Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM CDT
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Memphis Cook Convention Center 
255 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

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Deanna Ross 


Top Sponsors
Nolan - Our Exclusive Audio Visual Partner  |  MMHLA  |  Pinkowski & Company  |  Hilton  |  IHG
Memphis Cook Convention Center  |  HotelNewsNow  |  AHLA  |  TnHTA  |  MFA  |  US Foods  |  
Montgomery Martin Contractors |  Looney Ricks Kiss |  Elvis Presley Enterprises | MFA |  Evans Petree |
Pyramid Hotel Group

Supporters of the Summit
LaQuinta Management, LLC |  McMurry Construction

Friends of the Summit
Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management 
AAA Parking

Media Sponsors
HotelNewsNow | Key Magazine | Hotel Online |
Today's Hotelier

In Kind Sponsors
Peabody Memphis | Hampton Inn & Suites on Beale|
Residence Inn Downtown | The Westin on Beale |
Big Cypress Lodge | Courtyard by Marriott | 
Comfort Inn | Hotel Napoleon | Sheraton Downtown |
Crowne Plaza Downtown | Holiday Inn Downtown |
DoubleTree Downtown | SpringHill Suites |
River Inn of Harbor Town |
The Guest House at Graceland

Hotel Accomodations
Don't forget to mention the Southern Lodging Summit Rate!

Click Here for a list of hotels with special rates

Thank You to Our Partners


2018 Southern Lodging Summit 

The program for the 16th Annual Southern Lodging Summit is outstanding! 

What’s Driving the Food & Beverage Explosion? – Food & Beverage operations in all types of                   hotels once again are attracting customers and operating profitably across all segments of hotel products. 
Hear why it is happening and how you can make it work for your properties.




Jeff Higley
VP, Digital Media/Director of Communications
Hotel News Now/STR






David Marvin
Founder & President
Legacy Ventures





Veronica Andrews
Director Digital Data Solutions





Adrian Kurre
Global Head, Homewood Suites, 
and Home2 Suites by Hilton





Anthony Langan
Corporate Director Beverage + Food, Boutique & Lifestyle Hotels
Vision Hospitality Group

The premier event of the year also includes the following programs:

Lunch with the Speakers at the RENDEZVOUS - One of the Summit's most popular events, this is a great opportunity to mingle with the speakers and some old friends while also making some new ones.  With BBQ and networking this good, make sure you register early or run the risk of joining the dreaded "wait list." 
(Tuesday, Aug 28th.  Doors open at 11:30am - 1:30pm) 

The following programs are set for Wednesday, Aug 29th at the Memphis Cook Convention Center:
  • STR Presentation of Industry Trends - Hear from the President of the most authoritative source of hospitality information on where the industry has been over the last few years and where it is going in the next few. What are the trends happening with new brands and concepts?
  • Presidents Panel - This panel of executives will discuss some of the most important and contentious issues including labor, healthcare, taxes, development costs and many others.
  • National and StateLegislative Update - How is the new tax bill affecting our industry? What is happening with inbound tourism? Are H2B workers helping or hurting our labor issues? What other government controls can we look for on our business?  Get the answers from the people who know.
  • Keynote Speaker Richard M. Kelleher - Principal and Chief Executive Office, Pyramid Hotel - He founded two hospitality companies and led a total of five.  Hear about his passion for the industry and how that passion flows through all aspects of the company. 
  • Making Sales and Marketing a SuccessDon't miss this session if you want to excel in the right approach to sales and marketing for all types of hotels.  Hear what it takes for success from the chain hotels, a management company with a large portfolio of properties, a company that provides professional event management and meeting planning services and a seasoned hotel sales and marketing consultant. 
  • CBRE Labor Issues– CBRE Labor Issues – The labor market sucks – now what?  Our great economy
    has the unemployment levels so low we can’t find qualified labor.  Payroll costs are increasing at a fast
    pace.  This is affecting operating profits.  How will labor issues impact profitability and values?  We all
    the problems come hear the data that defines it and some of the practical solutions that fix it.

For a preview of our Agenda Click Here  
For Sponsorship Opportunities & Registraiton Pricing Packet Click Here
Visit Our Southern Lodging Summit website: 

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be received via email to:
By August 1st - Total will be refunded
By August 12th - 50% will be refunded
After August 12th - No refunds will be made.

All proceeds of the 2018 Southern Lodging Summit will benefit the Political Action Committees of the MMHLA, TnHTA and the AHLA.

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