Fractional Summit Speaker Biographies
Below you will find details of the speakers appearing at Fractional Summit 2010 18-19 February. For further details on the agenda and booking information visit www.FractionalSummit.com.
Gregg Anderson, Global Managing Director, The Registry Collection. As the global managing director, Mr. Anderson is the overall company lead and responsible executive for The Registry Collection brand, an elite exchange program linking more than 135 luxury shared vacation ownership resorts, representing over 160 developments worldwide. He provides strategic direction to a group of product managers in seven regional offices. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and is one of only a handful of authorities on the subject of luxury shared vacation ownership and the concept of reciprocal use programs for this niche segment.
Before joining Wyndham Exchange and Rentals, the parent company of The Registry Collection, his career included positions as Vice President of Acquisitions for Intrawest, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ClubCorp; and various positions in brand management with The Walt Disney Company in the United States and Japan.
Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in the United States and attended graduate school in Florence, Italy. He lives with his wife and two teenage sons in Florida. In his spare time he is actively involved as an executive with The Boy Scouts of America.
James Bacon, UK Account Manager, Google. James is responsible for Google's major UK property accounts. He has 8 years media experience working across magazines, radio & online. In his current role he works with a number of clients to help them build their online marketing strategies using Google's suite of products; from PPC to display advertising to free tools such as Google Analytics & Website Optimizer. James lives in Earlsfield, SW London with his wife, Olivia. When not working he enjoys recording music & travelling.
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Philip Bacon, Managing Director of HVS Madrid and Managing Director EMEA & Asia, HVS Shared Ownership Services - a specialist division of HVS Global Hospitality Services.
HVS Shared Ownership Services EMEA & Asia is based in Madrid and focuses on the development of mixed used resorts and resorts developed around shared ownership business models such as Vacation Ownership, Residence Clubs, Branded Residences and Condo Hotels.
Philip is responsible for the delivery of all HVS hospitality services, including hotel valuations and feasibility studies, operator search and strategic business planning.
Following ten years’ with Price Waterhouse in London and Barcelona, since 1993 Philip has had comprehensive experience of all aspects of hotel and resort development and operations, with particular focus on shared ownership business models and mixed use resort development. He has been personally involved in the development of luxury branded residences involving brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and Armani.
In addition, as an independent consultant he has conducted a number of market research projects, product development plans, feasibility studies and valuations for hotel and resort development companies in the Europe, the Middle East and India.
Robin Barrasford Managing Director of Barrasford & Bird Worldwide. Robin Barrasford recognised the potential of the overseas property industry over seven years ago after retiring to Cornwall using the proceeds of his successful UK property company. The retirement only lasted just over a week as it was whilst purchasing his own property abroad that he began to realise the incredible potential of overseas property markets. From this early overseas buying experience, Barrasford & Bird Worldwide was established, created to introduce and guide new and seasoned property buyers to the potential of property investments in emerging locations. Today the company employs over 30 staff in a variety of worldwide locations and develops its own luxury resorts in Greece and the Caribbean.
Regan Berger, Sales and Marketing Director for Novaterra Resorts based in Seville, Spain. With over 12 years experience in International Real Estate, Regan has been instrumental in the successful marketing of several whole ownership resorts in Spain and Bulgaria. Since arriving at Novaterra in 2006 he has quickly established the company’s flagship development, Arcos Gardens, as one of Spain’s leading luxury golf resorts, winning various awards and attracting prestigious endorsements from both National Golf Federations and high profile celebrities who have purchased property. He has recently introduced a Fractional sales platform to Arcos Gardens, recognising and exploiting the benefits that can be gained from marketing a mixed use resort.
Roy Bristow, 140 Property. Roy started his career in the property industry as the Sales and Marketing Manager of Atlas International. Here he launched the brand across a full channel mix including TV and Radio campaigns, online, direct ,ambient advertising, national, local, and magazine advertising. He managed the complete overhaul of the website for Atlas and Iberian International. Moving to NewSkys in 2004 he rebranded and developed the overseas property portal and headed up an online team addressing all the requirements of buying a property overseas.
In 2006 he became Head of Online at Real Estate TV rebranding the website and TV channel, building client microsites and video marketing campaigns. He has recently created 140property a social media consultancy looking at building social networks around brands and developments within the property industry utilising all the social media and video sites to personalise their business and create conversations between peers and customers that lie at the heart of the social media marketing revolution.
