Monday, March 29, 2010

3/29 - Michael Hoffman, Boulders Resort, Michael Pieton, Donald Crowley, David Wertheimer

Michael Hoffmann -  Managing Director -  "The Boulders Resort"
Experience an undeniably unique sense of place astonishingly in tune with the environment. Untouched. Unspoiled. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  Enjoy Being One With The Environment Within This Scottsdale Resort. Escape to a secluded haven amid the natural splendor of painted desert sand, towering cacti, and clear, blue sky - The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa. This luxury retreat truly inhabits a unique location from other exclusive Scottsdale resorts. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert - just outside Scottsdale, Arizona - our award-winning accommodations, world-renowned Golden Door Spa, and stunning natural beauty, create the setting for an unparalleled getaway. Enjoy a round of golf with a choice of two Jay Morrish designed courses. Relax and repose in adobe casitas and houses expertly blended into the breathtaking landscape of ancient 12-million-year-old boulders. Discover a warm sense of renewal in a peaceful, stirring atmosphere within our stunning North Scottsdale hotel and resort. Experience unsurpassed recreation elegantly combined with robust indulgence, flawless service, and a breathtaking setting.
Michel Pieton -  Director of Culinary Operations   Latilla Restaurant-Palo Verde Restaurant
Enjoy the fresh new look and taste at Latilla as the Boulders unveils a total transformation of its signature AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Savor an indulgent menu of New American cuisine from Executive Chef Michel Pieton. The New American Fare, inspired by flavors of the Southwest, is flavorful yet healthy; rich yet affordable; and creative yet familiar with comfort foods such as the famed “Boulders Burger infused with gruyere cheese.” Latilla has been transformed into a comfy and casually elegant oasis of rich, vibrant colors, stunning regional artwork and inspired décor. The perfect place to see and be seen. Savor the region's best with monthly wine dinners. Along with exciting fresh style and dishes comes Latilla restaurant's famed regional cuisine and celebrated organic decor.  The Palo Verde serves a delectable breakfast ranging from freshly made pastries, seasonal organic fruits, to personalizing your very own omelet. Lunch offers Southwestern-inspired entrées featuring chilies, and indigenous spices while preparing the highest quality meats and vegetables. Savor the breathtaking views overlooking the 6th fairway of the award winning 18-hole golf course and the charming duck pond. Delight in the Sonoran desert inspiration – unique to our exceptional hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. Take pleasure in the warm terracotta colors and desert vistas sure to make your dining experience a memorable event.

Donald Crawley -  Golf Professional  "The Boulders Resort"
Repeatedly ranked as one of the nation's top golf courses by GOLF Magazine and Travel and Leisure, The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa boasts one of the country's finest golf academies. Refine your technique through private, one-on-one lessons. Mix business with pleasure during a customized corporate clinic. No matter your level of skill, our experienced PGA and LGPA teachers will provide you with the instruction needed to improve your game. Enhance your game at The Boulders Golf Academy with a full-range of professional services

David Wertheimer - CEO Entertainment Tech Center  -  3D TV COMING
Wertheimer has conducted extensive research in collaboration with the Consumer Electronic Association on consumer attitudes towards 3DTV. With his background in digital entertainment, Wertheimer is the perfect person to provide analysis on the new TV’s coming to market and when 3DTV content will be available. ETC brings together senior executives from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries to discuss and importantly, to act upon, topics related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  David Wertheimer is the Executive Director of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (USC). David was previously the president of Paramount Digital Entertainment and has been immersed in producing content, developing new technologies, and managing organizations (ranging from start-ups to divisions within publicly traded companies) for over 15 years. David was appointed in early 2007 to head the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC-USC), bringing his expertise to bear on the technological and sociological implications of providing content to consumers who desire it at any time and any place. Through this consortium, which brings together all the major motion picture studios and several leading technology, CE companies and service providers, David is helping to evangelize and de-mystify digital content distribution and consumption. ETC's Anytime/Anywhere Content Lab, Anytime/Anwhere Consumer Research, and CxO Roundtables are helping multiple industries collaborate to make sense of content in the Internet age and to encourage consumer adoption of digital media.  In addition to his prestigious stint at Paramount, Wertheimer was previously the founder and CEO of WireBreak Entertainment, a premier digital content distribution and television production company; Executive Director of the Institute for Creative Technologies; and held technology and business management positions at Oracle and NeXT. His background and day-to-day interaction between students, studio executives and technology/CE strategists, put David in the perfect spot to speak about the state of digital entertainment: How is digital entertainment changing what consumers really want? How is Hollywood taking advantage of digital distribution? What types of entertainment do consumers want in a digital world? What do next-generation consumers want today and into tomorrow? How are companies addressing that desire on the part of consumers? …and many other topics that place the consumer together with future technologies. technology development and implementation, the creative process, and existing business models.