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conference roundup Left, clockwise from top: Photos from Match: guest speaker Mimi Donaldson with Pam Gideon Hawke, Gideon Gallery, and Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kyle Barnes; Laura Hinton, Johnson David Interiors, and Don Griner, Choice Hotels International; and Sabrina Angaran, II by IV Design, and Michele Penner, SBE, have a drink. Match Making in California Boutique Design magazine’s parent company, Sipco Publications & Events, held the fourth annual Match in Pasadena, California, in July. The event brought together designers and suppliers for a weekend of meetings and relationship building. Designers take part in 20 minute meetings with new sources, while suppliers have the opportunity to explain their products at length. Those in attendance took part in a pizza and mixology contest—the winning drink ended up on the menu at the host hotel, the Langham. Mimi Donaldson entertained attendees with her motivational dissertation on communication and the differences between formal and causal individuals, as well as men and women. And panelists Jennifer Kriske, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates; Christoph Korner, Graft; Christian Schulz, SBE Entertainment Group; Kajsa Krause, Rockwell Group; Clay Markham, RTKL; and Gale Nall, Duncan & Miller Design, gave their perspectives on global trends. 8 september 2008 tel 800.593.NEWH The highlight of the event was the closing karaoke party. A handful of guests dressed like their favorite pop star—including Hannah Montana, Cyndi Lauper, Janice Joplin, George Michael, Britney Spears (in the pink wig stage), Brett Michaels, Jewel, and Posh Spice. Meet and Greet In its fifth year, the appointment-based meeting forum for the hospitality industry, HOTEC Design was a complete sell out. More than 80 senior decision makers from the major hotel chains, resorts, cruise lines, casinos, design firms, purchasing, and management companies met with more than 85 vendors from more than 25 categories for a total of 1,800 pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings. The three-day June event was staged at the Chateau Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia. In addition to the meetings, there was a seminar program which consisted of two parts: keynote speaker Lawrence Brill from the US Department of Commerce, who gave an in-depth presentation on the global opportunities in the hospitality industry and a panel discussion on international trends. Moderated by Patricia Sheehan of Hotel Design magazine, the panelists consisted of Paul Fialkowski, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Tim Levin, Marriott Vacation Club International, and Mary MacDonald, MAACI Design Studio International. There were also various networking functions such as the design “Grape Debate” team-building event which consisted not only of wine making, but also designing a wine name, label, and advertising campaign. HOTEC debuted in North America in 2004 and now takes place twice a year with a different focus at each event: HOTEC Design is FF&E focused whereas HOTEC Operations (which just took place in March in Dallas) is OS&E and F&B focused. Next up: HOTEC Design 2009 will take place June 11 to 14 at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California. Trisha Poole of Design Poole, mans her table at HOTEC.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - September 2008

NEWH - September 2008
Conference Update
Have you Seen?
Product Know-How
On the Scene
Sustainability: Point of View
Design 101: International Project
Cover Story: Happy Feet
Project: Blush
Project: Aura
New Members
Save the Date
Partner Profiles

NEWH - September 2008