Piers Brown, Founder, Fractional Life. Piers founded Fractional Life in December 2006 following his MBA, completing his thesis on ‘fractional ownership’. Piers was previously a Sales and Marketing director- having worked in retail, the national media and one of the most successful fractional car clubs over his career. He’s also a qualified member of the Institute of Direct Marketing and Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.
Fractional Life is the number one consumer lifestyle brand dedicated to growing the fractional ownership marketplace. The company has 3 divisions: interactive, fractional conferences and exhibitions (the Fractional Life Expo will be 3 years old this year) and publishing.
Fractionallife.com has 19 different categories including fractional property, destination and PRC clubs, aviation, boats and yachts, classic and super cars and more. The website is the most comprehensive for users looking for help and purchase advice from over 300 fractional operators.
Richard Edgar, Edgars Property Company Ltd. Former BBC TV Weatherman and ex Royal Naval Officer, Richard Edgar started Edgars Property Company in Kingston Upon Thames 8 years ago specialising in Property Management, Lettings and Overseas Investments.
Having lived and worked in many parts of the world Richard had established business partners in Turkey, Greece, and the Caribbean which has led to excellent sales and a solid base for investors in new projects.
Richard is a member of The NAEA International Committee and their spokesman on Fractional Ownership having specialised in this area notably in Resort Developments in the last few years.
Richard hails from Yorkshire and despite successful careers in TV, The Navy and Engineering he has been involved in property all his adult life, as in investor, developer and agent and sees Fractional Ownership as a sensible and profitable option if done correctly.
Alex Evans, Group Editorial Director, OPP. Having edited mainly B2B magazines for a variety of industries since 1997 – including corporate risk, electrical engineering & healthcare informatics – Alex has been focused on the UK and overseas property markets since 2003. In 2004, he launched two dedicated business to consumer titles for UK property investors – Property Investment and International Property Investor – and in September 2005 launched a new title for the specialist mortgage market. Alex sets the editorial strategy for content across print, online and conference platforms for the Overseas Property Professional (OPP) and is also the chair for the OPP Industry Awards for partnership. In the last year, OPP has reported extensively on the burgeoning fractional market in Europe and launched its first comprehensive Fractional Report to educate overseas property agents and developers in May 2009.
Alex Faiers, Managing Director, Addictivity.com. Alex Faiers is a founding director of Addictivity, a website design agency specialising in online marketing that was first established in 1998. Addictivity remain a small focused agency working with a handful of clients across website design, development and in particular search engine optimisation.
Alex read Typography & Graphic Communication for four years at Reading University, and after working as Senior Designer at educational publishing house, OnCourse publications, moved over to focus on interactive design and started Addictivity. During the last eleven years the company has worked with a wide-ranging client list including Motorola, Cisco Systems, BT Ignite and Wella. The current client list features the likes of M&CSaatchi, Esporta, Thomas Lyte and McGriggors.
Luca Franco, President, Luxury Leisure Properties International LLC. Luca Franco is the founder of Luxury Leisure Properties International LLC. Luca oversees the complete portfolio of services offered by LLPI to leisure real estate developers, property investors and hotel companies.
Luca was previously JV Partner with Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Chartwell Grupo of the Ancira family; Luca was previously President of the European/Middle East Division of DCP Int'l, which specializes in the design, marketing and sale of equity residence club memberships at luxury resort and urban locations worldwide, and was responsible for expanding US operations into an international business based in London. Prior to this Luca was charged with establishing the European platform for Exclusive Resorts. He had also started and implemented several private residence clubs in Europe, which include, among others, the Four Seasons Private Residence Club Palazzo Tornabuoni (Florence, Italy) and Palazzo Pauly (Venice, Italy).
Paul Gardner-Bougaard, Chief Executive, RDO and head of the Fractional and Shared Ownership Trade Association (FSOTA). Paul Gardner-Bougaard was called to the Bar in 1972 and was a practicing barrister for 10 years before taking a Masters degree in EU Law at Kings London in 1982.
He then went to Brussels to study for a short period in the EU Commission’s Legal Service, before joining Abbey National as European Director in 1984. Having set up and acquired some 6 European and offshore subsidiaries, he became Director of Abbey’s Estate Agency operation in 1992, leaving Abbey in 1995 after the agency network was sold.
He joined IFG Group Plc in 1995, first running FNTC the timeshare trustee and eventually becoming the Group Director responsible for all offshore operations. He left IFG in 2005 becoming a consultant with the IIB Network and joined RDO in 2007 as Chief Executive.
