BOND Five Star USA 2024

1-on-1 with America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

May 9-12, 2024


1-on-1 Meetings and Networking with America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

Every year, North America’s most in-demand luxury hotel designers leave their projects and offices behind for a few days and head to BOND Five Star USA.

These are the people behind the luxury hotel projects you’d love to be a part of with the power to influence who gets specified and who doesn’t.

To get a proper handle on this, you need to see who’s coming:

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Who Attends
America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers. Guaranteed.

North America’s busiest and best luxury hotel designers are giving us 3 days of their time to come and meet manufacturers who are passionate about what they do and who can help them deliver what their clients want.

This is your chance to sit down, one-on-one with the designers and architects who are driving North America’s biggest and best luxury hotel projects.

3 whole days and nights away from project deadlines and office distractions means time and space get to know each other properly. And that’s where the most meaningful, long-term business happens. Always.

You just need to get here.

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Five Star USA regular attendees include:

Sarah Bonsall

Regional Director, Technical Services & Development

Six Senses Resorts & Hotels

Hogan Chun

Design Director | Senior Associate | SouthWest Regional Hospitality Leader


Bradley Barnett

Associate Principal & Director

Rockwell Group

Eloisa Bustos

Director of Design

Virgin Hotel Group

Heather Gray

Senior Designer & Project Manager

Parker Torres Design

Coletta Conner

Managing Principal

Forrest Perkins

Kathy Logan


Cooper Carry

Nina Grondin

Managing Partner & Co-Founder


How it works
This is NOT a trade show

You know exactly who’s going to be here before you arrive and you will have a number of guaranteed, pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings with the ‘buyers’ of your choice. And that’s just the start.

You are all together for 3 days and nights at a luxury resort, so there’s time and space to meet everybody and it’s this abundance of natural networking that opens up a world of possibilities. Because there’s a real community feel here and everyone’s more relaxed and open and any number of conversations can light up the luxury hotel project trail right in front of you – you’ll see!



We will deliver North America’s true luxury hotel project influencers with time and space to get to know each other properly.

The rest, frankly, is up to you!

Save your place

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

Mimi Stone

Executive Vice President



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

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

5:30 pm

Seminar - Visible Green: New Material Opportunities in Sustainable Design

Blaine Brownell | Professor and Director, UNC Charlotte School of Architecture

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Today, a global material revolution is in full swing, propelled by intensified material research and development efforts as well as an acute cultural interest in creative material expression. Given the critical role that the choice of building material plays in affecting the flows of resources, waste, and emissions, architects have realized the importance of developing more extensive material expertise. Yet the construction industry has, thus far, hesitated to take full advantage of the expressive potential of new green materials. This talk will consider innovative opportunities enabled by sustainable materials in architecture and strategic methods of pursuing new design strategies that are visibly green.


An architect and researcher of emergent materials and sustainable building technologies, Blaine Brownell, FAIA is a Professor and Director of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former Fulbright scholar to Japan, he has authored nine books on advanced and sustainable materials for architecture and design, including Matter in the Floating World, Material Strategies, and the four-volume Transmaterial series. He writes the Mind & Matter column for Architect magazine, and his work has been published in over 70 architecture, design, science, and news journals, including Nature. His latest book, The Pandemic Effect, addresses the inoculation of the built environment.

7:00 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm

Welcome Dinner

7:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

7:00 am Email from Russell Ford

Final Meeting Schedule Emailed

8:20 am

Seminar - Health & Wellbeing in Hospitality – Financial Narratives for Using Biophilic Design

Catie Ryan | Director of Projects, Terrapin Bright Green

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Health and wellness in hospitality has often been limited to programming and spa services, but there is a largely untapped opportunity through design that presents an array of benefits to the guests as well as the hotelier and their brand. Biophilic design – intentional incorporation of nature for evidence-based benefits to health and wellbeing – presents opportunities to attract new guests, retain loyalty, increase ADR and TRevPAR, and give hotels a competitive advantage. In this session, Catie Ryan, coauthor of Nature Inside, The Economics of Biophilia, and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, will share insights and science behind nature-inspired design that give hospitality projects an edge in the industry. Examples will address architecture, interior design, and landscaping for hotels and resorts, F&B, and tourism.


