Brandon McConnell

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Vice President of Programming & Education

bmcconnell@idmhospitality.com

Brandon is an accomplished hospitality professional having been previously recognized as both “One of the top young hoteliers to take over the industry in the next decade” and named as a member Hotel Management magazine’s “30 Under 30” . He now serves on leadership and development boards within multiple segments of the lodging, food & beverage and human capital disciplines. He is also a published author within multiple national industry magazines, as well as in The National Center of Generational Studies in Washington D.C.

Having received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame’s esteemed Mendoza College of Business, as well as continuing his executive education through outlets such as Harvard University, London Business School & the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, Brandon is passionate about education and continual learning while fostering collaborative environments in the workplace.

He has had the past honor of representing over a million hospitality students and young professionals throughout the United States having served as the lead for the AH&LA U30 Gateway and continues to travel and speak in front of various audiences ranging from students and professors to industry leaders throughout the country at some of the most respected educational institutions and industry conferences. His experience with both branded and independent properties, including time with Disney Worldwide Services, has afforded a unique perspective of the operational challenges faced on a daily basis to an array of hospitality business models. Areas of Brandon’s expertise and passion include strategic career development and succession planning for leaders, organizational structure & development, government affairs and hospitality law.

During time away, Brandon enjoys golfing, coaching sports and spending time with his family while traveling in search of the best lodging and food & beverage experiences he can find!