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Nick Barbaria

Arriba Capital

Andy Bernard

Equinox Hotels

Andy Bernard leads acquisitions and development for the Equinox Hotels.  Prior to joining Equinox Hotels Andy acquired and developed competitive hotels in Los Angeles and New York and held senior positions at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s commercial real estate debt business.  Andy graduated from the Wharton MBA program in 2007 and Colgate in 1998.

Michael Blank

Woodmont Lodging, LLC

Michael L. Blank is a Principal at Woodmont Lodging. Mr. Blank has over 20 years of lodging industry experience including real estate investments, capital markets, hospitality and tourism consulting and hotel operations. Prior to co-founding Woodmont Lodging in 2015, Mr. Blank was an executive at RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ) where he had portfolio analysis, transaction, and corporate finance responsibilities. Most recently, Mr. Blank managed the company's Business Intelligence function, which was responsible for portfolio data analysis. During his tenure at RLJ, Mr. Blank formalized and expanded RLJ’s business analytic function, enhancing the data collection and reporting processes of over ... (view full description)

David Bowman

Executive Vice President
NewGen Advisory - The Bowman Post Group

David Bowman is Executive Vice President of The Bowman Post Group of NewGen Advisory and has been a hotel broker for over 20 years.  His prior experience includes practicing as a Certified Public Accountant with Accenture and co-founding a technology manufacturing company  in California which grew to employ over 300 people.  David has a B.S. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.  He is a member of the California Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  David has served as President of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) and is curren ... (view full description)

Ed Bushor

Tower Development Inc

Ed Bushor is the CEO/founder of Tower Development Inc., which is a Hawaii-based Hotel development and construction advisory company. Mr. Bushor has 30 years of development experience across the United States and has developed more hotel projects in Hawaii in the last 20 years than any other developer. He developed the Wyland Waikiki, which was the first Boutique Hotel developed in the State of Hawaii.  He also developed the first Edition/Marriott Worldwide in Honolulu in 2010 and first branded hotel in Hilo, Hawaii, namely the Grand Naniloa Resort and Golf Course, a DoubleTree by Hilton on Big Island in 2016.  Tower is also the owner of a 450-acre oceanfront master-planned resort community i ... (view full description)

Aileen Canta

A F Canta Inc

Aileen Canta, founder of A F Canta Inc started in 2005, is a hospitality development firm having offices in Newport Beach California and Denver Colorado.  Aileen brings nearly 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, Mixed Use and Commercial Building.  She has been immersed in the Development & Construction of various hotel projects from boutique, select service, full service and resorts.  Ms. Canta began with the Kor Group and having the opportunity to work for a smaller firm gave her the chance to flourish and become educated in learning to develop hotels from A to Z.  Aileen became versed in “Complete” Project Development.  This led to her becoming a developer of Hosp ... (view full description)

Elyse Carfrey

Business Development Executive

Elyse Carfrey is a Business Development Executive for the Industry Partners team at STR. Since 1987, STR has been the source for premium global hotel data bench-marking, analytics and marketplace insights. Through their data and comprehensive reports, STR empowers their clients to strategize and compete within their markets.
Her primary role is to assist vendors, developers, investors, consultants, and other non-hoteliers in finding the STR data and Hotel News Now advertising solutions to better their business and make informed decisions. She has been with the company since 2010 and enjoys working and living in her native city of Nashville.

Penn Collins

Gatehouse Capital

Penn Collins oversees the strategic operations of the firm after having spent more than a decade managing the underwriting, financial, and legal processes, as well as overseeing the hotel brand and third-party operator development efforts. Penn has worked on the development teams of the W Hollywood Hotel and Residences, W Dallas Hotel and Residences, and overseen conceptual, pre-development, and underwriting efforts out of the firm’s Dallas office. Prior to his work at Gatehouse, Penn served as an estimator for Webcor Builders, setting budgets for hospitality-focused mixed-use projects in the southern California marketplace. He received an undergraduate degree in Finance from Southern Method ... (view full description)

