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Q&A

Getting to Know
Michelle Finn

NEWH ambassador and president of Hospitality
Media Group

How did you become involved in NEWH?
As a new member of the hospitality industry, I became involved
with NEWH to learn more about the industry and connect
with the burgeoning hospitality design community in Chicago.
I joined as a member, volunteered to chair a committee, was
elected to the chapter board, and later appointed to the national
board of directors as co-ambassador.
 
What has NEWH done for you, both personally and professionally? 
The business relationships developed through NEWH
involvement helped advance our business and foster my growth
professionally.
In your role as an NEWH ambassador, what are you looking
forward to for the rest of the year and the beginning of 2016?
I am looking forward to promoting the benefits of membership,
and supporting NEWH's numerous causes and educational
programs for the betterment of our industry. My job, in part,
is to promote NEWH's efforts through event and educational
programs by way of participation and providing guidance. It also
affords me (and my co-ambassadors) the opportunity to give
back to our industry and serve as mentors.
 
What were some of the highlights of the beginning of the year?
After three years of solid growth in San Diego, BDwest is
moving to a larger space at the Los Angeles Convention Center
in downtown LA-one of the hottest commercial real estate
markets in the U.S. Our Hospitality Fashion Challenge: Design
in Box, held in conjunction with BDwest and co-produced by
NEWH Orange County and San Diego Regional Groups, was
deemed a huge success, and we're looking forward to working
with NEWH Orange County regional and LA Founding Chapter
on next year's event in LA.
In addition, BDwest and BDNY were named among the 50
fastest-growing trade fairs in the U.S., by Trade Show Executive
magazine.

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Tell us a bit about Hospitality Media Group and what's new.
Founded in 2012, the Hospitality Media Group (HMG) is a
privately held media company serving the global hospitality
industry and specializing in trade fairs, conferences, and
event management and development. We're currently on a
considerable growth trajectory and exploring trade fair and
conference launches overseas and in the U.S.
To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel
Motel & Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and
mission to better capture innovation in the hospitality industry,
HX: The Hotel Experience - Rooms to Restaurants.
What is your business outlook for the next year or two?
Th is is one of the best years we've seen in hospitality in terms
of profit growth. We've seen renewed development activity
domestically, and secondary cities are becoming hot. We foresee
continued growth for the next two years until supply catches up
with demand.
Latest travel highlight or plan?
Visiting Cuba
 
Trend you are paying attention to in the industry?
Going one step beyond the trend of localization; instead of
hotels reflecting their locale they're becoming local residences.
 
When you aren't working or at an NEWH event, where can we find
you?
Visiting my sons, Sean and Quinn, at their colleges-University
of Colorado Boulder and University of North Dakota,
respectively-or at a Chicago Blackhawks game! ❙❘❚


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NEWH - Winter 2015
Contents
News
Who’s Who
Scholarships
Sustainability
Q&A: William Stuart
Q&A: Hope Quintanar-Case
Q&A: Michelle Finn
Have You Seen
On the Scene
Shafer Commercial Seating’s enduring tradition
Project: Territory Kitchen & Bar
Save the Date
New Members
Chapter Highlights
Partner Profiles
Ad Index
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NEWH - Winter 2015 - Q&A: William Stuart
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NEWH - Winter 2015 - Q&A: Hope Quintanar-Case
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NEWH - Winter 2015 - Q&A: Michelle Finn
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