Michael Schneider is a hospitality industry connector and business leader. Michael founded the Boutique Design brand in 2005, which recently was a acquired for a second time by a publicly-traded company for $45M. As a serial entrepreneur, Michael has spent the last 15 years leveraging relationships and developing innovative ways for his clients to market their business. Now, Michael is looking forward to reinventing and transforming the hospitality interior design industry all over again. Michael enjoys fitness, flying planes, and hanging out in his upstate home with his wife, three sons, and rescue dog.
Kathryn Pol is a procurement Project Director at Benjamin West. She’s been engaged in the hospitality community for over 20 years and has developed numerous strong industry relationships. Being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 and going through a cancer battle of her own created a desire to want to do more to support others. A strong believer in positive thinking and manifestation of the power within, Kathryn regularly practices yoga and meditation and believes these are key aspects to her wellness and focus. A long term aspiration is to become a yoga instructor with a tailored focus for cancer patients and survivors. In addition to yoga, she enjoys crafting, gardening, hiking and spending time with her husband, daughter, and two fox terriers.
Jim Hesterly is pleased to be Vice-President of Hospitality Cares. After 30 years on the manufacturing/supply side of the Hospitality Business, he is proud to be able to give back to the industry that means so much to him.
Alan Benjamin – Benjamin West
Amanda Jackson – Hospitality Design Guild
Deborah Forrest – Forrest Perkins
Heather Scott – Studio Proof Collection
Jim Hesterly – Hospitality Cares
Kathryn Pol – Benjamin West, Hospitality Cares President
Lee Szromba – Light Annex
Mark LeClair – LeClair, Inc.
Michael Schneider – NEXT Events, Hospitality Cares Founder
Mike Handler – Valley Forge
Mitch Parker – Parker International
Mitch Zerg – MZA
Stephen Perkins – HotelStudio
Tori Kennedy – Flick Mars
Walter Rice – Kimball Hospitality