2021 WEST FEDERATION CHRIE CONFERENCE 

February 18 - 20, 2021

“Hospitality Stronger, Together”

 

Industry Panel: The Future of Hospitality and the Hospitality of the Future

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Panelist

Sean Callnin

Executive Principal, Ricca Design Studios
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Panelist

Barak Hirschowitz

President, International Luxury Hotel Association
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Panelist

Steve Hood

SVP, Research and Director, Smith Travel Research
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Panelist

Anne Larcade

President & CEO, Sequel Hotels & Resorts, and co-founder of Women in Tourism and Hospitality.org
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Panelist

Chris Romer

CEO, Vail Valley Partnership & An Expert in Destination Management
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Panelist

Holly M. Weberg

Business Strategist and Luxury Resorts and Cruise Lines Expert
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Moderator

Angelo Camillo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sonoma State University 
 

Education Panel: Reshaping Hospitality Education

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Panelist

Alison Green, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academics and Accreditation & Associate Professor, University of West Florida
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Panelist

Robert J. Harrington, Ph.D., MBA

Director and Professor, Washington State University
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Panelist

John Marshall

Vice President for Student Services,
Colorado Mesa University
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Panelist

Stowe Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Panelist

Kim H. Williams, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, University of North Texas
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Moderator

Britt Mathwich

Associate Professor, Colorado Mesa University
 

Diversity Panel: Diversity and Inclusion in the Hospitality Industry

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Panelist

Brian Bechel

Director of Human Resources, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Lake Arrowhead, CA

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Panelist

Kim Dunbar

Vice President of Human Resources & Risk Management, Pacific Hospitality Group, Irvine, CA
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Panelist

Passion Graham

Clubhouse Manager, Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, AZ
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Panelist

Andy Ingraham

President, Founder, & CEO, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers, Miami, FL
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Panelist

Silvano Merlo

General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Long Beach, CA
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Moderator

Ryan Giffen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
 

General Session 1: NAU School of Hotel and Restaurant Management Isbell Ethics Lecture

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Speaker

Lee Cockerell

Former Executive Vice President of Operations (Retired and Inspired)
Walt Disney World®Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Speaker

Dan Cockerell

Former Vice-President of the Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, Florida
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Moderator

Frederick De Micco, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Professor, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University
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Moderator

Allen Reich, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University

General Session 2: An Emerging Career Track for Hospitality School Graduates: Healthcare Hospitality

 
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Panelist

Adel Eldin, MD, FACC, FACP, MBA, GGA

Board Certified Cardiologist, Founder/CEO Pronto Care and Florida Medical Tourism, Global Healthcare Leader,Entrepreneur, Speaker, Consultant

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Panelist

A.J Singh, Ph.D.

Business and Tourism Research Center
Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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Panelist

Armour Forse, Ph.D.

President and CEO of DHR Health Institute for Education and Innovation
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Moderator

Frederick De Micco, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Professor, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University
 

Professional Development Session 1: Career Planning & Development

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Panelist

Mary Dawson, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Donald H. Hubbs Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston

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Panelist

Alecia Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Nutrition, Dietetics, & Hospitality Management, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University 
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Panelist

Richard Ghiselli, Ph.D.

Professor & Head, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Marriott Hall, Purdue University 
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Panelist

Haragopal "HG" Parsa, Ph.D.

Professor, Barron Hilton Professor of Lodging Management  and Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, Endowed Chair, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver 
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Moderator

Kim Williams, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Robert Dedman Chair of Club Management, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of North Texas 

Professional Development Session 2: Teaching Techniques 

 
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Panelist

Theresa Bierer

Assistant Professor of Practice, W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University

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Panelist

Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D.

Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston
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Panelist

Allen Reich, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University
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Panelist

  Besty Stringam, Ed.D.

 Besty Stringam, Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, New Mexico State University    
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Moderator

Galen Collins, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University
 

Professional Development Session 3: Research Design & Analysis

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Panelist

Ki-Joon Back, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Eric Hilton Distinguished Chair, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston

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Panelist

Jenny Kim, Ph.D.

Professor and Craig Schafer Fellow, School of Hospitality Business Management, Carson College of Business, Washington State University
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Panelist

Marla Stafford, Ph.D.

Professor and Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, William F. Harrah Distinguished Chair, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
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Panelist

Karen Xie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Betty and Fritz Knoebel Fellow, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
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Panelist

Wan Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona
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Moderator

Billy Bai, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean of Research, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada at Las Vegas