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Opportunities in the Recovering and Evolving Leisure Industry

In the U.S. and globally, leisure was one of the hardest hit major industries during the pandemic. In lodging, dining, travel, sports, live events, gyms, “athleisure” apparel, sporting goods, movies/theaters, e-gaming, or otherwise, it was challenging to stay in business, even with massive federal aid.

Join us to learn what leisure industry leaders see as keys to survival and the best opportunities and strategies as the economy opens up. Being aware of these approaches could aid entrepreneurs and innovators who want to develop their own leisure-focused ventures or products/services that facilitate these strategies.


Ron Newcomb
President, The Forge Studios
Ron Newcomb created The Forge Studios, and has written and directed award-winning short and feature length independent films. He founded FCF, a faith based film and filmmakers network with over 1800 enthusiasts, and also co-leads the DMV Producers Association, and is a founder of The Fantasy Network. Ron launched two film summits in the Washington region, bringing in leading Hollywood and industry experts to educate filmmakers on the business of making movies. Read full profile…


Angelina Jao
Co-Founder & CEO, van der Becq Holdings, LLC
Angelina Jao is the Co-Founder and CEO of van der Becq Holdings, LLC, a social impact investment firm, and has been a serial entrepreneur since college. She is the former Chief Development Officer of the New York Software Industry Association, the high-tech trade association founded by David Rockefeller’s NYC Partnership, supported by New York State’s Empire State Development Corp., the U.S. Small Business Administration, IBM, Google, Microsoft, JPMorganChase, PwC, and other Fortune 1000 companies. Read full profile…

Chinmai Sharma
President-Americas, RateGain
Chinmai is a seasoned travel industry professional with more than two decades of global experience in the fields of Commercial optimization, Distribution, Strategic Marketing and Technology. Chinmai is currently President-Americas for RateGain based out of their Dallas, TX office. RateGain is a leading provider of SaaS products, which help travel and hospitality companies with cognitive revenue management, smart e-distribution, and brand engagement with the goal of maximizing revenue every day. Read full profile…

Brad Alan Waller
Founder, The Historical Movement Archive
Brad Alan Waller is the founder of The Historical Movement Archive, a company that is currently developing cutting edge stop motion capture that will advance the technology for the gaming industry. Once completed, he will be able to use the technology to create a series of games based on historical martial arts. Read full profile…