Announcing the BLLA Board of Advisors for 2022
The Continuing Transformation of the Boutique Hotel Sector is a Top Priority
BLLA, the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association, is pleased to announce the confirmation of the boutique leaders who are joining the BLLA Board of Advisors for 2022. They are coming together to support top agenda items for the association, affecting some of the world's best boutique hotels and small, independently owned brands.
Introducing the 2022 BLLA Board of Advisors:
Frances Kiradjian , Founder & CEO, BLLA, Board Chair
Ariela Kiradjian , COO, BLLA, Board Co-Chair
Amber Asher , CEO, Standard International
Atit Jariwala , Founder & CEO, BRIDGETON
Carolyn Schneider , Partner & President, Casetta Group
David Bowd , Co-Founder & CEO, Salt Hotels
Dean Porter Andrews , Principal Owner, Easton Porter Group
Dee Patel , Managing Director, The Hermitage Hotel
Eric Jafari , Chief Development Officer, edyn
Hilda Delgado , Chief Financial Officer, Viceroy Hotel Group
Jennifer Hawkins , CEO, Hawkins International PR
Jennifer Barnwell , President, Curator Hotel & Resort Collection
Jim McPartlin , Chief People Officer, Highgate
Jim Root , General Manager, Mii amo & Director of Wellbeing, Enchantment Group
Nile Tuzun , Founder & Chief Creative Storyteller, Studio Nilebrand
Omar Palacios , COO, CFO & Partner, Geolo Capital
Phil Hospod , Founder & CEO, Dovetail + Co
Rami Zeidan , Founder & CEO, Life House
Samantha Ahuja , Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Vaughn Davis , General Manager, Dream Hollywood
We are extremely grateful to our outgoing Board of Advisors for their time, dedication, and support of the association and our members throughout 2021.
Chris King , Chief Development Officer, Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Dan Daley , Principal, Ten Five Hospitality
Daniel C. Peek , Chief Operating Officer, Hodges Ward Elliott, LLC
Gigi Vega , Past General Manager, The Wall Street Hotel
Jack Westergom , Founder & Managing Director, Manhattan Hospitality Advisors
Jagruti Panwala , President & CEO, Wealth Protection Strategies
Kia Weatherspoon , President, Determined by Design
Luis Gallotti , Co-Founder, Amek Group
Mark Keiser , Chief Development Officer, EOS Hospitality
Meryanne Loum Martin , Founder, Jnane Tamsna
Rani Gharbie , Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, Life House
Robert Blood , Founder & President, Lark Hotels
Ross Walker , Founder, Managing Partner, Hawkins Way Capital
Tammy Farley , Co-Founder, The Rainmaker Group
The boutique hotel segment is doing extremely well, according to the membership and sentiment from the industry itself. Hotels are reporting, in general, high occupancies, and some reporting the highest ADRs ever. The agenda for 2022 will include a high level of programs to support the growing sector and ensure its survival and continued success now and in the future.
These executives will assist the association in key initiatives including international membership expansion in conjunction with a new BLLA European office and further global initiatives, program planning for the major conferences as well as the smaller, more intimate events, a broader educational program for members, and a discussion on solutions such as the proper tech stack, the future of labor, supply issues and more The boutique sector continues to rise in its popularity due to very high demand and the expanded interest of new investors, developers, operators, as well as today's traveler.
By banding together in a type of "think tank," these creators, disruptors, and innovators will continue the progress the Board made in 2021 such as the high amount of content BLLA initiated publicly through the press, blogs, and conferences with more than 320 speakers, awards and recognition for properties and their owners and other key projects still in progress. Their work with BLLA will be integral to ensuring that the next generation of hospitality is one that is genuine, unique, profitable, and inspiring. The 2022 Board of Advisors has a vast array of knowledge and experience. They have all committed to supporting the BLLA mission:
To counteract corporate monotony and champion creativity. To forget the forgettable and forge the once-in-a-lifetime. To break down doors and link the most brilliant minds in the hospitality industry. To build on our now 13-year legacy of reimagining the multifaceted future of boutique hotels and the boutique lifestyle-together.
The 2022 Committees including Education, Program Planning, Technology, and Membership will be announced shortly. We invite you to explore the BLLA Board of Advisors for 2022 here. If you are interested in joining a Committee, please ensure you are a member-in-good-standing and email [email protected] with your interest.
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