BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pompan Hospitality Global, Inc.
Chairman and CEO
Neil Pompan is a 25 year veteran of the hospitality industry;
the last 15 of which have been dedicated to the conference
center niche. Mr. Pompan founded Pompan Hospitality Global
in 2009, a one-stop-shop consulting firm serving the hospitality
industry that specializes in all areas of asset development,
improvement and management. Prior to this, Pompan was a
co-founder of EMCVenues, a meeting sourcing, sales, marketing
and consulting firm serving the needs of meeting buyers
and meeting suppliers and a Vice President of Thayer Lodging
Group, a private equity firm, where he was responsible for
Conference Center Operations within the portfolio. He held
the position of Vice President for JPMorgan Chase, serving
as CFO of the Meetings & Event division which encompassed
meeting planning, management of 12 conference centers, technology
delivery in the domestic United States and global support
of the firm’s space management system. In addition,
Mr. Pompan has worked for MeriStar Hotels and Resorts, Inc.,
Benchmark Hospitality, Scanticon International, Omni Hotels,
The Smithsonian Institution, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
and Conferon, Inc. in a variety of management and executive
level positions. He has experience in non-residential, corporate
and executive conference center environments as well as
in the full service urban hotel, resort hotel, institutional
food service and non-profit sectors. He has designed dozens
of conference centers, opened three non-residential corporate
conference centers and served as the corporate conference
services liaison to all Benchmark managed properties.
Mr. Pompan has actively served IACC, The International Association
of Conference Centers, for sixteen years on several committees
including Professional Development, Annual Conference Planning,
Site-Selection, Finance, Membership Development and University
Relations. He received the IACC Award of Excellence in 2001;
IACC’s Pyramid Award in 2004 and was elected to the
Board of Directors in 1999. He served as the Association’s
North American President from 2007-2008 and currently serves
as the organizations Global President. In addition to his
IACC activities, Mr. Pompan served on the Convention Industry
Council’s, CMP Board of Directors and chaired its
Exam Review and Development committee.
The Wilderman Group, LLC
A 39-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Wilderman’s
background includes hotel general manager, club manager,
resort managing director, regional VP of operations, VP
of development, and acquisition consultant. Mr. Wilderman
has held leadership positions with hospitality firms such
as Stouffers Hotels & Resorts, Doral Hotels & Resorts,
and Benchmark Hospitality, and has provided consulting services
to Dolce Hotels & Resorts amongst others. He has served
as president of the International Association of Conference
Centers, and has been honored as the recipient of the prestigious
Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service, given only
to those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions
to the industry. Mr. Wilderman received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University.
3p Business Solutions, LLC
Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board
Peter Stockmann combines his knowledge of Hospitality Business
with his expertise in human capital development, process
definition and organizational performance. This unique skill
set, coupled with strong business acumen, enables him to
successfully counsel clients as they define and achieve
the changes that result in long-term value and bottom-line
impact for their organizations.
Well known as a Conference Center Operator, business executive,
instructional designer and business leader, Peter addresses
large and small groups nationally and internationally on
the merits of Hospitality Property design and operations.
His participation in the International Association of Conference
Centers (IACC) as secretary of North American Board of Directors
and a member of the Global Board of Directors and on a number
of professional associations provides 3p Business Solutions
consultants and clients with valuable insight into contemporary
research initiatives, trends, and emerging business strategies.
Peter is able to partner effectively in the Boardroom or
in the kitchen with the chef and dishwashers. He is currently
managing several enterprise wide change initiatives providing
competency development and consultative support to:
• Business plan development and implementation.
• Design and operations of “IACC” type
• Assess the quality and effectiveness of service
at hotels and conference centers.
• Establish and sustain a high customer service and
Peter is also responsible coordinating the Annual IACC conference
educational offerings as well as professional development
programs throughout the year.
