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Bringing together hospitality leaders, tourism partners, educators, and students to address current issues and future needs in attracting and retaining employees for a career in the lodging and hospitality industry. Together, we will design a plan of action to address the information gathered in through three work sessions. 
Take part in shaping the future by participating in this workforce and education focused event!

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022   

Time: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Columbus State Community College Campus
                 Mitchell Hall - 250 Cleveland Ave. Columbus



To register, please contact michele@ohla.org with your name, email, & dietary restrictions.


Registration Types Include:




-Travel & Tourism Partners
These include others in the hospitality industry, including restauranteurs, CVBs, DMOs, and others.

If you are unsure of which to select contact cindy@ohla.org



Complimentary to attend.

If you would like to contribute towards the operation of this event and future OHLA education & workforce initiatives, donation opportunities are available.

Food & Beverage:

A boxed lunch and light refreshments throughout the day will be included.


What to Prepare:

-We ask all student attendees to bring their resumes on site for sharing.



Session Topic

8:30-9:00 AM  

Networking with Coffee & Refreshments

9:00-9:20 AM   

Opening Remarks by Bill Reed, Chair, Education & Workforce Development Committee, GM, Flats East Bank

9:25-10:15 AM 

Session #1

Flexibility in the hospitality industry

In order for the hospitality industry to be competitive it needs to become more malleable. Join us as we disern the difference between training vs. development and how developing our staff into leaders help retain them.

Speaker: Chris Cano, Vice President, Customer Success, Upshift     

10:25am - 11:10am

Session #2

Myth-busting: The misconceptions of the hospitality industry

Join us as we tackle the myths of the hospitality industry and help us rewrite the future as we welcome new leaders to take the reigns.

Speakers: Stephen Stewart, GM, Hyatt Regency Columbus; David Minah, GM, Hyatt Place Cleveland Lyndhurst/Legacy Village; Swathi Ravichandran, BGSU-RAAM Professor and Founding Director

11:15am - 12:15pm

Lunch & Networking

12:25pm - 1:15pm

Session #3

The Hospitality Mutt Session

This session will discuss a variety of hospitality education related topics including the impact of related industries (ie. restaurants, tourism marketing), transferability of hospitality-learned skills across industries, and the emerging technologies into the hotel space.

Speakers: Dean Michael Huff, Dean of Hospitality Management, Tri-C, Cleveland; Tara Casey, Columbus Hospitality Management; Lisa Garner, Dual GM, Residence Inn and Marriott OSU; Larry Fletcher, Shores & Islands Ohio; Peter Chapman, The Pearl 

1:20pm - 2:25pm

Closing Remarks & Action Plan

For more information, contact Cindy Sams.



Accommodations for this event are being held at the Sonesta Columbus Downtown at a rate of $129++ per night. To book your stay visit: 




Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!

To pledge your support for The Future of Lodging Summit, contact cindy@ohla.org

Presenting Summit Sponsor $3,000SOLD

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents
  • Branding on The Future of Lodging Summit Report to be published on our website and reviewed at the annual conference
  • Welcome message during opening remarks

Session Sponsor $1,500

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents

Student Involvement Sponsor $500

  • You choose one of three Work Sessions and we’ll place your logo on that session, in the Agenda and Program

Thank you to our sponsors!

                                                    Presenting Sponsor

Red Roof

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In-Kind Sponsors


In Kind Sponsors