Tiffany Cooper

SVP, Development - Americas
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group

Tiffany Cooper is the Senior Vice President, Development for the Americas for The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group. Tiffany is responsible for delivering growth to The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group by expanding the development pipeline and footprint for the Americas via quality hotel projects to include conversions, adaptive reuse and new build opportunities. Tiffany is a hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience, having begun her career working in sales & marketing/hotel operations for The Kimpton Group in early 1995. Tiffany joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 1999 and continued working in operations, leading sales teams for various Starwood properties un ... (view full description)

Jennifer Cross

Senior Enterprise Risk Consultant

Jennifer Cross is a senior enterprise sales executive specializing in owner focused construction and development  risk management for private equity investors, commercial real estate, hospitality and the government space.  Her primary focus is advising owners on managing the various risks from financial to timeline across their entire program and ensuring transparency between the owner and all external players.  Prior to joining Projectmates, Ms. Cross worked internationally in  the hospitality sector advising owners on managing costs from new builds to redevelopment and Cap X.  Ms. Cross brings a value added solution often overlooked by investors and owners who want up to date and accurate ... (view full description)

Malcolm Davies

Founder/Sr. Managing Partner
WAY Capital, Inc.

Malcolm has over 25 years of experience as an award-winning capital advisor and developer, having advised and been involved with over $15B worth of total capitalizations, both in the equity and debt markets. As an award-winning capital advisor and developer, Davies has utilized his expertise to lead developers and investors to structure and capitalize billions of dollars-worth of commercial real estate ventures. He has extensive experience in structuring transactions across the capital stack, including non-recourse senior and stretch-senior debt, mezzanine and preferred equity financings, and Co-GP and LP equity financing solutions for development, value add and stabilized projec ... (view full description)

Richard Davis

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Richard F. Davis is Co-Chair of the Hospitality Practice and focuses his practice on U.S. and international hotel, resort and hospitality real estate, business and finance law. He has represented many nationally and internationally known owners, developers, investors, operators and lenders in all aspects of the hotel, resort and hospitality industries. He has been involved in international transactions involving more than seventeen countries with particular emphasis on Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the People's Republic of China, South East Asia and Europe.

Timothy Drisdelle

Co-Founder & CTO
Lord and Liberty

 Timothy Drisdelle is Co-Founder and CTO of Lord & Liberty Hotels, a tech-enabled luxury hotel brand focused on personalizing the guest experience. With nearly two decades of international experience in the technology sector, Tim recognizes the incredible opportunity that exists in the hospitality industry to leverage data through an integrated technology platform that improves guest personalization and ownership profitability. Formerly a Senior Engineer at Apple, Tim developed a real-time monitoring system for Siri's cortex, collecting tens of millions of data points per day and improving the overall response time of multiple data centers around the world. Prior to joining the ... (view full description)

Amy E. King

VP of Luxury Lifestyle & Corporate Development
Hilton Hotels

Amy King is Vice President is Vice President, Luxury, Lifestyle and Corporate Development in McLean, Virginia.  She is responsible for the growth of the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, LXR, Signia Hilton, and other luxury, lifestyle and convention hotel oriented brands in the Hilton portfolio in North America.  Her team seeks and evaluates opportunities for new construction or conversion of luxury and convention hotels under Hilton’s esteemed brand portfolio.  She actively works with owners through the development process, including identifying opportunities, sourcing capital partners, underwriting proposed hotel performance, negotiating franchise, management and related agreements, and supporting ... (view full description)

Javier Egipciaco

SVP & Managing Director
Arlo Hotels

Javier Egipciaco brings more than 20 years of New York hospitality experience to his position as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Arlo Hotels, an independent collection of four-star lifestyle hotels. Egipciaco manages the operations of all Arlo properties, and is overseeing the development of the brand into additional markets. Prior to joining Arlo, Egipciaco was with Hersha Hospitality, a management, investment and development firm in the hospitality sector, where he served as the Corporate Director of Operations for the Independent Collection Hotels. In this role, Egipciaco specialized in the development and implementation of brand-wide initiatives for HHM's curated portfolio ... (view full description)