Eric Gummers, Partner, Howard Kennedy. Eric Gummers joined Howard Kennedy in September 2003 from Amhurst Brown Colombotti as part of the merger between the two firms. Eric is a corporate partner with 22 years´ experience. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts. A high proportion of his work is international. Eric is recognised for his specialised work in the hotel and leisure sector, particularly membership clubs, loyalty programmes, fractional, shared ownership and condo-hotels.
Eric is consistently rated in the top tier for his work in the hospitality and leisure sectors by both Chambers and Legal 500. He is a fluent French speaker and a graduate from Cambridge University. Eric is also a committee member of City of London lawyers commercial law sub-committee.
Fabrizio Harper, Head of Sales, FractionalLife.com Fabrizio Harper's first brush with fractional ownership came several years ago working as the club secretary for a large fractional car club. Having gotten a taste for sales, Fabrizio has since headed up the sponsorship for a major music award show, and until mid 2008, had been selling property in Mayfair, London. Having experienced firsthand the downturn of the housing whole ownership market, Fabrizio was excited by the opportunities of growth in the destination club, PRC and fractional property ownership market.
Since joining the Fractional Life team in 2008, Fabrizio has taken the brand to Portugal where he now resides permanently.
Wallace Hobson, Founder, Hobson Advisors.Wallace Hobson is a real estate advisor with more than 30 years of experience. For the last ten years, Mr. Hobson has specialized in the resort industry, domestically and internationally. He is the leading international expert on fractional real estate, having completed nearly 200 fractional assignments worldwide. He works extensively with developers, land planners and architects to create market driven master plans for large destination mixed-use resort communities. His forte is deriving creative strategic solutions designed to capitalize on market opportunities and maximize economic returns to investors.
Most recently, Mr. Hobson served as Managing Director of the Americas for NorthCourse Leisure Real Estate Solutions, a Group RCI and Wyndham Worldwide company, and was responsible for overseeing all advisory services in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Greig Holbrook, Director, OBAN Multilingual. Greig has worked in Multilingual SEO (multilingual search engine optimization) for over 9 years. Since 2003 he has been Managing Director of OBAN Multilingual.
OBAN Multilingual have pioneered Multilingual SEO, International PPC and Cultural Multivariate testing and now has 26 offices worldwide staffed by local online experts in each country.
Greig’s passion lies in helping to create trade without borders so the full global potential of the web can be opened up.
Greig is famously quoted with saying that “there is no such thing as the world wide web” as too many companies are invisible to potential clients through ineffective international SEO and global web strategy.
Greig has given numerous talks, presentations and training sessions for organisations such as E Consultancy, WTM, Eye For Travel, Ad-Tech & UKTI.
Peter Hutchinson Group Chairman, Citadel Trustees Limited. Peter Hutchinson holds a degree in Economics and Social Statistics and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1982.
In 1985, Peter set up Hutchinson & Co. as a collection agency and business grew rapidly. In 1987, Hutchinson & Co. Ltd was established, followed by the formation of Hutchinson & Co. Trust Company Ltd in 1992 and Citadel Trustees Limited in 2007. Citadel Trustees Limited was formed in response to an increased demand for a Trustee service for specialized products such as Fractional Resorts, Hotel Room buy-to-let schemes and Land Investment schemes – products which require a much more bespoke and individual service.
Peter has advised several government ministers in various countries on the development of Vacation Ownership. Peter is the non-executive Chairman for the Hutchinson Group, allowing him to pursue new opportunities and extend the range of services offered through the group offices in UK, Spain, India, Thailand and China.
Christian Jensen-Broby, Chief Customer Officer and Vice President, Marriott Vacation Club International. Christian Broby serves as Chief Customer Officer and Vice President for Marriott Vacation Club Internationals activities, covering Europe and Middle East. He has principal responsibility for ensuring the positioning and strategic direction of the business lines across all disciplines and leads development efforts, including project management and analysis for new developments, in these regions. Additionally, for Europe and Asia, Christian is responsible for coordinating the project delivery function through all phases of the development and operational cycle.
In 1998, Christian joined Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) in Strategic Planning, with a focus on developing brands. He was then promoted to the position of Director of Brand Management for The Ritz-Carlton Club, where he was a member of the start up team. Prior to holding a number of operational, sales, marketing, and product development roles, he served as Director, Brand and Business Line Owner, developing Residences by Marriott.
