BOND Five Star USA 2023

The Forum for North America's Leading Five Star Hotel Designers

May 11-14, 2023

Cancun, Mexico

America’s Top Luxury Hotel Designers and Hospitality Design Firms in One Place

BOND Five Star is where America’s luxury hotel project people meet. It brings North America’s leading five star hotel designers from the top hospitality design firms together with suitably qualified vendors for 3 days and 3 nights. That means America’s busiest, most difficult-to-meet luxury hotel project specifiers in one place, relaxed and ready to talk.

Let’s start with who comes.

Scroll down the page to get a snapshot of who was with us at the last event. Better still, get the full confirmed buyer list for this year so far.

Around 50 of America’s top luxury hotel designers and hospitality design firms will be at BOND Five Star USA next year. And if they don’t have confirmed five star hotel projects throughout America, they don’t get invited.

Now consider the time, effort and expense it would take to even try to get in front of this number and calibre of decision maker and you’ll start to appreciate what’s on offer here.


All attendees are pre-qualified to meet the highest standards in terms of their firm’s industry ranking, their seniority within the firm and the number/size of projects they are working on.

Previous attendees include:

Javier Muñoz Posse

Director of Architecture & Interior Design

Radisson Collection

Kara Siffermann

Director of Interiors

Resorts World Las Vegas

Miguel Cuadros

Design Director

Oceanwide Resort Paradise Hi LLC

Sarah Bonsall

Regional Director, Technical Services & Development

Six Senses Resorts & Hotels

Luis Zapiain

Director of Hospitality

HKS Architects

Hogan Chun

Design Director | Senior Associate | SouthWest Regional Hospitality Leader


Alvaro Montoya

Director Design & Planning Design Services - Americas

Hyatt Hotels

Glenn Pollack

Vice President, Design & Development

MGM Resorts

How it Works

Like all BOND events, this is about the people who come and the quality of access you have to them.

The BOND Five Star USA experience centres around a series of private, one-to-one meetings between five star hotel designers and vendors that each have selected before the event. And this is just the start: you are all together for 3 days and 3 nights, away from the distractions of hotel projects and office life, in a uniquely relaxed set up where you can properly get to know each other, and this is where the luxury hotel project trail really lights up. Because this goes way beyond hotel project leads – this is about relationships and connections and the very real collaborative possibilities that come from them.

America’s Top Luxury Hotel Designers and Hospitality Design Firms have pretty hectic schedules so they come to BOND Five Star to get away from hotel project pressures to find inspiration and to connect with solutions providers who can help them deliver something outstanding for their clients. And if you want to get a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of America’s luxury hotel project leaders and have some interesting solutions to discuss, there is no better platform.

Still a bit cynical? Some testimonials might help. Or a video? Better still, have a conversation with us because it’s hard to make this real for you simply through words on our website. It’s a good idea to talk to some people who have already attended a BOND event to get things from their side and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

For suppliers, BOND Five Star USA is the best way, bar none, to win hearts and minds at America’s leading hospitality design firms.

For luxury hotel designers and architects, the value lies in re-connecting with peers and discovering the best solutions to your luxury hotel project challenges from the experts who will be your lifeline.

A top-notch opportunity for architects and designers to meet and consult with one another, as well as with a variety of high-profile service providers, vendors and suppliers.

Steve Jung

Director of Architecture

MGM Resorts Design & Development


Seminar timings and/or content may be varied at our discretion.

Thursday, May 11

4:00 pm Gran del Prado Foyer

Delegate Registration

5:30 pm Goya

Seminar - The U.S. Economy: Cloudy Days with Sunny Periods

Elliot Eisenberg PhD | President & Chief Economist, GraphsandLaughs, LLC

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Attend this session to better understand where the economy is, the many pressures it faces, what may lay ahead, and most importantly why. To that end, the always-entertaining Bowtie Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., will discuss the latest statistics on a multitude of key topics such as: the likelihood, timing and magnitude of a possible recession, current economic conditions, including all important consumer spending, 70% of GDP. Eisenberg will then turn his attention to the health of the labor market, the path of inflation, current thinking at the Fed and the likely path of interest rates.  Along the way Elliot will carefully look at hotel occupancy rates, passport issuance, attendance at Las Vegas by both households and conventioneers, TSA traveler numbers, hotel construction activity, cruise ship occupancy, the latest on the work from home phenomenon, and more in an attempt to better understand the current condition of the lodging and tourism industry.  Be ready to take plenty of notes.  


Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational.  Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.  Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a Miami-based economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States.  He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at

Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, serving as keynote speaker on topics including economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding, consequences of government regulation, and other current economic issues.  Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation.  His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications.  He is a regularly featured guest on talk, and public radio.

Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.  He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than 100 articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, financial institutions and investment advisory groups.

