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GNEX 2013 Conference Schedule

The 3rd Annual Global Networking Expo (GNEX 2013: The Global Meeting of Minds) for senior executives of the shared ownership industry will be held at the world famous Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, USA. GNEX Conferences have made their mark very quickly as the place to be for those serious about improving the shared ownership industry through discussion and working together, where everyone is a VIP and easily accessible to network with; from the Presidents and CEO's of the largest and most successful companies from around the world to the most inspiring new entrants to the marketplace.
3rd February

VIP Super Bowl Party

Sponsored by Dial An Exchange and Oombaga Time: 2PM – 8PM Venue: Gable Lombard Penthouse, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028 Dress Code: Casual Kicking off GNEX 2013 in style with another industry first is our VIP Super Bowl Party, where our delegates will get together for the most watched sporting event of the year and to network in the luxurious surrounding of the three floor, rooftop Gable Lombard Penthouse. Accessible only by private elevator, this glamorous suite was used by Golden Era A-List stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard during their famed affair in the late 1930s. Gable, best known for movie classics such as Mutiny On The Bounty (1935) and Gone With The Wind (1939) first met Lombard while starring in their only film together, No Man Of Her Own (1932). Carole Lombard starred in many roles and she commanded and received what was one of the top salaries in the business - at one time it was reported she was making $35,000 a week - in the 1930s! Join us for several hours of open bar and refreshments, and enjoy the game whilst making new friends.
 
4th February

Registration & Refreshments

Sponsored by VacationOwnership.com Time: 2PM – 3PM Venue: Wintergarden, Beverly Wilshire
 

General Sessions

Time: 3PM – 5PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

Welcome To GNEX 2013

Time: 3PM Our introduction to a very unique conference with comments from event organizer, Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective Group and Master of Ceremonies, Jim Madrid, The Pacific Institute.  

Growing Global – Challenges and Opportunities as Timeshare Come of Age

Time: 4PM Speaker: Howard Nusbaum, President & CEO, American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Howard Nusbaum, President & CEO, American Resort Development Association (ARDA)From Branson to Bangkok, timeshare and all of its shared use iterations is becoming a mainstay of global vacationing and resort development. Howard Nusbaum, President/CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), will share the latest global research -- as well as the state of the industry in this economically uneven world, the regulatory and consumer trends, and finally, his perspective of the future opportunities and challenges facing the vacation ownership business. In addition to sharing the research and what's "en vogue" in timeshare, it is also your opportunity as an attendee to "Ask ARDA" key questions or share your ideas.  

2013 Economic and Market Outlook - A Time For Action

Time: 4.30PM Speaker: Nico March, Senior Vice President – Investments, The March Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Nico March, Senior Vice President, Investments, The March Group of Wells Fargo AdvisorsIn the wake of the fiscal cliff fallout, markets are reacting to the decisions being made in Washington which will affect business decisions throughout 2013. Nico March will provide his views on where the stock market is headed, the effect on interest rates and where are the opportunities for you, your business and your investment portfolio?    

Speed Networking

Sponsored by Lloydshare Time: 5PM Venue: Le Grand Trianon Room, Beverly Wilshire This is your first opportunity to visit our Networking Lounge, where you’ll find all of our exhibitors and plenty of space to hold meetings with other delegates throughout the conference. Our invaluable Speed Networking session will help you meet dozens of our attendees in quick two-minute intervals, where you can swap business cards and decide who you want to make appointments with during the event to carry on your initial discussions.  

Via Rodeo Party

Sponsored by Interval International Time: 6.30PM - 8.30PM Venue: 208 Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Directly Opposite Beverly Wilshire Lobby) Dress Code: Smart Casual Just a few feet away from the Beverly Wilshire is Rodeo Drive where the rich & famous do their shopping, and where tourists window-shop while trying to spot movie stars on the fabled street. Rodeo Drive is just three blocks in length, but represents the most famous shopping district in America and is home to Bijan, the single most expensive shop in the world. The most beautiful part of Rodeo Drive is the European styled Via Rodeo. Right above the famed steps featured in millions of tourist photographs is where you’ll find tonight’s party venue. Join us at 208 Rodeo as the sun goes down and the nightlife begins as we gather on the private terrace, indoor restaurant or even the cobbled streets of this iconic landmark.  
 
