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36 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Installment 30: Branding With Your Nose
On Episode 30, Samantha Goldworm, Co-Founder of olfactory branding agency 12.29 and Scent for Good talks with Andrew about the future of scent-based branding in the independent hospitality industry, how fragrance effects the guest experience, and the importance of a "give-back" mindset in business.
21 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Installment 29: Yasmine Mustafa, Rethinking Worker Safety
Yasmine is the CEO and Founder of ROAR for Good. She joined Andrew to discuss how her business creates a safe place for women in the workplace.
22 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Installment 28: Taking Design to the Next Level with Gulla Jonsdottir
In episode 028 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with Gulla Jonsdottir, an award-winning designer and Owner & Principal of her own architecture & design firm based in Los Angeles. Gulla shares how she started her career in architecture & design with offers from Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, her proudest moments with her own design firm, and her desire to continue honing her design skills in different mediums.
36 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Installment 27: Generating Genuine, Southern Hospitality Experiences as a Team
In episode 027 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew chats with Robert LeBlanc, the CEO of LeBlanc + Smith, a boutique collection of restaurants and bars focused on creating culturally relevant experiences through superlative food and beverage programs, timeless design, and a prevailing sense of southern hospitality. Robert shares his methodology in generating excellent hospitality experiences by investing from within and developing great hospitality leaders, as well as his first hotel concept, The Chloe.
28 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Installment 26: Social-Impact Real Estate with Tony Ewing
In episode 026 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew talks with Tony Ewing, Principal at Shift Capital, a social impact real estate firm that deploys development strategies in underserved neighborhoods by aligning capital and longterm community success. Tony shares how he started in real estate with Liberty Property Trust, a firm focused on office buildings and industrial properties, along with his transition to Shift Capital, where we works to provide safe & affordable housing and build areas up through community-driven initiatives.
22 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Installment 25: The Digital Nomad Lifestyle with Bruno Haid
In episode 025 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with Bruno Haid, the Founder & CEO of Roam, the first global co-living provider where peole sign a single lease, and then roam among magical properties across 3 continents. Bruno shares his self-taught methodology as well as observations of successful businesses across several industries that paved the way for his 'digital nomad' lifestyle and brand.
32 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Installment 24: Nurturing Curiosity and Finding Joy with Brooks Atwood
In episode 024 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with Brooks Atwood, the Master of Design Experiences at Berries Design, a design company specializing in experiences, from boutique hotels and hospitality to interior design and experiences. Brooks shares how he stays motivated and curious by finding joy in daily life, as well as his approach to design and what he's working on now.
36 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Installment 23: The Ins & Outs of Indie Hotels with Michelle Woodley
In episode 023 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew chats with Michelle Woodley, the President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, about her journey working her way up in the hotel industry. Michelle shares her extensive hotel experience, comments on the state of independent hotels, and tells us where she sees the industry going.
27 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Installment 22: Disrupting the Hospitality Industry Through Creative Entrepreneurship with Anwar Mekhayech
In episode 022 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down the Anwar Mekhayech, Founding Partner at Design Agency, to talk about his career as an entrepreneur. Anwar shares his experience in starting his own design firm, lessons learned through the years, and what keeps him inspired after 22 years in the business.
36 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Installment 21: Creative, Intentional, & Sustainable Revitalization with Lindsey Scannapieco
In episode 021 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew chats with Lindsey Scannapieco, the Managing Partner of Scout, an urban development and design practice, about her experience in revitalizing vacant/underutilized spaces. Lindsey shares details on the conception of her practice in London, her transition back to the states, as well as Scout's largest project to date, the Bok Building in our home, Philadelphia.
40 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Installment 20: Design with Empathy & Purpose with Matt Goodrich
In episode 020 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with Matt Goodrich, an award-winning interior designer, strategist, and the Founder & Principal of Goodrich, a hospitality design and branding practice. Matt shares his passion for shaping experiences through narrative-based design and what his firm is doing to continue to create spaces with intention and empathy.
32 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Installment 19: The Art & Business of Cocktails with Ivy Mix
In Episode 019 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew talks with Ivy Mix, Owner of the James Beard Award-nominated restaurant, Leyenda, and Author of 'Spirits of Latin America' about how she got into bartending and her career in the F&B industry leading up to her book release in May 2020. Ivy shares how she has advocated for women getting into the bar scene through her bartending competition, Speed Rack, and sprinkles in some of her wealth of knowledge on Latin American spirits.
