Fernando Harb, Founder
Spotlight Hospitality Group
I was destined to be a part of the Hospitality industry. My father, an industry veteran himself, moved us around the world, holding various positions in airlines, destinations and hotels.
I grew up a hotel brat!
I guess it rubbed off on me as I went straight into the industry and have never looked back. As they say, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”.
Now over 30 years later, my career has transitioned between hotels, DMOs and travel industry trade show production.
I count my connections around the world, not as contacts, but as a wealth of friendships accumulated over the years. These relationships have allowed me to expand the awareness and success for our clients.
I am blessed with a son, Christian, an accomplished actor, living in Miami, FL.
Alfredo Gonzalez, Founder
AG Hospitality Group
Ormond Beach, Florida
Before starting his own company, Alfredo spent his career directing the international tourism departments for prominent DMOs such as Brand USA, Visit Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also held leadership positions with Marriott Hotels, Palace Resorts, CFI Resorts/Westgate and Bancor Leaders in Travel in a career that has spanned over three decades.
Alfredo has a lovely wife, Tina, and three beautiful daughters, Chelsea, Alexandra and Jessica. He enjoys discovering new adventures on his motorcycle and loves playing golf, although he is not very good at it.
We are fortunate to include Alfredo as part of the Spotlight team to collaborate on tourism projects and benefit from his extensive hospitality and aviation expertise.
Xavier Lividini, Principal
Hospitality Advance International
Since 2005, Hospitality Advance International (HAI) has helped hundreds of hotel owners, investors and operators across the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe improve their operations with results-oriented decisions on a broad range of industry challenges. HAI’s passionate and committed experts have helped our clients overcome obstacles and achieve their potential by improving revenues, financial performance, operations, and service standards.
HAI provides the unmatched expertise of highly-successful former hotel developers, owners, operators, revenue managers and asset managers. With over 150 years of collective experience in key management positions, HAI is ready to help solve your most pressing problems and improve any aspects of your independent, boutique resort, hotel resort, or luxury vacation rental.The hospitality industry has seldom faced more challenges than right now—the economy, unprecedented competition, and a globalized marketplace. It is no wonder hoteliers are struggling, especially owners of small and medium-sized operations. HAI is here to help you regain your footing, reclaim your confidence, and clear the path to greater success.
The Modern Luxury
I started The Modern Luxury just over four months before the global pandemic and found myself in the middle of it, working and growing my business from my spare bedroom, which has now become inevitably my office.
I did it because I love travel, love luxury, and ultimately I love helping hotels increase international sales.
I’ve always been excited top meet people and new cultures. Negotiation and sales have always come easy to me. And knowing that my services help increasing the sales of my clients is what really makes me get up in the morning.
Sales is key to revenue growth for any company and businesses are made of people that need support, guidance, and market specialist’s knowledge to take advantage of unknown territories.
The Modern Luxury helps brands achieve international recognition, become more competitive, and increase reach with multilingual and trustworthy sales professionals. We help put luxury hotels in front of the right customers across the world.
We are a human business – We are loyal and ethical – We deliver results
JFS Global Marketing Consulting
New York, NY
A seasoned Hospitality Professional with over 30+ years experience in Tourism and Hotel Sales & Marketing. Key member of pre-opening and opening teams: RIU Times Square, London NY(Conrad,Midtown),& Dumont Plaza. Sales Executive at Loews NY, Helmsley Park Lane, & Roosevelt Hotel.
Specialties: All key markets for NYC Hotels & attractions. Airline crews, International & Domestic tour operators, Foreign missions to UN, Mice market.
Memberships: Skal Club of NY, HSMAI greater NY, & 41-74 Travel Cub.
Allow me to share a wonderful definition of travel by Sr. Enrique Espinel, COO Civitatis:
Travel is an exercise in a cultural location. Is also the desire to discover your place in the world by contrasting it with a different culture.
Our dog is “Manchego” and has trained me well to be a good grandfather!
After building and seeing the dramatic improvement in quality and efficiency a consolidated Commercial Operations can have on a global portfolio, Robert founded ComOps in 2021 to help support smaller organizations that would need to partner together to achieve that same degree of impact.
Robert began his career with Caesars Entertainment after graduating from Michigan State University with a major in Hospitality Business. To learn more about his field of passion, Robert attended the University of Iowa where he earned his M.B.A. with a concentration in Corporate Finance. Since graduation, he has worked for leading hospitality organizations including Darden Restaurants, Penn National Gaming, and Seminole Gaming. Robert feels most connected when he is teaching and learning, and is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University where he gets an opportunity to do both. When he’s not working, he is passionate about investing, cooking, and traveling.
Robert is proud to be recognized by HSMAI as a Top 25 Extraordinary Mind in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization.
Latham Associates Business Consulting
London - England
Melanie’s passion for travel and curiosity for other cultures started at an early age which led her to majoring in Spanish and French with International Relations. It was only natural that her chosen career would be travel and tourism related!
With over 20 years experience working and consulting for tour operators, CVBs, resort and city hotels in sales, marketing and new business roles globally. Melanie is currently based in London having also lived in the US, Spain, France… and is always ready, passport in hand for her next adventure!
Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge and global contacts through her partnerships with airlines, destination CVBs, the MICE segment, tour operators, long stay/remote working operators and trade associations.
Melanie brings a unique and fresh perspective to her clients having worked with leading brands such as: Thomas Cook, Virgin Holidays, Hotelbeds, NYC & Company, Brand USA, Hamilton Princess Bermuda, SBE Hotels (Morgans Hotel Group), Selina Hotels, The The Standard Maldives
CEO, MB Doubleem Marketing e Eventos
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marina was born in the Macau-Special Region Administration of China. She is a Brazilian citizen and a U.S. green-card holder.
Marina’s experience spans over 50 years in the International Travel Industry and 27 years with International Trade and Investments, including Pan Ams for 23 years, American Express Travel, opening the first Amex Agency in Rio.
In 1994, Marina opened MB Doubleem d/b/a Destinations Network Viagens e Turismo Ltd. In the last 25 years, she has represented Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Macau and Hong Kong tourism offices..
On the Trade side, she spent 27 years with Hong Kong Trade Development Council and 3 years with Invest Hong Kong.
She has a 43-year-old son Rodrigo who is also her business partner.