35th Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Announces Featured Speakers and New Initiatives

Hunter Investment Conference
3.14.2024
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35th Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Announces Featured Speakers and New Initiatives

Hunter Investment Conference
3.14.2024
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The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference (“HUNTER”) today announces featured speakers and new initiatives woven into this year’s programming. The additions to the 2024 schedule underscore HUNTER’s commitment to incorporating fresh topics and perspectives to its expanding attendee base, positioning itself as the hospitality industry’s leading conference.

Amongst the esteemed speakers, HUNTER welcomes Cassie Kozyrkov, Google’s first chief decision scientist, to lead an engaging session on artificial intelligence and its evolving impact on the hospitality industry. Additionally, joining the 2024 speaker lineup is Oz Pearlman, a renowned mentalist known for his appearances on America’s Got Talent, TODAY Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. Pearlman will captivate the audience with an engaging luncheon performance, offering a refreshing mental break amidst the conference’s busy agenda. Other key speakers to take the stage at HUNTER include Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Anthony Capuano, president and CEO of Marriott International; and Leslie Hale, president and CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust.

This year's conference marks a significant milestone, with 51% of speakers representing diversity, including women and underrepresented groups. This accomplishment embodies HUNTER's dedication to featuring a wide range of voices and perspectives for its growing audience.

“Every event benefits from having greater diversity of thought and balance across its speaker lineup. Showcasing speakers with a wide range of perspectives on the stage is a benefit for attendees while simultaneously ensuring greater visibility for these leaders, which will move the needle further on overall representation in the hospitality industry,” said Rachel Humphrey, founder of Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance.

Furthermore, HUNTER announces the introduction of new initiatives at this year’s event, set to become regular features in future conferences. Most notably, HUNTER introduces "The Table," an inclusive initiative inviting attendees to participate in roundtable discussions facilitated by industry professionals with multifaceted backgrounds, experiences and careers. In collaboration with the Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance, “The Table” represents the sole session open to both registered and non-registered attendees, emphasizing HUNTER’s commitment to amplifying all voices within the industry. Another notable initiative added to this year’s programming is the student-focused panel, titled “Class of 2024.” This session, featuring a blend of students and industry luminaries such as Geoff Ballotti, president & CEO of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Kevin Osterhaus, president of Graduate Hotels, will explore the intersection of academia and hospitality, reflecting the growing involvement of colleges in the HUNTER conference. In partnerships with over 13 universities nationwide, this initiative reflects HUNTER’s passion for investing in the future generation of hospitality leaders, as the conference proudly welcomes over 100 students at this year’s event.

“As we celebrate our 35th conference, we continue to grow the program, perspectives and topics year after year,” said Lee Hunter, chairman of the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference. “With attendees at the forefront of every part of the planning process, I am immensely proud of our team for intentionally crafting this year’s innovative programming, with distinguished speakers and impactful sessions set to debut at HUNTER.”

The conference runs from March 19-21, 2024 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. For more information about HUNTER, including the conference schedule and registration details, please visit hunterconference.com.

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