About Hotel Leaders Network


The Hotel Leaders Network (HLN) is an exclusive network platform for General Managers, Hotel Managers, CEO’s and Regional Directors working in the Hotel Industry. Once a year the HLN will organise a refreshing event on an inviting location. Here, inspiring guest speakers and presentations from the branche will enlighten you with the latest trends, innovations and developments within the (inter)national Hotel Industry.

The HLN provides the opportunity to expand one’s network with colleagues in senior hotel management. Grab the chance to exchange views, experiences and ideas in a spontaneous atmosphere.

The HLN is an initiative by Melle Pegman and Jacob de Graaff. Both founder of the most successful networking event within the Dutch Hotel Industry: Hotelvrijmibo (since 2007) The last years this event had around 500 attendees, only hoteliers.

About the founders

Jacob de Graaff

Jacob de Graaff (1975) can look back on a varied carrier in the Dutch and international hotel industry. After graduating from the Hotelschool The Hague he worked for French and Spanish offices of ClubMed and as Back of House manager for the Hilton Amsterdam. Next up in his career came the front offices of several reputable hotels in Amsterdam, amongst which the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and the Raddisson Blu.

After the front office experience, Jacob started as General Manager at the Eden City Hotel in Groningen and later the Apollo in Amsterdam. At the Apollo Museum Hotel he directed a large scale renovation of this museum hotel.

At the four Amsterdam offices of the Eden Group Jacob, operated in the e-commerce department and as Yield and Revenue Coach.

Currently, Jacob de Graaff organizes the Hotelvrijmibo. A quadrennial networking event for the Dutch hotel industry. He also founded and runs Hotelprofessionals and several other projects, amongst which Hotel Leaders Network.

Melle Pegman

Melle Pegman (1985) studied at the Higher Hotel School in the Hague. After a successful final internship at the Hilton Amsterdam, he started his career at this very same hotel as Shiftleader in Banqueting and later as F&B Supervisor.

Melle then took a side turn in the Front Office but quickly returned to his roots in the role of Manager Banqueting at the Hilton.

Starting January 2010 Melle has been involved at the Hotelvrijmibo, first as ambassador, later as co-organizer. Together with Jacob de Graaff, he came up with the successful Hotelfridays concept, the British equivalent to Hotelvrijmibo.

A side project has been Hotel Leaders Network. An event that offers higher management positions in the Dutch hotel industry an exclusive networking platform.

He also founded and works for Hotelprofessionals.