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Industry Titans Stephen A. Wynn, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., Geoff A. Ballotti, Sébastien Bazin, Mark Hoplamazian, Christopher J. Nassetta, Jonathan D. Gray, Barry Sternlicht, and Others Are Among All-Star Conference Lineup

NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 — The biggest names in hospitality—including Stephen A. Wynn, chairman of the board and CEO of Wynn Resorts, Limited, and J.W. Marriott, Jr., executive chairman of the board of Marriott International, Inc.—will be among the featured panelists at the 37th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism (, the Conference will be held May 31 to June 2, 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis, and will feature general sessions, workshops, and networking events that provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities for professionals in the field.

Sponsored by leading hospitality organizations, the Conference is the premier hospitality finance and development forum of its kind, during which global hotel CEOs, owners, developers, investors, lenders, analysts, and other hospitality leaders gather to discuss current issues and the future of the industry. Contributions from the patron and sponsor organizations of the event provide student scholarships and support academic programs of the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, which is celebrating 20 years as a leading center for the study of hospitality and tourism.

Wynn is the luncheon speaker on Monday, June 1, and will be introduced by Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts and co-chairman of the Board and Office of the President of Loews Corporation. On Tuesday, June 2, Tisch will interview Marriott during his annual “Beyond the Boardroom” session, in which he will delve into the factors that drive Marriott’s success.

Other notable sessions at the NYU Hospitality Conference include, “The CEOs Check In: A View from the Top,” on June 1, moderated by Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive officer, American Hotel & Lodging Association. Panelists are Geoff A. Ballotti, president and chief executive officer, Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC; Sébastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer, Accor; Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; and Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide.

Also on June 1, “The Titans of Real Estate” panel will feature industry giants Jonathan D. Gray, global head of real estate of Blackstone, and Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. They will share, compare, outline, and define their views of the industry and their approaches to success with Craig Karmin, hotel and real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

On June 2, “A View From The Owner’s Seat” features some of the principal hospitality, finance, and hotel real estate executives in the country, including moderator Rick Ross, chair of Hotels and Leisure, Dentons; Mark W. Brugger, president and chief executive officer, DiamondRock Hospitality Company; Chad L. Crandell, managing director and president, CHMWarnick; Dan Hansen, president and chief executive officer, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.; Michael G. Medzigian, managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC; and Marcel Verbaas, president and chief executive officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Moderated by Adam F. Weissenberg, Global Travel, Hospitality & Leisure leader for Deloitte & Touche LLP, “The Leaders Check In – Part Two” panel will feature C-suite executives reflecting upon the state of the industry and deliberating about the most critical issues affecting this continuously evolving and expanding business sector. Panelists include David P. Berg, chief operating officer, Carlson; William J. Ferguson, chairman and chief executive officer, Ferguson Partners Ltd.; David Kong, president and chief executive officer, Best Western International, Inc.; Laurens Leurink, president, Expedia Lodging Partner Services; and Elie Maalouf, chief executive officer, The Americas, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group).

Registration for the Conference is now open. Members of the media who wish to cover the Conference must request press credentials in advance by e-mailing Cheryl Feliciano at

As part of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference’s continuing initiatives to remain environmentally friendly, the Conference brochure is available only online. A mobile application featuring the agenda, speaker bios, enhanced networking opportunities, and Conference news and updates will also be available for download.

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About NYU School of Professional Studies

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Resource Management and Development; Liberal Studies and Allied Arts; Management and Systems; Marketing;  Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; and Sports Management, Media, and Business.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

Contact: Cheryl Feliciano / 212-992-9103

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism

The NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, now celebrating 20 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of these fields. Founded in 1995, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education.

The Tisch Center's cutting-edge curriculum attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and its world-renowned conferences, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality and tourism.  For additional information on the Tisch Center, visit

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