Hospitality Executive Exchange is a small, dynamic program made up of 40-50 allocated select supplier partners in the hospitality industry with a focus on beverage and 40-50 food and beverage professionals with purchasing power for beverage programs with concepts at national or regional chain restaurants and hotels. HEE focuses on relationships and conversations with a carefully crafted agenda that the entire HEE family follows to allow for a productive, yet relaxed way to get business done.
HEE has a proven track record of being productive and successful. HEE is a leader in the hospitality industry of taking a unique format and adding in relevant components making it one of the most valuable programs in the hospitality marketplace.
Time is valuable. We know you have many choices in the industry and we hope to be one of those choices. Our goal is to provide a high end opportunity that is turn-key and beneficial for you. One idea can change the world. Conversations create change. Let's Get Started!
If you are interested in attending HEE as a select supplier partner or a multi-unit operator, simply send us an email with your contact and company information and we will respond within 48 hours.
Jen Robinson, The Pineapple Group LLC
One of the best things about HEE is the intimacy of the group. We really want our valued operators partners and select supplier partners to feel relaxed while getting business done, which is why we have an allocated number of seats in various categories providing a diverse group of participants.
HEE is a very small program. We limit our correspondence because we know you're very busy. Once we confirm your participation and reserve your seat, we will send you a registration form to complete. Simply send it back and we will take care of the rest.
HEE always strives to find a location that provides a unique backdrop for the program. Being inspired is one of our priorities when we select a venue.
The final overall HEE agenda is sent out appoximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the program along with your one-on-one schedules and any final details. Easy. Hassle-free. Seamless.
The success of the HEE program is everyone's participation in all of the agenda activities. We have built lots of free time to check emails, take work calls, etc so we ask that all participants join us for every activity scheduled to ensure the best conversations.
HEE is a high-end, relaxed platform, but we prefer resort casual for all of our meetings. We want you to feel comfortable while cultivating relationships. So, no ties. No suits.
Resort Casual everyday.
Teddy McAleer was the Chairman of the HEE Advisory Board. He was one of the brightest beacons in the hospitality industry. He had a gift for making everyone feel like they were family. He loved life and he lived it. Teddy exemplified what the word ”hospitality” was all about and meant. He was a strong advocate and ambassador for HEE and believed the program could change the way we all do business. He helped craft the foundation that we currently use today .
HEE is proud to announce The Teddy Mac Award will be given out once a year to an individual that exemplifies all of the qualities that Teddy lived everyday. This award is to remember and honor our friend, our chairman, our colleague....but it is also given to an individual deserving to be recognized for their commitment to the industry.
The 2017 recipient of the Teddy Mac Award was Beth Borkosky. Blue Chair Bay Rum. Our 2018 recipient of the Teddy Mac Award is Stuart Melia, Brittenn Cocktail Productions. Our 2019 recipient of the Teddy Mac Award was Nichelle Ritter, The Food Hall, Co. Due to the pandemic, we made the decision to postpone the Teddy Mac Award presentation along with our Golden Pineapple Hall of Fame awards until 2022. We feel that our focus in 2021, is one of a whole industry coming together to rebuild.
Teddy was one of those rare individuals who could walk into any restaurant, hotel, bar, stadium or anywhere all alone and walk out with a whole group of new friends who became family. We cherish our memories and we toast Teddy at every HEE program.
What is an Icon? HEE is proud to present the Icon Award to an individual who has left a lasting legacy on the hospitality industry through their dedication, passion, work, and contribution. The HEE Icon Award is presented every 5 years. Our Next ICON will be named in 2023.
”Magic” Michael Werner & Jimmy Skeadas - HEE Icons 2013
Joe Smith - HEE Icon 2018
HEE focuses on relationships and conversations. It is with this spirit , that we recognize individuals who we feel have made a huge impact upon the hospitality industy and truly deserve recognition and accolades from their peers. Each year, we will award 5 “Golden Pineapples” to individuals who deserve to be among those placed in the Hall of Fame of Hospitality .
Our Golden Pineapple Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was Don Billings, in the Mix Magazine; Donna Frederick, Beam Suntory; Dan Hoffman, Marriott International; and Larry McGinn, iMi Agency