Elliot’s interests include walking at least five miles a day and reading as many newspapers as he can get his hands on. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!

7:00 pm Lunchbox Pool Terrace

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Lunchbox Pool Terrace

Welcome Dinner

Friday, May 12

7:00 am Malva

Breakfast at your leisure

7:00 am Email from Russell Ford

Final Meeting Schedule Emailed

8:20 am Dali & Goya

Seminar - Value through Emerging and Futuristic Technologies in Designing Smart Hospitality Environments

Dr. Raj Sachdev | Assistant Professor (PSU), Assistant Facilitator (Cornell University), PSU / Cornell University

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This session will cover key emerging and futuristic technologies that are changing the world. Participants will be exposed to some key applications of these technologies to “smart” hospitality environments. It will include what the future of smart hotels might look like and strategies that can be adopted. Related considerations in smart environments will also be considered. 

Esta sesión cubrirá tecnologías clave emergentes y futuristas que están cambiando el mundo. Los participantes estarán expuestos a algunas aplicaciones clave de estas tecnologías para entornos de hospitalidad “inteligentes”. Incluirá cómo podría ser el futuro de los hoteles inteligentes y las estrategias que se pueden adoptar. También se tomará en consideración las  consideraciones relacionadas en entornos inteligentes.


Dr. Raj Sachdev, MSc (Oxford), LLM, MBA, DBA, CIPP/US, PCM (Digital Marketing) is a marketing futurist focusing on emerging and futuristic technologies in smart environments. He is a strategic digital marketing consultant, an assistant facilitator at Cornell University, assistant professor of marketing at Plymouth State, researcher, and lawyer. A graduate of Oxford University, former visiting researcher at UC Berkeley and instructor at Stanford CSP and Oxford University, he has over 26 years of academic and industry experience. A Tedx and AMA keynote speaker, he has also guest spoken globally at major institutions and industry conferences & events. He is the forthcoming author of a textbook on Digital Marketing with McGraw Hill (2023).


El Dr.  Raj Sachdev, MSc (Oxford), LLM, MBA, DBA, CIPP/US, PCM (Mercadeo digital) es un futurista del mercadeo que se enfoca en tecnologías emergentes y futuristas en entornos inteligentes. Es consultor de mercadeo digital estratégico, facilitador asistente en la Universidad de Cornell, profesor asistente de mercadeo en el estado de Plymouth, iinvestigador y abogado. Graduado de la Universidad de Oxford, ex iinvestigador visitante en UC Berkeley e instructor en Stanford CSP y la Universidad de Oxford, tiene más de 26 años de experiencia académica y en la industria. Como orador principal de Tedx y AMA, también ha sido invitado a nivel mundial en las principales iinstituciones, conferencias y eventos de la industria. Es el próximo autor de un libro de texto sobre mercadeo digital con McGraw Hill (2023).

9:30 am Gran del Prado

One to One Meetings

1:00 pm TBC

Group Photograph

1:15 pm Agua Marina


2:25 pm Gran del Prado

One to One Meetings

5:40 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm Lunchbox Pool Terrace

Dinner & Drinks

Saturday, May 13

7:00 am Malva

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am Dali & Goya

Seminar - Building a Sustainable Future: Exploring the Importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors in Investment and Business Decision Making

Faith Taylor | VP, Global Sustainability Officer, Kyndryl

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In today’s world, the principles of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) are becoming increasingly important in our  businesses and it is controversial. This seminar is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of these factors, their significance in the current economic landscape, and how they can be incorporated into investment strategies and business models.

The seminar will begin by examining the fundamental principles of ESG, including their origins, definitions, and frameworks. It will explore how ESG factors are interconnected and how they impact businesses, society, and the environment. We will also delve into how to develop and integrate ESG into business models and explore real-world examples of ESG best practices.

The seminar will conclude with a discussion on how to measure the impact of ESG factors on investments and businesses, including the development of appropriate performance indicators and reporting standards.


Faith Taylor is the Global Sustainability Officer for Kyndryl an IT infrastructure Company with 240 data centers in 64 countries and 4,000 customers.  She is responsible for building and overseeing their sustainability programs to meet their goals and strategic priorities. In their first year, they announced their Net Zero to 2040 goal aligned with the Science Based Target Initiative.

Before joining Kyndryl, Faith was the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) leader for Tesla.  She worked with their board, senior leadership, and investors to develop their strategies and policies.

She was a professor at Montclair State University (MSU) teaching courses in corporate social responsibility, ESG, innovation, and sustainability.  At MSU, she was a founding member of their first global human trafficking center.

