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FLEX 2020 Speakers

Vivi Cahyadi

Vivi Cahyadi is the CEO & Co-founder of AltoVita, a global corporate accommodation platform disrupting the $50bn legacy sector with a smart system distributing directly to multinational and largest relocation companies.

Vivi has relocated numerous times and lived in 11 cities, Jakarta, Perth, Ann Arbor, NYC, HK, Tokyo, London, Shanghai, among others. Prior to AltoVita, she was in investment banking and in real estate portfolio management responsible for over $100m residential, commercial and industrial assets.

CEO at AltoVita

Donald Davidoff

Donald is known as a thought leader in the rental housing industry, particularly in places where technology and people meet. Perhaps best known for leading the development and implementation of Lease Rent OptionsTM (LRO), the industry’s first automated demand forecasting and price optimization system, he is equally accomplished in the areas of sales performance improvement, digital marketing and marketing analytics, and business intelligence. Donald is highly sought for “C suite” consulting on technology and operational issues that drive significant ROI, and by technology vendors for product design and “go to market” strategies.  A former Senior Vice President with 10 years at Archstone, and a former Executive Vice President with Holiday Retirement, Donald works with clients to assess their operational and technology platforms and implement complex, highly impactful projects.

Founder, D2 Demand Solutions, Inc.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis is CEO of Operto Guest Technologies, the award-winning industry leader of Smart Stay technology and smart devices for the hotel and short-term rental industries. Davis joins Operto from Slalom Capital, where he was the CEO and founder. He started his formal career at Apple in South Africa back in 2006 and has since worked in a variety of senior leadership roles across multiple technology companies, both in London, UK, and Vancouver, BC. Davis’s deep experience in technology sales and product marketing, coupled with first-hand experience/involvement in product design, development, launch and customer support, make him a natural leadership fit for Operto, at this exciting phase of the company’s growth.

CEO at Operto

Jesse DePinto

Jesse is the Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Frontdesk, a leading flexible and short-term rental solutions provider for multifamily apartments. Today, Frontdesk operates across 150+ apartment communities in 28 cities with over 140 talented employees. Frontdesk’s newest product, Frontdesk Flex, is the leading management technology platform for multifamily flexible and short-term rentals. See FrontdeskFlex.com for more details.

Jesse is a champion for all-things growth at Frontdesk, which includes leading the technology, sales, and marketing teams, while also nurturing key strategic relationships for the company. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Milwaukee.

Jesse is a proud husband and father of three boys, and a complete nerd at heart.
 
Chief Product Officer and Co-founder at Frontdesk

Erik Eccless

Erik joined Airbnb when they acquired Urbandoor in 2019 where he was the CEO and co-founder. Urbandoor was a flexible living marketplace with inventory in over 70 countries focused on stays of one month and longer. Airbnb works directly with multifamily to make it easy to unlock new furnished rental demand for both shorter and longer term stays to drive occupancy while minimizing risk, support greater flexibility for their residents, and improve their net operating income.

Erik works to live and spends his time with his wife Laura and two young kids in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as back in his hometown of Truckee, CA.

Director at Airbnb

Joe Fraiman

Joe Fraiman is a 3rd generation real estate entrepreneur, former software engineer, and founder of multiple tech companies. His last company, Lyric, was a pioneer in the branded STR space and raised $185mm from investors including Airbnb, Tishman Speyer, Fifth Wall, RXR, Barry Sternlicht, and others.

Founder and former President, Lyric

Jason Fundin

Jason Fudin is the CEO and Co-Founder of WhyHotel based in Washington D.C. WhyHotel is a venture-backed start-up platform that operates at the intersection of hospitality and multifamily real estate. With its pop-up hotels, it operates furnished, transient stays out of the vacancy of newly built luxury apartments during the lease-up phase. With its hospitality living buildings, it will be operating assets as flexing dual-use between multifamily and hospitality on a permanent basis.

Prior to WhyHotel, Jason was the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Vornado Realty Trust where he worked on developing innovative commercial real estate concepts for the organization. Over his career, Jason has managed commercial real estate development projects valued at over $2 billion and has worked in real estate development, acquisitions, and capital markets. He has his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management from McGill University and his M.S. in Finance and Real Estate from American University.

CEO and Co-Founder at WhyHotel

Jeremy Gall

Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Breezeway, a property care and operations platform for hospitality providers. Breezeway’s software and mobile apps help vacation rental operators coordinate and verify the cleanliness, safety and quality of their properties, and deliver a better experience to guests and owners. Jeremy previously founded FlipKey, which TripAdvisor acquired in 2013.

Founder and CEO at Breezeway

Kenda Hartmann

As Director of Revenue Management, Kenda is responsible for the overall pricing strategy for each community in AMLI's portfolio and also oversees the Credit and Collections department. She began her career in the industry in 2000 as a Leasing Manager for corporate housing. She was also a Community Manager, Credit and Collections Manager and Regional Property Manager prior to her current role. Kenda has served on the board of directors for the Apartment Association of Kansas City and holds a CAPS designation with NAA. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in Hospitality Management.

