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9:30-9:40 AM, Atrium Level – General Session, Atrium Ballroom

The Hunter Conference Award recognizes and honors a hospitality leader who has exemplified high standards in leadership, citizenship and has been an inspiration to the industry.

The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference is pleased to present the Hunter Conference Award for Excellence and Inspiration to Gary Mendell [founder of HEI Hotels & Resorts and former trustee and president of Starwood Lodging Trust]. Mr. Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, he founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered.