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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8.00AM – 4.00PM GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 GOLF TOURNAMENT
Iberostar Cancun Golf Club
Iberostar Cancun Golf Club
Following a fantastic round of golf at Iberostar Cancun Golf Club in 2021, we look forward to announcing the location of our next tournament very soon…where twosomes will play a round of Stableford (lowest ball) and battle it out to see who will be the 2022 GNEX-ACOTUR Golf Tournament champions!

This is a separate ticketed event – more details will be announced soon.

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:

  • Green Fees
  • Shared Golf Cart
  • Food & Beverages
  • Awards Lunch after Tournament
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8.00PM – UNOFFICIAL GATHERING @ RITZ CARLTON 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 Ritz Carlton.

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10.00AM – 5.30PM GNEX-ACOTUR NETWORKING LOUNGE
GNEX Conference Networking Lounge The conference doesn’t start until 1.45PM, but we’ve arrange for early access to our Networking Lounge where you can grab coffee, pastries, mini-sandwiches and wraps 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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1.45PM – 2.00PM CONFERENCE WELCOME
Jim Madrid, Founder, Advance Sports TechnologyJim Madrid
Founder
AST
Join us for the opening sessions and a welcome from our resident Emcee, who will outline what’s coming up in our agenda over the next two days.
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2.00PM – 3.00PM 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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3.00PM – 4.00PM 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.
Rosario Rodriguez Rojo, CEO, Royal HolidayRosario Rodriguez Rojo
CEO
Royal Holiday
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
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
The Playa Collection
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
Perspective Group
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4.00PM – 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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5.30PM – 7.30PM WELCOME PARTY
Ritz Carlton Cancun Continue your networking in a relaxed atmosphere as we take the party outside within the grounds of the luxurious Ritz Carlton Cancun.

More details to follow…

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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 RITZ CARLTON DELUXE NETWORKING BREAKFAST
BreakFast Start your day the right way with a Ritz Carlton Deluxe breakfast!

Indulge in tropical fruits and parfaits, smoked salmon bagels, European style Charcuterie and Cheese Selection. Then assorted cereals, homemade granolas, bakery items and French Cinnamon Toast.

Then enjoy a selection of eggs, including scrambled and poached, potato gratin, crispy bacon and breakfast sausages and fresh juices, teas and coffee.

Make the most of the perfect ambiance for a breakfast meeting that will also fuel you for a busy day ahead.

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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 – 12.00PM NETWORKING BREAK
Coffee Break Grab some refreshments in our Networking Lounge, hold meetings and visit our exhibitors.
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12.00PM – 12.45PM 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.
arriviaTBC
TBC
arrivia
GignetMark Carney
President
Gignet Mexico
Duane Lee, CEO, Vacation SafeGuardDuane Lee
CEO
Vacation SafeGuard
Steve Pentland, CEO, LightSteve Pentland
CEO
Light
Chris Hassall, CEO, Catalyst Marketing SolutionsChris Hassall
Partner
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
Gordon McClendon, CEO, SPI SoftwareGordon McClendon
CEO
SPI Software
Vacation InnovationsTBC
TBC
Vacation Innovations
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12.45PM – 1.30PM 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
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1.30PM – 3.00PM NETWORKING LUNCH
Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch  at the Ritz Carlton Cancun as you continue to network and catch up with friends and colleagues.
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3.00PM – 4.00PM HOW INTERNATIONAL SYNERGIES WILL DRIVE 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.
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4.00PM – 5.00PM INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: TBC
Jim Madrid, Founder, Advance Sports Technology

Jim Madrid
Founder
AST

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6.30PM – 9.30PM FINALE PARTY: TBC
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TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

8.00AM – 4.00PM
GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 GOLF TOURNAMENT

8.00PM –
UNOFFICIAL GATHERING @ RITZ CARLTON LOUNGE BAR

WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

More Details Coming Soon…

THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

More Details Coming Soon…

Introducing our GNEX-ACOTUR 2022 Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring our upcoming event? Download our Sponsorship Brochure.

PRESENTING SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
Gignet
SILVER SPONSORS
NETWORKING SPONSORS
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY PARTNERS
AMDETUR
Canadian Resort & Travel Association
BRONZE SPONSORS
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
SPI Software
Vacation Innovations