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Learn About Hotel Ownership, Investing, Supplier Opportunities and Employment!



We are pleased to invite you to the 24th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show on Sept. 23-25, 2020 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL presented by the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group. The theme is “Ownership – The New Paradigm”.

The 3-day educational summit is designed to educate attendees on becoming a hotel owner or investor, share minority investment trends, explore supplier opportunities, learn how to market to minorities and discuss diversity issues affecting the industry. The summit opens Wednesday morning, July 24th with the NABHOOD/HBCU Scholarship Golf and Deep Sea Fishing & Shark Tournaments to raise money for scholarships for minority hospitality students and followed at noon with the Orientation Program for new & prospective hotel owners and Committee Meetings. Later the Opening General Session takes place followed by the Welcome Reception in the evening. General Sessions & workshops are held on Thursday and Friday with Student workshops on Thursday and Friday. The Marriott Awards Luncheon on Thursday will recognize individuals and companies who have demonstrated through their actions a commitment to diversity while providing opportunities to minorities. NABHOOD Corporate Dinners take place Thursday evening to allow new & potential owners to spend time with preferred hotel brand (eligible attendees must sign up in advance and is based on availability). Several hotel companies including Hilton and Marriott will have Corporate Suites during the summit and we encourage you to visit them for additional information. The Trade Show is on Friday in addition to our “Focus on the Caribbean” when Caribbean leaders and government officials will speak about available investment opportunities and incentives in the region.

Summit attendees include African American hoteliers, entrepreneurs, national leaders and hospitality representatives, city/state/country development representatives and financial experts like Neil Freeman, Chairman/CEO, Aries Capital, who is interested in financing your next deal. Our Thursday Opening Session will feature a presentation on industry & hotel market trends and “A View From The Top” where executives will share their thoughts on where the industry is going. Industry professionals will lead general sessions, workshops and seminars to spark discussion on African American hotel ownership, public/private partnerships, financing, franchising, investment opportunities, creating partnerships, employment & supplier opportunities.

This is your opportunity to meet hotel owners & individuals seeking partners and/or investment opportunities; hotel companies interested in doing business with minorities and other experts to help you achieve your path to joining the hospitality industry. Learn about our effort to increase minority supplier opportunities with Avendra and hotel companies. Hear from Ken Fearn, NABHOOD’s Chairman who owns hotels around the country including one in Miami, Florida; Carl Mayfield, Executive VP, Design & Construction, Park Hotels & Resort and Angela Clarke, VP, Select Brands, Global Design Procurement, Marriott Intl. Meet Norm Jenkins, developer of the largest hotel in DC; Warren Thomson, owner of the largest minority-owned food service company in the US, Margia Blankenship, the first African American woman to own a IHG flag hotel in Texas and how other women are creating investment partnership to develop more hotels; McDonald restaurant operators who are also hotel owners & investors; Barron Harvey, University Dean turned hotel investor and Evens Charles, our youngest hotel owner who is developing more hotels and looking for investors. Bill Fortier, SVP. Development Americas, Hilton; Julienne Smith, SVP, Real Estate & Development Hyatt Place & Hyatt House, North America and Julius Robinson, SVP & Global Brand Leader, Classic Full Service Brands, Marriott International will all lead discussions on hotel opportunities. Learn about our effort to increase the number of minority women in the industry and hear how Asian Americans have become the largest minority hotel owners in America.

Advance registration is $600 for NABHOOD members & $700 for non-members if received by March 31st. Registration includes all scheduled conference programs & activities. For additional information contact Horizons International Group at Tel: (954) 792-2579 Fax: (954) 337-2877 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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