2018 Stay Boutique Live, Investment Edition

Conference Recaps


From Shark Tank to 300 Million in the Bank Josh Hix, Co-Founder & CEO, Plated

Avid Shark Tank fans probably recognize the name. Josh Hix is a game show victor and the CEO of Plated, a revolutionary service sending everything necessary for a luxurious home cooked meal straight to your door. Hix made waves when he and his partner sold to Albertsons for a cool 300 million. He shares on his triumphs, trials, and how to tell a story that captures the attention of potential investors.


Boutique Culture with Javier Egipciaco, Managing Director, Arlo Hotels

Javier Egipciaco is the managing director at New York’s hottest new lifestyle concept, Arlo Hotels. Arlo is your refuge from the constant excitement that is New York City. True community connectors, Egipciaco and his team create immersive experiences through their many collaborations, and onsite attractions. Only at Arlo will you have the opportunity to “glamp” without ever leaving the city. We were thrilled to talk to Javier about why the shift away from typical hotel amenities is so prevalent, and what will work for the lifestyle brands of tomorrow.

The Buzz Behind Boutique Coffee with Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO, La Colombe Torrefaction

If there's one business that has "boutique" down pat, its independent coffee houses. Todd Carmichael has been passionate about coffee for his entire life. He finds time in between his world travels to ethically source one of the tastiest brews around. With his company La Colombe's profits nearing the 100 million mark in 2017, we' were honored to hear from Carmichael, a proven vet, on how to nurture a modern brand to success.


Miami is Where It’s At with Jared Galbut, Managing Principal, Menin Hospitality Keith Menin Principal, Menin Hospitality

A defining characteristic of a boutique hotel is one that encapsulates the beat of the city in which it is located. The hotels, venues, restaurants and eateries in the Menin Hospitality portfolio do just that. South Florida natives themselves, Keith Menin and Jared Galbut weave the energy and sleek elegance Miami is renowned for throughout each of their 15 properties. Maestros of resort style lodging, they’ve recently expanded into the revitalized Chicago hotel scene.


On-Stage Content

The Influence of Fashion with John Varvatos hosted by The Council of Fashion Designers of America (The CFDA).

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is a not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy. Founded in 1962, the organization's membership is comprised of more than 500 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers. CFDA's Executive Vice President Lisa Smilor talks with award-winning designer John Varvatos - who will share highlights and insights from his 30-year career, with particular focus on the tenets for building a strong and engaging brand DNA.

The Story of the Beloved Yet Infamous Watergate Hotel with Jacques Cohen, Founder, Euro Capital Properties Rakel Cohen, SVP of Design and Development, Euro Capital Properties

While its name evokes an air of controversy, the Watergate Hotel is everything a modern luxury hotel aspires to be. Beginning as a playground for the rich and famous, to setting the stage for the biggest scandal in US political history, the Watergate has a long and proven history of impacting culture and storytelling. Rakel and Jacques Cohen of Euro Capital Properties joined us to delve deeper into the most (in)famous hotel in existence.

How Media Became the Most Influential Industry in the World with Lindsay Nelson, CCO, Vox Media

Vox is the embodiment of a modern media company. With verticals dedicated to everything from sports to tech to video games, and of course, hospitality, there aren’t many media initiatives Vox isn't a part of. Responsible for building brands like Eater, Curbed and Racked, the visionaries at Vox have their ears to the ground, and know what consumers want. Lindsay, the mega-brands CCO joined the Boutique Hotel Investment Conference to provide a little outside perspective on the boutique hotel game.


A Boutique Story with Jason Pomeranc, Founder & Owner, SIXTY Hotels

A Boutique Hotel Story As one of the founding fathers of our favorite niche in hospitality, Jason Pomeranc has had a hand in proliferating the boutique hotel concept through his many successful ventures including Thompson Hotels Group and SIXTY Hotels. He joined us to share his story and shed light on the genesis of the modern boutique movement.


Boutique - The Technologies Pushing Boutique Into the Future Vanessa Ogle, CEO, Enseo Connie Rheams, VP of Hospitality, Beekeeper Robert Stevenson, CEO, KEYPR Mike Kosla, VP Hospitality, LG Electronics Tammy Farley, President, Rainmaker

There aren’t many industries that move faster than hospitality, especially when focused on independent, boutique and lifestyle businesses. Technology makes the short list of exceptions. The relationship between tech and hospitality is a dynamic one, needing constant examination. How does tech shape the habits and preferences of travelers? How does investing in this one area of operations add value to a property? Hailing from every area in hospitality solutions, our panelists joined us to examine the above.


How a Blog Became a Media Empire with Jeff Carvalho, Managing Director, Highsnobiety

A once humble streetwear blog, Highsnobiety has transformed into the authority on urban luxury. The media mega-brand’s managing director Jeff Carvalho was instrumental in its rise to phenomenon status. They’ve garnered fame, success and recognition by implementing the same tactics boutique businesses across the globe have recently adopted. We hear from Carvalho on how to evolve a brand into an empire.


Boutique Entrepreneurship with John Targon, Creative Director & Co-Founder, Baja East Interviewed by Ariela Kiradjian, Co-Founder, Stay Boutique & COO, BLLA

Described by E-News as “the globally-inspired luxury brand that’s taking over your Instagram feeds,” Baja East is likely the largest lifestyle retailer you’ve never heard of. Forged in 2013 by former sales directors, John Targon and Scott Studenberg, the global fashion house sees to it that the most fashion forward of millennials are always comfortably chic. John joined the boutique community at the Times Center to shed light on what it takes to power a modern lifestyle brand.

Creating a Culture of Financial Wellness within your Organization with Shannon L. McLay, Founder & CEO, The Financial Gym, Inc. Siobhan O'Leary, SVP, People & Culture, Convene

Culture is a hot topic in many organizations, but an often overlooked element of culture is cultivating a place of financial wellness and clarity. Joined moderator Amy Ogden, Senior Vice President at J Public Relations were panelists Shannon McLay, founder of Financial Gym and Siobhan O’Leary, Senior Vice President of People & Culture at Convene. This panel will shed light on ways you can create a culture of financial wellness within your organization and how that cultural touch-point can be leveraged for team member growth and retention.

How to Get That Boutique Money with Thomas Fuchsman, Vice President at J.P. Morgan Will Obeid, Vice President - Hospitality Investments at Kushner Geoff Davis, Senior Principal, Davis Hotel Capital, Inc.

What’s an investment conference without some shop talk? We gathered industry vets to help us navigate the investment landscape as it pertains to the coolest sector in hospitality. What makes for the perfect storm when in the development phase? Who are the financiers who truly understand the boutique vertical? Our panelists hail from Davis Hotel Capital, Investment Origination Group and JMBM.