Fresh perspectives for revolutionizing the lodging and hospitality industries.

NextGen in Lodging is a monthly podcast that examines systemic and trending issues in the hospitality industry. Co-hosts Davonne Reaves, Chris Henry and Omari Head unlock the brain trust through interviews with emerging leaders in travel and tourism to share their thoughts and ideas for fresh strategies to combat systemwide challenges. The next generation of executives strives to revolutionize the hospitality industry for the 21st century.

  • 09 | ‘Sun, Fun, Rich and Glitz’: NextGen hospitality pros redefine tourism in South Florida
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    October 21, 2021

    09 | ‘Sun, Fun, Rich and Glitz’: NextGen hospitality pros redefine tourism in South Florida

    NextGen in Lodging features hospitality professionals carving their niche in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, markets where tourism thrives despite doing business with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The yearn to gather and socialize is strong in a multicultural market like South Florida. Podcast co-host Omari Head talks to Alexis Brown of SocialXchange in Miami and Javier Marquis of AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach about how they’re creating and selling experiences amid the pandemic.

  • 08 | Emerging brands, innovative products signal new era of hospitality
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    September 27, 2021

    08 | Emerging brands, innovative products signal new era of hospitality

    As the hotel industry shifts into a new era influenced by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the unleashing of younger travelers eager to get out and experience the world, new hospitality brands are emerging either in full or by creating novel concepts within their traditional frameworks. In Episode 8 of NextGen in Lodging, host Chris Henry leads a discussion among three hospitality innovators who share what’s next for a recovering industry.

  • 07 | Give minority workers a voice, say Asian American hospitality professionals dedicated to diversity
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    August 24, 2021

    07 | Give minority workers a voice, say Asian American hospitality professionals dedicated to diversity

    This month’s episode of NextGen in Lodging podcast features Asian American hospitality professionals who urge company leaders to identify blatant and unconscious racial bias in the workplace and to promote among employees knowledge of ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions – all to foster acceptance and understanding that can lift careers and businesses to new heights.

  • 06 | A Lost Generation of Hospitality Leaders
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    July 29, 2021

    06 | A Lost Generation of Hospitality Leaders

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced thousands of young hospitality professionals to leave their jobs or rethink their career paths, leaving the industry with a dearth of mid-career talent and leadership. In Episode 6 of Next Gen in Lodging podcast, co-host Omari Head talks with Priscilla Guasso and Bijal Patel about millennials leaving the hospitality industry and how employers can bring them back and help them rebuild their careers.

  • 05 | ‘Genuine conversations are happening’
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    June 17, 2021

    05 | ‘Genuine conversations are happening’

    NextGen in Lodging brings back three guests who last year started the conversation about diversity, inclusion and equity in the hospitality industry. In Episode 5 of NextGen in Lodging podcast the hospitality professionals review whether progress has been made despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 04 | ‘Keep pushing, keep talking’: NextGen in Lodging reviews a year of racial unrest
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    June 3, 2021

    04 | ‘Keep pushing, keep talking’: NextGen in Lodging reviews a year of racial unrest

    NextGen in Lodging co-founders review the past 12 months since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and how the incident sparked cries for change throughout the nation. It also forced the hospitality industry to re-examine its hiring and promotion practices to achieve true diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.

  • 03 | Promoting hospitality career to minorities will help industry move forward, say Latino and Caribbean next-gen leaders
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    May 20, 2021

    03 | Promoting hospitality career to minorities will help industry move forward, say Latino and Caribbean next-gen leaders

    Marco Roca Jr. of Miami is vice president of development at Aimbridge Hospitality.  He is also co-founder and partner of Revielle Hospitality, a hotel development company, and its subsidiary, Palindrome Hospitality, a hotel consulting firm. Jason Olea is corporate director of information technology at Paligroup Management in Los Angeles, a subsidiary of Palisociety, a boutique read more

  • 02 | How Next-Gen meeting planners managed a non-event 2020 and what’s ahead
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    April 22, 2021

    02 | How Next-Gen meeting planners managed a non-event 2020 and what’s ahead

    Hospitality event planners were rocked and shocked in 2020 as they watched the rapid spread of COVID-19 devastate the meetings industry. In Episode 2 of Next Gen in Lodging podcast co-host Omari Head leads a conversation with Mike “Orie” Mosley, a multicultural event planner and DJ, and Airlia Perez, a meeting planner focused on business retention and loyalty. The young professionals tell of their biggest challenges and how they’ve found inspiration to keep moving forward toward business recovery in 2021 and beyond.

  • 01 | First But Not Last
    NEXTGEN IN LODGING
    March 18, 2021

    01 | First But Not Last

    NextGen in Lodging launches its inaugural program with an episode featuring three self-starters carving unique paths in the hospitality industry. Their ventures encompass hotel investment, management and education. The entrepreneurs tell how they altered business strategy and professional goals amid the coronavirus crisis. NextGen in Lodging co-host Davonne Reaves leads the conversation with Purvi Panwala of Panwala Property Management Corp. and CRC Construction Corp; Andrea Aguilar of Typsy and Preshift; and Kendra Plummer of Elise Capital.

  • 279 | Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2: ‘We are actually doing badly’
    DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY
    July 29, 2020

    279 | Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2: ‘We are actually doing badly’

    We’re trying something different today. We’ve teamed up with a group called Next Generation in Lodging, a diverse team of mid-career hospitality professionals who want to have significant input into the future of the hospitality industry. We’ve worked with them to produce and provide a platform for a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion in read more

  • 275 | ‘Inclusion is a Myth’: Next Generation in Lodging challenges industry’s status quo on race and diversity
    DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY
    June 24, 2020

    275 | ‘Inclusion is a Myth’: Next Generation in Lodging challenges industry’s status quo on race and diversity

    Imagine holding a conference on racism, diversity and inclusion in Corporate America and seeing your event invaded by outsiders shouting racial epithets and vulgarities while flying both the Nazi and American flags. Actually, there is no need to imagine it because it happened earlier this month during a digital event organized by the founders of read more

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