AAHOA to lead Select Service Summit at BDNY

Whether you’re a member of the world’s largest hotel owners association, or a designer looking to win their commissions, you’ll want to take part in BDNY’s new “Select Service Summit” on Sunday morning, Nov. 11. It’s the first session on the 2018 agenda, one that conference director and BD executive editor Mary Scoviak calls “a profit game changer.”


Why? AAHOA members own nearly half of all hotels in the U.S. And with changing dynamics in the select service sector, many of those owners are shifting their focus—and resources—to design as a point of differentiation. This session, Scoviak says, will ease the learning curve for both parties.


“Many AAHOA owners don’t yet have a short list of design firms and may be new to the vetting process,” said Scoviak. “And many designers haven’t pitched this powerful group before. The Summit session will shine a light on the skills they need to win select service projects, and provide invaluable brand knowledge to inform their pitches.”


Association president and chief executive officer Chip Rogers will moderate the discussion with panelists Ashley Ewing Parrot, director of brand strategy, boutique & lifestyle hotels, Vision Hospitality Group; Chet Patel, senior vice president, Baywood Hotels; Hitesh (HP) Patel, president, Capital City Hospitality Group, 2018-19 chairman AAHOA; and Nimisha Patel, executive vice president, AAHOA.



BD welcomes 100+ attendees to Drinks by Design D.C.

More than 100 hospitality professionals attended Boutique Design magazine’s first Drinks by Design event in Washington, D.C., held Sept. 13 at the historic Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.


A celebration of hospitality design in the D.C. region, the reception was held in conjunction with the NEWH DC Metro chapter, which celebrated its 25th anniversary by awarding $100,000 in scholarships to ten students with hospitality majors, including:


Victoria Ajayi, George Washington University

Keon Halley, Virginia State University

Wanlin He, University of Delaware

Noah Hedrick, West Virginia University

Nadia Hines, Morgan State University

Shirin Jafarinasab Kermani, George Washington University

Megan McDanald, Virginia Tech

Anna Nikitina, George Washington University

Elvis Reyes-Nativi, Northern Virginia Community College

Nathalie Ngassa, Morgan State University


The event also featured a preview of the ninth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and conference, to be held Nov. 11-12 at the Javits Convention Center. Attendees included hospitality professionals from //3877, ForrestPerkins, Hilton, HVS Design, Marriott Intl., P3 Design Collective, Park Hotels & Resorts, RD Jones & Associates, Streetsense, Studio Partnership and more, who had the opportunity to tour the Hillwood gardens and museum during the event.


Sponsors for Drinks by Design D.C. included AVIXA, Beechwood Custom, Bryan Ashley, Century Industries, Chemetal, Composition Hospitality, Delta Faucet, Fairmont Designs, Faulkner + Locke, Garden on the Wall, HB Lighting, Hubbardton Forge, Pierpoint, Swavelle Hospitality, Wendover Art Group and Yellow Goat Design.