The Conference Center Network
Chuck Ocheltree, with 32 years hospitality experience, specializes
in conference center, resort and hotel sales, marketing,
operations and development. He has asset managed independent
and branded hotels, including Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham
and provided sales and marketing direction from corporate
and property level positions. He has served as Vice President
Sales & Marketing, General Manager, Director of Sales
& Marketing and Chief Development Officer responsible
for developing, opening, operating and marketing award-winning
venues, including Manhattan’s first full-service residential
conference hotel, Alabama’s first high-end conference
resort on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and Morgan Stanley’s
Executive Conference Center in Westchester, NY. Chuck continues
his leadership role with active participation in key industry
organizations including the Georgia Chapters of Meeting
Professionals International (MPI), Hospitality Sales &Marketing
Association (HSMAI) and the International Association of
Conference Centers (IACC) where he is committee chair and
former director. Chuck has been a featured speaker and presenter
at industry events and has facilitated workshops, sales
training and consulting on all aspects of hospitality sales,
marketing and negotiating. His expertise and passion is
positioning and repositioning hospitality projects for greatest
utilization and profit maximization. Mr. Ocheltree holds
an undergr aduate degree from the University of South Florida,
Bob has structured effective marketing and sales strategies
for hundreds of hotels, resorts, golf clubs and conference
centers across the country. In 2005, Bob received the Mel
Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service from the International
Association of Conference Centers, for whom he is a marketing
advisor. He also advises the Convention Industry Council
and the Society of Wine Educators, and his work has received
numerous awards from HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing
Bob received a B.A. from DePauw University and an M.A. in
public policy management from Stanford. His marketing career
began in the wine industry, where he served as a Public
Relations Account Executive, Writer and Wine Educator.
Park Street Hospitality Advisors
Mark DePiero has extensive operations and development background
in the US and Europe. Mark has been with Dolce International
since 1985 in a variety of roles including Director of Operations
at Dolce Hamilton Park, Florham Park New Jersey; Project
Manager and opening General Manager of Dolce Frégate,
a resort development in the south of France. In 1993 Mark
relocated to Toronto Canada as opening General Manager for
the Bank of Montreal Institute for Learning.
While serving onsite as General Manager of Dolce Tarrytown
House, a Dolce destination in Westchester County, New York.
In 1995, he assumed the responsibility of Regional Vice
President of Operations.
Mark relocated to Paris, France in 1998, to assume the role
of Senior Vice President Operations Europe, responsible
for the operations of the Dolce’s European managed
properties and due diligence for new acquisitions. During
this time, Dolce’s European portfolio grew from 2
to 6 properties. August 2002, Mark returned to the U.S.
to the position of Senior Vice President of Operations responsible
for open market hotels and conference centers. In August
2005, Mark was appointed Senior Vice President of Acquisitions
and Development, responsible for the new property development,
third party management contracts and Technical Services.
Mark presented at the 2000 WAPIC investment conference in
Paris, France. He serves as a Board Member of International
Association of Conference Centers. He is a Graduate of the
Culinary Institute of America.
Stewart – Australia
Peter Stewart has almost 30 years management experience
in the hospitality and other industries, spanning operations,
asset management, infrastructure development, marketing,
strategic & business planning, policy development, risk
management and staff planning. He holds a Master’s
Degree in Management from Macquarie University and a Master’s
Degree in Commerce from the University of Western Sydney.
He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company
Peter is currently Director of Operations for the Macquarie
Graduate School of Management where he carries responsibility
for two campuses and conference centres, an executive hotel,
as well as his many other areas of responsibility for the
school such as facilities, asset management , infrastructure
development and support services.
Peter is simultaneously a foundation director of NFP Consulting
Group Pty Limited, a boutique management consultancy group
which specialises in strategic & business planning,
risk management, policy development and management consulting
to the private, not for profit and government sectors. As
a principal consultant Peter works with clients across the
full range of his areas of expertise.
Peter has extensive experience as a non executive director
of unlisted public companies and the not for profit sector,
and has represented industry groups nationally and internationally.
He is former Global President and member of the Global Board
of Directors, Chairman of the Australian Board of Directors
of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)
where his service was recognised by the awarding of the
prestigious Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service.