Krystal England

Managing Director
Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC

Krystal England is a Senior Director and head of hospitality at Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC.  Mrs. England is responsible for originating, underwriting, structuring and executing debt and equity investments in the hospitality sector.  She also leads the asset management of Canyon’s hospitality portfolio nationwide. Her responsibilities include servicing debt investments and working with operating partners to oversee development and redevelopment projects, overseeing the hotel operations at each asset, and strategic capital events such as financings and dispositions. Prior to joining Canyon, Ms. England was a Senior Vice President with Centurion Partners, a resort and urban hospital ... (view full description)

Cara Federici

Madison Melle Agency

Bringing more than 15 yearsʼ experience as a seasoned hotelier, brand creator and implementer, Cara Federici, and her firm, the MADISON MELLE agency, are responsible for ideating and bringing to life some of the countryʼs most exciting, forward-thinking boutique hotel brands and luxury high-rise residences. Federiciʼs current portfolio includes an array of development companies and individual properties, including highly sought after Two Bunch Palms, Marram Montauk, Walker Greenwich, Walker Tribeca, Petit Ermitage, and Bridgeton Hospitality, as well as past clients such as IHG Hotelʼs Indigo Boston Garden, Blakeʼs Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Tapestry Colle ... (view full description)

Chris Flick


Mr. Flick is a senior vice president in the portfolio management group in the Newport Beach office, focusing on commercial real estate investments. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he structured real estate transactions throughout the U.S. as a vice president for acquisitions/originations and portfolio management at Lowe Enterprises. He has seven years of investment experience and holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Laurie Gardner

Regional Director, Development

Laurie champions the growth of IHG’s mainstream brands in the Mountain West region of the United States. With 18 years of hospitality development, marketing, and sales experience, she has held leadership positions with AmericInn, Copper Hospitality, North Central Group, and The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, where she opened the property as its Director of Sales. Prior to working in the hotel industry, Laurie elevated through account management and sales positions at US Airways. A resident of the Grand Canyon State, Laurie earned a BS in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. Away from work, she spends time hiking, cooking, shooting, traveling, and throwing ... (view full description)

Rani Gharbie

Head of Acquisitions and Development
Pod / BD Hotels

Rani Gharbie is currently the Head of Acquisitions & Development for The Pod Hotels, a BD Hotels company, where he is responsible for identifying potential investment opportunities and working closely with capital partners and strategic investors to increase equity positions and funding for future projects for the brand. Formerly, he oversaw development and acquisitions for North America at Virgin Hotels. Prior to that, Gharbie was the Managing Director and Founder at Cedar Funds, a New York City based development and investment firm with a focus on progressive hotel and real estate assets, as well as regional Director of Development with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he was ... (view full description)

Andrew Gindy

Walton Street Capital LLC

Andrew Gindy is a Principal in the acquisitions group at Walton Street Capital. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing new equity investments on behalf of the firm’s flagship series of value-add opportunistic funds. He has been involved in direct real estate investments, portfolio transactions, joint-ventures, and developments across North America and Western Europe. Mr. Gindy earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He is a member of ULI and the AHLA Investment Roundtable.

Scott Hall

Senior Managing Director
JLL Hotels and Hospitality

Scott is a senior managing director and co-head of the San Diego office of JLL Capital Markets, Americas.  He joins JLL as part of the HFF acquisition and has 15 years of real estate experience.  He is responsible for institutional-grade hotel, resort, resort residential and resort development site investment advisory across North America, as well as hotel and resort debt and equity placement transactions.  In addition, Scott is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s San Diego office.  During the course of his real estate career, he has sourced services on more than $5 billion of resort assets, has been involved in more than $3 billion of hospitality development and resort r ... (view full description)

