Trends in the Hospitality Industry
May 2, 2017
Lundring Events Center, California Lutheran University (Google Maps)
- Shannon Hillygus - General Manager, Marriott Ventura Beach
- Jane Lee Winter - President, Town & Country Travel
- Warren Spieker - Managing Partner, Continuing Life retirement communities
Shannon Hillygus’ first job in the hospitality industry was as a dishwasher for a local seafood restaurant. Now with more than 20 years of experience, he has had opportunities to perfect his hospitality skills and travel the country. He is general manager at the Ventura Beach Marriott and joined Brighton Management in 2013. Hillygus has the ability to cultivate long and trusting relationships for great community partnerships. He sits on boards that promote the industry to many constituencies, including high school and college students, and is a Cal Lutheran Hospitality Advisory Committee member. In 2016, he was recognized with a VC Innovates Pathfinder Award for setting the standard for education and workforce collaboration.
Jane Lee Winter
Jane Lee Winter, president of Town & Country, has an insatiable appetite for experiencing the world. Winter has been to nearly 100 countries since her first passport was issued in 1976. On an annual pilgrimage to the African continent, Winter and her husband, Larry, love to introduce friends and clients to the safari experience. Her work, her calling, goes beyond just planning trips to inspire people to get out of their armchairs and engage with different places and people. Her biggest source of pride is the wonderful team that she has nurtured at Town & Country. After graduating from Westlake Culinary School, Winter was inspired to develop Town & Country's sister company: Gourmet Travel Club.
Warren Spieker joined Continuing Life in 2001 and, as Managing Partner, provides general management oversight for the company's operations. Spieker led the successful pre-marketing and initial occupancy efforts at University Village Thousand Oaks and now advises marketing programs at stabilized and startup Continuing Life communities. Prior to joining the retirement community management company, Spieker worked with the investment bank Alex. Brown and Sons. Spieker received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.