Jeu Bressers – The Netherlands
Bressers is passionate about creating inspiring meeting
Jeu Bressers has been working for more than 30 years in
meeting & hospitality, corporate training and development,
management consultancy and financial services. He is experienced
in hospitality & meeting industry and specialized in
strategy and innovation, feasibility studies, business planning,
business development and organizational development. His
focus is on market opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship.
As a project manager and consultant he has been involved
in the development and opening of numerous privately owned
hospitality & meeting venues.
Jeu Bressers is founder, co-owner and associate director
at Conference hotel Kapellerput in the Netherlands. He has
a bachelor degree in Management Consulting and master degree
in Business Administration. Jeu is Vice President of IACC
in the Netherlands and serves as president of the board
in a Dutch Health Care institute.
Chudley – United Kingdom
Tim has literally grown up in the hospitality and meetings
industry in the UK. As part of a big family (9 brothers
and sisters) with a home, Highgate House, which was probably
the first specialist venue of its kind, he was carrying
bags and running errands from a very tender age!
After gaining Bachelor’s and Masters degrees and building
up a business in brewing Tim returned to Highgate House
after selling his brewery and distribution business in London.
On taking responsibility for the conference centre he decided
to explore opportunities for expansion. Sundial Group was
established with the addition of the UK conference centres,
Barnett Hill near Guildford followed by Woodside at Kenilworth
and Bailbrook House, Bath (which has subsequently been sold
on as a hotel). Additions to The Group’s activities
include the development of Teamscapes, providing teambuilding
(which has also been licensed for operation in Australia)
and Sundial Options and Solutions a one-stop-shop service
for meeting planners and venue bookers.
Sundial Group has been awarded a number of industry and
customer service awards and has been recognised as an ‘Investor
In People’ Organisation. Each Sundial property has
also achieved Gold tier IACC Code of Sustainability.
Further information about The Sundial Group is available
• Entrepreneurial, I established one of the first
micro breweries, Chudley Ales, in London in 1981 and have
since guided the development of Sundial Group.
• Member of the first executive board of the Meetings
Industry Association (MIA),
• Founder member of Conference Centres of Excellence
• UK Chairman and a past Global President of The International
Association of Conference Centres (IACC).
• Trustee and Director of the charity ‘Meetings
Industry Meeting Needs’
• Served on Hospitality and Tourism special interest
group of the British Quality Foundation.
• Passionate about the power of empathy in the service
industry, CSR and running a values driven business that
is absolute first choice for all its stakeholders.
• Adventurer, recently undertaken enduro motorcycle
trips across central India and The Himalayas.
Ball – Global Technology
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS is an international speaker, consultant
and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save
time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience
running international technology meetings, he now is a highly
acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects
understandable and fun. His articles have appeared in hundreds
of national and international publications and he has been
quoted in the US and News Report, Wall Street Journal, the
New York Times, Fast Company, PC Magazine and others. Corbin
serves or has served on numerous hotel, corporate, convention
bureau and association boards. He is the only person to
have received both the MPI International Supplier of the
Year and the MPI International Chapter Leader of the Year
awards. Corbin has been named for four consecutive years
as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings
Industry" by MeetingNews Magazine.
The Wilderman Group
Vice President New Business
Ms. Kurie Ms. Kurie’s 27-year career has been focused
on the direct sales and marketing of a broad range of hospitality
venues from resort and conference centers to lake, mountain,
and ocean community developments. Included in her accomplishments
is directing the sales and marketing effort during the acquisition
of Salishan Lodge and Skamania Lodge in Oregon and Washington
State, respectively, for the Dolce Hotel and Resorts and
leading the sales and marketing effort for Mariners Landing,
a lakefront mixed use development in Virginia.
Ms Kurie has served as director of sales and marketing at
Doral Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center and is nationally
recognized for her expertise in the conference center niche.
A former board member, Ms. Kurie remains actively involved
with the International Association of Conference Centers,
currently serving on its marketing and Sustainability committees,
and is a recipient of the organizations Award for Excellence.
Cole, C.H.A., M.Ed
The Arden Shisler Center for Education and Economic Development
The Ohio State University
Thomas P. (“Tom”) Cole has built a distinguished
career in the hospitality industry, where he has held senior
management positions in leading hotel companies worldwide,
including Hyatt, Fairmont, OMNI and the Carlson Companies.