Chas Henry

VP, Business Development & Acquisitions
GF Hotels and Resorts

  Mr. Henry joined GF Management in 2014 as the Director of Development and is responsible for identifying opportunities to grow the Company’s hotel portfolio through hotel acquisitions, third-party management assignments, and new development projects for hospitality properties throughout the country. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Henry acts as a liaison for client and partner relationships with the franchise, brokerage and the financial lending community.   Mr. Henry’s experience with hospitality projects includes resorts, conference centers, full service and select service hotels ranging across the country. Mr. Henry also facilitates receivership services, as ... (view full description)

Christopher Henry

Co-Founder & CEO
Majestic Hospitality Group

            Christopher M. Henry, 32, co-founded Majestic Hospitality Group in August 2008. Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Henry has led Majestic Hospitality on assignments in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Over the years, personal and business experiences have created Mr. Henry’s well-rounded perspective on the tourism industry and his ardent support of a triple bottom line philosophy. Working within the realms of luxury, boutique, and lifestyle hotels Christopher has a passion for creating unique destinations properties which harness and promote authentic local experiences. As a native Angeleno, Christopher has enjoyed contributing to the revitalization of the Greater Los Angele ... (view full description)

Joy Hou

Champion Investment

Shally Hu

Head of Acquisitions
ARON Asset Management

Head of Acquisitions at ARON Asset Management,  QOZ Fund focusing on tax efficient real estate investments in distressed US communities.  Shally has over 10 years of experience managing institutional real estate transactions totaling over $6.2 Billion. Shally previously worked for GE Capital Real Estate, where she was responsible for real estate portfolio acquisitions, dispositions and underwriting in their $80 Billion portfolio globally. Shally also worked at Cushman & Wakefield in the investment sales group and for Bank of China leading negotiations and transactions for high profile assets such as the Time Warner Center, 220 Central Park South, the Plaza Hotel, the Sky buil ... (view full description)

Leon Hurley

Managing Partner
Cypress 16 LLC

Leon Hurley is a Licensed Architect and in 2018 partnered in the forming of development and consulting firm Cypress 16,  where he is currently developing a Residence Inn in Steamboat Springs, CO and a Kimtpon Hotel in Denver, CO.  Leon spent the previous 10 years as the Senior Vice President of Development at Miller Global Properties where he lead design and construction on such projects as the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort and Spa; Embassy Suites Springfield, VA; Residence Inn Bellevue, WA; Residence Inn Alexandria, VA; and Arrow Electronics Headquarters Denver, CO.  Prior to that Leon was founder and principal of Rhadius Architects in Denver, CO where he focused on Multi-Family Residentia ... (view full description)

Ted J. Torres


Adrienne Jubb

Vice President, Development
Marriott International

Adrienne Jubb is Vice President of Development within the western region for Marriott International’s Select Brands.  She is responsible for franchise and managed growth of Courtyard, Sheraton Four Points, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and Suites, AC by Marriott, Aloft, Moxy, Residence Inn, Element by Westin, and TownePlace Suites within southern California and southern Nevada. Adrienne joined Marriott from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she previously focused on managed development on the west coast and Hawaii.  Her experience includes iconic hotels such as the Kyo-ya Portfolio in Hawaii and the under-development W’s in Bellevue, Downtown Los Angeles and Aspen. Prior to j ... (view full description)

Ramin Kolahi

Lighthouse Investments, LLC

  Coming from a family real estate and banking office, Ramin grew up in and around real estate.  After a few years in consulting and developing brownfields, Ramin returned to the family real estate office to lead developing underutilized and new assets including growing the company’s hotels portfolio and serving as Assistant VP of Construction Loans.   Seeking to pave his own path, Ramin joined a privately held national development company to eventually become COO.  Ramin helped grow the firm to over $400M of development, including ground up condominium, conversions of boutique hotels and land development.    Lighthouse Investments is a result of Ramin’s many ye ... (view full description)