A native of Denmark, Christian holds an MBA and a Bachelors degree in hotel management.
Bryan Lunt, Chairman, Absolute World Group of Companies, Bryan’s career in the vacation club industry spans almost 22 years. In 2000 his company rebranded to the Absolute World Group and in 2002 entered Beijing, China and expansion thereafter to 650 staff and 11 sales operations globally.
In 2007 Bryan's vision saw him engage in the real estate and resort development marketplace, taking the Absolute Resort & Hotel management property portfolio to USD 60+ million in only 2 years, whilst selling USD 5 million of generic real estate concurrently. Only 1 year later, Bryan led the Absolute World Group into the uncharted territory of fractional co-ownership in Asia, personally selecting seven projects exclusively for location and investment potential.
The Absolute World Group and its seven subsidiaries: Absolute Vacation Club, Absolute Resorts & Hotels, Absolute Fractional, Absolute Real Estate, Absolute Financial, Absolute Developments and Absolute Thai Lifestyle Magazine, has grown to become a market leading, multi-million dollar global organisation, with over 850 employees, and attracting world renowned names such as the YOO brand, to enhance their resorts to unprecedented levels.
Valerie McDermott is 47 Park Street’s leading Membership Sales Executive, having sold a record number of fractions in the first three quarters of 2009 alone. She has worked at the residency for over four years and knows the fractional property market inside and out.
Born in London but raised in Calgary, Canada, Valerie started her career in the fashion industry in the early 1990s. As a manager of her own successful textile business, Valerie regularly found herself travelling the world and quickly fell in love with London - so decided to move here permanently.
She started working at 47 Park Street in 2005 and has never looked back. Priding herself on her ability to immediately connect with potential Members, Valerie’s successful selling style is built on her natural curiosity and interest in people coupled with the desire to find the perfect property solution to match their needs.
Charlotte Rose Melsom, Global Director of PR, Marketing & Branding, Absolute Developments, part of the Absolute World Group of Companies, one of Asia’s fastest growing lifestyle brands.
Charlotte’s current focus is on the exciting collection of partner developments, in particular yooPhuket, Thailand’s most exciting designer living environment, designed by the world famous YOO studio, co-owned by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox and developed by The Absolute World Group. Her responsibility spans UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and North America and she has been a key player in the set-up of Absolute’s partner branded developments from the outset, both whole and fractional ownership. Under her Absolute World Group capacity Charlotte is also responsible for coordinating and executing Asia Pacific’s inaugural shared ownership conference AOCAP.org and consults externally on media and marketing for the Real Estate industries, brokering a portfolio of property deals in excess of £100m. Charlotte has spent the past 7 years in the residential property sector working with names such as CBRE, Engel Voelkers, Jones Lang Lasalle and Knight Frank and manages external agency relationships across the globe.
Catherine Monaghan, Marketing Director, Firstlight The K Club Bringing with her ten years experience at senior management and director level in the investment property and travel industry, Catherine was instrumental in developing and executing the overall marketing and brand strategy for one of Ireland's largest overseas property companies before joining the Firstlight team to head up Sales and Marketing at Firstlight The K Club.
Paul Owen, Chief Executive of the Association of International Property Professionals. A non-profit organisation set up in 2006, the AIPP is working to make the international property market a safer place to buy and a better place to work. A recent survey showed 88% of consumers are more reassured by AIPP membership.
Prior to this role, Paul was Sales and Marketing Director for a leading UK agent selling property across France. He joined AIPP at its inception and has been keen to raise consumer awareness to a level at which buyers look for the Member badge before spending their money.
Alex Radford, Associate, Irwin Mitchell. Alex Radford is an English Solicitor & Spanish Abogado with Irwin Mitchell Abogados who specialises in the fractional, timeshare and holiday ownership industry.
Alex grew up between England & Spain and is a fluent Spanish speaker. After completing his European Baccalaureat in Spain he studied Law with European Legal Systems at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and spent a year as an Erasmus student in Salamanca, Spain and completed his legal practice at Oxford. Upon graduation and after taking a year out to backpack around the world, Alex joined a leading law firm in the South West of England. It is here where he qualified as a solicitor specialising in the Tourism & Leisure department and acted for timeshare and hotel developers, trustees, exchange companies and owners committees.
In 2003, Alex moved back to Spain and joined an Anglo-Spanish firm on the Costa del Sol and became a Partner in the Property & Commercial department and continued to act for clients involved in the timeshare, hotel and leisure industry.
