After being the first IN PERSON industry event of 2021 to bring our extended family back together again,
we look forward to a more normal 2022 – and we’ll be the first event again!

As the travel industry rebuilds and sets its sights on a record-breaking year following the disruption of the pandemic, we invite you to network with senior-level executives from an expected 100+ companies –  rebuild your business development, reconnect with clients and discover new ones!

We are just starting to create our 2022 event, but below is our 2021 line-up of incredible speakers to give you an idea of what to expect if you haven’t attended a GNEX Conference before. This page will update as we get closer to the event.

Thank you to all our GNEX 2021 speakers listed below.



THE BOARDROOM: Road To Recovery

Unique to GNEX, this compelling session returns as the “ultimate” meeting of minds. This year, the audience once again gets a fly-on-the-wall experience as our C-Suite industry experts conduct a round-table discussion on trending topics, including the unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the travel sector, what they did to adapt, what worked and what didn’t and what the future holds now.
Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDAJason Gamel
President & CEO
Jorge Herrera, Managing Director, Unlimited Vacation ClubJorge Herrera
Managing Director
Unlimited Vacation Club
Mike Nelson, CEO, arriviaMike Nelson
Mark Waltrip, COO, Westgate ResortsMark Waltrip
Westgate Resorts
Robert Webb, Partner, BakerHostetlerRobert Webb
Travis Bary, COO, Capital VacationsTravis Bary
Capital Vacations
Alain J.A. Grangé, Principal, Grangé GroupAlain J.A. Grangé
Grangé Group
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
Perspective Group


Bringing The Networking Lounge Exhibitors To The Main Stage

Hear from the innovative companies listed below as they try to impress you in just 5-minutes each with what their products and services could do for your business. Learn what’s out there that can help you improve, and then visit those that interest you in the Networking Lounge for more details.
Ericka Schwarm, Director, Business Development, EquiantEricka Schwarm
Director of Business Development
Bryan Rand, President, Holiday Systems InternationalBryan Rand
Holiday Systems International
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
INTUITION Brand Marketing
Steve Pentland, CEO, LightSteve Pentland
Stephen Green, Director of Sales, SPI SoftwareStephen Green
Director of Sales
Joe Minor, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Vacations 4 YouJoe Minor
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Vacations 4 You
Duane Lee, CEO, VacationSafeGuardDuane Lee
Vacation SafeGuard
Lino Maldonado, President, BeHome247Lino Maldonado
Kris Gunn-Hedstrom, President, Gunn Marketing GroupKris Gunn-Hedstrom
Gunn Marketing Group


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.


Richard Orchard
VantageRX Testing Solutions
How To Create A COVID Free Environment

The pandemic has disrupted the travel industry like never before, and even as signs of recovery are beginning to show, the return to pre-COVID occupancy levels will be reliant upon many new factors, including the safety measures implemented by resorts to make vacationers feel comfortable. Learn how you can turn this into an effective competitive advantage by harnessing the unique benefits of air purification and COVID testing at your resorts and sales centers.

Richard Orchard is founder of VantageRX Testing Solutions, a distributor of COVID-19 rapid fingerstick Antibody, nasal swab Antigen and saliva PCR Tests. The company also provides the Vollara Air & Surface Pro, an air purification device with patented ActivePure Technology which was developed to protect astronauts on the NASA International Space Station. It is one of only 75 technologies that have been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. Each unit fills up to a 3,000 sq. ft. area with safe oxidizing molecules that seek and destroy harmful pathogens and contaminants (including the SARS-CoV-2 virus) that are in the air—and on surfaces; and is being used in our GNEX Conference space!

Greg Minor, CEO, Vacations 4 YouGreg Minor
Chief Executive Officer
Vacations 4 You
Closing The Social Distance With Social Media

Since the beginning of the pandemic everyone has looked for better ways to connect, engage, and network. With all the social distancing mandates throughout our country; families, businesses, teachers, and so many others were forced to find ways to feel connected with one another again. The most successful resource for those that have been prospering through the challenges of our “new normal” are those that embraced and empowered their creative side and closed the Social Distancing gap through finding connection through Facebook, Instagram, and many others!

Greg is the founder and CEO of Vacations 4 You, which in just over 2 years has become one the premier Travel Membership companies in the industry. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee Greg is going to share how his organization shifted their way of operation through Social Media to allow them to thrive!

Shawn Brydge, EVP, Wellington FinancialShawn Brydge
Executive Vice President
Wellington Financial
The Post Pandemic Economy

As the world begins to recover, how will the U.S. economy react to a booming real estate market, roaring stock market, and unprecedented government stimulus? We’ll look at where the economy was, where it is, and where it may be going; all with an eye toward how those changes will affect the hospitality and vacation ownership industries.

