The NSN Group Brings HOTELS INNOVATE™ Forum to New York City

The NSN Group has announced that it is accepting registrations for the next HOTELS INNOVATE™ forum, to be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Midtown Loft and Terrace, 267 Fifth Avenue, New York.
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The NSN Group Brings HOTELS INNOVATE Forum to New York City

The NSN Group The NSN Group has announced that it is accepting registrations for the next HOTELS INNOVATE™ forum, to be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Midtown Loft and Terrace, 267 Fifth Avenue, New York. 

“After success in Miami, we are really excited to bring HOTELS INNOVATE™ to New York City, which is home to such a vibrant and diverse hospitality scene,” said Nikita Sarkar, Founder and CEO of The NSN Group. “This year all indicators for the hospitality industry have been positive and we believe it’s important and relevant to have these types of stimulating discussions that generate growth and opportunities. All our speakers are inspiring leaders and celebrities in their own right, and the audience comprises senior executives that add value to the discussion via active interaction. The smaller attendance allows candid conversations to take place, and the overall experience is curated for the most benefit from the speakers’, the sponsors’, and the audience members’ perspectives.” 

HOTELS INNOVATE™ is designed to bring together the most creative minds in the hospitality industry, to present their perspectives on relevant trends ranging from real estate development to hotel branding, highlighting innovations in design, technology, products, and services that are driving the next stage of hospitality projects.  It presents a unique opportunity for attendees to collaborate, share, learn, and gain valuable insight on cutting-edge ideas among an intimate gathering of like-minded professionals in an informal, unconventional setting. 

HOTELS INNOVATE™ NYC's half-day format offers timely and relevant panel discussions by a distinguished roster of speakers, an intimate gathering of like-minded professionals, ample networking opportunities followed by rooftop cocktails against the backdrop of a beautiful Manhattan skyline on an autumn afternoon.

The keynote feature will be a candid conversation between Eric Danziger, recently appointed CEO of Hampshire Hotels Management, and Daniel Lesser, President and CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors. Mr. Danziger and Mr. Lesser share insights from their careers spanning the breadth of the hospitality industry, as well as discuss how lifestyle brands and other innovative hotel concepts are created, and where the growth opportunities are in light of emerging market trends and changing consumer demographics.

There will be an opening presentation by Donna Keren, Senior Vice President for Research and Analysis for NYC & Company. Ms. Keren will present an update on the parameters and leading indicators of the city’s travel economy especially as they affect the hotel sector.

Anita Durst, Founder and Artistic Director, chashama will give special remarks highlighting ART+REAL ESTATE. There will be an interactive component with artist Muffinhead. 

HOTELS INNOVATE™ will present two panels featuring innovators who are re-defining the hospitality experience. The Power Players panel titled, “Creativity and Feasibility”, will feature leading developers, owners and operators exploring how unique and memorable hospitality projects are envisioned and delivered. The esteemed panelists include:

  • Mark Gordon, Managing Partner, Tribeca Associates
  • Richard Millard, Chairman and CEO, Trust Hospitality
  • Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner, MCR Development
  • Will Obeid, Principal, Gemini Real Estate Advisors
  • Bill Walshe, Chief Executive Officer, Viceroy Hotel Group
  • Moderated By: Andrea Olshan, Chief Executive Officer, Olshan Properties
The Taste Makers panel, titled “Delivering Design”, will explore how designers, marketers, and other trend-setters can work together to give their concept a strong brand that sets it apart from competitors. The distinguished panelists include:
  • Gustaf Burman, Chief Technology Officer,  Morgans Hotel Group
  • David Gutstadt, Managing Director of Hospitality, Related Companies
  • Brendan McNamara, SVP Marketing, Communications and Product Development, Hampshire Hotels Management
  • Allan Shulman, FAIA, Founding Principal, Shulman + Associates
  • Lisa Zandee, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Denihan Hospitality Group
  • Moderated By: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine
“We are very grateful for the generous support and encouragement this initiative has received from speakers, sponsors and registrants to date,” said Ms. Sarkar. “We look forward to a very stimulating and productive afternoon with industry colleagues on Friday.”

The first HOTELS INNOVATE™ was held on March 14, 2014 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. Attendees and speakers agreed that the event was a great success.

Seth Gadinsky, who attended the event in Miami, praised the presentations and subsequent conversations: “One afternoon, two sessions with breaks and food available all the time was just right. The fact that the conference attendees were curated made the networking easier.” 

Michael Adams, who moderated a panel in Miami, had this to say: “Thanks for putting together once again a well-organized, informative event that brought together impressive heavyweights from hospitality to share their wisdom and experience with the audience (many of whom were impressive themselves). The result was a high-energy event that served both as an educational platform and an electric networking opportunity.”

For more information on the past Miami event, go to

After New York, HOTELS INNOVATE™ will travel to London and Dubai. Given the global nature of the hospitality business and the growing diversity and cosmopolitanism of its consumers, holding these events in major international cities is designed to facilitate communication, connectivity, and innovation throughout the industry.

HOTELS INNOVATE™ NYC program also integrates and is supported by Brian Morris Gallery, La Colombe Coffee, Tache Chocolate, Vivreau Water Systems, Prohibition Distillery, Hospitality Design and Hotels News Now.

For more information about the upcoming NYC event and to register, please visit

About The NSN Group

The NSN Group offers hospitality business solutions by bringing together a group of entrepreneurial specialists who are passionate about various facets of the industry. At The NSN Group, we provide a broad range of business solutions to the hospitality industry, including strategic consulting services as well as project management for high-profile and thought-leadership events.

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