5th February

Morning Refreshments

Sponsored by Leisure Logistics Time: 8AM – 9AM Venue: Le Grand Trianon Room, Beverly Wilshire  

General Sessions

Time: 9AM – 10.30AM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

What's Relevant To You?

Time: 9AM GNEX Conference sessions primarily look to draw out topical issues and either provide expert opinion from speakers or invoke an open floor debate with our attendees. This year, in another industry first, we’re giving you the opportunity to voice your opinions on the most relevant topics to you right at the beginning of the conference. Whether immediately or over the coming two days, we will touch upon as many of your suggestions as we can, ultimately shaping the conference to include content that you most want to hear about.
 

Networking Lounge & Refreshments

Sponsored by Blue Strawberry Resorts Time: 10.30AM – 11.30AM Venue: Le Grand Trianon Room, Beverly Wilshire Relax, refresh and enjoy this extended networking break in our Networking Lounge. Learn more about our exhibitors, introduce yourself to more of our attendees, or hold a pre-arranged meeting during this time, without having to miss valuable sessions.  
 

General Sessions

Time: 11.30AM – 1.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

Shared Ownership, The Next Generation

Time: 11.30AM Speaker: Bryan Ten Broek, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development North America, Interval International Bryan Ten Broek, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development North America, Interval InternationalBryan Ten Broek, Interval International’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development, reviews how shared ownership has evolved over the past four years, and discusses the next generation of products and consumers.      

LIFE STORY: David Siegel, Westgate Resorts

Time: 12PM Speaker: David Siegel, President and Chairman of the Board Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments David A. Siegel, President and Chairman of the Board Westgate Resorts / Central Florida InvestmentsAs a pioneer in the tourism industry, David has spent the past 30 years shaping his company into the largest privately owned timeshare company in the world. David’s empire includes timeshare, real estate, construction, hotel and apartment management, travel services, tele-communications, citrus, insurance, transportation, retail, and much more. Success struck David in the 1970s when he purchased a prime piece of real estate that later developed into the largest single-site vacation ownership resort in the world — Westgate Vacation Villas. David has been honored as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” for construction and real estate in Central Florida and finished second in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” national competition. But if you ask David, his greatest joy is the success he has created for others through both his company and the Westgate Resorts Foundation that has given over $10 million to charities across the country. In this session, you’ll here from David himself about his life within the timeshare industry and his six secrets to success.  

The Winning Formula To Developing Successful Resorts

Time: 12.30PM Panelists:
Mark Waltrip, CEO, Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments Mark Waltrip COO, Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments
John Spence, Chairman & Owner, Karma Royal Group John Spence Chairman & Owner, Karma Royal Group
Ramy Filo, CEO, Classic Group Ramy Filo CEO, Classic Group
James M. Casey, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Commercial and Specialty Finance, Capital One Bank James M. Casey Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Commercial and Specialty Finance, Capital One Bank
Robert J. Webb - Partner, Baker Hostetler Robert J. Webb Partner, Baker Hostetler
Jim Whitteron – Director of Marketing & Sales Solutions, HVS Shared Ownership Services Jim Whitteron Director of Marketing & Sales Solutions, HVS Shared Ownership Services
Some resorts are clearly more successful than others, but what is it that makes them so? Our varied panel will cover some of the many elements that can positively or negatively effect the success of a resort development project – from destination choice, construction style, financial constraints and legal structures right the way through to sales and marketing approaches, management operations and customer service.  

Lunch

Sponsored by Travel To Go Time: 1.30PM – 2.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire  

General Sessions

Time: 2.30PM – 5.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

Has Timeshare Lost Its Value Proposition?

Time: 2.30PM Panelists:
Craig Morganson - President & CEO, Holiday Systems International Craig Morganson President & CEO, Holiday Systems International
Mark Carney, Marketing & Sales Director, Royal Resorts Mark Carney Marketing & Sales Director, Royal Resorts
Francis Taylor, CEO, Dial An Exchange Francis Taylor CEO, Dial An Exchange
Kris Jamtaas Jason Tremblay CEO, VacationOwnership.com
Mel Grant, President & CEO, SFX Preferred Resorts Mel Grant President & CEO, SFX Preferred Resorts
Stuart Lamont, Executive Chairman, Club Leisure Group Stuart Lamont Executive Chairman, Club Leisure Group
Harold Derrah, CEO, Anantara Vacation Club Harold Derrah CEO, Anantara Vacation Club
Kris Jamtaas Jason Clowrey Managing Director, Visions Of The World
What started in The Bahamas at GNEX 2011 and firmly put GNEX Conferences on the industry calendar as a “not to be missed event” was our frank and open floor approach to the most difficult of issues. This year’s big debate tackles probably the most critical issue facing the future of our industry. Do not miss this session!  

Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Time: 4PM Panelists:
Marcia Rowley, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) Marcia Rowley Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE)
Fermin Cruz – VP North American Business Operations Dial An Exchange, USA Fermin Cruz VP North American Business Operations, Dial An Exchange, USA
Erika Garcia, CEO, Marketing 4 Sunset Group & Premier Cancun Vacations Erika Garcia CEO, Marketing 4 Sunset Group & Premier Cancun Vacations
Robert A. Kobek, President and CEO, Mobius Vendor Partners and CustomerCount℠ Robert A. Kobek President and CEO, Mobius Vendor Partners and CustomerCount℠
Steve Pentland, CEO, Generator Systems Steve Pentland CEO, Generator Systems
Increase productivity, grow relationships, reach out to your customers and catch up with modern technology to help improve your business in 2013. This creative panel offers a wealth of expertise in marketing services, technological enhancements, value add products and customer communication that collectively benefit thousands of resorts and service providers across the globe. Hear more about why these products and services work so well for so many and ask questions relevant to your situation.  

Hollywood Nights Networking Party

Sponsored by RCI & Perspective Magazine Transportation Pick-Up Time: 6PM & 6.20PM from Beverly Wilshire Lobby Time: 6.30PM - 9.30PM Venue: The Playhouse, 6506 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Dress Code: Smart Casual Join RCI for a night in the heart of Hollywood where you can network where the stars hang out, then either take the transport back to the hotel or stay on and enjoy all that Hollywood Blvd has to offer. First opened in 1918 as The Iris Theatre this venue was later renamed The Fox in 1959 and run by Fox West Coast, NGC and (lastly) Mann as a movie theatre until it closed in 1991. The Playhouse as it is now known, still has the 60s facade outside, but now inside is an ultra-modern venue that was recently voted by Reuters as the #4 Nightclub in the world and is home to live music, world renowned DJs and hotspot for celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kobe Bryant, Rihanna, Nelly, Paris Hilton and many more. Situated on Hollywood Blvd, just a few blocks along from Grauman's Chinese Theatre and part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with nearby pavement stars for James Cagney, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock, we're putting you right in the heart of Hollywood where we will have the whole venue to ourselves, with music, open bar and appetizers whilst you continue to network. Afterwards, choose to take the transport back to the hotel, or carry on partying in West Hollywood, perhaps visiting the nearby Sunset Strip. All is only a short taxi ride back to the Beverly Wilshire.
 
6th February

Morning Refreshments

  Time: 8AM – 10AM Venue: Le Grand Trianon Room, Beverly Wilshire    

General Sessions

Time: 10AM – 11.30AM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

A Brave New World?

Time: 10AM Panelists:
Marcos Agostini, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development Latin America, Interval International Marcos Agostini Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development Latin America, Interval International
Dimitris Manikis, Managing Director, RCI South Africa & Vice President, Business Development, RCI Europe, Middle East and Africa Dimitris Manikis Managing Director, RCI South Africa & VP, Business Development, RCI EMEA
Richard L. Ragatz, PH.D., President, Ragatz Associates Richard L. Ragatz, PH.D. President, Ragatz Associates
Bryan Lunt, Chairman & CEO, Absolute World Group Bryan Lunt Chairman & CEO, Absolute World Group
Tommy Middaugh, Executive Vice President, Travel To Go Tommy Middaugh Executive Vice President, Travel To Go
After the global financial crisis, are the current changes we’re making here to stay, or just passing trends? Our panel will discuss if we are about to awake to a brave new world of emerging markets dominating consumer spending, whilst putting additional strain on older properties in saturated markets; whether or not we will see more product diversification including deeded property replaced by right to use models and if the rise in online transactions and interaction are a permanent game changer for us all.  