25 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Installment 18: Solution-Based Business with Zack Hurley
In episode 018 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with Zack Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO of Indie Source and Forbes 30 under 30, to talk about his success in identifying key issues in the fashion supply chain and developing his business model around solving those problems. Zach shares his process as it relates to the fashion industry, but these strategies are applicable anywhere!
30 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Installment 17: Collective Healing Through Hospitality with Sheldon Scott
In episode 017 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew chats with Sheldon Scott, the Director of Culture at Eaton Workshop, about his past experiences working as a psychotherapist and how that has shaped the trajectory of his artistic endeavors and career. Sheldon shares how prevalent the concept of healing has been in his life, art, and work; along with some updates on what's next for Eaton Workshop! Thank you to our partner, RADIOKISMET *** Follow us! Instagram: @indiecongress Twitter: @indiecongress LinkedIn: The Independent Lodging Congress Explore more with ILC: ilcongress.com
28 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Installment 16: Designing a Local Experience with Eric Jafari
In episode 16 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew talks to Eric Jafari, the co-founder and creative director of Locke Hotels, about curating an extended stay experience with a non traditional approach to design and an emphasis on building relationships. Locke Hotels aim to "create something that's unique that reflects the area without being staged." Thank you to our partner RADIOKISMET. * * * ILC instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiecongress/ ILC twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieCongress Explore more with ILC: https://ilcongress.com/
33 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Installment 15: Hospitality and Community Education with David Bowd
On episode 15 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with David Bowd, owner of Salt Hotels, to discuss boutique lifestyle hotels and the importance of educating and hiring within local communities. David focuses on "what makes a great community" and how "school is the foundation of a community." "Now we’ll never launch at another hotel without doing a school. It allows us to have locals, but it allows us to, you know, not only serve the community, it allows us to help the community by employing locally and making sure that as many local people, as we can, I've given jobs within the hotels." Thank you to our partner RADIOKISMET. * * * ILC instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiecongress/ ILC twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieCongress Explore more with ILC: https://ilcongress.com/
18 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Installment 14: Connecting Hotels and Communities with Harsha L'Acqua
Harsha L’Acqua is the founder and CEO of Saira Hospitality, "a non-profit transforming the way hotels connect with local communities through education.” In this episode she talks with Andrew about her background, the inspiration for starting Saira, and their upcoming projects. She also talks about meeting Mother Theresa and the impact that her work had on Harsha and her sisters by seeing how much one person can help a community. Having worked in Mexico, British Virgin Islands, Namibia and beyond, she discusses working within different cultural mindsets. Thank you to our partner RADIOKISMET. * * * ILC instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiecongress/ ILC twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieCongress Explore more with ILC: https://ilcongress.com/
23 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Installment 13: Concept Stores and Curating Experiences with Shannon Maldonado
In episode 013 of INDIE Colorcast, Andrew sits down with YOWIE founder Shannon Maldonado to talk about concept stores, design, and curating experiences both at YOWIE and boutique hotels. Thank you to our partner RADIOKISMET. * * * ILC instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiecongress/ ILC twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieCongress Explore more with ILC: https://ilcongress.com/
26 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Installment 12: Arash Azarbarzin -- SH Hotels
In this episode of INDIE Colorcast we speak with Arash Azarbarzin, President of SH Hotels about starting his career in hospitality as a culinary student, managing the St. Regis Hotel in Century City, his transition from W Hotels to SH and the importance of sustainability in the hospitality industry. Thank you to our partner RADIOKISMET. * * * ILC instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiecongress/ ILC twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieCongress Explore more with ILC: https://ilcongress.com/
25 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Installment 11: Innovation in Hospitality, with Markus Schreyer
In a time of global shutdown, host Andrew Benioff sits down with Markus Schreyer, Senior Vice President at Design Hotels, to find some surprising opportunities on the future of the industry. Markus talks about the future of design, local integration, diverse destinations, multi-faceted locations, the new travel flexibility of COVID-19 and virtual experiences. Design Hotels is a community of over 300 world-wide boutique and design-driven luxury hotels across the globe that focus on curated and authentic cultural experiences.
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