SMPS February 18th Luncheon: Southern Hospitality…Industry Trends and Beyond

February 18, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

City Springs Conference Center
One Galambos Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Southern Hospitality…Industry Trends and Beyond

Session Overview:

The hospitality industry is extremely competitive, making it important for businesses operating within it to keep up with the latest trends. Will boutique hotels continue to trend upward, or will there be a shift to appeal to next-generation travelers? Will ground-up hotels continue to flourish, or will developers move to revitalizing and repurposing existing facilities? This panel of hospitality experts will identify the key economic drivers and trends in hospitality design and construction, while discussing what the hospitality scene will look like in 2021 and beyond.  

Please join SMPS Atlanta and some of the biggest names in hospitality development for a discussion about the latest trends in the hospitality market and how these trends will impact future design and construction.

Event Agenda

11:30 – 11:50 AM – Registration & Networking 
11:50 – 12:30 PM – Luncheon & Networking
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Panel Discussion   

CPSM CEUs: 1.0 hours
Domains: 1, 2, 3



Michael G. Murphy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Mike Murphy is a registered Architect and a Principal at Smallwood. Over his almost 40- year professional career, he has been involved in the design of numerous hospitality projects. These include Full-Service Hotels, Conference and Convention Properties, Urban as well as Spa and Destination Resorts.

Mike is a Founding Board Member and 2019 President of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, an association that provides a platform for networking, education and promotion of the hospitality industry.


Paul Breslin, CHA, CHE, ISHC
Managing Director,
Horwath HTL

Paul Breslin, Managing Partner of Panther Hospitality, is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His background in the industry is all-encompassing as he has extensive experience in hotel operations, development and asset management with major hotel brands as well as independent luxury hotels.

After years of working with eleven hotels and resorts in ten different cities, Mr. Breslin founded Panther Hospitality in 2005 to provide consulting services to developers and hoteliers in all aspects of their businesses. From property acquisition and infrastructure development to the successful opening and operating of a hotel, Mr. Breslin and his team of industry professionals leverage their expertise and customize their services to meet the needs of their global client base. He and his team have successfully consulted on a variety of establishments within the industry, including boutique, limited and full-service hotels, as well as luxury hotels. Major brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, IHG and Hyatt have worked with Panther Hospitality, as well as independent resort hotels such as the Inn on Destin Harbor, Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club and Barnsley Gardens Resort.

Prior to founding Panther Hospitality, Mr. Breslin held positions at the world-famous Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, the Sheraton San Diego Resort, the Sheraton New Orleans and three convention hotels in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, Mr. Breslin became a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), which is the most prestigious hospitality certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive.

Mr. Breslin, who is qualified as a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), is also a respected and well-known teacher and leader within the industry. He is the Executive-in-Residence in Lodging in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University.  Mr. Breslin has also been quoted on hospitality issues in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Miami Herald. 

In addition to his work as a consultant and educator, Mr. Breslin provides hotel expert witness services to attorneys specializing in litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, franchising, employment and personal injury cases related to the hospitality industry. His caseload as an expert witness over the years includes work with both plaintiffs and defendants.

Donald R. Boyken, FRICS, FAACE, CCP
Chief Executive Officer
DRB Development Solutions

Donald R. Boyken has been active in the construction industry since 1970. His experience includes development and management of resort, commercial, transportation, infrastructure, and higher education projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United Kingdom. 

Mr. Boyken has been instrumental in working with clients who have critical project problems, not only finding solutions, but also helping owners with the implementation of these solutions.  His consulting work as a CEO Coach, Business Development Consultant, and Turn-around Specialist uniquely qualifies him, to advise clients with business issues or projects with foreseeable problematic issues, and to resolve the conflicts before they become a hindrance to the company.

Mr. Boyken has also provided expert witness testimony regarding project costs, defective construction, project means and methods, and costs for foreclosed or bankrupt properties in cases involving airports, apartments, office buildings and sports arenas.

Mr. Boyken was Chairman and CEO of Boyken International, building the practice to the 34th largest program management firm in the United States. In 2009, Boyken International was sold to Hill International and Mr. Boyken assisted in transferring the contracts to the acquiring company.  

Prior to starting Boyken International, Mr. Boyken was part of the project management team for Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport leading the Project Administration team including the schedule and estimating services.  Mr. Boyken was also with Blount Brothers Corporation, an international construction company, as an estimator and scheduler. 

Kim Bardoul
The Highland Group Investment Advisors, Inc.

Kim Bardoul provides feasibility studies and market analysis for all types of proposed and existing hotels. Additional services she provides includes due diligence for acquisition, impact studies for major franchises, financial analysis and litigation support. Kim has extensive experience in under-served & secondary markets and offers a specialty in boutique hotels. As author of The Boutique Hotel Report, she contributes expertise & insight on independent, lifestyle and soft brand collection hotels. Her boutique hotel projects have resulted in some unique experiences including projects involving a historic psychiatric hospital, a sizeable power plant and a well-known musician’s home.

As an expert on the Boutique Hotel sector, Kim writes articles for various publications including Hotel News Now, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Lodging.

A member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, she is an integral part of industry support. She speaks often at conferences in cities that have included Nashville, Atlanta, Memphis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and London. She has also been a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech University. Kim serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance and holds advisory positions on planning committees for the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, Castell Project and Southern Lodging Summit.

John Cooper
Principal & Executive Vice President
Stormont Hospitality Group LLC

John Cooper's 27+ year career in hotel development, renovation, and design has included the following positions: Vice President of Design and Construction of Stormont Trice Corporation; Principal and Executive Vice President of Noble Development Group, LLC; Senior Vice President Design and Development of Rockbridge Hotel Development, a division of Rockbridge Capital; and now back with Stormont Hospitality as Principal & Executive Vice President of Design and Construction. 

The development planning phase is a significant precursor to a successful execution of highly complex new developments and re-developments, which help enable superior risk adjusted returns.

John attended Arizona State University with a degree in Construction Management. 

David Marvin
Founder & President
Legacy Ventures

Since founding Legacy Ventures in 1994 with his first investment in Downtown Atlanta, David Marvin has grown Legacy Ventures into a best-in-class hotel management, restaurant management and development company. As President, David continues to cultivate an exceptional team that has the passion, tools, and support necessary to drive outstanding results. 

David’s professional career began as graduate engineer on the docks of the Electric Boat Naval Shipyard. He then moved into project management for a commercial contractor. Ten years later, he transitioned into real estate development. David holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in Real Estate from MIT, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has been recognized by the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance for Outstanding Vision; by the American Institute for Architects for Exemplary Leadership; by the Georgia Governor for Tourism Partnership; by the MIT Center for Real Estate; and by Hilton Worldwide as the Multi-brand Developer of the Year.

David is active on many civic and industry boards, including the Atlanta Rotary Club, Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Board, ADID Interagency Law Enforcement TaskForce (Chairman), the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, Georgia State University School of Hospitality’s Advisory Board, Partners for HOME Board, and the Centennial Park District® Board (Founder and Chairman).

Thank you to our Event sponsors




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- One reserved seat at a VIP table
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- Recognition on event program handouts and sponsor boards
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- Verbal recognition at event
- VIP Networking Session with Speakers

Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Please contact Laura McDonald, CPSM, [email protected] for additional information.


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$80.00 Non-Member/Guest Ticket

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