Dress code: cocktail attire

7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Dinner  Legacy Ballroom
PROVision Presents HU@30 - Sponsored by BlueprintRF
Dress code: cocktail attire

Proceeds from the HU@30 Dinner will benefit the HFTP Foundation :https://www.hftp.org/hftp_foundation/

Friday, April 1, 2022

8:30 AM

Breakfast: Lonestar Room Optional
10:00 AM

That's a Wrap!

Thanks for Attending the 2022 EVS Vendor Summit! EVS attendees will be able to use an exclusive Lyft coupon code to take a Lyft to the DFW Airport or the Dallas Love Airport.
The code will be active from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Friday, April 1, 2022.
Hospitality Upgrade will cover trips up to $30.00 USD*.
If you already have the Lyft app, simply enter EVS2022HU in the Promos section of the Lyft app. Once the code is accepted, it will appear in the 'Promos' tab and you will be able to see the details of the code, such as time restrictions, location restrictions, how many times it can be used, and how much credit you have left.
If you do not have the Lyft app, please download the Lyft app on your phone from the Apple app store or Google Play store. Or use this link to download the Lyft app, (the EVS code will be automatically applied):  https://www.lyft.com/i/EVS2020HU
*If the fare exceeds $30.00 USD, the remainder will be charged to the card on your Lyft profile.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors:

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