GNEX 2023 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

We are busy creating next year’s incredible event so we’ll be announcing our first speakers very soon.

In the meantime, below is a look back at our line-up in Las Vegas!
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts – register to attend HERE.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Mike Flaskey, Founder and CEO
Mike Flaskey Entertainment, Inc.
Former CEO of Diamond Resorts

INDUSTRY LEADER PANEL
Mark Waltrip, COO, Westgate Resorts
Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director International Operations, Wyndham Destinations
Nigel Lobo, COO, Grand Pacific Resorts
Robert Webb, Partner, BakerHostetler
Ross Crowder, Chief Commercial Officer, arrivia
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective Group

EXPO LIVE
Jack Waller, SVP Business Development, arrivia
Bryan Rand, President, Holiday Systems International
Christopher Hassall, CEO, Catalyst Marketing Solutions
Duane Lee, CEO, Vacation SafeGuard
Ericka Schwarm, Director, Business Development, Equiant
Steve Pentland, CEO, Light
Ron Fenska, VP of Commercial, Uplift
Lino Maldonado, President, BeHome247
TBC, RCI

X-TALKS
Shawn Harper, Former NFL Player / National Motivational Speaker
Guillermo Muhech, Executive Director, ACOTUR /Founding Partner, Myolegal

VACATION RENTAL AND TIMESHARE INDUSTRY SYNERGY – EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW BOTH SECTORS BY WORKING TOGETHER
Scott Bunce, COO, Cabins For You
Alex O. Husner, Chief Marketing Officer, Condo-World Resort Properties
Ryan Dame, Partner, Casago Vacation Rentals
Gregg Anderson, President, GAnderson Global
Amy Hinote, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, VRM Intel

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
Jim Madrid, Founder, AST

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Mike Flaskey
Founder and CEO
Mike Flaskey Entertainment, Inc.
Former CEO of Diamond Resorts
HOW THE POWER OF DATA AND EXPERIENCES TRANSFORMED DIAMOND RESORTS

Learn the compelling story of how an unbranded timeshare company, in the face of continuous adversity, used data to innovate and execute in order to compete with the big brands. Mike Flaskey was chosen to become the CEO of Diamond Resorts after it was acquired in late 2016 by global private equity giant Apollo Global Management.

Be the first to hear the story of how Diamond Resorts was transformed from a non-branded timeshare company to a global hospitality organization that lead through experiences.

Under Flaskey’s leadership, Diamond went outside the timeshare industry box and hired experienced data scientists, who dove into various divisions of the company utilizing research as well as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to both quantify behavioral traits and help set the future direction of the company. Through these experts, Diamond had the inside intelligence to begin to innovate and create new products, including becoming the industry’s first mover in a best-in-class experiential event franchise, later branded Events of a Lifetime. This franchise catapulted Diamond Resorts from $200 million in annual sales to over $1 billion, and every Key Performance Indicator of the lifetime value calculations increased measurably. Their guest satisfaction rates and hotel rental business revenue grew to record highs, both new member sales and volume per guest doubled, their $1 billion dollar financial services portfolio improved across the board and Flaskey began receiving consumer satisfaction letters from existing owners and new members like never before.

The successful transformation of Diamond Resorts was full of out-of-the-box thinking and creativity, all while using data to support the crucial decisions. The introduction of experiences led to massive positive press and millions of dollars in advertising equivalency from earned media for the company, ultimately leading to its successful sale to the iconic branded company of Hilton Grand Vacations.


Mike Flaskey is the Founder and CEO of Mike Flaskey Entertainment, Inc., a full-service lifestyle and entertainment company that brings experiential brand activations to life through network-televised golf tournaments, live concerts, sports, and other live events. Mike’s company identifies and executes turnkey solutions and activations for organizations and companies looking to amplify their brand awareness, acquire new customers and improve their existing customers’ lifetime value through unique events and experiences.

