HTM Summit


Date:  Sunday March 5, 2017 Date: Monday March 6, 2017
Location:  The Pillars (Reception),  1757 Government Street Mobile, AL 36604   Location:  Mobile Convention Center (Summit),  1 S. Water Street Mobile, AL 36602   

Summit Background and Purpose

The purpose of the summit is to engage major stakeholders in a conversation about the need for a catalyst to facilitate public -private collaboration to ensure workforce growth and sustainability for the AL/MS Gulf Coast region hospitality and tourism industry. The Summit is proposed and supported by the University of South Alabama Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Advisory Board. The Board consists of industry leaders and experts from various hospitality & tourism industry sectors from Mobile and Baldwin counties, North Lower Alabama, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

 

Summit Information


Registration Options

Individual Registration: Click Here
Group Registration: Call 251-460-7200
Registration for Corporate Sponsors: Call 251-460-7200

If you experience difficulty with registration, please email Dr. Evelyn Green at ekgreen@southalabama.edu.

Registration Fees
Summit & Reception - $175.00
Summit Only - $150.00
Reception Only - $75.00 (limited to 100 guests)
Late Summit Registration - $200.00

Registration Dates
Open registration ends February 20, 2017
Late registration begins February 27, 2017

Payment Method

Cash, check, credit card or purchase order (Purchase Orders must be processed via phone, 251-460-7200)

Cancellation Policy
To cancel your registration, please call 251-460-7200 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.

The deadline to cancel is February 23, 2017. A 50% refund will be issued for any cancellations prior to or on Feb 23, 2017. Refunds will not be issued on or after February 24th (seven business days prior to event). 

Sunday, March 5

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception @ The Pillars

Taste of Wind Creek: A Culinary Affair presented by the Chefs of Wind Creek. (Limit: 100 attendees only. First come, first served.)


Taste of Windcreek

Monday, March 6

7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Concourse, 2nd floor  
Summit Check-in @ Mobile Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 
Room 201 B&C

University Welcome
Dr. David Johnson, Provost and Sr. VP Academic Affairs, University of South Alabama
Mr. David Clark, President, Dept. of Hospitality & Tourism Management Advisory Board

Welcome to the City of Mobile
The Honorable Sandy Stimpson, Mayor of Mobile
 

OPENING GENERAL SESSION  - A Regional Outlook on Hospitality & Tourism (H&T) Employment Landscape

Facilitator:
Mr. Julian MacQueen, Founder and CEO, Innisfree Hotel Group

Panelists:
The Honorable Sandy Stimpson, Mayor of Mobile
The Honorable Robert Craft, Mayor of Gulf Shores
The Honorable Tony Kennon, Mayor of Orange Beach
The Honorable John Koniar, Mayor of Foley
Mr. Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, MS Gaming Commission
Mr. James T. Martin, President/CEO, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority and CEO/Managing Member, OWA
Mayors from the cities of Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Foley, and Mr. Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission will share tourism outlook, workforce demand and supply outlook, workforce profile, emerging skills needed for a future-ready workforce, and workforce recruitment and retention challenges for their respective cities.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Stakeholders’ Input & Perspectives on H&T Workforce Challenges & Needs Gaps*

Room 201A Breakout Group 1: Public Sector
Facilitators:
Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Chair, Dept. of Human Capital Development, The University of Southern Mississippi
Mr. Bill Sisson, President and CEO, Mobile Chamber of Commerce

Room 201D Breakout Group 2 – Private Sectors
Facilitators:
Dr. Heather Annulis, Professor, Dept. of Human Capital Development, The University of Southern Mississippi
Mr. Ed. Rodriguez, President and CEO, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Summit participants will be divided into public and private sectors for these concurrent sessions. Participants will be guided to share (1) what they know and have; (2) pressing issues & challenges (current & near future); and (3) what they don’t know or don’t have but need. Questions would include access to employment landscape and workforce profile data, hospitality and tourism skills frameworks and maps, and workforce readiness of new entrants to the industry, resources for workforce, e.g. seasonal housing, etc. The goal of these concurrent sessions is to help each stakeholder group drill down common priorities and needs gaps. Results overview will be shared immediately after lunch.

