E. Scot Fuller-Beatty - The Bold Collaboration– Portland, Maine
Scot was elected to the Association of Lodging Professionals board in 2021 and is now the Board Chair.
With a background in education, research, sales, culinary arts, technology, and entrepreneurial leadership, his 25-year career has been a whirlwind of adventure. Scot worked his way up from entry-level positions at restaurants, bars, and sales jobs, all while teaching full-time. Then, in 2009, Scot left teaching and purchased a bed and breakfast in gorgeous Portland, Maine, transforming it into the 10-year recipient of the coveted Travelers’ Choice Award and GreenLeaders distinction.
After 11 years of operation, Scot leased his property to his long-time innkeeper. In 2016, Scot joined a start-up lodging technology company where he worked with hundreds of property owners and staff to significantly increase revenue and create processes to achieve better work-life balance.
Scot recently took his own business advice and co-founded The Bold Collaboration, a consulting agency specializing in independent lodging, where he will continue to share his knowledge with lodging investors, owners, and staff. A seasoned educator, he breaks down hard-to-understand topics, such as yield management, guest communications, Google, getting the most out of your website and booking engine, and entrepreneurship, into easy-to-understand concepts. Scot is passionate about helping his clients through research and education and strives to be a visionary for the lodging industry.
Personally, Scot loves to travel and lives in Portland, Maine, with his dogs and husband, all of whom bring him joy and drive him crazy on the daily.
Erik Spence, Conference Planner and Trade Show Coordinator
Erik Spence, Erik is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992. Shortly after college, he entered his management career with Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, earning promotions within two years to Executive Chef, and then promoted to Assistant General Manager.
With his skill and ability to work with others, Erik became part of the Corporate Training Team to open new restaurants in the Pittsburgh region for this established chain. Erik then expanded his hospitality experience by moving to central West Virginia, where he was hired as the Assistant General Manager at Garfield’s Restaurant and Pub to oversee staff training, advertising and marketing, instituting cost control measures, and improving guest experiences. Later, while still living in West Virginia, Erik was hired by Stonewall Resort and Conference Center, a Four Diamond AAA Award Winner. As the General Manager of Stillwater’s Restaurant and TJ Muskie’s Lounge, their premier food and beverage outlets, he oversaw restaurant and lounge operations and worked side by side with banquet and conference teams, and sales department personnel. Later, he assisted in the opening and management training for two more dining venues at the resort, one being the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course’s Clubhouse Restaurant, and the second a dinner excursion yacht.
In late 2004, Erik moved to Northeast Missouri and was hired at the Garth Mansion Bed and Breakfast for their newest addition, The Woodside Restaurant. After just four months, he was promoted to Restaurant Manager and six months later became their Executive Chef, creating elegant six course daily features, preparing wine lists and training restaurant staff. Erik also served as the Wedding Planner and Events Coordinator at the Garth Mansion. In 2011, he was hired by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, a not for profit organization, as the Director of the Twain on Main Festival. Erik held this position for the past five years, and each year the springtime arts and crafts festival continued to grow and flourish, bringing ever increasing tourism to the city of Hannibal, Missouri.
His one-on-one personal approach, willingness to go the extra mile, and innovative approach to festival planning with interactive mapping and web page design, consistently brought a high vendor return rate. In 2012, Erik began specializing in business functions, weddings, festival planning, and event consultations, building a solid reputation with his clients through past experience, honesty, integrity and dedication as the benchmarks for his success.
Erik has been married for 23 years to his wife Sandra, who is also from Northeast Pennsylvania. Together, they have two daughters who are active in community events and school programs.
Lydia Hallock, Social Media Specialist
Lydia Hallock spent 8 years in the beauty industry as a hair stylist, 5 of which were in a salon management position. Soon after welcoming her first child, she spent some time at home to be with her babies, and is now the mom of 3 little boys. She eventually entered the digital marketing field and now runs her own digital marketing agency called Sunshine Digital Marketing LLC where she focuses on providing financially accessible social media management and other digital marketing services to small businesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys tending to the flowers in her yard, spending time with her family, and sneaking away for the occasional date night with her husband, Justin, to try out new restaurants