Alex joined Irwin Mitchell Abogados in 2008 and is now an Associate advising companies and private individuals involved in the timeshare, fractional, hotel and leisure industry. Alex lives in Spain and enjoys playing tennis, travel and wine tasting!
Dr Richard Ragatz, Ragatz Associates Richard L. Ragatz, Ph.D. is President of Ragatz Associates. His academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree (1961) and a Master’s degree (1963) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning (1969) from Cornell University.
Dr. Ragatz has achieved international recognition as the leading feasibility analyst and market researcher in the resort real estate industry. He has been involved in more than 2,500 studies in virtually every state and over 70 countries. Clients include most major developers and lenders in the resort industry. Areas of specialty include feasibility analysis, consumer and product research, economic impact analysis and project assessment.
Sarah Rezak Glasgow, Rezak Resort Consulting. Sarah Rezak is founder of Rezak Resort Consulting, an international resort consulting and market research firm. She has conducted over 400 consulting assignments for resort developments in most U.S. states and over 12 countries.
Sarah began her career at Ragatz Associates in 1997. Her contributions there, including annual intensive study of the fractional interest and destination club industries, the creation of the firm’s annual Fractional Interest Conference, and numerous feasibility analyses, led to her recognition as a leading expert in fractional real estate.
In 2004, Sarah became director of business development for Storied Places, Intrawest’s fractional interest development and operations subsidiary. By 2006 she was managing director of Storied Places responsible for expansion and operations of four private residence clubs. When Intrawest decided to exit the industry, Sarah negotiated the sale of Storied Places to Fairmont Heritage Place and then managed all aspects of the transition for the new operator, the developer, owners associations, onsite resort teams, and the corporate office.
Sarah earned her M.B.A. from University of Southern California and her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Lloyd Salmons, Managing Director, Outside Line. Social Media Chair, Internet Advertising Bureau. Lloyd Salmons began his career working for EMI Records, being promoted to establish the International New Media Marketing function, co-ordinating digital campaigns across all territories worldwide. In 2000, Lloyd started up one of the first real digital marketing agencies, ‘Outside Line’, specialising in digital marketing for the entertainment business.Since its inception, Outside Line has grown into a full-service digital agency with, an annual turnover of over £2m that employs more than 40 people.
As well as his work with Outside Line Lloyd is currently Chair of Social Media for the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau). Lloyd has also developed his own TV show with longstanding business partner Ant Cauchi (co-founder of Outside Line) and Blur’s drummer Dave Rowntree. The animated show “Empire Square’ first aired on mobile phones in 2004, and following high-profile publicity was commissioned by Channel 4 for a 12-week run and six 30 minute shows with US TV network Fuse.Lloyd’s keen interest in music has also led him into setting up ‘Transistor Project’ in 2005: one of the first digital record labels. This was in partnership with Ant Cauchi, Dave Rowntree (Blur) and Queen’s manager Jim Beach. The label has signed two artists since its launch and has also recently secured a label deal with EMI records.
Simon Scott-Nelson, Director, Winkworth. Estate Agent for 12 years and previously an Associate and Head of New Homes for Strutt and Parker, Exeter specialising in the most luxurious new waterfront and beachfront developments in Devon and Cornwall. From there I was head hunted to Knight Frank Waterfront department as an Associate to market properties from £1m- £10m.
I opened the Winkworth office in Exeter to specialise in the sale of fine Country Homes, waterfront property and prestige new developments throughout Devon and Cornwall. We are widely regarded as the only fractional ownership specialists for the South West and are consulting on some of the most high profile developments in the region. With 90 offices and 56 in central London alone we have successfully opened up the corridor from London and the South East to the West Country in terms of property investment.
Lily Simpson, Head of Business Development, Quintessentially Estates. Lily Simpson has worked within the property market for the past six years, after studying Real Estate Management at Oxford Brookes University she went on to work for one of London’s top architect firms and was quickly promoted to a development consultant. She then moved to Quintessentially Estates in 2007 and developed a key understanding of the luxury property market. Through working with some of the top developers and hotel operators she has developed her expertise in a number of areas including national and international residential development, luxury marketing and sales, as well as investment initiatives. Her influence in major global markets was an important aspect within Quintessentially Estates as she has become Head of Business Development spanning over several major markets. Her vast knowledge in global markets and her clientele base has assisted Quintessentially Estates in becoming a premier company tailored towards wealthy individuals living all over the world. In the past year she has worked with several fractional ownership schemes and has developed unique fractional ownership packages aimed at her high net worth members and clients.