Catie is an author, consultant, technical expert, and director of projects at Terrapin Bright Green. With an expertise in biophilic design and sustainability, she works with clients on architecture and urban design projects to improve health and well-being in built environments around the world and across development sectors. Catie frequently collaborates with owners and project teams as an integrated member of the design team, a workshop facilitator, an advisor, a third party peer reviewer, or as an author of biophilic design guidelines for a project or portfolio. Her particular interest is in the integration of biophilic design with sustainable design for community resilience; she sees hospitality and tourism projects as one way to achieve this. Catie is co-author of Nature Inside, A Biophilic Design Guide (RIBA Publishing, 2020), 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2014) and The Economics of Biophilia (2012; 2023). She is also an advisory member to the ILFI Biophilic Design Initiative. Catie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design and Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development. Catie is based out of Terrapin’s New York City office.

9:30 am

One to One Meetings

1:00 pm TBC

Group Photograph

1:15 pm


2:25 pm

One to One Meetings

5:40 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Dinner & Drinks

7:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Seminar - Eat the elephant one bite at a time

Tim Harris | Executive Coach and Speaker, Tim Harris Consulting

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Fatigue dominates the lives of those without direction or dreams. But without goals dreams are simply dreams. Without processes though, goals are simply goals. If you enjoy the process then you enjoy both the journey and the goal. How does one set lofty motivational goals without causing overwhelm? The percentage play in life is to reduce goals so they are more attainable but the easy way is a trap, it denies you growth. Not aspiring to more carries with it the burden of unfulfilled ambition. To grow you must breach your comfort zone. Stumbling is essential in becoming a great leader. Do you have the guts to fail? Do you have the resilience? What if you don’t? Does adversity reveal character or build it? How do you behave in the face of seemingly insurmountable pressure? 

All the above went through my mind. Let me tell you about the decisions made, the mistakes, the uncertainty, the lessons and the outcomes.


Mental Resilience Expert and Extreme Endurance Rower

Tim is an expert on mental resilience and regularly speaks on bold goal setting, transition, teamwork and resilience but also the dangers of toxic resilience, where the needs of the leader play second fiddle to the needs of the business, which can lead to burnout and even suicide.

Tim, with severe arthritis and after shoulder reconstruction, committed to complete the world’s toughest row, a three thousand mile unassisted crossing of the Atlantic, a challenge so extreme that more people have been into space, and ten times as many have climbed Everest.

The row took two years of preparation and fifty-two gruelling days to complete, over three hundred back-to-back two hour shifts on the oars on just three hours sleep a day, a mind-bending feat.

Many companies, teams and individuals struggle with transition, overwhelm and stress, and consequently can lose perspective and become ineffective.

Tim uses his inspirational and emotional stories to teach life changing resilience skills to combat this, with some amusing stories of nakedness, hallucinations and being dethroned by a flying fish thrown in for good measure. But just as importantly Tim explains how to spot signs of toxic resilience setting in.

Tim also speaks and coaches on how to manage stressful life changes, having transitioned from Global Head of a multi-million dollar commodities business to retraining as a coach and his transatlantic heroics. All this having been a long-term sufferer of poor mental health. He was told that neither mentally nor physically would he be able to finish the race. Finish it he did though, raising a hundred and sixty thousand pounds for a teenage mental health charity in the process.

Tim’s expertise on developing resilience, managing change and motivating teams has been sought by companies and elite organisations internationally. From the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, to Elite Military Units, Thames Valley Police, Google, The Times, Times Radio, and City hedge funds through to the NHS, mental health charities and schools.

After Tim presented to the Royal Navy aboard HMS Warrior the Vice Admiral, Martin Connell CBE, commented ‘Tim gave a masterclass in self-awareness and resilience by telling his personal life story about his Atlantic row, what he learned about himself and how he is now seeking a renewed purpose in his life. Sincere, thoughtful and charming with powerful and memorable messages applicable to all. I would very much recommend Tim as a speaker and leadership coach.’

Tim is incredibly passionate about sharing his insights and approach having gone through many struggles himself both at work, at home and while crossing the Atlantic. He will give you practical and simple tactics to massively stack the odds in your favour, eliciting changes in attitude and delivering action points that are immediately usable and relatable.

Tim authentically inspires people to set bold goals, enhance and believe in their resilience, move outside their comfort zones and push their potential helping them to become more than they thought they were.

9:05 am

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm


1:40 pm

Speaker TBC

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More information will be announced soon.
2:45 pm

One to One Meetings

6:00 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Farewell Dinner & Drinks

7:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures

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

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N Secret Springs Dr,
Marana, AZ 85658, USA

+1 520-572-3000

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