His assignments have included locations in Southeast Asia,
China, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawai’i and the mainland
From 1992 to 2002, he was vice president of the Southeast
Asia Division of Benchmark Hospitality International, based
in Bangkok, Thailand, with project responsibilities in Hong
Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.
He also represented the International Association of Conference
Centers (IACC) in Southeast Asia and was appointed consultant
to the Xiamen (China) International Conference and Exhibition
In November, 2003, he was appointed General Manager of The
Ohio State University’s conference facilities on their
Wooster, Ohio campus, which includes the Arden Shisler Center
for Education and Economic Development, the Fisher Auditorium
and Conference Center, the historic Barnhardt Rice Homestead
and other campus meeting locations.
Cole is active in both professional and civic organizations
and has served as an officer and director of the Association
Internationale de Professionnels de Tourisme and other leading
industry groups. He currently sits on the boards of the
International Association of Conference Centers and Goodwill
Industries. He is the recipient of many professional and
Cole is a graduate of the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in political science and has a
Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning
from the University of Phoenix. He is also designated a
Certified Hotel Administrator from the Educational Institute
of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is the
author of a book – A Brief History of Siam –
and has contributed many articles to hospitality publications.
Aryn Derryberry has leveraged her years of hotel and conference
center, operations, sales and marketing experience as a
Sourcing Specialist helping meeting planners to find the
perfect meeting venue to achieve their organizations objectives.
Aryn is an industry leader serving on the board of IACC,
The International Association of Conference Centers and
is actively involved with other industry organizations such
as Professional Convention Management Association, American
Society of Association Executives, the Society of Government
Meeting Planners, and Meetings Professionals International.
Geoff is a 35 year veteran of the hospitality industry,
and has spent the last 16 years of his career in the development
& operation of IACC accredited conference centers. His
wealth of experience includes General Manager, Regional
Director & Regional Vice President roles in the conference
center industry. Geoff’s, overall hospitality experience
includes; positions in Canada, Bermuda & the United
States, with Preferred & Leading Hotels of the world,
Princess Hotels International & Dolce Hotels & Resorts.
In addition, Geoff has served on various IACC committees,
the IACC North American & Global Board of Directors,
up to and including President of IACC North America 2003-2004.
He has planned/supported & facilitated several classroom
sessions at numerous IACC conferences. Geoff has an in depth
knowledge of operations, property transitions, repositioning,
renovations and multi unit management. His experience also
includes development of operating standards, measurement
systems for service quality, RFP/RFQ preparation and presentation
to potential clients.
Geoff is a graduate of the Centennial College Hospitality
Administration Program with a major in Hotel & Resort
Carl "Tony" Swainey
Tony Swainey has over 34 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked with industry leaders such as Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotels and Resorts and Westin Hotels and Resorts. His roles have included property leadership and corporate positions with both individual business units and multi-unit responsibilities such as General Manager, Managing Director and Regional Director of Operations. His international experience includes eight years in the Middle-East as developer and operator of hotels and resorts. His belief is "by developing a passionate staff, focusing on best practices in sales and marketing and providing exceptional client experiences you will grow long term profitable businesses." As a result, owners will receive above average industry profits and added value to their business.
Tony's expertise includes revitalizing "distressed" business units. He has produced successful results through team leadership in strategic planning, staff evaluation/training/retention, operational reviews and implementation & improvement of service standards, market repositioning and identification of new revenue sources. As Regional Director for Marriott Hotels and Resorts, he supervised the management of 21 different business units. While in this position, he had the opportunity to evaluate a number of potential businesses for purchase, gaining insight to the process and analyzing the profit possibilities of these businesses. As Managing Director for Omni, he was responsible for multi-unit operations where his teams streamlined operations and increased sales through focusing on specific niche markets. Tony has also excelled in the international business market including opening/operating of a Marriott Hotel in the Middle East and his position as developer and Director of Operations for a $220 million resort in Al Kobar, Saudi Arabia. In this capacity, he supervised the construction and building of the resort and acting as the liaison between the owner and the contractor. Once constructed, Tony was responsible for staffing identification/selection, establishing standards, training, ordering FF&E, establishing marketing & budgeting plans, and presentation of the resort to potential clients. Tony works effectively with owners and operators understanding their needs. Thus, he has assisted numerous businesses in service and revenue improvements including hotels/resorts, conference centers, boutique hotels, fractional ownership properties and call centers.