11:45am – 12:00 noon
Concourse, 2nd Floor Networking Break & Lunch Buffet Line Opens

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Room 201 B&C Luncheon & Keynote Presentation

Welcome from the Dean, College of Education
Dr. Andrea “Andi” M. Kent, Dean, College of Education

Introduction of President Waldrop
The Honorable Mike Dow, Former Mayor of Mobile

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tony Waldrop, President, University of South Alabama                       

Keynote Presentation: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
The Honorable Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of Labor, Alabama

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Room 201 B&C
Facilitators from Breakout Group 1 and 2

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Room 201 B&C
Workforce Recruitment, Development & Retention Best Practices & Solutions

Facilitator:
Dr. Robert Thompson, Asst. Professor, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of South Alabama

Panelists:
Ms. Wanda Gispert, PHR, Vice President, Talent & Workforce Development, MGM Resorts International
Mr. George Martin, COO, Lulu’s Landing, Inc.
Michelle Hodges, President, SH Enterprises
Scott Pejsa, Regional Vice President, McKibbon International

Corporate level panelists representing various industry sectors will share their recruitment, development and retention best practices tips and offer solutions which include strategies and ROI evaluations.

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 201 B&C 
Running Your HR Like a Business Function

Facilitator:
Dr. Gary Burrus, Jr. Corporate Director of HR, Majestic Star, LLC

Panelists:
Mr. Dione Heusel, Senior Vice President, Human Resources for HRI Properties, LLC
Mr. Warren Greene, Assistant Administrator for Support Services, USA Health Systems
Dr. Patti Phillips, President and CEO, ROI Institute, Inc.

Senior corporate executives and administrators will share their perspectives on why it is important for HR executives to be able to align and demonstrate direct impact of HR function and T&D programs to the triple corporate bottom line to gain the attention, buy-in and financial commitment of their C-Suites.  Strategies on how to demonstrate ROI and how to optimize your human capital through alignment of “A” players with “A” positions will also be discussed in this session.

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Room 201 B&C

Closing General Session - The Role of USA in H&T Workforce Innovation & Human Capital Analytics

Ms. Lynne Chronister, VP of Research & Economic Development, University of South Alabama
Dr. Patti Phillips, President and CEO, ROI Institute, Inc.

Summit participants will learn about the concept and funding mechanism for the proposed USA Hospitality and Tourism Workforce Innovation Center. Participants will also learn what is human capital analytics and why do we need it for workforce sustainability.

Closing Remarks
Dr. Rick Carter, Dean, School of Continuing Education & Special Programs

 

Sponsorship PDF

Sponsorship Levels

Diamond $15,000
Summit Event Sponsor
10 Complimentary Summit registrations
Prominently displayed exclusive sponsor signage on the day of the event
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags
Large logo on all event print and electronic media including backdrop
Verbal Acknowledgement at the event

Platinum $10,000
General Sessions
7 Complimentary Summit registrations
Exclusive signage for general session
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags
Medium sized logo on all event print and electronic media including backdrop
Verbal Acknowledgement at the event

Gold $8,000
Lunch Sponsor
5 Complimentary Summit registrations
Table Tents with logo at each table during meal
Small logo and link on all event print and electronic media including backdrop
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags
Sign with logo at buffet
Verbal Acknowledgement at the event

Silver $6,000
Breakfast Sponsor
2 Complimentary Summit registrations
Table Tents with logo at each table during meal
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags
Small logo and link on all event print and electronic media including backdrop

Bronze $3,000
Break Sponsor
1 Complimentary Summit registration
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags
Verbal Acknowledgement at the event
Small logo and link on all event print and electronic media including backdrop

Friends of HTM $2,999 and under
Acknowledgement on program guide
Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

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