2019 Speakers

The American Hostel Conference is excited to have such an incredible line up of speakers this year.

 
 
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Overwhelmed by #allthe things learn how to do less & make more

Ronii Bartles, Bookfull

Through her straightforward, no non-sense style Ronii’s here to teach you how to get in the hearts + heads of your perfect customers and get you more time, money + energy.


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The worlds largest community of hostel professionals

Darren Overby from Hostelmanagement.com

Hostelmanagement.com has been a staple in this industry and continues to provide much needed assistance and information for hostels all over the world.


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Inside an american hostel

Vikki Matsis, NotSo Hostel

Inside An American Hostel shows the inner workings of the management, ownership and day-to-day operations of the Notso Hostel in Charleston, South Carolina


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HOSTEL INDUSTRY TRENDS AND UPDATES

Byron Bunda, Backpacker Biz

Who are the big players entering the hostel market this year? What rising consumer trends can your hostel benefit from? Why are hostels using more OTAs? Our industry is ever-evolving. Byron's presentation will help your hostel gear up for success in 2019.


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DEVELOPING AN IDENTITY FOR YOUR HOSTEL

Joe Hindman & David Stone Jr., Modal Hostel

Joe Hindman and his team will share their experience opening the second hostel in South Carolina and share a marketer's perspective on creating a brand vision and integrated marketing campaign for a new hostel.


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NEW HOSTEL PRESENTATION BY WANDERSTAY HOUSTON

Diedre Mathis, Wanderstay Hotels

Hear about Deidre’s journey to opening her first hostel. Deidre is a published author and will share her struggles, challenges and successes as she navigated opening the second hostel in Houston, TX.


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GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR BAD GUESTS AND HOW TO MANAGE REVIEWS AND ONLINE REPUTATION

Sydney Ilg, 11th Avenue Hostel

A passionate advocate for communal-travel and community-minded business, Sydney Ilg currently manages all marketing and branding for the re-emerging 11th Avenue Hostel in Denver, Colorado, an endeavor she joyfully takes on with her family.


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HOSTEL ROAD TRIP PODCAST

James Black & Bobby Dyer, International Travel House

BoThe fellas over at International Travelers House are teaming up with WorldPackers to produce a Podcast Series that promotes Hostel Awareness within the American Industry.  The structure of the 30 minute episode will allow each hostelowner and/or manager to market their respective facility and location while sharing personal stories of their hosteling experience.  The content will be relevant for both workers within the hostel industry as well as backpackers or travelers.  They hit the road in 2018 for the first of two cross country trips that will aim to promote many of the hidden gems across the U.S.A.


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Cloudbeds

Mark Bloomquist, Cloudbeds

An inside look at the history and inner workings of this award winning online reservation system. Cloudbeds is a proud sponsor of the American Hostel Conference for the second year in a row.


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KEEPING YOUR HOSTEL CLEAN & PEST FREE

Olegario Carrillo, Base Camp Anchorage

In this important session, you will learn about bed bugs, their life cycle, where they like to hide and why, how to identify them, the various eradication techniques out there, and prevention.


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NEW HOSTEL PRESENTATION BY BLACK ELEPHANT HOSTEL

Heather Loeber, Black Elephant Hostels

Heather designed, and built her hostel from the inside out, completely gutting an old 4 story apartment building in downtown Portland, Maine.  Heather has been open for less than a year, but has already experienced great success with her new business, as hostel – minded people and beyond embrace the unique experience she has created.  Heather will discuss the many challenges she faced in designing and opening a hostel for an unknown clientele in a place that had never had a hostel before.

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HOSTELS IN THE NEW ECONOMY: WHERE DO WE FIT IN?

Bob received his BS Degree from the College of Charleston, his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida School of Law. He practiced law for seven years in the areas of tax law, corporate law and real estate law. He was the CEO and founder of BookSurge (acquired by Amazon) and the Chairman of the Lowcountry Housing Trust (a non-profit focused on affordable housing), and is currently the Chairman of Charleston Development Company, Charleston Housing Company, Charleston Technology Company, BiblioLabs, and Creative Media Company

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HOSTELS IN THE FOREST PRESENTATION: A NONPROFIT, PERMACULTURE HOSTEL

Heather Bolint recently finished her term as the manager of the Hostel in the Forest. She is a graduate of Antioch University of New England, with a MA in Environmental Studies. After working for three years as the Seattle Grassroots Director for the Humane League, an international farm animal protection nonprofit, she felt the need to pursue her lifelong dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. During those six months, she stayed in numerous hostels and grew to love and respect the hostel community on the east coast. Working at the Hostel in the Forest for the last five and half months has been a dream job and a calling she felt pursued to fulfill. Today she is joined by the current kitchen manager, Jakob, and latest garden manager, Laura.”