May 10, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality to Host 41st Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference June 2-4 at the New York Marriott Marquis

Conference Highlights Will Include a Discussion with the Owners of Nobu Hospitality—Academy Award-Winning Actor, Director, and Producer Robert De Niro; Chef Nobu Matsuhisa; and Meir Teper—Moderated by Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, and a Conversation With The Honorable Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, Regarding the Status of the Island’s Recovery from Hurricane Maria

NEW YORK, May 10, 2019—Top executives and thought leaders in the hospitality industry will be among the featured panelists at the 41st Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality (, the Conference will be held June 2-4 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.

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, and analysts convene to discuss current issues, as well as the future of the industry. Contributions from sponsor organizations of the event provide student scholarships and support the educational programs of the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, which has served the industry by producing global leaders in hospitality and tourism for nearly a quarter of a century.

On Sunday evening, June 2, Kevin J. Jacobs, chief financial officer of Hilton, will host a welcome reception to celebrate Hilton’s 100 years. On June 3, Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer of Hilton will participate in a one-on-one conversation with Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times columnist and CNBC co-anchor. Hilton is the Conference’s Diamond-level sponsor.

Geoff Ballotti, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, will receive the Hotel News Now Stephen W. Brener Silver Plate Award on June 3. The day will also feature, “The CEOs Check In: A View from the Top,” which will be moderated by Kelly Evans, anchor, The Exchange, and co-anchor, Power Lunch, on CNBC. This all-star panel will include Keith Barr, chief executive officer, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); Sébastien M. Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer, Accor; Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Patrick Pacious, president and chief executive officer, Choice Hotels International; and Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer, Marriott International.

On Tuesday, June 4, during his annual “Beyond the Boardroom” session, Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch will speak with the owners of Nobu Hospitality—Robert De Niro, Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer; Chef Nobu Matsuhisa; and Meir Teper—about how the organization has successfully leveraged itself by starting with one restaurant and growing into a global luxury brand that encompasses a footprint in the food and beverage, hotel—and now—residential space.

During the panel, “Anatomy of a Transaction,” also presented on June 4, The Honorable Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, will discuss the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and how the island’s tourist infrastructure and tourism industries are being resurrected. The panel, moderated by Arthur Adler, chairman, Americas, Hotels and Hospitality Group, JLL Hotels & Hospitality, also will feature Tyler Morse, chief executive officer and managing partner at MCR, who will discuss the transformation of the iconic former TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport into a first-class hotel.

The June 4 “The Leaders Check In – Part Two” panel will focus on the consolidation, scale, and structure of the hotel industry. Scott D. Berman, principal, PwC, will serve as moderator. Featured panelists will include Chris Cahill, deputy chief executive officer, Accor; John L. Cohlan, chief executive officer, Margaritaville Holdings; Elie Maalouf, chief executive officer, Americas, InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG); and Greg Mount, president and chief executive officer, RLH Corporation.

Also on June 4, Mitesh Shah, chief executive officer, Nobel Investment will be presented with this year’s IREFAC C. Everett Johnson Award for his leadership and business acumen. Michael Murphy, head of lodging and leisure capital, First Fidelity Companies, will present the Award.

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; Susan Greenbaum, interim dean, NYU School of Professional Studies, serves as the Conference host; Nicolas Graf, associate dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, is the Conference co-host; and Dorothy A. Jennings, executive vice president, HVS, is the Conference coordinator.

Members of the media who wish to cover the Conference must request press credentials in advance by emailing Alka Gupta at or Michael DeMeo at

Individuals who are interested in attending the Conference who are not members of the media can learn more and register here.


Please visit the Conference website for the full agenda. Conference news and highlights also can be viewed on Twitter at @nyuhospitality.

About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating 24 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges—each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYUSPS arises from its place as the NYU home for industry-focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields, in which the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs that span a broad range of disciplines including: Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film, and TV; Economic and Urban Development; English Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates nearly 5,400 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

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