Corporate Board:


Michael Schneider

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

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

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. 

Advisory Board:

 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

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