Sanyu Kyeyune

Program Director

Sanyu Kyeyune is a Program Director at Information Management Network (IMN), producing real estate, finance and investment management conferences.Before joining IMN, Sanyu was a Senior Associate Editor for Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News, two real estate news publications and subsidiaries of property management software provider Yardi Systems. Sanyu holds an MBA in Real Estate from CUNY Baruch College and a BA in Professional Writing and Russian Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. ... (view full description)

Cameron Lamming

President, COO
Lamming Co

Evan Laskin

Chief Investment Officer

Evan Laskin is the Chief Investment Officer of Margaritaville Enterprises where he is focused on the company’s expansion into the licensing and franchising of branded real estate. With its first hotel opening in 2010, Margaritaville now has 18 lodging properties open with a committed pipeline of over 20 amongst its many segments including resorts, full service and select service hotels, all-inclusive hotels, vacation ownership communities, active lifestyle communities, and resort home rental and ownership.   Mr. Laskin has nearly 15 years of experience in the acquisition, development, financing, and asset management of all classes of real estate assets with a focus on the hospita ... (view full description)

Damon Lawrence

Co-Founder & CEO
Homage Hospitality

Originally from Pasadena, CA, Damon has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. In high school Damon was voted most likely to become a CEO and his classmates proved to be prophetic as the currently helms as Chief Executive Officer of Homage Hospitality. Like many hoteliers, he grew to love hospitality as he rose through the ranks. Damon began his hospitality journey as a front desk agent at the Donovan House Hotel in Washington, DC while attending Howard University. He then moved into management at companies such as The Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Dusit International. After noticing a lack of African American brand ownership and leadership in higher management r ... (view full description)

Daniel Lesser

President & CEO
LW Hospitality Advisors

Daniel H. Lesser, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors has for more than thirty five years specialized in real estate appraisals, economic feasibility evaluations, investment counseling, asset management, and transactional services of hotels, resorts, conference centers, casinos, mixed use facilities, spa & wellness, and timeshare/fractional ownership properties on a worldwide basis.  Mr. Lesser provides services to corporate, institutional, municipalities, and individual clients on all facets of hospitality real estate including: litigation support and expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, appraisals for mortgage, acquisition, and p ... (view full description)

Don Li

Executive Vice President & Head of Asia Investment Group
Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Don Li is Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Investment Group of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, spearheading the company’s overall growth of its Asia Investment division and leading the  group’s efforts assisting foreign owners with U.S. and European hotel acquisitions, developing re-positioning strategies, brand selection, renovations and the ongoing day-to-day management of  their assets. To date, this rapidly growing division consists of nearly 70-hotel portfolio with 15,000 rooms and 30 unique capital partners. Prior to Interstate, Don was COO of  Rim Hospitality and prior to that, CEO of Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China), leading an elite ... (view full description)

Vanessa Mange

Development Director
Virgin Hotels

Director of Development Vanessa Mange brings years of global experience to the role. Prior to joining Virgin Hotels, Vanessa worked for Kimpton Hotels where she oversaw global brand assessment and development initiatives, as well as held roles in corporate finance and asset management. During her time with Kimpton, Vanessa established a brand footprint in Mexico and supported growth across Europe, Greater China, and AMEA. In addition to bringing a keen eye to the Latin American market in her role at Virgin Hotels, Mange will work closely with the greater development team on all future Virgin Hotels development plans across the Americas. A graduate of Cornell University, Vanessa holds a Bache ... (view full description)

Glen Maxwell

Senior VP of Preconstruction
The PENTA Building Group

  Glen is responsible for all preconstruction and work acquisition activities at The PENTA Building Group. He has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry – with the first 15 years in field Project Management. During his career, Glen has managed a wide variety of project types and delivery methods, including major developments on the Las Vegas Strip for MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Caesars, Wynn Resorts and Station Casinos. As part of leading the inclusion efforts at PENTA, Glen initiated and implemented the Arrive and Thrive outreach efforts. His oversees all company Preconstruction and Estimating resources including leading the firm’s Marketing and Business Developme ... (view full description)