Andy Sirkin, Owner, Sirkin Fractional Lawyers Andy Sirkin is an expert in fractional real estate, private residence and destination clubs, and other shared vacation home arrangements. His practice includes transaction planning, offering materials, contracts, regulatory approvals, and fractional lending. He has worked on fractional properties in the U.S., Morocco, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Argentina, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Belize and Mexico.
Wayne Sobien, Division Vice President, First American Title Insurance Company. Wayne Sobien received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. He has practiced law in Florida for over 27 years. Wayne is a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, Chair of the Problem Study Committee and a member of the Condominium Law and Title Insurance Committees of the section. He is also a Trustee member of ARDA. He has been working in the vacation ownership field for 10 years and has authored numerous educational articles and materials on subjects relating to real estate and title insurance.
Jeremy Spiller, Managing Director, White Hat Media. In 2003 Jeremy founded award winning search marketing, social media and development agency White Hat Media. White Hat Media’s clients include Microsoft, Toshiba, The Royal Opera House, The Gym Group, Coty, and Yardley.
Jeremy is an expert in web marketing, and in particular search and social media marketing. He regularly writes articles, runs workshops and speaks at conferences on the subject for organisations such as The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Sussex Enterprise, Econsultancy and McCann Erickson.
In the last twelve months, Jeremy has spoken at many other events both locally and nationally. He has been quoted in or written articles for The Sunday Times, .net magazine, New Media Age, and The Essential Business Guide.
Nick Turner, Vice President Business Development, RCI. Nick Turner was appointed by RCI in September 2006 as Managing Director for the Middle East region. His responsibilities included overseeing the regional expansion of affiliated resorts high yielding Leisure Real Estate asset classes including Hotels, Vacation Ownership & Timeshare, Fractional models and Buy-to-Use-and-Let Real Estate. Currently, Mr Turner is Vice President of Business Development in Europe, where he is heading a new and dedicated team with the primary goal to work closely with existing and new leisure real estate developers.
His aim will be to provide step by step support and guidance to deliver increased sales and maximise profits through new programmes and solutions.Nick Turner has over 20 years experience in the international hospitality, travel and leisure sectors. Prior to joining RCI, Turner held various leadership roles with several hospitality and leisure companies based in Europe, including the De Vere Hotel Group, Forte & Le Meridien Hotels & Resort and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
Among his many career accomplishments is the development of worldwide hotel sales and distribution channels to 60 countries, the development of new hotel brands and the project management and delivery of new mixed use hotels and resorts. Turner was recognized by Hotel & Caterer magazine in 2001 with an Acorn Award for “Top Industry Achiever Under the Age of 30” and again in 2003 at the National Sales Awards as a “Sales Leader of the Year in UK Industry Winner.”
Preben Vestdam, President of Valhalla Associates where he oversees the consulting and management services offered to developers, investors and owners of mixed-use hotel and resort properties including development strategy, project feasibility, sales & marketing management and property asset management.Prior to Valhalla, Preben was the President & CEO of NorthCourse, the leisure real estate consulting and asset management arm of Wyndham Worldwide where he established the NorthCourse business globally developing the brand, the product line and the service delivery across four continents. He also established Qatar Real Estate Partners – a joint venture between NorthCourse and Qatari Diar – focusing on sales and marketing of Qatari Diar’s multibillion dollar luxury real estate development portfolio.Within Wyndham, Preben earlier held the position as President & CEO of Group RCI in Europe & Middle East.Prior to joining Group RCI, Preben served as Head of Marketing for JPMorgan Asset Management in EMEA. Preben’s background also includes experience with American Express as Vice President, with Club Med as Marketing Director and 6 years with IBM in various business development roles.A native of Denmark, Preben holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Copenhagen School of Economics and a MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Veranne Wilkinson, Managing Director, Citadel Trustees Limited. Veranne was born and educated in France where she graduated from the Université de Franche-Comté with a Masters Degree in Modern Languages and Business in 1995 and, earlier in her career, spent some time with Clifford Chance in Paris.
Veranne has been in the shared leisure industry for over 13 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Trustee operational and legal fields, having worked for the Hutchinson Group since 1996. She was appointed to the Hutchinson Board in 2005 and now holds the position of Managing Director of both Hutchinson and Citadel, together with all other European Group companies.