2016 General Sessions
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
General Session I// 8:30-10:45am
Welcome to Keystone and the MTS Forum! Get set for two days of thought leadership focused on the most important issues facing our industry today. Michael Pierson, Executive Director, Mountain Travel Symposium and Mike Goar, COO, Keystone Resort
What does innovation look like? Kirsten Lynch, CMO, Vail Resorts
Josh Linkner, Tech Entrepreneur, Hyper-Growth Leader, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker
Josh takes us on a ride with his perfect balance of an energizing performance blended with real-world experience and credibility. Josh’s keynotes drive creative disruption. Audiences leave feeling inspired and moved to action based on practical and effective approaches to driving better business outcomes.
Views from the Executive Suite
Matt Mosteller, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Resort Experience, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Rob Perlman, President and COO, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Juerg Schmid, CEO, Switzerland Tourism and Steve Wright, CMO, Jay Peak Resort.
What is on the minds in the industry’s executive suites? This fast paced session gets to some tough questions with a focus on future growth, trends and innovation. Industry leaders from Europe, Vermont, Colorado and Canada discuss customer experience, summer investments, branding, competing with non-mountain destinations and other key topics.
General Session II// 11:00am-12:45pm
The MTS Debate // Direct bookings and Third Party Distribution
Direct bookings vs. Third Party Distribution – what is the right mix? The MTS debate asks the audience to weigh in, then a spirited debate from both sides is presented, followed by a final vote from the audience. Moderated by Douglas Quinby, Vice President, Research, Phocuswright. Debaters to include Julian Castelli, President and CEO, LeisureLink, Kyle Duffy, Vice President Sales, Revinate, Bill Furlong, Vice President, HomeAway, Rishi Nigam, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate and Strategic Development, Wyndham Destination Network.
Dave Hilfman, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, United Airlines.
Mountain destinations rely heavily on air service, and United Airlines is a key partner. Dave will present a brief keynote on the current disruption in the airline industry and how United is navigating the friendly skies. You will also learn more about the United perspective on the future of air travel and their plans to grow and prosper in a very competitive environment.
What is the millenial point of view of the mountain travel industry today and into the future? We're familiar with the research on the trends, but Ignite MTS gives five millenials the opportunity to express their point of view. Expect to hear some ideas that might provide a wake up call. Ignite MTS provides a unique format, giving each presenter five minutes, exactly twenty PowerPoint slides, with the slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds.
Jason Hahn, Product Owner, LeisureLink
Are You Datable in the Channel Distribution Space? Channel Monogamy is so last year. Learn how build a datable property profile that will have customers swiping to the right.
Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO, Wanderu
What's driving Millennials? The future of getting to the mountains. Americans are driving cars less than ever before and new generations are rapidly pushing that trend forward. What will the future of transportation be to the mountains and beyond?
Donnie Schumann, Strategic Partnerships, HotelTonight
Millenial Travel - Planning Less. Sharing More. Thanks to social media, travel is now more than ever a status symbol easily broadcasted within personal networks. Learn why positioning your services as a lifestyle matters to the #millennial.
Kimberly Trembearth, Marketing Manager, Copper Mountain
Keep Millenials in Middle Management Happy. Ever wonder how to keep middle level millenial managers happy in their roles? Kimberly has four tips to keep your talented folks around!
Lauren Simmers, Group Sales Manager, Stowe Mountain Resort
Appealing to the Millennial Mom. Mothers influence the purchasing power and recreational direction of their families. Ignite MTS is focused on millennials as major influencers of the future of our industry, but how should we appeal to the decision maker of the millennial family unit: mom?
General Session III// 4:00-5:30pm
MTS Talks - Disruption
MTS Talks returns and is ready to disrupt. This year’s theme applauds the abrupt, defies the status-quo and forces us to confront our inner innovator. Hear from five presenters whose views on Disruption will change the way you see the market.
• Julian Flores, Founder and CEO, Get Outfitted
It's The Experience Stupid! [more]
• Tania Leichliter, President, Adgenuity Inc.
TRAVELUTION: Innovations and events that have caused disruption in our industry that have resulted in our need to pivot and evolve. What’s next... [more]
• John Morgan, President, Owner, Dialogue Business Strategy
• Shaun Stewart, Global Head of Vacation Rentals, Airbnb
Expanding Horizons Through Innovation [more]
The Medium is the Message [more]
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
All General Sessions will be at the Keystone Conference Center in the Colorado Rockies Ballroom
General Session IV// 8:30-10:30am
Driving the Drive Market
Getting customers to the mountains on a year-round basis is hard. The drive market is a year round opportunity and off-peak visits are critical to smooth out the revenue and cash flow ups and downs. Executive leaders discuss urban markets, festivals, events and best practices that can benefit everyone in resort communities. [more] Dave Belin, Director of Consulting Services, RRC Associates, Norb Garrett, EVP and GM of the Enthusiast Network, Mike Solimano, President and GM, Killington Ski Resort and Jeff Suffolk, CEO, Human Movement.
Jeremy Bloom, Author, Athlete, CEO
Jeremy is a three-time World Ski Champion, two-time Olympic Skier and former football player for the University of Colorado, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the CEO of Integrate, a venture backed marketing software company and the founder of Wish of a Lifetime, a charity that grants lifelong wishes to senior citizens. Jeremy’s inspirational story touches on success, failure, and the power of persistence.
- All presentations, speakers and topics subject to change.