April 17 - 19, 2024

AHIA 2024 Spring Meeting

InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

Kansas City, MO

Register for the AHIA Spring Meeting

April 17-19, 2024
AHIA Spring Meeting
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

Kansas City is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. It is the birthplace of jazz, barbecue, and Hallmark Cards.  The Spring 2024 Meeting will be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel is close to many of Kansas City's attractions, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Power & Light District, and the Country Club Plaza.

Important information:

Check out the full schedule below.

Reservations at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

401 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112

Discover Kansas City’s historic charm
The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza offers elegantly appointed guest rooms and unrivaled Midwestern hospitality. Just minutes away, you’ll find Country Club Plaza, an outdoor museum of romantic Spanish architecture and European art with 15 blocks of shopping, dining, architecture, and tradition. Dine at our vibrant signature restaurant, American Slang Modern Brasserie, or sip a cocktail as you unwind at the day's end.

We are making reservations via a rooming list for the Spring meeting.  Classic King rooms are available for a nightly rate of $184 per day plus applicable tax.  To make your reservation, please include your arrival and departure dates when completing your meeting registration.  That’s all you need to do!  You will receive your confirmation number by April 5, 2024.  You will need to present your credit card at registration at the hotel.

Registrations received after March 18, 2024, cannot be guaranteed the AHIA room rate.

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Delve into History: Optional World War I Museum & Liberty Tower Tour

Join us for an insightful journey through Kansas City's connection to the "Great War" on this optional tour, offered on Wednesday, April 17, 1-5 pm.  

The Experience:

This tour is a fantastic opportunity for:

Limited spots are available!

Thanks to our 2024 Spring Sponsors!

Breazeale Logo Lewis Brisbois Logo  

McGill & Partners




The Garvy Group Inc.


Your firm's logo could be here!


We are offering micro-sponsorships again for the Spring 2024 meeting. For as little as $250, you can get your firm's name in front of the best and brightest in the hospitality law industry (and get bragging rights!)

Benefits of Micro-Sponsorship

As a micro-sponsor, your firm will receive the following benefits:

Program Schedule

Wednesday - April 17, 2024

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Optional Tour:
World War I & Liberty Tower Private Tour

Advanced registration is required.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception hosted at HuschBlackwell offices

7:30 pm Dine-Around - Make a selection from area restaurant reservations and enjoy an evening out.

Thursday - April 18, 2024

8:00 am Breakfast and Networking  
9:00 - 9:45 am

Welcome and Introductions

David Samuels, AHIA President, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

9:45 – 10:45 am

Post-Pandemic Legal Landscape: Nuclear Verdicts & Insurance/Risk Management Strategies

Mark Miller, Miller Friel
Alan Rupe, Managing Partner and Vice-Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, Lewis Brisbois

11:00 – 12:00 pm

The Broker's Perspective: Optimizing Insurance Solutions for Hospitality Businesses

Cari Hernandez, Partner ‑ Client Development, McGill and Partners

Steve Garvy, The Garvy Group

12:00– 12:45 pm


12:45 - 1:45 pm 

Deal or No Deal? A Comprehensive Transactional Update for Hospitality Attorneys

Samantha Ahuja, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Hospitality Practice

Maria Whiteman, General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs, LodgeWorks Partners, L.P.

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Group Power Play: Negotiating Effective Group Contracts

Barbara Dunn, Partner, Associations and Foundations Co-Chair, Barnes & Thornburg

2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Building the Game: Stadium Development & Hospitality Integration

Adam Sachs, Kansas City Royals Senior Vice-President (External Affairs) and Chief Legal Officer

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Sealing the Deal: Mastering Hospitality Transactional Work

Thomas Lynn, Vice President & Chief Counsel, Property Transactions at Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

5:15 - 9:00 pm

A Special Evening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Indulge in an unforgettable evening of art, conversation, and exquisite cuisine at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Friday - April 19, 2024

9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast 
10:00 – 11:00 am

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Legal Updates in the Maritime Hospitality Industry

Francesca Ippolito-Craven, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Kubicki Draper's Hospitality, Retail & Premises Practice Group

Andrew Craven, Partner at Chartwell Law

11:00 - 11:45 am

Open Forum

11:45 am – Noon

Closing Message

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Covid-19 Information

AHIA strongly encourages adherence to current CDC recommendations and guidelines for all attendees and their guests.

More information can be found at CDC.  This policy is subject to change at the discretion of the association. 

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