Business titans and thought leaders in the hospitality industry will be among the featured panelists at the 40th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism (, the Conference will be held June 3-5 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, and will feature panel discussions, workshops, and networking events that provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities for professionals in the field. Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels Co. and co-chairman of the board of Loews Corporation is the Conference chair; Jeffrey Stewart, founder, Walnut Hill Advisors, serves as the Conference vice chair; Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies, serves as the Conference host; and Nicolas Graf, associate dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, is the Conference co-host.

    Sponsored by leading hospitality organizations, the Conference is the premier hospitality finance and development forum of its kind, during which global hotel CEOs, owners, developers, investors, lenders, analysts, and other hospitality innovators gather to discuss current issues and the future of the industry. Contributions from the patron and sponsor organizations of the event provide student scholarships and support the educational programs of the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, which has served the industry by producing future generations of global leaders in hospitality and tourism for more than two decades.

    This year’s one-on-one conversations will feature Preet Bharara, former US Attorney, Southern District; NYU Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law; host, CAFE, Stay Tuned with Preet on Monday, June 4. On June 5, during his annual “Beyond the Boardroom” session, Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, will speak with special guest The Honorable Ricardo Roselló, governor of Puerto Rico. They will discuss recovery efforts on his island nation after Hurricane Irma, which left Puerto Rico and its citizens without power and critical services for many months, greatly affecting the island’s tourism and hospitality sector. This one-on-one discussion will provide a revealing insider’s view into the challenges faced during the crisis, as well as those still ahead.

    Additional highlights of this year’s conference include “The CEOs Check In: A View from the Top,” which will take place on Monday, June 4. Moderated by Betty Liu, anchor, Bloomberg Television, and founder and chief executive officer, Radiate, this all-star panel will feature Sébastien M. Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer, AccorHotels; Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM Resorts; Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton; and Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer, Marriott International.

    “The Leaders’ Forum” kicks off the second day of the Conference. It features Eric Danziger, chief executive officer, Trump Hotels; William J. Ferguson, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer, Ferguson Partners; Colleen Keating, chief operating officer, Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); David Kong, president and chief executive officer, Best Western Hotels Resorts; and Thomas C. Morey, senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Park Hotels Resorts. Scott D. Berman, principal and hospitality industry leader US, PwC, will serve as moderator.

    Also on June 5, “The Leaders Check In – Part Two” will focus on the most critical issues affecting the hotel industry. Adam F. Weissenberg, vice chairman and global transportation, hospitality, and services leader for Deloitte, will moderate the discussion. Featured panelists will include James Allen, chairman, Hard Rock International, and chief executive officer, Seminole Gaming; Ken Greene, president, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group; Stephanie Linnartz, global chief commercial officer, Marriott International; and Greg Mount, president and chief executive officer, RLH Corporation.

    In addition, Michael S. Shannon, chairman of KSL Capital Partners, will be presented with The IREFAC C. Everett Johnson Award for his remarkable business acumen in leading his organization to new levels of financial success.

    Members of the media who wish to cover the Conference must request press credentials in advance by emailing Paola Curcio-Kleinman at [email protected].

    As part of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference’s continuing initiatives to remain environmentally friendly, the Conference brochure/agenda is available only online. A mobile app featuring the agenda, speaker bios, enhanced networking opportunities, and Conference news and updates also will be available for download. For more information, click here.

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    About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism

    The NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism has prepared global leaders in the dynamic, expanding industries of travel, tourism, and hospitality for more than 20 years. With widely recognized, cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate degree and noncredit Career Advancement Courses and Professional Diplomas, as well as a deep commitment to integrating theory with practice, the NYUSPS Tisch Center is the perfect environment in which to embark upon an academic journey that prepares professionals for careers in hospitality and tourism. Students have access to the extraordinary resources of New York University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Tisch Center students benefit not only from the expertise of dedicated full-time faculty members, but also from adjunct faculty members and guest lecturers who are renowned in their fields, unparalleled access to industry leaders, invaluable site visits and study away opportunities, and highly successful global alumni who serve as mentors. Through rigorous curricula, applicable research, and a hands-on approach to learning, students gain the preparation, knowledge, and skills sought by employers. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, visit

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