Officials of the Hotel Equity & Lender Perspectives (HELP) Conference announced the finalized list of speakers and panels for its third annual gathering. Speakers include such industry luminaries as Lee Pillsbury, chairman, Thayer Lodging Group; Tom Corcoran, chairman, FelCor Lodging Trust; Pat Moscaritolo, president, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Rachel Roginsky, principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group.
“We have been fortunate to secure some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry together to educate attendees on a variety of topics,” said Ken Wilson, HELP Conference co-chairman. “Discussions will range from financing at various levels to the latest updates on the state of hotel brands. Coupled with the numerous, face-to-face networking opportunities, this truly is an event not to be missed for anyone interested in the state of the hospitality industry.”
Panels range from “Bridge Loans” and “Financing Under $25MM,” to “Mega Deals, Mega Debt” and “Brands in Transition.” Of particular interest, future economic trends will be described by Constance Everson, Capital Markets Outlook Group/Fidelity.
Additionally, the early bird registration pricing has been extended until Sunday, March 9, 2014, to accommodate the numerous weather issues that have plagued the East Coast in the recent past. The hotel investment conference, now in its third year, is scheduled for April 7th and 8th at the Seaport Waterfront Hotel in Boston. The limited-seating, capped at 500 registrants, two-day event features many of the leading names in the hospitality industry in a series of informative panels and unique, one-on-one networking opportunities.
“While we already are nearing a sold-out event, we felt it only was fair to extend our early bird rate of $695 to hear what the leading minds in the hospitality industry are thinking, while simultaneously engaging in a series of very personalized meetings with industry peers,” said Chad Crandell, HELP Conference co-chairman. “We plan to release our finalized speaker and panel lists in the coming days, and I am humbled and honored by the talented individuals who have agreed to participate.”
The HELP Conference is a one-of-its-kind investment conference focused on the hotel industry. Platinum sponsors for this year’s event include Group One Partners, Inc., Hilton Worldwide and the Roedel Companies. In addition to a series of highly informative, educational sessions, the HELP Conference hosts a unique “Dine Around” event where participants are paired with targeted peers for personal meals at one of a number of upscale, local eateries, as well as Late Night @ HELP and the “Circle the Wagons” networking event.