Prior to the creation of Mike Flaskey Entertainment, Mike garnered more than twenty-five years of senior executive leadership experience in both public and privately held organizations, most recently as the former Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts, a global vacation ownership company. Under his leadership, Diamond Resorts achieved unprecedented growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions, culminating with the successful sale of the company to Hilton Grand Vacations in 2021.

While at Diamond, Mike innovated and created strategic partnerships and relationships with numerous prominent sporting and entertainment professionals that have resulted in the creation and growth of Diamond’s Events of a Lifetime® experiential franchise, the Diamond Concert SeriesTM and the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a network- televised, best-in-class LPGA Tournament of Champions/ Celebrity golf tournament. Mike has founded and now serves as the Executive Director of The ClubCorp Classic, a PGA Tour Champions/Celebrity televised golf tournament in Dallas, Texas.

Mike is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of more than 200 golf and country clubs, city clubs and stadium clubs across the U.S. He is also an independent Board Member of Toronto-based Kognitiv, a global technology-forward, loyalty solutions-driven company. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Resort Developers Association (ARDA), as well as a part of ARDA’s Executive Committee. While at Diamond, he also served as a Member of the Board for Diamond Resorts. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Limestone University.

INDUSTRY LEADER PANEL

 

THE BOARDROOM

Unique to GNEX, this compelling session is the “ultimate” meeting of minds. The audience gets a fly-on-the-wall experience as our C-Suite industry experts conduct a round-table discussion on trending topics that impact the vacation industry, and their opinions of what the future holds.
Mark Waltrip, COO, Westgate ResortsMark Waltrip
COO
Westgate Resorts
Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDAJason Gamel
President & CEO
ARDA
Nigel Lobo, COO, Grand Pacific ResortsNigel Lobo
COO
Grand Pacific Resorts
Robert Webb, Partner, BakerHostetlerRobert Webb
Partner
BakerHostetler
Ross Crowder, Chief Commercial Officer, arriviaRoss Crowder
Chief Commercial Officer
arrivia
Rinaldo Fernandez President Global Travelers Club Division, Karisma Hotels & ResortsRinaldo Fernandez
President Global Travelers Club Division, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Gaetan Babin, President & CEO, Canadian Resort & Travel Association (CRTA)Gaetan Babin
President & CEO
CRTA
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
Perspective Group
EXPO LIVE!

 

BRINGING THE NETWORKING LOUNGE EXHIBITORS TO THE MAIN STAGE

This session brings the Networking Lounge to the main stage where attendees can learn more about products and services that could help improve their business in these fast-paced 5-Minute mini-sessions.
A. Joe Iglesias, Client Experiences, arriviaA. Joe Iglesias
Client Experiences
arrivia
Bryan Rand, President, Holiday Systems InternationalBryan Rand
President
Holiday Systems International
Christopher Hassall, CEO, Catalyst Marketing SolutionsChristopher Hassall
CEO
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
Duane Lee, CEO, VacationSafeGuardDuane Lee
CEO
Vacation SafeGuard
Ericka Schwarm, Director, Business Development, EquiantEricka Schwarm
Director, Business Development
Equiant
Steve Pentland, CEO, LightSteve Pentland
CEO
Light
Ron Fenska, VP of Commercial, UpliftRon Fenska
VP of Commercial
Uplift
Lino Maldonado, President, BeHome247Lino Maldonado
President
BeHome247
Greg Minor, CEO, Vacations 4 YouGreg Minor
CEO
Vacations 4 You
Fernando Fortini, Managing Director, TravCodingFernando Fortini
Managing Director
TravCoding
Suneel Goud, Vice President, Global Innovation and Business Development, Sharp NEC Display Solutions of AmericaSuneel Goud
Vice President, Global Innovation and Business Development
Sharp NEC Display Solutions of America (GuestView Guide)
 
X-TALKS

 

X-TALKS are unique to GNEX Conferences; introducing high impact solo presentations that are just 10 minutes long each. These sessions enable us to provide a wide variety of session topics, packed with useful information without the waffle. Each speaker is carefully selected for their XpertiseXperience, or Xcellence regarding the topic they will speak about, hence X-TALKS. Attendees can easily drop in and out of the main conference room to see just the ones that interest them most, leaving more time for networking and planned meetings.

