BOND Five Star USA

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

May 19-22, 2022

Florida, USA


BOND Five Star is an invitation only forum that connects world-renowned designers of luxury hotels with leaders of product brands who can help take their concepts to the next level. The forum is designed for regional heads of design from global hotel brands, regional and global principals of hospitality from leading architecture firms with hundreds of five star hotel projects.

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


We pre-qualify designers to meet the following criteria:

1. Principal, Director, Vice President

2. Significant portfolio of five star hotel projects in North America

3. Global hotel brand or top architecture/design firm

Leaders in luxury hospitality design who attended in 2019 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


View 2019’s program here
Seminar timings and/or content may vary at our discretion.

Thursday, September 10

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

6:30 pm

Seminar - Emotional Intelligence; the gateway towards Effective Leadership

James Walbridge | Principal, HDR

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More information will be announced soon.


James won his first position as a draftsman in 1981 upon completing a two-year vocational technical degree in mechanical drafting while simultaneously earning his high-school diploma. He worked in architectural and engineering firms in South Florida, studied architecture and graduated from the University of Florida in 1988 with a Bachelor of Design. From 1989-1994, James worked for an Architect-Builder in Oakland and earned his California General Contractor’s License in 1991. Obtaining his California Architect’s Registration in 1995, James formed Tekton Architecture and subsequently formed Artisan Builders Corporation in 1996 to formalize a true Architect-Led Design-build Practice. For 22-years in the Bay Area, Tekton Architecture completed numerous residential, commercial and hospitality projects for private clients and was specially recognized at the 2010 San Francisco AIA Design Awards for their “Ebisu” sushi restaurant project. In 2016, James accepted a position for HDR. Inc. and currently manages their Studio in Lincoln, Nebraska where he lives with his wife Sara and their Son Matthew. James’ diverse design + construction experience has led to leadership positions in the AIA on a local, state and national level including National AIA Presidential appointments and elections to the Strategic Council, ArchiPac Steering Committee, ExCom Board for the Custom Residential Architects Network Knowledge Community, Board of Directors for the Architect’s Foundation and the Board Knowledge Committee. He has presented on the Architect as Master Builder, Architect-led Design-build, BIM, Architectural Practice, Emotional Intelligence and Presentation Skills at the AIA National Conventions in San Antonio, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Denver, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
7:30 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Welcome Dinner

Friday, September 11

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Seminar - Trends in North America’s Luxury Hospitality Market

Emile Gourieux | Hospitality Industry Expert, STR Global

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Emile will examine performance trends in the North American hotel industry over the last decade and focus more closely on the most recent effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on hotels.  He will also look at data from past downturns to help draw lessons from how the industry responded.  Emile will reveal STR’s latest forecast for hotel industry performance and discuss what the eventual recovery could look like.  Finally, we will see some of the latest survey results on travel consumer sentiment to better anticipate the needs and expectations of travelers.


Emile Gourieux is the Hotel Sector Business Development Executive for STR in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. STR provides clients with premium, global data benchmarking and analytics.

Emile is responsible for growing STR’s network of hotel partners and strengthening their overall data set.  Along with increasing the volume of room-related data, Emile also champions efforts to expand benchmark reporting in categories such as Food & Beverage, Guest Segmentation, and Operating Statistics so hoteliers will have the information they need to thrive.  As Emile always says, “success is in the numbers!”

Prior to joining STR, Emile managed luxury hotels on California’s Central Coast for nearly 15 years.  Most recently he was Director of Business Development at JPMorgan Chase where he designed marketing campaigns for hotels and resorts around the world.  He resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and daughter.

9:45 am

Collect Final Meeting Schedule

10:00 am

One to One Meetings

1:30 pm

Group Photograph

1:40 pm


2:45 pm

One to One Meetings

5:20 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm


Saturday, September 12

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Seminar - Feng Shui Engineering: From Homes to Hotels!

Denise A. Liotta-Dennis | Feng Shui Master & International Author, Dragon Gate Feng Shui International Consultants

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Feng Shui has enjoyed a worldwide resurgence of interest, particularly in the building industry. In sophisticated Asian cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore, incorporating Feng Shui principles are commonplace and almost expected. 

Even before Chinese buyers spent an estimated $28.6 billion on residential U.S. real estate, it was already hugely popular with non-Asians. The growing presence of Chinese buyers is partly why real estate agents selling luxury properties are paying more attention to Feng Shui. 

Hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are the main users of Classical Feng Shui’s advanced engineering techniques in America. To date, however, no American builder has designed a master-planned community using Classical Feng Shui which would involve the infrastructure, floor plan design, and specific orientations on the lot. 

While establishing a presence in Hong Kong, American banks such as Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America learned how building their banks using Feng Shui brought mega success. And finally, Classical Feng Shui is not a religion or a product-based system that promotes charms, trinkets, symbols, crystals, gemstones, or amulets. Feng Shui is destined to be the ‘wave of the future’ in the building industry!


She’s known as the “fast-talkin’ Texan”—an interesting and delightful oxymoron—Denise is the founder and president of Dragon Gate Feng Shui International Consulting a firm specializing in authentic Feng Shui site selection, planning, design, audits, and assessments for commercial and residential real estate and construction projects. In 2006, Denise founded The American College of Classical Feng Shui, a premier platform to learn Classical Feng Shui.  Denise has studied with four noted Feng Shui masters including Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai of Malaysia and belongs to his 400- year Wu Chang Feng Shui Mastery lineage. She has traveled the world—Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Netherland Antilles and South America. She is an international author of nine (9) Feng Shui books sold in brick & mortar stores as well as online.
9:45 am

One to One Meetings

1:15 pm


2:20 pm

Seminar - 4

Speaker TBC

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3:25 pm

One to One Meetings

6:05 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Farewell Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Farewell Dinner

Sunday, September 13

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

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


How it Works


Principal architects and heads of supplier companies meet in a pre-matched program of 30 minute one-to-one meetings.


Architects discover new products and suppliers learn exactly what potential clients need. AIA accredited seminars keep you up-to- speed with industry trends.


Everyone stays together in a five star resort with all meals and entertainment organised by BOND. Relationships build naturally.


The result: You make important connections and start relationships that will grow your business.

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa • Florida, USA

This year’s venue will be JW Turnberry.

19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, Florida 33180, USA

+1 305 932 6200

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