Shawn Brydge is Executive Vice President at Wellington Financial, which has consistently provided financing to the vacation ownership industry since 1981; and since 1995 has worked with Liberty Bank as their exclusive Resort Finance correspondent, specializing in receivables hypothecation, inventory and development loans and have funded over $8.0 Billion through their group of lenders.

Jessica Pischel, Consultant, The Dijulius GroupJessica Pischel
The Dijulius Group
Be Brilliant at the Basics
It will not surprise you that, the most successful companies provide consistent service to their customers in every interaction in every location, no matter what time of day, or which manager is on duty. Think of Starbucks; your extra hot, venti, almond milk latte is the same in New York City as it is in San Francisco. YOUR Customers crave consistency. Regardless of the situation or stage in the customer journey, each interaction should be smooth and effortless. When you attend this session, you will learn how to transform even your mundane interactions into memorable experiences. You will be able to identify the inconsistencies in your business and others. At the end of the session, you will know how to create your non-negotiable service standards to become the brand that your customers can’t live without!As a Customer Experience Consultant and Speaker with The DiJulius Group, Jessica Pischel helps clients generate ideas, turn them into systems, and then implement them enterprise-wide. Jess has a Master of Business Administration degree, and she has worked directly with world-class brands including LUSH Cosmetics, Celebrity Cruises, and Lexus.
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”.

R. Scott MacGregor, Senior Vice President, COO, Lemonjuice SolutionsR. Scott MacGregor
Senior Vice President, COO, Lemonjuice Solutions
The Next Chapter for Legacy Resorts, their Owners and Communities
More than three-quarters of US timeshare resorts are in their fourth or fifth decade of operation, and many were older properties to begin with. With them, their owners have aged and the world around them has changed in ways that were inconceivable when the project themselves were conceived.  Covid-19 has added another dimension we are only beginning to comprehend.  What’s next for “legacy” resorts and first generation of timeshare owners, and what does it mean for the timeshare industry?
Amy Hinote, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, VRM IntelAmy Hinote
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
VRM Intel
An Insider Look at the Vacation Rental Market

The leisure-based vacation rental market outperformed anyone’s expectations in 2020, and 2021 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year in this sector. Hinote will share past and forward-looking ADR, RevPAR and occupancy data across key leisure markets and discuss current industry dynamics and trends, including the need for additional vacation rental supply.

Amy Hinote is the founder and editor-in-chief of VRM Intel Magazine, which provides news, information, and resources for the professionally managed vacation rental industry. With over 15 years in the vacation rental industry, Hinote has worked with property management companies, technology companies, intermediaries, and investors, and provides insider information about the growing vacation rental industry. She also founded and sold the data company, now known as Key Data Dashboard, which provides aggregated market intelligence and reporting for vacation rental managers.

David Stroeve, Owner, ADS ConsultingDavid Stroeve, Owner ,ADS ConsultingDavid Stroeve
ADS Consulting
Is Your Story Leaning You Into Success?

There will always be constant change in our world. In 2008, it was the financial crisis, now it shifted to Covid-19, and in the future, there will be a new shoe to drop. How do companies create resilience to market conditions, and how do they weather the storm to enjoy the sunshine yet to come? Innovation is not easy but is the driving force to remain relevant and thrive in the future. In this session, you will learn the fundamental mindset to examine your organization, your revenue generating process so that when the clouds cast darkness, you will have the tools and fortitude to remain the dominant company in your industry. You will be given the road map successful companies have adopted to navigate their company through change.

David Stroeve is the owner of ADS Consulting and helps companies enhance their sales process and system to achieve incremental lasting success. After leaving an industry success story, he now has become a Sales Process Expert helping companies go beyond their expectations. David is a 27 year industry veteran and helped take a company from a valuation of a couple of million to over 200 million in just over 19 years. Through many market changes from the dot com bubble and the financial crisis, he leveraged the marketing conditions to accelerate sales performance by changing the narrative of the story.

Even more X-TALKS to be announced shortly…



Jim Madrid, Advance Sports TechnologyJim Madrid
Advance Sports Technology
So What If The World Stopped?
Throughout the conference there has been many references to the affect the pandemic has had on the travel industry, so to end the conference, this light-hearted and interactive session will take a leaf out of Jim Madrid’s book “GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH IT” and rewind in history to before COVID-19 hit, to a time that the industry was booming, and ask a normally theoretical question of “What would your business do if overnight the world just stopped…?”Groups will discuss and compare thoughts on what they might have answered then, with what they would answer today now that it actually DID happen! Then share thoughts on what lessons have been learned that will help everyone to rebuild better, bigger, stronger, and what are the opportunities to do things different in the future?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.”

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