Annual Conference

Title of Event

Superior Small Lodging 26th Annual Conference and Trade Show




51 North Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

December 6th and 7th

Thank you to those who participated in the 2015 Superior Small Lodging (SSL) Annual Tradeshow and Conference in Delray Beach.  Taking the conference to the Palm Beaches, a destination where SSL has only a few members was the first step in building strategic relationships in that area that will continue our growth and strengthen our association and that of our allied partners.

For those who did not attend the conference, and for those who want a refresher, below are links to some of the conference presentations.

Links to Presentations

"29 Ways to Improve Room Rates" - Mike & Pam Grimme

Mr. Grimme’ is Founder and CEO of AMC Liquidators, an upscale hotel and office furniture recycler. AMC’s operation includes trading, logistics, furniture restoration, customer storage, and financing. He is also Founder and CEO of AMC Mattresses, etc. which offers a full line of commercial quality mattresses to hotel, motel and assisted living facilities.

Mr. Grimme’,and his company AMC Liquidators, have appeared multiple times on the internationally broadcast Travel Channel Reality Show Hotel Impossible.

How ADA Laws affect Inn KeepersKevin Johnson & Mark Heilig

Kevin Johnson and Mark Heilig are Partners at Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. in Tampa, Florida where they represent hospitality employers throughout the United States.  Through their work with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and their defense of Bloomin’ Brands, Caspers Company, and other hospitality companies, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Heilig are well-versed in the many challenges that unions, ADA lawyers, and wage-hour complaints pose to the industry.

Managing Risk: A Guide to Creating A Safe Workplace & Managing Insurance Claims - Amanda Carvalho & Richard Ochin

Amanda Deminie Carvalho is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent from John Galt Insurance with hospitality in her blood. She has worked with the John Galt Insurance Agency since early 2014 focusing on hotels and condominiums throughout Florida.   A graduate of Florida Gulf University, Amanda’s career started in the hospitality industry where she worked in catering and sales for over 8 years with the beautiful South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.  Her unique paring of hospitality and insurance experience allows her to truly understand the needs of hotels to find the best fit coverage options for Property, General Liability, Workers Comp and more.

Richard Ochin has been Senior Account Manager with FHM Insurance Company for 17 years.  He is the liaison between the agents and policyholders with FHM’s various service departments.   He holds the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations from the National Alliance Society of CIC.  His insurance career spans almost 40 years in various carrier and agency positions.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Economics.

Payment Security For Lodging Businesses - Matthew Gill

Over twelve years of extensive and diverse financial services experience assisting small business achieve higher profitability.  My goal is to provide transparency to businesses that need payment processing in an otherwise unregulated industry. Integrity, honesty, advocacy and tenacity are the core values of Heartland. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE: HPY), the fifth largest payment processor in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, mobile commerce, eCommerce, marketing solutions, security technology, payroll solutions, and related business solutions and services to more than 250,000 business and educational locations nationwide. A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. Heartland also established The Sales Professional Bill of Rights to advocate for the rights of sales professionals everywhere.

Key Note Speaker - Nicki Grossman

Jorge Pesquera, Executive Director of Discover the Palm Beaches introduces Nicki Grossman, Executive Director, Greater Ft Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Superior Small Lodging Keynote Speaker. Together they hand out the SSLA White Glove Awards at a luncheon at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida.

Social Media for Small Business - Dennis Littley

Chef Dennis as he's known around the world is a retired Chef and Culinary Instructor.  A native Texan living most of his life in the Philadelphia area he now resides in Kissimmee with his wife Lisa.
During the new phase of his culinary journey as a Food & Travel Blogger he has amassed an impressive combined following of over 925k on his social channels, with more than 35 million views on his Google profile.
He has now begun teaching "social media for small businesses" sharing his recipe for success in easy to understand format for the busy entrepreneur.
Chef Dennis is currently writing his first book "Social Media is not a Novelty, It's a Necessity"  A how to guide for small businesses and brands.

You can find him across most social media channels as @askchefdennis ; on Google+ as Chef Dennis Littley and on his blog



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