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  Tourism Leadership Summit Set for Sept. 22 - 24, 2005
at the Omni Orlando Resort; Designed for Senior
Management in the Tourism Industry


ORLANDO, Florida – Tourism industry leaders, headed by Gary Sain, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell have organized an innovative Tourism Leadership Summit Sept. 22 - 24, 2005 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate outside Orlando, Florida.

The Tourism Leadership Summit offers senior travel executives the opportunity to gain insight from several of the brightest minds in the industry while interacting at Orlando’s newest upscale resort, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. 

Featuring prominent speakers from lodging, attractions and cruise lines and other travel industry segments, the Summit is open to senior executives committed in achieving performance excellence for themselves, as well as, their organizations. 

Key speakers include Kay Urban, president and chief executive officer for Amadeus North America; Robert Coggin, vice chairman, Cendant Travel Distribution Services; Denise Godreau, senior vice president of brands and segments, Walt Disney Attractions; Victor Lopez, senior vice president of field operations for Hyatt Corporation; Christine Arnholt, vice president of marketing, Carnival Cruise Lines; Peter Yesawich, chairman/CEO, YPB&R, and Matanyah Hecht, President of Skål International and its 25,000 members worldwide,  plus an array of others. 

Program Speakers and Panelists 

Kay Urban, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amadeus North America.  Ms. Urban's responsibilities include Sales and Marketing Management, Product Management, Commercial Operations, and Customer Support and Training for Amadeus North America's travel agency, multinational, cruise line and specialty customers.  For five years running, Ms. Urban has been named as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Travel" by Travel Agent Magazine.

Peter C. Yesawich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell.  YPBR is America's leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency serving travel, leisure and lifestyle clients.  The agency represents clients in every category of the travel industry through seven offices in the US, Europe and South America.  Mr. Yesawich is a frequent commentator on travel trends in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Business Week, as well as on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

Victor Lopez, Senior Vice President, Field Operations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  Mr. Lopez oversees operations at the company's 22 hotels and resorts in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America.  Mr. Lopez is responsible for owner relations, financial performance and standardization of product and services in each of these properties.

Denise Godreau, Senior Vice President of Marketing leading the Domestic and International Segments and Brand strategy team at Walt Disney World.  Ms. Godreau joined Disney in 1997, after several marketing leadership positions at Blockbuster Entertainment, Pizza Hut and Procter & Gamble.  During her career, she has worked in many international assignments in Latin America, Europe and Asia, increasing her appreciation for the importance of diversity within an organization.

Robert W. Coggin, Vice Chairman, Cendant Travel Distribution Services.
Mr. Coggin is responsible for managing airline sales and service relationships for all TDS brands, including Cendant's travel portals and distribution services.  Prior to joining Cendant, he operated his own consulting company and had a 42-year career with Delta Airlines.  At the time of his retirement with Delta he was Executive Vice President of Marketing and was one of four members of the Delta Executive Council.

Abraham Pizam, Ph.D., Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida.  Dr. Pizam has a worldwide reputation for his expertise in the academic fields so important to the travel industry.  The Rosen College at UCF attracts students from around the world to study with, and work beside, internationally recognized faculty and tourism executives teaching in facilities that are state-of-the-art.

Timothy Hemphill,  Executive Director, Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Mr. Hemphill oversees the organization responsible for marketing Kissimmee and surrounding Osceola County as a major tourism and meeting destination.  The area hosts some 6,000,000-plus visitors annually.

Gregg Anderson, Regional Vice President of Acquisitions, Intrawest Placemaking.  Vancouver-headquartered Intrawest Corporation is a world leader in destination resorts and adventure travel. Through its Intrawest Placemaking Division, the company develops and sells condominium hotel units, including one recently announced to be built across from the newly expanded Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the second-largest meeting facility in the

Mark H. Brown, Executive Vice President, American Automobile Association.  Mr. Brown oversss AAA strategy and planning, automotive services, travel related services, insurance services, partnership programs, marketing services and corporate affairs.  He started his AAA career in 1972 as a part-time member services counselor in the Washington, D.C. area.  Mr. Brown has been a registered lobbyist three states and has championed issues of interest to AAA members.  He is a trustee for the AA Foundatiuon for Traffic Safety.US.

Doug Kosarek, Senior Vice President, Ocean Resorts. A privately-held Daytona Beach hospitality   ownership and management company, Bray & Gillespie specializes in redeveloping and/or renovating waterfront properties and transforming them into luxury resorts and condominiums.  The company is re-shaping Daytona Beach, Florida.  Mr. Kosarek is responsible for all HR functions for both the hotel/resort portfolio, as well as the real estate arm of the company.

Christine Arnholt, CTC,  Vice President of Marketing, Carnival Cruise Lines.  Ms. Arnholt is responsible for all aspects of Carnivals marketing communications, including advertising and promotions, as well as partnership marketing (travel agency co-op program and compensation/commissions).   She also oversees Carnivals in-house desktop publishing/creative department and develops marketing strategies for the companys site on the World Wide Web. She was recently named one of Travel Agent Magazines "Rising Stars" and is the recipient of the "National Top 25 Media Planner of the Year" award from Omni Magazine. 

William Peeper, President, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Mr. Peeper oversees a staff of 150, plus four convention sales satellite offices, as well as tourism offices in seven countries, responsible for marketing one of the world's leading tourism and convention and meeting destinations.

Mark J. Censoprano,  Vice President Brand Management Olive Garden Restaurants.   He is responsible for all brand marketing activity, including advertising creative, media buying, in-restaurant merchandising, promotional pipeline and menu services for Darden Restaurants largest brand.

Chris Austin, Vice President, Global Leisure Sales, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.  Starwood is one of the world's largest hotel and leisure companies.  The companys brand names include St. Regis , The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, W and Four Points by Sheraton. Mr. Austin also serves as vice chair, the Association of Travel Marketing Executives.

Peter Kacheris,  General Manager,  Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.  Mr. Kacheris leads the team responsible for the day-to-day operation of this 2,000 room property.  He also serves as current board chair of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association.

Gary C. Sain, Chief Marketing Officer and Partner, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell.  Mr. Sain is responsible for the overall marketing and sales efforts of YPBR including, but not limited to, overall agency branding and communications, business and strategic partner development, and executive portfolio account management.  Mr. Sain is former Executive VP of Sales & Marketing for GES Exposition Services.  He also served as Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Passenger Services, for Premier Cruise Lines.  His hotel  background includes executive positions with Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Stouffer Hotels.  He is in his third consecutive term as Chairman of the Association of Travel Marketing Executives.

“The Tourism Leadership Summit provides an innovative and intimate environment to network and share strategic thinking regarding marketing, innovation, creativity, branding, leadership, human resources and globalization within the industry,” states Gary Sain. “We have enlisted many of the most respected senior leaders in travel and tourism to provide a platform for learning that will benefit individuals, companies and the industry in general.”

Limited to 125 participants, the Tourism Leadership Summit, was formulated by a select group of travel executives from the Orlando chapter of Skål. Skål is an International Association of Travel and Tourism professionals and leaders from around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship; it is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Skål now has more than 25,000 members in 500 Clubs spread throughout 80 countries. 


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