CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

This schedule is a work-in-progress as we create an exciting event. Check it out as we shape our 2022 event – subject to change!
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7.00AM GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 GOLF TOURNAMENT
GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 Golf Tournament

GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 Golf Tournament

We are excited to invite you to play at the Riviera Cancun Golf Club for our 2nd Annual GNEX-ACOTUR Golf Tournament!

Designed by Jack Nicklaus the Riviera Cancun golf course is one of Cancun’s most beautiful golf courses. Using the natural contours of the terrain, this course boasts strategic bunkering, immaculate greens, wooden bridges and the peaceful tranquility of the natural reserve that surrounds the course. Golfers will also enjoy the ocean views on holes 14 and 15.

This is a separate ticketed event – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

Spaces will be VERY limited and available to registered attendees only, on a first to purchase basis.

For the benefit of networking, two twosomes will play together as a team of four.

Participation includes:

  • Breakfast from 7AM
    Green Fees
  • Shared Golf Cart
  • Food & Beverages
  • 25 Practice Balls
  • Awards Lunch

Shotgun Start at 8AM – don’t be late!!

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8.00PM – UNOFFICIAL GATHERING @ KEMPINSKI GRAND HOTEL LOUNGE BAR
DLounge & Ritz Carlton Cancun

The drinks aren’t on us just yet, but for those staying at the hotel and want to find some attendees to hang out with, head over to the lounge bar at the Grand Hotel Cancun.

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10.00AM – 5.30PM GNEX-ACOTUR NETWORKING LOUNGE
GNEX Conference Networking Lounge Join us in our Networking Lounge  from 10AM where you can grab coffee and pastries while you hold pre-conference meetings, network and visit our Exhibit Booths and Tables ahead of our planned networking events below.

You can also visit our Registration Desk during this time to pick up your Delegate Badge(s).

GNEX stands for Global Networking EXperience, and so the first day focuses heavily on networking to help everyone develop new relationships in our popular Networking Lounge where business deals are brokered, strategic partnerships are forged and new relationships are born.

Attracting senior executives from Mexico, USA, Canada, Caribbean and beyond, your day will be filled with new opportunities to advance your business.

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11.45PM – 12.00PM CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS & INTRODUCTIONS
Our resident Emcee will outline what’s coming up in our agenda over the next two days and invite ACOTUR to make some opening remarks ahead of the afternoon sessions.
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12.00PM – 1.00PM INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: IT’S ALL ABOUT MINDSET!
Jim Madrid, Founder, Advance Sports Technology

Jim Madrid
Founder
AST

In an ever-changing world where negativity reigns supreme, this interactive session will set you up to win through positivity.

As some of you may know, our beloved Emcee of more than 12 years received some life-changing news this year… and will bravely use his own experiences to demonstrate the power of having and maintaining a positive, optimistic mindset.

Jim will share his journey and his process of how he beat stage four pancreatic cancer in 4 weeks to how he is now battling (and wining) non-small cell lung cancer. As he says, “it’s all about mindset!”

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1.00PM – 1.45PM NETWORKING LUNCH
Lunch Enjoy a light lunch in the Networking Lounge as you catch up with friends and network with attendees ahead of the afternoon sessions.
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1.45PM – 2.45PM 60-SECOND PITCH
60-Second Pitch Learn who’s who right at the start of the event to help with your networking! The 60-Second Pitch session gives one representative of each participating company the chance to take to the microphone for just 60-seconds to provide a fast elevator pitch about who they are and what their company does, so that members of the audience can make a quick note of who they want to meet during the conference, and put a face to the name so they can more easily find them.

Please Note: Participation is limited and provided on a first-to-register basis, so REGISTER NOW to secure your spot!

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2.45PM – 4.15PM THE BOARDROOM
Unique to GNEX, this compelling session is the “ultimate” meeting of minds. The audience gets a fly-on-the-wall experience as our C-Suite industry experts conduct a round-table discussion on trending topics that impact the vacation industry, and their opinions of what the future holds.
John Ruble, SVP- Global Sales Operations & SVP-Field Operations - The Americas, Marriott Vacations WorldwideJohn Ruble
SVP- Global Sales Operations & SVP-Field Operations – The Americas Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDAJason Gamel
President & CEO
ARDA
Curtis Knipe, Corporate Director, El Cid Vacations ClubCurtis Knipe
Corporate Director
El Cid Vacations Club
Ross Crowder, Chief Commercial Officer, arriviaRoss Crowder
Chief Commercial Officer
arrivia
Valentino Danchev, CEO, Fidelis Marketing GroupValentino Danchev
CEO
Fidelis Marketing Group
Marcos Agostini, SVP, Global Sales & Business Development, Interval InternationalMarcos Agostini
SVP, Global Sales & Business Development
Interval International
Alain Grangé, Principal, The Playa CollectionAlain Grangé
Principal
Grangé Group / The Playa Collection
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
Perspective Group
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4.15PM – 5.30PM SPEED NETWORKING
Speed Networking Participate in our fan-favorite networking session where you’ll meet one-on-one with around 30 delegates. Every speed meeting gives each delegate one minute to share more details about their business and exchange business cards. When you find a representative from a company you want to know more about, you can then arrange to meet again during the event.

Participants will also be able to enjoy our deluxe open bar during this event.

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6.00PM – 8.00PM THE BLUE PARTY
Ritz Carlton Cancun This year our welcome party will be held on the beach at the Kempinski Grand Hotel (Formerly Ritz Carlton).

