August 18 & 19, 2015

Presented by Pinkowski & Company and MMHLA
  • Thanks again for inviting me to the Southern Lodging Summit.  I continue to find the conference one of the most informative events that I attend. I thought the sessions were outstanding and I thought the one moderated by Isaac was especially interesting.  It's a great mix of local hoteliers and top notch industry executives so attendees gain practical knowledge about property operations and overall industry trends. Well done.

    Randy Smith, Chairman/Co-founder, Smith Travel Research

  • If you want a serious and thoughtful in depth discussion about current topics related to our industry, then this conference (SOUTHERN LODGING SUMMIT @ MEMPHIS) is the place for you.

    Laurence Geller, CEO, Strategic Hotels & Resorts

  • I have been attending and participating in  the Southern Lodging Conference for the last 6 years...always a great lineup of speakers addressing timely regional and national industry topics...a terrific venue for  networking purposes. I look forward to attending again this year.

    Ed Ansbro, Executive Vice President, Fairwood Capital LLC  

  • The Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis continues to impress me year after year with its annual roster of top industry speakers and panelists, as well as its insistence on maintaining a forum for meaningful discussion on timely topics that matter to people in the hospitality industry.

    Jerry Daly, Chairman, Daly Gray

  • Up to date knowledge of competitive conditions is the most important resource a hotel executive has and there is no better place in America this month to get that knowledge than the Southern Lodging Summit@Memphis- and the barbeque ain’t bad either!

    Steve Van, President, Prism Hotels

  • "Only the true professionals will survive in the next several years. You will learn from the best (AT THE SOUTHERN LODGING SUMMIT @ MEMPHIS) and you will need it to be successful in the lodging industry going forward" 

    Jack DeBoer, CEO, ValuePlace

  • “The Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis is one of the gems of the hotel conference industry….often overlooked but a great program.  It may not be on your radar but it should be.”

    Jeff Higley, Vice President, Digital Media & Communications, Global

  • “The Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis…a perfectly-timed industry update;….a  short, information-packed schedule (with)  quick networking opportunity in a professional but relaxed setting;…the Presidents’ Panel is one of the most lively and honest forums of its kind;…Luncheon Keynote Speakers have also produced some memorable moments.   I look forward to attending the Summit each year.” 

    Denise Carpenter, Vice President - Development, Southeast Region, Hilton Worldwide

  • “The intimate size, quality of content and the southern hospitality make The Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis one of the best conferences the hospitality industry has to offer. You will learn from some of the best speakers in the industry, hear about topics that matter to you and network with industry peers who come back year after year.” 

    William Edmundson, President & CEO, Abby Executive Suites

  • "… I found it to be informative and well attended;…the bright spots - the AHLA Update with Marlene Colucci…..(she)  is a very good speaker and keeps everyone informed;  The Star presentation was informative and impressed me with the data collected on OTA's.  The President's panel…was a great mix of operators, lenders and franchise representatives.  Peter Yesawich was entertaining and informative…a great opportunity to network."

    Charles Swan - Consultant

  • "The Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis was relevant, concise, on time, and totally worth the time and money spent. I will definitely be back next year. The speakers were great, the topics were the hot issues, and you kept it going. I saw a lot of old friends there and will plan to come earlier Tuesday and socialize now that I know they are coming."

    Mike Cowart, Cowart Hospitality Services, LLC

  • "Thank you all for the opportunity to be a panelist yesterday at the Southern Lodging Summit.  It was a great time of learning and sharing.  I left much more informed than when I arrived.  It was an honor to be a part of such a great collection of industry professionals."

    Jerry Stafford, Regional Director of Revenue Management, Davidson Hotels & Resorts

  • "I want to commend you for the good job you all did putting on the Southern Lodging Summit – 2012.  The people, venue(s), information and networking exemplified the best of Southern Hospitality.  I’ll definitely be back to this great event."

    Bruce C. Lowrey Managing Director RockBridge Capital, LLC

  • "I loved being there and especially back in the south again.  When I have the privilege of attending such an event I am always impressed. How only in this industry can competitors come together in friendship and desire to learn and improve.  The camaraderie was a thing of beauty and the hospitality was over the top.  Thanks for your kind response to my remarks to a remarkable group."

    Mike Leven, President & CEO Las Vegas Sands Corporation

  • "Congratulations…and thank you!  Congratulations on your best ever Conference!!  I like the various venues and dress and audiences…I like the size.  The food was outstanding…your menu selections were terrific.  Mike Leven was great.  Mark LaPorte was very strong! "

    Bob Hunter, CEO, Hunter Realty

  • "Chuck, I’m happy to be a part of the conference. I’ve told you before it’s the best conference of its size and the content surpasses many of the big conferences, too."