Ted is a 37 year veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive management experience in all phases of hotel and conference center operations, marketing, and finance. He has worked in senior management positions for some of the most respected companies in the industry including Harrison Conference Centers, Sheraton Hotels, Dolce Hotels & Resorts, the Millennium Conference Center, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of IACC North America and state hotel associations, and has been a guest lecturer at several university hotel management programs and industry conferences. He was appointed by two Connecticut governors to serve separate terms on the Governor's Tourism Council.
Ted's extensive hotel and conference center industry experience covers property openings, operations, renovations project management, and property repositioning in a variety of urban and suburban locations as well as union and non-union environments. Ted holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island where he majored in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.
Colin is an experienced Hospitality Executive with over 25 years as General Manager & Vice President in operating branded and independent properties from all suites hotels, full service upscale hotels, conference centers and resorts. Colin has also demonstrated taking his transferable skills into other related industries such Senior Living Industry and Commercial Building Management.
Throughout his career his formula for success includes, strategic planning, strong owner relations, sales and marketing focus, exceptional service culture, financial controls and develop & motivate strong teams players.
Recently he demonstrated his ability to take his experience and knowledge and transition it successfully into working with Compass – RA. He was responsible for incorporating a hospitality culture into the commercial building management at the new Americas Head Quarters for Royal Bank of Scotland and operating it as an upscale four diamond hotel without sleeping rooms. He was responsible for the mobilization, opening and operations for the vendors that provided the services and amenities. ($700MM project, 1.2 M sq/ft, Gold Leed certified that employs over 3,000 employees). Specifically, he had direct responsibility for the Food Service Operations which included restaurant, deli, retail and coffee bar operations with over 3000 meals served daily. In addition he was also responsible for the executive dining, catering and conference center operations for 60 meeting rooms. In 2007 he started a consulting company that was responsible for successfully refinancing and repositioning a 55 Million Hotel and Conference Center project.
In 1994 he was the General Manager for the Dallas Fort Worth Lakes Hilton where he successfully repositioned the hotel, doubling the NOI, resulting in a record sale price of $102MM in 1998. He was later promoted to Vice President of Operations for Dolce International responsible for Conference Hotels and Resorts. Later he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations at Dolce's flagship property, Hamilton Park in New Jersey, where he successfully led the most profitable Dolce property. In this role, he was also responsible for Northeast Operations that consisted of 6-8 properties, generated revenues in excess of $ 80MM.
He served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Conference Centers responsible for implementing new Quality Initiatives that allowed the association to differentiate itself from traditional hotels products.
John Potterton, CMP
Potterton & Associates
Since 1986 Potterton has been in leadership level positions within the hospitality and meetings industry. For twenty-two years he has served in roles as General Manager and Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for executive conference centers in New York and Chicago. During this time he developed three conference centers into world class facilities, built a loyal client base of frequent users and designed award winning meeting environments that have earned the respect of industry colleagues from around the globe.
Potterton is an active member in the International Association of Conference Centers. He is a regular speaker and facilitator at IACC conferences, has served on IACC’s board of directors and has been an evaluator of conference center compliance to IACC criteria and standards.
What sets him apart from other hospitality industry experts? He brings to every assignment:
Conference center operations and management expertise
Passion for learning and creating meeting experiences which produce results
Strategic planning and visioning
• Selling in Today’s Economy – develop your sales force into a team of trusted advisors and who consistently meet and exceed their sales goals
• Transforming Customers into Advocates – design and deliver customized meeting experiences which will turn your customers into loyal fans and advocates
• Sustainable Growth – create a proven methodology to achieve sustainable growth through careful alignment of core values and purpose with organization’s mission and vision.