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Adam Rolston

Creative & Managing Director, Partner – INC Architecture & Design

Adam has been engaged in the practice of architecture since 1985, was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Syracuse University School of Architecture, where he studied both in Syracuse and in Italy under the influence of the northern Italian Rationalists. Adam has served as the Senior Designer and Project Architect for many large-scale, commercial office, residential condominium, private residential, hospitality, and retail projects in Southeast Asia, Europe and New York. He is known for his keen attention to detail, his ability to tackle the design and planning of complex projects at a variety of scales and for his careful attention to client and user needs. Adam is a registered architect in the State of New York, a member of the AIA New York chapter and the USGBC.

Adam Rolston

Andrew Kimball

CEO – Industry City

In August 2013, Andrew Kimball joined Industry City as CEO directing the transformation of the long-underutilised six  million ft2 industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In March 2015, Industry City launched a 12-year, $1B redevelopment that will create 20,000 jobs through a unique mixed-use blend of innovation economy and modern manufacturing, retail, and academic uses. Since his arrival, Industry City has invested over $250 million in infrastructure and place-making initiatives and tripled the number of jobs to over 6500 with a tenant base ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Industry City, Andrew served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval shipbuilding facility. Under his leadership, the yard became a national model of the creation of innovation economy jobs and sustainability.

Before this, Andrew served as Director of Operations for NYC2012, the privately-funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as Vice President of the New York Public Library.

Andrew Kimball

Ben Pundole

Founder & Editor-in-Chief – A Hotel Life

Ben Pundole is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Hotel Life. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the editorial-based website provides playful, yet honest hotel reviews and insider scoops for the creative traveller.

Largely owing to his father’s small hotel in the English countryside, Ben was intrigued by the hospitality industry from an early age. Year’s later, Ben learned of Ian Schrager and decided that he wanted to work for him. It seemed like a glamorous life that incorporated everything that Ben loved: travel, food, music and art.

Having started as a cellar man at the Groucho Club, London aged 18 – Ben went on to run the Met Bar in one of London’s first boutique hotels before moving to NYC in 1998 to run Amy Sacco’s Lot 61. He then started working for Ian Schrager in 1999.

Fast forward 19 years and Ben still works alongside Schrager opening hotels around the world. In addition to his role at A Hotel Life, Ben currently holds the position of Vice President of Brand Experience with EDITION hotels.

Ben Pundole

Claus Meyer

Culinary Entrepreneur

For over thirty years, Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur. Besides his countless companies employing more than 800 staff, Claus is an affiliated professior and distinguished alum at Copenhagen Business School and Social Impact Fellow at University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Believing in food as a driver for social change, Claus co-founded the Melting Pot Foundation with the aim of improving the quality of life and providing new opportunities to vulnerable individuals. He has inspired a generation to rediscover local Nordic produce through his portfolio and agenda-setting viewpoints.

Alongside a number of renowned restuarants such as Noma, La Paz and Agern, Claus has initiated a not-for-profit project here in Brooklyn: Brownsville Community Culinary Center. The project acts as a culinary education programme for local youth, a community eatery, a bakery and a space serving the residents. The hope is to prime the grounds for a positive ripple effect beyond the walls of the physical premises.

Claus will welcome Sleepover guests at Norman, his restaurant located within creative space A/D/O, for Monday’s lunch.

Claus Meyer

Drew Stuart

Field Director, Partner – INC Architecture & Design

Drew Stuart has been engaged in the practice of architecture since 2001. At University of Cincinnati School of Architecture, and in two sojourns to Europe, Drew developed a commitment to quality and craft. He joined Tsao & McKown Architects in 1999 where he worked for seven years. He also worked at Studios Architecture working on Master Planning for Bloomberg’s New York offices, the design of On Health Network’s office and Seven Worldwide. He also worked with Richard Henry Behr, supervising construction of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in Greenwich Village. Drew has designed and executed private residential interiors, homes, and large and small residential condominium developments. He possesses a particular interest in the complexities of ushering a design from conception to realization while maintaining an appropriate balance between design and constructability.

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Markus Schreyer

Vice President, The Americas – Design Hotels

Markus Schreyer is part of the senior leadership team at Design Hotels, a handpicked collection of over 300 design-driven luxury hotels across the globe. As Vice President, The Americas, he is responsible for developing the collection’s hotel portfolio, the business support of all member hotels, media and other potential partners, as well as expanding and building brand awareness and reach in North and South America.

Schreyer holds over 15 years of experience in global hospitality, including seven with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he held several senior roles in Sales & Marketing. Before joining Design Hotels he was the Starwood’s Regional Director of Marketing, East & Central Europe, responsible for brand, digital, Loyalty and partnership marketing. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a PHD in Innovation Management, and is a regular contributor to industry and innovation publications.
Markus Schreyer

Peter Lawrence

Principal Owner – Wythe Hotel

Peter Lawrence has worked in the hospitality industry for more than three decades. He began his career in his native Australia, working at celebrated 5-star hotels in Melbourne. His training in the exacting standards of these luxury properties has stayed with him throughout his career.

Prior to arriving in New York in 1994, Peter spent several years operating large nightclubs in Melbourne where he learned a very different set of hospitality skills.

With this experience, Peter came to New York and for 15 years opened and operated small restaurants and bars, before getting the opportunity to pursue a dream of owning and running a small hotel. In 2012 Wythe Hotel opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and has been warmly welcomed by neighbours, visitors to Brooklyn, and the hospitality industry alike. Wythe has quickly become synonymous with the emergence of Brooklyn as a destination unto itself.

One of the original pioneers of the Brooklyn hospitality scene, Peter will welcome guests at our dinner at Wythe Hotel on Sunday evening.

Peter Lawrence

Sam Gelin

Founder – Craft Hospitality

After a start in the world of finance and private aviation, Sam founded Craft Hospitality in 2011. Creating food & beverage focused experiences in over 15 cities, for over 100,000 attendees, Craft Hospitality is one of the leading hospitality + experiential companies in the world.   

In September 2017, Sam opened MADE, a hotel in New York City. MADE is a 108 key, top-to-bottom reinvented hospitality project, spawned entirely from Gelin’s own dedication to providing inventive hospitality ventures. Designed with contemporary, global-minded, creative individuals in mind, MADE has been lauded as one of the best new hotels in New York and in the World.  Within MADE are four separate food and beverage spaces which Sam concepted and oversees, all of which have been covered extensively in the press, with the restaurant (Ferris) within the top 10 best new restaurants in NYC every month since it opened September 2017.  

In April 2018, Michelin Guide announced that MADE’s food and beverage program is the model for hotel restaurants focused on quality. 

In May 2018, Condé Nast Traveller added MADE to its 2018 Hot List for Best New Hotels in the World, and Sam was inducted in Hotels Magazine’s Rising Star List for top 20 people in the hotel industry under the age of 40.

Sam Gelin

Timothy Griffin

Managing Director, North Americas – Ennismore

Timothy Griffin is Managing Director - North America for Ennismore, the London based owner, developer and operator of The Hoxton series of hotels.  With two hotels in London, one in Amsterdam and one in Paris, The Hoxton, Williamsburg will be their first US hotel, followed by Portland and Los Angeles all in 2018. The Hoxton Chicago opens in 2019 with other North American hotels planned soon.

Previously Timothy was Brand Director for The Hoxton, which is known for doing things differently from its design lead approach, engaging public spaces, and series of events showcasing creative talent for locals and visitors alike.

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