Building the Future of Timeshare Together

Time: 11AM Speaker: Gordon Gurnik, President, RCI Gordon Gurnik, President, RCIGordon Gurnik will offer a global outlook on the current state of our industry and give his perspective on how shared ownership industry professionals can come together to ensure we are building a successful future for timeshare. Gurnik will share best practices from around the industry for mobile solutions, offering flexible products and services, building strategic partnerships, and staying connected to your clients with a well executed engagement strategy.    
 

Networking Lounge & Refreshments

Time: 11.30AM – 12.30PM Venue: Le Grand Trianon Room, Beverly Wilshire Relax, refresh and enjoy this extended networking break in our Networking Lounge. Learn more about our exhibitors, introduce yourself to more of our attendees, or hold a pre-arranged meeting during this time, without having to miss valuable sessions.
 

General Sessions

Time: 12.30PM – 1.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

The Truth About Timeshare On The Internet!

Time: 12.30PM Panelists:
Steve Tassler, Principal, Xeputu Steve Tassler Principal, Xeputu
Kris Jamtaas Kris Jamtaas Senior Vice President, Business Development, North America, RCI
Kris Jamtaas Jason Tremblay CEO, VacationOwnership.com
This session will begin with some very surprising and exclusive, never revealed before statistics about the timeshare industry’s reputation online provided by INTUITION, Perspective Group’s social media monitoring and online marketing service which has been tracking online activity from June 2010 to present day. Then our panel will discuss not only the statistics, but also the merits of online efforts, providing details from proven campaigns, valuable information on best practices and will help shed light on some of the myths and legends about do’s and don’ts for timeshare companies in the online world.  
 

Lunch

Sponsored by INTUITION by Perspective Interactive Time: 1.30PM – 2.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire  
 

General Sessions

Time: 2.30PM – 4.30PM Venue: Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire

Is Age Getting The Better Of Us?

Time: 2.30PM Panelists:
Bruce L. Thompson, CEO, Gold Key / Professional Hospitality Resources Bruce L. Thompson CEO, Gold Key / Professional Hospitality Resources
Gregg Anderson, Global Vice President, The Registry Collection Gregg Anderson Global Vice President, The Registry Collection
Barry Robinson, CEO & Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Barry Robinson CEO & Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
Harry Taylor, Executive Chairman, TATOC Harry Taylor Executive Chairman, TATOC
John John "Roger" Burk Attorney, John Rogers Burk, A Law Corporation
Jon Fredricks Jon Fredricks President & CEO, Welk Resorts
How does an active developer cope with the ever-changing world around them? Our panel focuses on pertinent developer issues relating to changing trends in consumer demographics and priorities, aging resorts and owners, then need for exit strategies, fee for service models, deeded vs right to use, and the balance between trying to do everything in-house and carefully selecting the right third party vendors to partner with to enhance their product offerings.  

Flash Forward

Time: 3.30PM Panelists:
Gordon Gurnik, President, RCI Gordon Gurnik President, RCI
Bryan Ten Broek, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development North America, Interval International Bryan Ten Broek Senior Vice President, Resort Sales and Business Development North America, Interval International
Francis Taylor, CEO, Dial An Exchange Francis Taylor CEO, Dial An Exchange
Craig Morganson - President & CEO, Holiday Systems International Craig Morganson President & CEO, Holiday Systems International
David A. Siegel, President and Chairman of the Board Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments David A. Siegel President and Chairman of the Board Westgate Resorts / Central Florida Investments
John Spence, Chairman & Owner, Karma Royal Group John Spence Chairman & Owner, Karma Royal Group
Howard Nusbaum, President & CEO, American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Howard Nusbaum President & CEO, American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
Stuart Lamont, Executive Chairman, Club Leisure Group Stuart Lamont Executive Chairman, Club Leisure Group
Marcia Rowley, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) Marcia Rowley Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE)
To close our conference sessions, we’ve invited back some of our incredible speakers to hear their final thoughts on highlights of the conference, their views on the future of the timeshare industry and to give you one last chance to ask these industry leaders your questions.  

Perspective Magazine Awards Gala Dinner

Time: 6.30PM Venue: Wintergarden & Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire Dress Code: Formal (Black Tie Preferred but not essential) To end GNEX 2013, and just a few days ahead of The Grammy's being held in Beverly Hills, our very own industry stars will be acknowledged as the results of the 2013 Perspective Magazine Awards Program sponsored by Holiday Systems International will be announced during a night of food, drink and entertainment.
Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Awards Program Sponsored by Holiday Systems International

Schedule subject to change without notice.