Published on : Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Associated Luxury Hotels International , which serves the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace with its membership of more than 250 luxury-level M&I-focused hotels and resorts worldwide, recently held the “ALHI 2016 Insurance & Financial Leadership Exchange” conference. Conducted from April 20-22, 2016 at Virginia’s stunning 340-acre Salamander Resort & Spa, this annual conference brought together 20 senior-level insurance & financial professionals with 20 senior-level hotel executives from ALHI’s distinguished Member hotels & resorts. The conference included a peer-to-peer exchange to share solutions and best practices on such issues as “Meetings and Performance Metrics,” “Trends in Incentives,” and “Risk Management in Today’s Global Business Environment.” Guest speakers addressed topics ranging from leadership to global trends and forecasts.
In addition, the IFLE conference featured a welcome address by noted Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, co-founder of the BET network, and, among her holdings, ownership in three professional sports teams .
Pictured (from left) are members of the IFLE conference’s planning committee: Johnny So, Managing Director of The Watergate Hotel ; ALHI Vice President of Sales in the Midwest Kathy Kozminske; ALHI President Jim Schultenover; ALHI Director of Sales in the Northeast Region Lisa Kaplan; Scott Harrison, Director, Co-Head Event-Based Marketing at BMO Financial Group; Amy Ewing, Head of Meetings & Events, SVP at Wells Fargo Corporation; Salamander Resort & Spa Director of Sales & Marketing Jim Perrin; Stephen Longbottom, Director of Group Sales for The Watergate Hotel; and ALHI Division Vice President Ashly Balding.
Salamander Resort & Spa, a distinguished Member of ALHI’s portfolio, is one of the most unique meeting and leisure destinations in the United States. Located in historic Middleburg, the resort is situated in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s picturesque horse and wine country. Offering 168 elegant guest rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and many beautiful outdoor venues, the resort is owned by Sheila C. Johnson. The resort features a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 100-year-old Stallion Barn, expansive lawns, The Culinary Garden & Cooking Studio, a 23,000-square-foot spa, outdoor and indoor pools, miles of hiking and riding trails, equestrian program, falconry, tree top zip tours, and many other outdoor activities. The resort is just 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from downtown Washington, D.C.