Director, Revenue Management at AMLI

Jon Hile

Jon leverages more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience in multifamily, corporate housing, and relocation management as SVP of Business Strategy for CORT where he works across the CORT organization to fuel and energize the company’s next stage of growth. Previously, Jon was Chief Revenue Officer at BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, President at Sterling Lexicon Global Relocation, and President and Chief Operating Officer at National Corporate Housing.

Senior Vice President, Business Strategy at CORT

Amy Johnson

Amy oversees the management of Roers and Core Living corporate and property branding and marketing strategies, including all lease-ups, digital marketing, media relations, and brand strategies. Previously, Amy led marketing and leasing for CPM Companies. At the helm of sales and marketing, Amy fills our assets as fast as we can build them. Her dedication, tenacity, and lease-up success have earned her a place on the Finance & Commerce 2020 Rising Young Professionals list.

Director of Marketing at Roers Companies and Core Living

Mickey Kropf

Mickey Kropf is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vector Travel, the first full service, revenue share multifamily hospitality company in the U.S. Vector currently operates in 25+ markets and is rapidly expanding. Prior to Vector Travel, Mickey co-founded and led growth at Rented.com, a short-term rental marketplace connecting landlords with short-term rental management companies. Mickey has a background in commercial real estate development and finance. Mickey is a graduate of Harvard College and a washout of the Detroit Tigers organization.

Co-Founder and CEO of Vector Travel

Jamie Lane

Jamie Lane is Vice President of Research for AirDNA, a short-term rental data & analytics company. He is responsible for data analysis, thought leadership, and leveraging advanced analytical techniques to provide new insights into short-term rental supply, demand, and pricing trends. He has been published in academic and professional journals and regularly speaks at lodging industry forums.


Prior to AirDNA, Jamie spent 10 years as an economist at CBRE, leading research, forecasting and data intelligence teams to support client analysis. Mr. Lane is an active member of the National Association of Business Economists and the Atlanta Economics Club. Jamie holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in Business Economics from Georgia State University.

Vice President of Research at AirDNA

Simon Lehmann

A world leading expert and opinion leader in the on-line travel industry.

The digital tornado has hardly changed any industry as dramatic as the travel industry. How we dream about travelling, research and get inspired and how we book, experience and share our experiences. Travelling has become a privilege to our society and with the continuing globalization, available to an ever-growing global population. Who does not have the dream to explore this incredible planet and share his experiences with everyone?

Simon has been in the global business since he started his career in the logistics and supply chain industry, later moved in to the world of airlines and ground handling, before he ended up in the travel industry. His main area of focus has been the private accommodation and vacation rental space, where he served as CEO of one of the world’s largest vacation rental company as well as on the board of Homeaway. He holds a BBA from the GSBA, Zurich with the focus of sales and marketing. Before he founded his consulting company he served as the CEO of Phocuswright Inc in New York, which is the world’s most respected on-line travel research and conference company.

CEO & Cofounder, AJL Consulting GmbH

Mike Liverton

Born and raised in England, I moved to Canada in 2006 after a successful tech exit in the UK eCommerce sector. I quickly became involved in the short-term rental property market and realized that the fragmented nature of the market and legacy software platforms provided a significant opportunity to revolutionize travel technology in the property management & distribution vertical. In 2012 I founded Leavetown.com and started developing our market-leading technology and full-service solution that we branded as Jetstream in 2017.

Jetstream Hospitality Solutions is an innovative, all-in-one distribution and channel marketing solution uniquely designed for multi-unit properties of any size. We empower owners, managers, and aggregators of multi-unit, short term rental properties to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively by offering best in class technology and services solutions that increase guest delight, streamline operations and reduce financial risk. We are an employee-owned business with passionate team members located globally focused on delivering our Vision: "Enabling our partners to reach their maximum potential by harnessing technology and a world-class team to deliver exquisite hospitality."
 

CEO at Jetstream

Will Lucas

Will Lucas is the founder and CEO of Mint House, a tech-enabled hospitality company that revolutionized the industry by providing a unique travel experience for business travelers. Housed within luxury residential apartment complexes, Mint House offers the feel of a high-end hotel, with all the comforts and conveniences of your own home – all packaged and delivered via technology – in the best urban locations across the U.S.

Lucas graduated from Duke University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Marketing and Management in 2006, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School in 2012. As a serial entrepreneur, Lucas has founded and led two other successful consumer facing businesses prior to Mint House. In January 2017, Lucas founded Mint House in order to partner the short-term rental experience with the reliability of a hotel. Lucas preferred Airbnb and other similar short-term rentals when traveling but when on the road for business was compelled to use hotels. Lucas, who also serves as the company’s CEO, was inspired to start Mint House based on his experiences in getting a place to stay for work.