Come dressed in at least something BLUE in honor of our sponsors arrivia and Gignet and enjoy delicious food, premium open bar and DJ as we watch the sun set on the incredible Cancun beach and ocean.

sponsored by

Welcome Party Sponsors

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8.00AM – 4.30PM NETWORKING LOUNGE OPEN
GNEX Networking Lounge Our Networking Lounge is open throughout the day for you to hold meetings, visit exhibitors and grab refreshments.
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8.00AM – 10.00AM NETWORKING BREAKFAST
BreakFast Start your day the right way with a beautiful full breakfast and plenty of time to hold meetings and visit exhibitors before the General Sessions begin.
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10.00AM – 11.00AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIMESHARE
Mark Waltrip, COO, Westgate ResortsMark Waltrip
Chief Operating Officer
Westgate Resorts
Founded by David A. Siegel forty years ago, Westgate Resorts started with a 16 unit resort at Westgate Vacation Villas in Orlando, Florida. Today it operates more than 14,000 villas at 22 resorts across the United States and employs around 10,000 people, making it the largest privately held company in Central Florida and a world leader in the timeshare and hospitality industry.

Mark Waltrip is Westgate’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the continued evolution of the Westgate brand. His enlightening keynote presentation will chronicle the rise of Westgate through four decades of change in the timeshare industry, including challenges, successes and innovative strategies as well as what the company foresees in the future for the vacation membership industry.

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11.00AM – 11.45AM NETWORKING BREAK
Coffee Break Grab some refreshments in our Networking Lounge, hold meetings and visit our exhibitors.
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11.45AM – 1.15PM EXPO LIVE!
This session brings the Networking Lounge to the main stage where attendees can learn more about products and services that could help improve their business in these fast-paced 5-Minute mini-sessions.
Huw Powell, Business Development Latin America, arriviaHuw Powell
Business Development
arrivia
Mark Carney, President, GigNet MexicoMark Carney
President
Gignet Mexico
Duane Lee, CEO, Vacation SafeGuardDuane Lee
CEO
Vacation SafeGuard
Alberto Ramírez, Commercial Director, YACHTVIBESAlberto Ramírez
Commercial Director
YACHTVIBES
Steve Pentland, CEO, LightSteve Pentland
CEO
Light
Gabriela del Bosque, Managing Director, LloydshareGabriela del Bosque
Managing Director
Lloydshare
Sergio Santos, Chief Product Officer, Vacation InnovationsSergio Santos
Chief Product Officer
Vacation Innovations
Chris Hassall, CEO, Catalyst Marketing SolutionsChris Hassall
Partner
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
Suneel Goud, VP, Business Development, GuestView GuideSuneel Goud
VP, Business Development
GuestView Guide
Zaida Smith, Vice President - International Sales, Meridian Financial ServicesZaida Smith
VP- International Sales
Meridian Financial Services
Gordon McClendon, CEO, SPI SoftwareGordon McClendon
CEO
SPI Software
TBC
TBC
GrupoSIM
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1.15PM – 2.30PM NETWORKING LUNCH
Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch as you continue to network and catch up with friends and colleagues.
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2.30PM – 3.30PM WHY WOMEN RULE THE WORLD
This panel will discuss how female leadership empowers and inspires others around them and positively influences the direction of the industry. Each panelist will share their career experiences on how the industry is evolving, providing more opportunities for female executive leadership positions and how more balanced perspectives are the recipe for success.
Eliana Jones, Marketing Director, MDC by XCARETEliana Jones
Marketing Director
MDC by XCARET
Anna Kiseleva, Marketing Director, Sunset World ResortsAnna Kiseleva
Marketing Director
Sunset World Resorts
Maru Moreno, CEO, WORLDPASSMaru Moreno
CEO
WORLDPASS
Erika Garcia, CEO, CancunCardsErika Garcia
Founder & CEO
CancunCards
Itzel Voigt, Director of Operations, ACOTURItzel Voigt
Director of Operations
ACOTUR
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3.30PM – 4.30PM INTERNATIONAL SYNERGIES – DRIVING THE INDUSTRY FORWARDS
The heads of several trade associations and the GNEX Conferences discuss how each are working more closely together than ever before to collaborate on sharing of information, and what they see in the near future for the industry as more companies look for international partners or acquisition opportunities to boost growth.
Alberto Solis, Associate General Counsel International, Apple Leisure GroupAlberto Solis
President
ACOTUR
Gerardo Rioseco, Chief Loyalty Officer, PosadasGerardo Rioseco
President
AMDETUR
Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDAJason Gamel
President & CEO
ARDA
Gaetan Babin, President & CEO, CRTAGaetan Babin
President & CEO
CRTA
Linda Mayhugh, President, C.A.R.E.Linda Mayhugh
President
C.A.R.E.
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
Founder
GNEX Conference
Guillermo Muhech, Executive Director, ACOTURGuillermo Muhech
Executive Director
ACOTUR
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6.30PM – 10.30PM FINALE PARTY
Join us in Puerto Cancun at the stunning Zaytun Restaurant for delicious food, open bar and entertainment.

Then continue the party on a selection of YACHTVIBES fleet of yachts docked outside the restaurant with DJ and drinks onboard.

Buses Depart 5.45pm from Kempinski Lobby.

Buses Return at 10pm and 11pm only from the marina back to the hotel. Anyone that wants to stay later to continue partying on the yachts will be responsible for their own transport / taxi back to the hotel.

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Finale Party Sponsors

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Introducing our GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 Sponsors!

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PRESENTING SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
Gignet
YachtVibes
SILVER SPONSORS
Lloydshare
Vacation Innovations
SUPPORTING SPONSORS
RCI
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY PARTNERS
AMDETUR
Canadian Resort & Travel Association
Resort Trades
BRONZE SPONSORS
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
GuestView Guide
Grupo SIM
Meridian Financial Services
SPI Software