LODGING LEADERS

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A weekly podcast that examines news and topics trending in the hospitality industry, shared through engaging stories told by co-hosts Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell, and amplified by interviews with experts and other thought leaders.

276 | A Measured Response: Hotel industry hires for diversity but fails with inclusion

  • 036 | Effective Networking through Touchpoints and Follow Up with Binita Patel
    AAHOA
    December 16, 2015

    036 | Effective Networking through Touchpoints and Follow Up with Binita Patel

    Binita is currently a Vice President with HMB Hotels based in Allentown, PA, focusing on the finance and asset management aspects of the business. Prior to returning to HMB Hotels, she served as a Manager at Ramsfield Hospitality Finance, and Associate Investment Manager at Beacon Hospitality Partners, both located in New York, NY. Binita earned read more

  • 035 | The Price, Leverage and Efficiency Formula for Success with Peter Bhai
    LODGING LEADERS
    December 9, 2015

    035 | The Price, Leverage and Efficiency Formula for Success with Peter Bhai

    Piyush “Peter Bhai” Bhaidaswala is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SSN Hotels – a rapidly growing hotel management, development, and investment group in the Northeast. In just over 20 years, they have grown to oversee 14 select service and 3 developing hotels in over five states, representing brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice, read more

  • 034 | Thank, Appreciate and Connect with Your Associates with Walter Isenberg
    EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
    December 2, 2015

    034 | Thank, Appreciate and Connect with Your Associates with Walter Isenberg

    Walter Isenberg is Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sage Hospitality, one of the top hotel investment, management and development companies in the United States for more than 30 years. Based in Denver, Sage Hospitality owns and operates over 75 hotels and 10 restaurants in 23 states, from urban full-service hotels to smaller select-service suburban read more

  • 033 | Attitude Decides the Latitude in Life with Hemant Patel
    AAHOA
    November 25, 2015

    033 | Attitude Decides the Latitude in Life with Hemant Patel

    Hemant “Henry” Patel CHO CHA was born and raised in India, and he immigrated to the United States in 1986. Within a few short years, he and his wife settled in Miami, Florida, where they invested in their first property – The King Motel – an independent property on Biscayne Blvd. He also has an interest read more

  • 032 | Bridging the Generation Gap with Nimesh Zaver
    AAHOA
    November 18, 2015

    032 | Bridging the Generation Gap with Nimesh Zaver

    Nimesh “Nick” Zaver was born and raised in London, England, and he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1981. After graduating from high school, Nimesh attended college-level courses in business and architecture at institutions including the University of Central Florida, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Louisiana Tech University. Before completing his read more

  • 031 | Do the Right Thing, Then Do the Thing Right with Sterling Stoudenmire
    LEADERSHIP
    November 11, 2015

    031 | Do the Right Thing, Then Do the Thing Right with Sterling Stoudenmire

    Sterling Stoudenmire is versatile executive proven in uniquely challenging situations involving transformation, turnaround, re-engineering and disruption. A successful, top-tier consultant and chief executive, he delivers value through the synthesis of a unique and distinct skillset in finance, strategy and technology combined with innate ability to lead, inspire and mentor others. Sterling’s diverse career includes business consulting read more

  • 030 | Find a Mentor and Listen! with Greg Plank
    LEADERSHIP
    November 4, 2015

    030 | Find a Mentor and Listen! with Greg Plank

    Greg Plank’s diverse hospitality career spans more than 50 years, beginning as a receiving clerk at the Barclay Hotel in Philadelphia. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. He worked in advertising for hotel clients in New York in account management and some creative work. Greg moved to read more

  • 029 | Student of the Industry: A Foot Soldier’s Journey with Chip Elbers
    LEADERSHIP
    October 28, 2015

    029 | Student of the Industry: A Foot Soldier’s Journey with Chip Elbers

    Chip is a hospitality veteran and he’s been serving the industry for more than 30 years. He’s done it all. From Dish Washer, to Front Desk Agent, Assistant General Manager, General Manager, Sales Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer, and Vice President. For the last half of the career, Chip faithfully served as Vice read more