    Jeff Higley – Vice President, Digital Media & Communications, Global

  • "Thank you again for the opportunity to address the delegates at the annual lodging summit in August.  I was very impressed with the conference organization and the quality of the programming.  I can certainly see why you have gained such a strong following over the years."

    Trevor Stuart-Hill, President, Revenue Matters

  • “The Southern Lodging Summit provided an excellent networking opportunity along with meaningful speakers and content.  The keynote was both moving and impactful.”

    Mark G. Carrier, President, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group

  • “Every year the Southern Lodging Summit at Memphis proves why it is a must-attend event for hospitality leaders throughout the country.  From the speakers and panels discussing critical issues impacting hoteliers to the personal interaction with industry leaders, the summit was not only valuable, it was a real pleasure.  I’m looking forward to attending next year and encourage anyone who wants to be part of one of the best lodging events in the country to do the same.” 

    Shawn McBurney, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association

  • The Memphis conference provides a unique view at a growing industry, which is going through a significant change and globalization. The Conference drew an exceptional group of Industry Executives and leaders, whose candor was refreshing

    Ed Fuller, President & CEO, Orange County Visitors Association

  • I truly enjoyed the Summit last week. The hospitality found in Tennessee and the professionalism throughout the event were second to none.  I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate and look forward to staying connected to all the great people that I had the pleasure of meeting. 

    Ashleigh Mason, Director of Development, GF Management

  • The event was wonderful and I was able to take back some items to apply to our hotel group.  Hopefully I was able to provide some items for the rest of the attendees to take back as well. 

    Wendy Norris, Corporate Director of Revenue & Ecommerce, Valencia Group

  • ...congratulations on another successful SLS.  I thought it was one of the best one’s I have attended.

    Ed Ansbro, Executive Vice President, Fairwood Capital, LLC

  • Awesome. Great content, lots of fun, excellent chow!  Thank you so much for inviting me to speak.

    W. Michael Murphy, Head of Lodging and Leisure Capital, First Fidelity Companies

  • It was an excellent conference...really found the panelists and speakers very informative and I learned a bunch to take back to my business and colleagues....this Summit is a don't miss.

    S. Kirk Kinsell, President, Americas, IHG

  • I just wanted to let you know that Memphis really put on a great show this week.  The speakers, facilities, food, and overall hospitality was top notch.  And, I very much enjoyed getting the chance to reconnect with friends. 

    Steven Napoli, Director of Business Development, Bohan Advertising

  • I just wanted to say thank you for inviting me to participate in SLS this year. I was so impressed by the conference—the speakers and participants, the way you run it, everything. Now I know why Higley always hogged this conference for himself! 

    Stephanie Ricca, Editor In Chief, Hotel Management magazine

  • Chuck and his team continue to attract a top notch line-up of industry veterans and thought leaders. The conference is small enough to allow for lively interaction between audience members but large enough to tackle the issues relevant to the industry today. I am always pleased and honored to participate.

    Jan Freitag - STR

  • SLS@Memphis provides a comfortable setting to meet and hear from both regional and national leaders on issues facing our industry.

    Isaac Collazzo, VP Performance Strategy Planning – InterContinental Hotels Group

  • A great mid year conference that exemplifies the Southern Hospitality Spirit and Tradition. 

    Jeffrey. J. Good, President, Good Hospitality Services Inc./HRC Hotels LLC

  • The Memphis Summit has consistently delivered terrific insights and speakers. I'm proud to be a  partner in 2013 and have enjoyed participating over the years as there is consistently a great turnout of industry leaders and a highly engaging format.

    Jim Abrahamson, CEO- Interstate Hotels

  • The SLS@Memphis is one of the best-run conferences in our industry and provides attendees with invaluable information pertaining to the region, as well as the industry as a whole.  The intimate setting allows for great collaboration amongst attendees and speakers.  My thanks go out to Chuck and the entire SLS team for holding such a great event in Memphis, a city which has played a historically-relevant role in our industry.

    John Belden, CEO – Davidson Hotels

  • It is always a great thing for the Memphis business and hospitality community when nationally recognized leaders meet here and can learn more about what is happening on a local, regional and national basis. There is no other forum like it in this area.

    Don Farrell, Chief Cultivating Officer – Fresh Revenues

Welcome to the 2015 Southern Lodging Summit in Memphis, TN

Going into our 13th year, we cordially invite you to attend the Southern Lodging Summit from August 18-19, 2015.  Join us, along with many of the hotel industry’s top decision makers, as we discuss important industry trends that can and will impact your hotel’s bottom line. Along the way, we have some great networking opportunities and, hopefully, a great deal of fun, too.