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Green Lodging News Finalizes Speaker Lineup for IHMRS

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NEW YORK—Green Lodging News has finalized its speaker lineup for the five green seminars it is coordinating at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show. The seminars will take place over three days beginning Saturday, November 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The following are the session titles: Crafting a Career in Sustainability in Hospitality & Tourism—Sustainability Trends in Hospitality Education; Hotel Energy Management All Stars; Gone Platinum! A First-Time Ever Gathering of Leaders of Three LEED Platinum Hotels; The Power of Green Certification—Updates from Lodging’s Leading Certifiers; and Waste Management Champions Making a Difference.

On Saturday, November 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Crafting a Career in Sustainability in Hospitality & Tourism—Sustainability Trends in Hospitality Education session will take place. Featured panelists will include: Jeanne Varney, Lecturer at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University; Nancy Loman Scanlon PhD, Associate Professor School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University; Rachel J.C. Chen, PhD CHE, Director and Professor, Center for Sustainable Business and Development, The University of Tennessee; and Diana Catalina Beltran Gonzalez, Manager, Learning & Delivery, School of Hospitality Operations, Wyndham Hotel Group. The moderator will be Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News.

The second seminar, Hotel Energy Management All Stars, will take place on Sunday, November 9 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Featured speakers will include: Rishi Shah, Managing Member, R Cubed Advisory, LLC for the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel; Charles A. Smith, CEO, Hotel Sustainability Solutions, Inc. for the Hilton Concord (Calif.); and Samuel Huertas, owner, Biohotel Organic Suites, Bogota, Colombia. The moderator will be Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News.

The third seminar, Gone Platinum! A First-Time Ever Gathering of Leaders of Three LEED Platinum Hotels, will take place on Sunday, November 9 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Speakers will include: Lynee Sauer, Business Manager, Woodbine Group, for Hotel Skyler, Syracuse, N.Y.; Jim Treadway, General Manager, Bardessono, Yountville, Calif.; and Dennis W. Quaintance, CEO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, for the Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, N.C. The moderator will be Dina Belon, Director of Hospitality Strategic Alliances & Development, Mindclick Global, Inc.

Four Certification Programs Represented

The fourth seminar, The Power of Green Certification—Updates from Lodging’s Leading Certifiers, will take place on Monday, November 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Speakers will include: Steve Ball, Director of Business Development, Green Key Global; Evadne Giannini, Principal, HospitalityGreen, for the Green Concierge program; Katie Hopkins, Associate Director of Outreach & Communications, Audubon International; and Arthur Weissman, CEO, Green Seal. The moderator will be Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News.

The fifth seminar, Waste Management Champions Making a Difference, will take place on Monday, November 10 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Speakers will include: Shawn Seipler, CEO/Executive Director, Clean the World; Sam Stephens, Executive Director & CEO, Global Soap Project, Inc.; Jessica Stracener, President, Global Sustainability Solutions; and Walker Lunn, CEO, Grid Waste. The moderator will be Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News.

The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11. The market will present 650 exhibitors and attract more than 16,000 industry professionals. This year’s show, for the second year in a row, will feature a Hospitality Green Division.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). Additional IHMRS 2014 information is available online, at www.ihmrs.com.

Glenn Hasek can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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