 

Shawn Harper, Former NFL PlayerShawn Harper
Former NFL Player / National Motivational Speaker
PLAY TO WIN – CREATING A WINNING MINDSET IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE

If you are ready to win in business, in family, and in life, it all starts with the end in mind. On the path to winning, you’ll encounter challenges with people and circumstances, but as Shawn always says, “Winners focus on what they are going to, not on what they’re going through!”

This session will inspire you to “PLAY TO WIN” by harnessing the vision, mindset, strategies, and teamwork needed to rise to your highest potential using some of the methods from Shawn Harper’s book, “The Winning Edge” which outlines his personal story of overcoming many obstacles to realize his purpose and manifest his dreams.

Shawn Harper is a former NFL offensive lineman who played a total of seven seasons with the Rams, the Oilers, the Colts, and NFL Europe. Since 2004 he has owned and operated American Services and Protection, a growing multi-million-dollar security services firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. He uses many of the powerful lessons he learned in the NFL and strategically applies them in running his company. He is also the author of The Winning Edge: 8 Laws and Principles That Will Bring Out the Winner in You”.

Guillermo Muhech, Executive Director, ACOTUR; Founding Partner MyolegalGuillermo Muhech
Executive Director
ACOTUR /
Founding Partner
Myolegal
HOW VACATION OWNERSHIP CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES AND TOKENIZATION

This session will explore the latest financial solutions available through Block Chain technology and Cryptocurrencies and how timeshare and vacation clubs can use them to transform the way they transact.

The International Monetary Fund has made clear that “A digital revolution has taken place in the past decade, especially concerning the provision of financial services supported by advances in technology and computing power.”

Guillermo Muhech will explain what Cryptocurrencies, Tokens and Blockchain Technology are. Explain how other industries have already benefited from these tools and explore the potential growth of our industry by taking advantage of them.

PANEL SESSION

 

VACATION RENTAL AND TIMESHARE INDUSTRY SYNERGY – EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW BOTH SECTORS BY WORKING TOGETHER

During this interactive brainstorming session, this diverse panel of industry leaders will discuss vacation rental business models, compare and contrast with traditional timeshare and exchange models, discuss potential synergies between the sectors, and explore ideas and opportunities to work together in the future.
Scott Bunce, COO, Cabins For YouScott Bunce
COO
Cabins For You
Alex O. Husner, Chief Marketing Officer, Condo-World Resort PropertiesAlex O. Husner
Chief Marketing Officer
Condo-World Resort Properties
Ryan Dame, Partner, Casago Vacation RentalsRyan Dame
Partner
Casago Vacation Rentals
Gregg Anderson, President, GAnderson GlobalGregg Anderson
President
GAnderson Global
Amy Hinote, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, VRM IntelAmy Hinote
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
VRM Intel
 
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

 

Jim Madrid, Advance Sports TechnologyJim Madrid
Founder
Advance Sports Technology
MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW…
Our resident Emcee will produce and present another thought-provoking and interactive workshop for the upcoming event. Details will be announced soon.Jim Madrid is an expert in Human Performance and Leadership. From Fortune 500 Companies like Boeing, Nordstrom, St. Regis Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes Benz, Lexus Banco Santander, Oakley to professional sports teams like Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Utah Jazz, along with collegiate teams, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle U, UNLV, and now to youth sports clubs; Madrid and AST have helped organizations and individuals, achieve unprecedented, record-breaking results by their unique approach to “One Team, One Direction.”

Introducing Our GNEX 2023 Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring GNEX 2023 in San Diego? CLICK HERE!

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Vacation Innovations
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSORS
BRONZE SPONSORS
JJS Global
SPI Software
TOWB, LLC
SUPPORTING SPONSORS
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY PARTNERS
AMDETUR
Canadian Resort & Travel Association