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Danielle Bishop named one of 2016’s Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Successful Meetings


Headshot.Danielle2015reduced(JULY 6, 2016) Danielle Bishop, president of Durham-based company HB Hospitality, has been named one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry for 2016 by Successful Meetings, the leading source for news and information for meeting, convention, incentive and trade show professionals.

“This year’s list of impact players represents a diverse group of exceptional professionals—some being recognized for the first time—alongside past honorees whose work continues to drive the industry forward,” said Vince Alonzo, Editor-in-Chief of Successful Meetings.

Ms. Bishop was honored as an influential game changer for creating a unique and innovative event marketing platform that has enabled a niche market of independent luxury hotels and resorts to step out of the shadow of hotel chains to partner with highly qualified corporate meeting planners in HB Hospitality’s exclusive online community.

A native of Pinehurst, NC, Ms. Bishop began her hotel career with The Pinehurst Company after graduating from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing the Manager in Development program at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, she returned to her hometown to work in the sales department at Pinehurst Resort. Following Pinehurst, she served as the Director of National Accounts for The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.

Through a decade of luxury resort experience, it became evident that there was a serious need in the market to help connect qualified clients with the nation’s premier independent resorts and hotels. With the help of industry friends, HB Hospitality emerged after the success of the very first Independent Resorts Insurance Summit at Pinehurst Resort. Since then, her mission has been to “Connect Exceptional People to Extraordinary Experiences.”


The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2016 were selected by the editors of Successful Meetings, the leading trade magazine for meeting planners across a variety of industries and job titles. Each honoree will be featured in the July 2016 issue of Successful Meetings and online at


Founded by Danielle Hinesley Bishop in 2011, HB Hospitality provides market development solutions for the nation’s leading luxury resorts and hotels through its unique series of signature networking events and multi-day Executive Industry Summits. The objective of each event is to showcase HB Hospitality’s hotel and hospitality partners to qualified senior level meeting planners, corporate executives, and organizational decision makers. HB Hospitality strives to “Connect Exceptional People to Extraordinary Experiences” by leveraging their prestigious portfolio of independent hotels and resorts to help clients design memorable meetings and events that align with their organization’s strategic goals and objectives.


Successful Meetings is the leading multi-platform brand for multi-tasking meeting planners representing a variety of industries and job titles, delivering clear and easy-to-implement how-to strategies, creative solutions, and sourcing services. Successful Meetings’ data, digital, events, and print products serve a vital sector of the meeting-planning marketplace that industry associations and other media companies are unable to reach—including senior executives, department heads, sales and marketing directors, and administrative professionals who plan and approve a range of business events from high-level retreats and conferences to ad hoc meetings. For more information, visit

2014 Women’s Hospitality Summit Moments

WOW. What a week! On behalf of both HB Hospitality and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, thank you all so much for spending the past few days listening, learning, laughing and building friendships with us at this year’s Women’s Executive Hospitality Summit. We wanted to share a few photos from our dinner at the Red Barn to with you so that during this holiday season it might encourage you to slow down and “find your moment” in everything you do.

The Internship I Loved to Love

I’m finally writing my farewell blog post a month after my internship with Danielle ended, and I’ve decided that I put it off for so long because I thought if I never wrote it, my time as an intern with HB Hospitality wouldn’t actually end…

I was fortunate enough to connect with Danielle my junior year of college, and words cannot explain how much I learned in her converted dining room/office (it has a CHANDALIER!) as I struggled to wrap my head around how she does it all. She is intense and driven, and I am inspired by her hard work as an entrepreneur. And as someone who was still trying to find my niche within the professional world, working with HB made me realize that planning events is the combination of organization and relationship building that I was looking for—but my favorite part was seeing how everything came together. Going to Sea Island for the Insurance & Financial Summit in September gave me that chance.

We worked like worker bees to put together all of the moving parts and pieces: the notebook (thank you for letting me design it Danielle!) client and hotelier profiles, itineraries, summit resort brochures, nametags, place cards. You name it, Danielle’s thought of it. I asked lots of questions (I learned to make peace with mail merges and word document charts that don’t move where I wanted them to. Breaks are needed…) and she was always so patient in teaching and explaining what she does.

I can’t choose one word to describe Sea Island—the South knows how to do it right, y’all. The food, the architecture, the service and attention to detail, the pools, the outdoor dining areas—it was overwhelming. Far beyond beautiful. Enchanting. (Especially our al fresco dinner at Rainbow Island…just go look at the pictures.) I got to see how an event with HB Hospitality really came to fruition, and as my internship’s culminating event, I realized how valuable of an experience it was to be involved in an event from start to finish.

I have a true understanding and appreciation for the relationships HB Hospitality has built (and continues to build) with its clients and hoteliers, and the time Danielle spends making her events as beautiful and successful as they are. Working with Danielle never feels like work.  My internship with HB made me realize where I belong.

Thank you for taking a chance on me, Danielle! My time with you was truly an experience I’ll never forget.