The Future of Lodging Summit 

Summit Generic

Our Goal:
Address current issues and futures needs in attracting and retaining employees for a career in the lodging and hospitality industry. Shape a plan of action to refine strategies in developing: Growth through Flexibility; Empowerment; Technology in our industry

Take part in shaping the future by participating in this work force and education focused event!


Cincinnati Future of Lodging Summit

Date: October 11, 2023

Time: 8:00AM - 2:30PM EDT

Location: Graduate Cincinnati Hotel,

151 Goodman Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45219


What is the Future of Lodging Summit?
The Future of Lodging Summit is a one-day collaborative event in which hoteliers, educators, students, travel & tourism partners, and more come together to discuss current needs and upcoming issues of the hospitality industry workforce. We need your voice to help us create a plan of action to help prepare our industry for its future!


OHLA’s Education & Workforce Development Committee has planned two summits for 2023. Our Inaugural Future of Lodging Summit was very successful in getting critical feedback on how to grow our workforce from lodging professionals, hospitality experts, educators students and others. With the actionable outcomes of our inaugural summit, we are able to expand on several topics of importance. The 2023 summits will provide similar content, promotions and some sponsorships.






8:15 AM Registration & Networking
8:30 -8:50 AM  Networking Activity for Students
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:20 AM Certifications in Hospitality-AHLEI
9:30 AM Work Session #1
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Work Session #2
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00-1:15 PM Competition Activity for Students
1:15 PM Work Session #3 
2:20 PM Closing Remarks & Awards



WORK SESSION #1 - Flexibility is Essential

There IS flexibility in the hospitality industry; what are you implementing in your property to employ & retain a new generation of applicants? During this industry panel we will explore a new perspective of flexibility in the workplace.

WORK SESSION #2 - Ladder Steps to Advancement

Join in discussions regarding supportive ways to enter and work through growth in your career. Let’s build a plan. What will it take as the lodging and hospitality industries move forward?

WORK SESSION #3 - Infusing Tech into the Lodging Industry

Thornton May will lead an interactive presentation & discussion that highlights the impact of technology in three areas where the hospitality industry is experiencing challenges: guest experience, workforce development/employee retention, and cyber security.

Thornton is an experienced high-frequency traveler, is the Contributing Futurist for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and has examined issues of technology related to consumer analytics, as well as the working habits and needs of the next generation in the workforce.



Please use the link below to book accommodations at the host hotel for the night of October 10. Rates begin at $225.00/night.

OHLA: The Future of Lodging Summit – Cincinnati Graduate Cincinnati 10/10-10/11/23



Complimentary - Thank you to our friends at Carique Hospitality!




Lisa Compton-Martin, Senior Vice President of People Operations, Pyramid Hotel Group
Lisa currently serves as the Senior Vice President of People Operations, for Pyramid Global Hospitality. She is responsible for the management of critical human resources functions which support the property operations. Additionally, in her role she leads the human resources function for hotel acquisitions and oversees the Talent Acquisition team.

Lisa and her team support a portfolio of 200+ hotels which includes Branded hotels as well as the Independent Luxury-Lifestyle locations. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in human resources and hotel operations to her role. In addition to her roles in Human Resources, she’s held a variety of operations roles in both Marriott and Hilton Branded hotels.

Lisa is a graduate of Hollins University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations. She is a member of SHRM and has her SPHR accreditation. Lisa enjoys helping others grow and learn and has served as an Adjunct Professor and guest speaker for several organizations discussing topics related to Customer Service. Lisa is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Micah Stampf, General Manager, Marriott at the University of Dayton
Over the past 20+ years, Micah has been a leader in the lodging industry in theKentucky & Ohio markets. He has worked extensively in operations from Front Desk to
Rooms Care. Through his leadership he has seen properties achieve flow of over 95%vs. budget, award winning teams, and development and implementation of trainings,procedures, and improved guest satisfaction.

Micah is currently the General Manager of Marriott at the University of Dayton, aConcord Hospitality property, and resides in Cincinnati.


Denise Bayless, General Manager. The Summit Hotel
Denise Bayless is a strong leader with 25 years of experience in the hospitality field. She was appointed as General Manager of the Summit Hotel in 2021, after serving as Director of Sales and Marketing through the hotel’s construction phase and opening in2018. Denise has led the team to achievements such as 4 Diamond status, Conde Nast recipient, Best Meeting and Banquet Center and Best Hotel in Ohio Weddings by Cincy Magazine.

