2019 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

4:30 to 6:00 pm           Early Arrivals Check-in Reception (on-site)

7:00 to 9:00 pm           Beer BASH, hosted by NextGen, open to all (optional event – downtown Asheville)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

8:00 am                        Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am                        Networking Lounge Open (stay onsite and have a place to “hang out”)

8:30 to 9:30 am            Education Session #1 - Hospitality is Real Estate (1.2 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge available)

Real Estate site selection is one of the most critical components and a large fixed cost. The largest hotel company in the world, AirBnB, owns nothing. How can traditional hospitality businesses compete?

Our panel of experts will help you understand the changes/disruptions occurring with real estate and how you can assist your clients in re-evaluating their current and future real estate needs.

  1. Restaurants: Own or Lease. Fixed rent or percentage rent.
  2. Hotels: Hotel or Condo. Leasing or Managing.
  3. Timeshare Resorts: Common ownership and HOAs.
  4. Golf Courses: Member or Owner.
  5. What options are there for re-organizing and restructuring?

a. Landlords
b. Tenants
c. Timeshare/Condo/Membership

9:45 to 10:45 am          Education Session #2 - Hospitality Industry: Challenges and Opportunities (1.2 CPE credits in Management Services available)

Even in a robust economic climate, the hospitality/tourism industry faces unique challenges. Fierce competition, a fluid workforce and changing consumer tastes make it difficult to consistently maintain profitability and growth. Distress can arise quickly and requires fast and decisive action. This panel examines the principal forces causing these challenges, the options that exist in the current environment, and the creative solutions that successful operators have used to address them.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm        Education Session #3 - What's Brewing? (1.2 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge available)

Craft brewing is a growing industry across much of the U.S.; competition in this industry is increasing and many consolidations are occurring. Our panel of experts will address regulatory and capital challenges facing craft brewers, including:

  1. Specific legal, financing, operational, and distribution challenges.
  2. What makes a craft brewer a likely candidate for financing or a good old fashioned turnaround?
  3. What makes a craft brewer a winner for financing purposes?
  4. Exploring what makes a brewery successful in the long-term.
  5. Unique considerations in the operational and financial turnaround of breweries.

12:00 to 2:00 pm          Lunch/Keynote - Matt Martin; Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

The current economic expansion will be ten years old in June of 2019, at which point it will become the longest in the post-war era. This session will cover the current state of the U.S. economy and the factors driving the current expansion. Economists frequently note that expansions do not die of old age, but rather heart attacks. So, we will also cover the risks in the current environment, including slower growth overseas, policy uncertainly (especially around trade), and other relevant factors.

2:00 to 4:30 pm            FREE TIME

5:00 to 7:00 pm            Capital Gallery/Reception

7:00 to 9:00 pm            Ambassador Dinner (optional event)

9:00 to 11:00 pm          Dessert Reception

Friday, May 31, 2019

7:00 am                         Continental Breakfast (for all conference attendees)

8:00 am                         Golf Tournament (optional event)

9:30 am                         Tennis (optional event)

9:00 am                         Biltmore Tour, hosted by NOW, open to all (optional event)

1:00 pm                         Closing Conference Lunch (for all conference attendees, following golf, tennis, NOW)


2019 Agenda

Wednesday, May 29th

  • Early Arrivals Check-in Reception, NEXTGEN "Beer Bash"

Thursday, May 30th

  • Breakfast, Education Sessions, Keynote Lunch, Capital Gallery/Opening Welcome Reception, Ambassador Dinner, Dessert Reception

Friday, May 31st

  • Breakfast for All, Optional Golf Tournament, Tennis, and NOW (tour of Biltmore), followed by LUNCH for ALL



Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804

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