  • 028 | 6-Figure Income Tax Savings through Cost Segregation with Todd Strumpfer
    LODGING LEADERS
    October 21, 2015

    028 | 6-Figure Income Tax Savings through Cost Segregation with Todd Strumpfer

    Todd has been a regional director for Cost Segregation Services, Inc. (CSSI) since 2009, and he works with clients nationwide to bring them the tax-saving and cash flow producing benefits of Cost Segregation. CSSI has been in business since 2001 and has completed over 15,000 Cost Segregation Studies in all 50 states. On a top read more

  • 027 | Actionable Performance Data: Knowing is Growing with Bobby Bowers
    LODGING LEADERS
    October 14, 2015

    027 | Actionable Performance Data: Knowing is Growing with Bobby Bowers

    Bobby Bowers is the Senior Vice President of Operations for STR – formerly known as Smith Travel Research. STR is the leading global provider of competitive benchmarking, information services and research to the hotel industry. STR gathers performance data from over 50,000 hotels located in more than 160 countries, and those properties use STR products, such as the read more

  • 026 | Redefining the Technology Toolbox with Mark Lewis-Brown
    LODGING LEADERS
    September 30, 2015

    026 | Redefining the Technology Toolbox with Mark Lewis-Brown

    Mark Lewis-Brown is a hospitality industry veteran with 25 years of experience in online distribution, hotel operations and airline sales. He’s recognized as a visionary for product development, client services and marketing efforts at Vertical Booking, Centric Hospitality Group and Genares. Mark founded InnPoints in 1995, giving independent and boutique properties the chance to establish a loyal client base and read more

  • 025 | Bringing Magic To Hotels With Kunal Patel
    LODGING LEADERS
    September 23, 2015

    025 | Bringing Magic To Hotels With Kunal Patel

    Kunal Patel grew up in the hotel industry. The son of successful multi-property owners, he learned firsthand how difficult it is to make a hotel run efficiently. Kunal commenced studies in Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla, before transferring to Florida State/Florida A&M College of Engineering, where he majored in Chemical Engineering. After read more

  • 024 | The Future of Almost Everything with Patrick Dixon
    LODGING LEADERS
    September 16, 2015

    024 | The Future of Almost Everything with Patrick Dixon

    Patrick Dixon has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today by Thinkers 50. He’s often described as a Futurist keynote speaker, and he’s authored 16 books (650,000 in print in 40 languages) including Futurewise, SustainAgility, The Genetic Revolution, Building a Better Business, and his latest book, The Future of Almost read more

  • 023 | Think Big and Act Bigger with Jeffrey Hayzlett
    LODGING LEADERS
    September 9, 2015

    023 | Think Big and Act Bigger with Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and former Fortune 100 c-suite executive. From small business to international corporations, he puts his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in read more

  • 022 | 10 Steps for Improving Operational Profits with Jon Albano
    LODGING LEADERS
    September 2, 2015

    022 | 10 Steps for Improving Operational Profits with Jon Albano

    Jonathan “Jon” Albano is Founder & CEO of LodgingMetrics – a secure, cloud-based platform that enables hoteliers to track all of their critical business metrics across multiple properties from anywhere at any time, using a laptop, tablet or smart phone. He also hosts the popular Lodging Leaders podcast, an interview based show providing powerful business strategies read more

  • 021 | Mediation, Fact-based Decision Making, and Doing the Right Thing with Ramesh Gokal
    AAHOA
    August 26, 2015

    021 | Mediation, Fact-based Decision Making, and Doing the Right Thing with Ramesh Gokal

    Ramesh Gokal is a 39-year veteran of the hospitality industry, with a recognized reputation in the areas of entrepreneurship, franchise leadership and mediation expertise. His diverse industry experience includes being an entrepreneur, owning developing and managing a diverse hotel portfolio, working as a brand president for the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Cendant, and selling read more

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