Founder and CEO at Mint House

Roxette Miranda

Roxette Miranda has been in the Flexible Office space for over four years, starting with WUN Systems she got introduced to the Coworking industry and became passionate about the sharing economy culture and emerging technologies that Shared Space has to offer. Currently, she's part of Yardi Kube, a leading provider of cloud-based products delivered on-demand for the Flexible Office industry and loves helping Coworking operators seasoned and new with business operations and technology solutions with advice that allows shared workspaces to scale and grow. Aside from her role with Yardi, she works closely with Coworking spaces, Accelerators, Incubators and Venture Studios by being a Director at Founder Institute that takes idea stage and pre-seed startups to get funding. 

Executive at Yardi

Branigan Mulcahy

Prior to co-founding Virdee, Branigan was the Head of Real Estate at The Guild where he led expansion into new locations and markets. Throughout his career, he has spent 10+ years investing in and developing commercial real estate.

In a previous life, Branigan was a Captain in the Marines where he deployed twice to the Middle East. Branigan holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a BA from Texas A&M University. In his free time, Branigan enjoys sheltering-in-place with his wife, Christine, and rescue hound, Jasper.

Co-Founder at Virdee

Roman Pedan

Roman founded Kasa Living, Inc. in August 2016. He brings a unique blend of real estate, hospitality, and technology experience to the business that makes him well-positioned to lead it into the future.

Over his career, Roman was part of 2-3 person teams that purchased $1.2bn of hotel assets across the US. He was involved in every hotel transaction that KKR closed during his tenure. Hotel assets that have had liquidity events (all but 3) have generated a >2.5x equity multiple.

Founder and CEO at KASA

Sarah Privitar

Sarah Privitar joined Frontdesk during the launch of their 3rd city - nearly 25 markets and 3 years ago.

As the Chief Growth Officer, she is responsible for leading the teams who do everything from onboarding to ensuring partner success. Sarah has achieved years of leading remote-based teams, specifically in the start-up realm. This experience has driven her to develop a leadership style that emphasizes employee connection, trust, and adaptability.

In 2020, after the onset of COVID-19, her team successfully retained partnerships while overcoming the uncertain terrain. They continue to be an industry leader focused on offering more non-traditional ways of leasing. As Frontdesk grows, Sarah will maintain the ability to pivot quickly in order to stay flexible and ready for any new objectives.

Chief Growth Officer at Frontdesk

 

 

Aryn Self

Aryn is a Shareholder at the law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. With nearly 20 years of experience, she primarily represents owners, developers and lenders in all stages of multifamily projects. This includes the financing, acquisition, development and construction of condominium developments, apartment buildings, senior living facilities, university campus buildings, mixed-use projects and high-rises.  

Her practice also reaches beyond multifamily to encompass all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Aryn routinely represents purchasers and sellers in the acquisition of unimproved and income producing commercial real estate and related title, environmental and land-use matters. She also partners with developers in all stages of the development of retail centers and office buildings.

Munsch Hardt Kopt & Harr

Eric Shoup

Eric Shoup is the CEO of Peerspace. He's spent his career building online communities. Prior to Peerspace, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Scribd, the world’s largest online library of books. Prior to that, Shoup was the Chief Product Officer at Ancestry.com and spent 5 years at eBay in various product management and general management positions.

CEO at Peerspace

Jon Slavet

Jon Slavet and his Daydream team are on a mission to create a new living and travel category — featuring apartment communities that flex to any length of stay, in sleek urban environments, with hospitality-grade service, luxurious common spaces, and unique community building experiences. Jon has a passion for the intersection of real estate, hospitality and technology. Previously as CWeO for the West at WeWork, he and his team built and led a scale business spanning 20 cities, thousands of employees, and tens of thousands of members. Jon earlier served as COO at Rodan + Fields, the leading direct-to-consumer wellness company, and led e-commerce at Electronic Arts. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jon advises multiple start-ups and nonprofit organizations. He lives in the Bay Area with his three amazing kids.

CEO at Daydream Apartments

Ken Veltri

Mr. Veltri is Senior Vice President and Head of the Asset Management department. Prior to joining AMLI in 2005, he was the Senior Manager of Cost Assurance at Focal/Broadwing Communications (2000-05). He graduated with a B.S. from Bradley University in 1999.
 

Executive Vice President, Asset Management, AMLI

Luca Zambello

Luca Zambello is the co-founder and CEO of Jurny, a hospitality tech company pioneering the next generation of tech-first, on-demand accommodations. A born entrepreneur, Luca launched one of the first professionally operated Airbnb vacation rental companies in 2009, quickly earning the Superhost status that he still holds today. Following that success, he realized there was a need for a more streamlined, on-demand hospitality experience for both guests and operators. Partnering with David Phillips in 2017, he co-founded Jurny and has led the company to triple-digit growth with more than 400 units under management across five markets. The company is a leader in hospitality technology and automation allowing it to manage and operate some of the top-performing hotels and multi-family buildings in the industry. As an expert within the hospitality industry, Luca has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other major industry publications. His mission continues to be modernizing hospitality and creating solutions that cater to the heightened expectations of today's traveler.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jurny Inc.