During her 15-year tenure at Wyndham Worldwide, she developed and built the company's Environmental Social Governance program from the ground up and it became the hospitality industry’s Dow Jones Sustainability World Leader, one of the Most Ethical Company in the World by Ethisphere and one of Newsweek’s Greenest Companies in the World.  Wyndham Worldwide, was in over 120 countries with 100,000 hotels, timeshares, and rental exchange units.  Earlier in her career, Faith served as an innovation and new business development leader as well as General Manager running global businesses generating over $600 million in revenues in the consumer-packaged goods cosmetic industry.

She is currently a Board of Director for CMC Energy Services.  A private company founded in 1977 and one of the largest woman run energy efficiency company in the U.S.  She is also the President of the Women’s New Jersey Performing Art Center board where they have raised over $53 million dollars for arts education and community development in the last 25 years.  In 2022, she was listed as one of the “Top 10 Global Hyperscale Data Centre Sustainability leaders” by Data Centre Magazine as well as one of the “Top 10 Women in Sustainability Leadership in the US” by Business Chief UK and the top 16 globally by Sustainability Magazine. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.

9:05 am Gran del Prado

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm Agua Marina


1:40 pm Dali & Goya

Seminar - The transition of the Architect to the Metaverse

Mariana Cabugueira | Director of Meta-Architectural Design, Wilder World

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The Architect is and has always been responsible for Society, Culture and Space. When sociability, entertainment, dwelling is undoubtedly happening in its large majority in online spaces, and these online spaces are progressing fast from a flat 2d screen to an immersive tridimensionality space, the Architect – as the most knowledge in space design and dwelling – is the most valuable professional to take responsibility and create it.

It is with no surprise that we reckon that our lives are organically sharing time and space between physical and digital Spaces. The social arena that had taken place in our cities before, designed by our ancestors’ urban architects, moved in its majority to a spaceless, odd in-between, 2-dimensional space online. These flat practices, that were only the responsibility of graphics designers, are now evolving to take shape in the tridimensionality wild web – the Web3. The Architect is called to design this Next Generation of Space, the next stratosphere of City, taking the experience of sociability, entertainment, and ecommerce from the 2d sphere of our screens to the immersive experience of our design and architecture knowledge in a 3d Space.

Architects are well placed to step forward on the next phase of the web and shape the Future.


MARIANA CABUGUEIRA is a master Architect and Urban Designer from Portugal; former Senior Architect Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects; Design Tutor; Academic Speaker; currently Directing Wilder World Metaverse Future Era and running her own studio of Meta-Fluid Design with P.A. Academy.

Mariana Graduated from the School of Architecture in Lisbon and the Politecnico di Milano. She moved to London to complete a second Master of Architectural Design and technology, through the Postgrad course: Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association School of London.

Her research interests gravitate around Parametric Design; Generative Design; Digital Design and Robotic Fabrication in Architecture.

Mariana joined Zaha Hadid Architects after graduating from the AA School in 2017. She was part of the Competition cluster for 5 years and the designer of winning projects such as: Navi Mumbai Airport; Western Sydney Airport; Exhibition Centre Beijing; the competition and completion of Tower C in Shenzhen.

Currently Mariana is designing the metaverse with Wilder World. She holds the title of the Architect Director of the Meta Future Era.

MARIANA CABUGUEIRA es una maestra Arquitecta y Diseñadora Urbana de Portugal; ex arquitecta diseñadora sénior en Zaha Hadid Architects; Tutora de Diseño; Ponente Académico; actualmente dirige Wilder World Metaverse Future Era y dirige su propio estudio de Meta-Fluid Design con P.A. Academia.

Mariana es graduada de la Escuela de Arquitectura de Lisboa y del Politecnico di Milano. Se mudó a Londres para completar una segunda Maestría en Diseño Arquitectónico y tecnología, a través del curso de Posgrado: Laboratorio de Investigación de Diseño en la Architectural Association School of London.

Sus intereses de investigación gravitan en torno al Diseño Paramétrico; Diseño Generativo; Diseño Digital y Fabricación Robótica en Arquitectura.

Mariana se unió a Zaha Hadid Architects después de graduarse de la Escuela AA en 2017. Fue parte del grupo de Competencia durante 5 años y diseñadora de proyectos ganadores como: Navi Mumbai Airport; Aeropuerto de Sídney Occidental; Centro de Exposiciones de Pekín; el concurso y finalización de la Torre C en Shenzhen.

Actualmente Mariana está diseñando el metaverso con Wilder World. Tiene el título de Arquitecta Directora de Meta Future Era.

2:45 pm Gran del Prado

One to One Meetings

6:00 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm Lunchbox Pool Terrace

Farewell Dinner & Drinks

Sunday, May 14

7:00 am Malva

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures

Fabulous all around. To have the opportunity to meet with firms at management level is rare. Very impactful experience.

Mimi Stone

Executive Vice President


The Paradisus Cancun

Boulevard Kukulcan
Km 16.5, Zona Hotelera
Cancun 77500, Mexico

+52 998 881 1100

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