Denise is dedicated to fostering a community-focused environment that drives growth, innovation, and excellence. She believes in the power of collaboration and is passionate about creating environments where individuals can thrive and reach their full potential. This dedication to the community was rewarded with the 2023Charitable & Community Involvement Award by OHLA for the Greater Cincinnati market.

Alan Head Alan Hardway, Vice President of Operations, SJB Management
For over 30 years, Alan has worked in the lodging industry between the Ohio, West Virginia, and New York markets in positions from server, to General Manager, and regional operations roles. Alan attended Paul Smith College in upstate New York. Although growing up in West Virginia originally, his roots are in central New York. Alan currently lives in West Virginia with his wife Janet and has twin girls (29) and a son(21). One of Alan's greatest past times are creating charcuterie boards but also connecting/meeting new people and building relationships. Alan currently serves as the OHLA Membership Committee Chair.
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Monika Lindsay,  Regional Director of Operations, Image Hotel Management

Monika Lindsay has served the hotel industry, its guests, and team members for thepast 26 years and currently resumes her position as Director of Operations for ImageHotel Management.

She is a successful industry leader with a proven track record of building awardwinning teams through mentoring and coaching. The OHLA Leadership Team of theyear award and Marriott Gold awards are a few to mention. She is passionate aboutimpacting and changing lives by creating career opportunities for growth and change,and guiding her team members to personal and professional success.

T. May

Thornton A. May, Founder, Futurist & Executive Director, The Digital Value Institute

Thornton May is a top futurist keynote speaker, author, educator, and anthropologist. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

eWeek honored Thornton as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.’ Fast Company labeled him ‘one of the top 50 brains in technology today’. Thornton is a founding member of the Internet of Things World Forum. Thornton co-founded the Digital Value Institute in Norway and the Digital Solutions Gallery at the Ohio State University.


Registration Types Include:




Travel & Tourism Partners

These include others in the hospitality industry, including restauranteurs, CVBs, DMOs, and others.

For more information regarding registration or event functions contact



Complimentary to attend.
If you would like to contribute towards the operation of this event and future OHLA education & workforce initiatives, donation opportunities are available.

Food & Beverage

A boxed lunch and light refreshments throughout the day will be included. Every effort will be made to accommodate common dietary restrictions. Anyone with special dietary needs please be sure to note in your online registration.

What to Prepare

We ask all attendees be prepared to keep an open mind regarding sentiments shared at the event & be ready to collaborate with other individuals about Education & Workforce Development.

Student Attendees:  Bring their resumes on site for sharing with possible employers


Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Red Roof
Programming Sponsor   In House Production Sponsor
Spectrum New Logo   Prestigelogoblue
Hospitality Sponsor


Riley Hotel Group

Columbus Hospitality Concord

Tri C Logo

Ohio U Kent


Interactive Poll Sponsor


Thank you to our supporters!

Ita Hi Res Logo Color 

 Lago Logo

Lago Logo 




Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!

To pledge your support for The Future of Lodging Summit, contact 

Presenting Sponsor $3,000 SOLD

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents at the Presenting Sponsor level.
  • Branding on The Future of Lodging Summit  webpage and any materials published for the 2023 events
  • Welcome message and hospitality message and initiatives within their company during opening remarks (5-8 minutes)
  • Additional opportunities in 2023 to have logo on education & workforce documents.
  • 6 registrations to event(s)

Programming Sponsor   $2,500 SOLD

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents at the Programming  Sponsor level.
  • Attendee Message and introduce a panel or speaker (3-5 minutes)
  • Opportunity to provide branded pens, folders, or note pads. An offer to raffle one item.
  • 5 registrations to event(s)

Hospitality Sponsor   $1,000 (Multiples Available)

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Hospitality Sponsor level.
  • Greet attendees at the Registration Desk 
  • Links to find open positions and/or a company profile will be made available to attendees attending the Summit
  • Three registrations to one Future of Lodging Summit of your choice

Interactive Poll Sponsor   $750 (SOLD; Cincinnati Event)

  • Branding on the Interactive Poll slides during the event, all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Interactive Poll Sponsor level.

Workforce Sponsor   $500 (Multiples Available)

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Workforce Sponsor level.
  • Two registrations to one Future of Lodging Summit of your choice.


Thank You to Our Partners