On November 7, 2018, the South Florida Chapter of CHS hosted our 8th annual hospitality outlook breakfast panel at the Hyatt Centric Brickell (a newly opened hotel, built by a local Miami-based firm led by hotel school alum Boaz Ashbel). The topic of the panel was “New Entrants to the South Florida Hospitality Industry.” Hotel School alum Max Comess ’07 from HFF moderated the panel as they discussed why now is a great time to be a newcomer in Miami’s vibrant lodging industry. We talked about the challenges surrounding new concepts and changing consumer habits, and how Miami’s longstanding reliance on Miami Beach is changing as new neighborhoods emerge as viable hospitality cores.
- Ryan Shear – Principal, Property Markets Group
- Chris Sariego – COO, Brightline
- Jamila Ross & Akino West – Owners, The Copper Door B&B
- Gui Jaroschy – F&B Director and Concept Creator, Generator Hostels
We had approximately 65 people in attendance, representing a wide range of hospitality professionals, lawyers, and students from the University of Miami and Florida International University. We had the generous sponsorship of HFF, Brown and Brown Insurance, and CBRE. Our chapter raised approximately $2,000 to put towards our South Florida student scholarship.