Ron Swidler

Chief Innovation Officer of the Gettys Group.

With a passion for pioneering ideas and new approaches to hospitality experiences, Ron serves as the CIO and leader of the branding team at The Gettys Group, an award winning global hospitality design firm specializing in interior design, consulting, branding & procurement.

Ron directs the research, strategy, design and experience pull-through for projects ranging from restaurants and bars, to lifestyle properties, events and international brands. A collaborative and an innovative thinker, Ron has shaped hundreds of hotel, resort and brand initiatives during his three decades with The Gettys Group.

He is frequently asked to speak at industry events and has been included in numerous forms of media focusing on hospitality, design and branding. Ron is affiliated with the Advisory Boards at Kendall College, DePaul University, Driehaus College of Business, Chicago. In addition, Ron serves as a guest professor at Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, EM Lyon in Paris, Haaga Helia University in Helsinki, Finland and Breda University in the Netherlands.

Ron's keynote:
Joyful Design Thinking
How hospitality spaces, touch-points and experiences can be designed to bring joy to guests and team-members.