Michael Mayer

Associated Ventures

Michael Mayer is the Founder and CEO of Associated Ventures. In addition, Michael is a Principal of REalta West Asset Management Group; an affiliate of an asset management group responsible for 14,000,000 Sq. Ft. of real estate assets. Under Michael's guidance, Associated Ventures has been responsible for the development and acquisition of real estate projects throughout the United States and internationally. Company activities included all phases of development, acquisition, entitlement, design, construction, consulting and hospitality management. AV was credited with aiding in the placement of a second Kempinski hotel in Moscow, the capitalization of a Westin ... (view full description)

Mark McGregor

Managing Director
Relevant Group

Mark has over 15 years of Financial Services experience ranging from M&A Advisory to Equity Capital Markets. Most recently as Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in New York, he founded the European Equity group in North America. Mark was a member of the European Management committee and lead the sales, trading, and ECM efforts with institutional investors. Prior to RBC, Mark was at Macquarie Capital in New York where he was SVP on the International Equity team and supported institutional funds on their investment process and corporate issuers on their equity issuances. Prior to Macquarie, Mark was at Ernst & Young in New York on their Transaction Advisory Services team. Mark is ... (view full description)

Nadia Meratla

Managing Director

Nadia Meratla, Managing Director Design & Development at SHVO reinforces quality design from acquisition to execution, emphasizing the fundamental core value of design in the SHVO portfolio. Nadia has cultivated significant experience on predominantly large-scale, mixed-use developments by renowned international designers. SHVO is currently developing prime hospitality-driven assets including 9200 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Mandarin Residences 685 Fifth Avenue in New York, and The Raleigh Hotel and Residences in Miami Beach.


Chase Oeser

Business Development Executive

  Chase Oeser is the Senior Business Development Executive for STR leading the hotel business development team, while also focusing on the Western Region of the United States. STR provides clients with premium, global data benchmarking and analytics.   Chase is responsible for growing STR’s network of hotel partners and strengthening their overall data set.  Along with increasing the volume of room-related data, Chase also leads efforts to expand benchmark reporting in categories such as Food & Beverage, Guest Segmentation, and Operating Statistics so hoteliers will have the most accurate information to make informed business decisions.   Pr ... (view full description)

Gabriel Olson

Clean Energy Strategy Manager

Gabriel Olson is a business leader in sustainability, energy, and innovation strategy, currently serving as the Clean Energy Strategy manager for SoCalGas where he drives new, customer-focused products, services and technologies for the residential and small-medium business sector to maximize impact and positive change.  He has held senior leadership roles in business development, operations, and program management for sustainability and environmental consulting firms.  Gabriel has traveled, studied and worked in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. ... (view full description)

Miraj Patel

Mirage Hospitality

Miraj Patel is a highly motivated second-generation hotelier who began his career in hospitality from a young age. Miraj’s experience has given him an innate ability to understand the business and he continues to be proactive about learning. He completed multiple internships in several highly recognized hospitality firms prior to joining his family business. He is currently the President of his private, family-owned, Texas-based hospitality company, Mirage Hospitality. Miraj has spoken at several prestigious and high profile business, educational, social, and legislative conferences. He has written many papers and articles on hospitality trends and issues and has been recognized in various t ... (view full description)

Neal Patel


Neal Patel serves as the Secretary of AAHOA, the voice of America’s hotel owners. He became an AAHOA member in 2012 and soon volunteered as an ambassador. Neal joined AAHOA’s board of directors in 2016 after being elected as the Young Professional Director Western Division, a position he held for three years.   Patel is a second-generation hotelier who grew up in the industry wearing many hats as he helped his family run their first twenty-room independent property. He began his hospitality career in Texas and is the managing partner of Blue Chip Hotels, a company specializing in hotel management and consultation. Blue Chip Hotels has over 1,200 rooms in several states among both ... (view full description)

Melanie Pennell-Mayer

Associated Ventures

Ms. Pennell-Mayer is in charge of corporate strategy, business development and operations for Associated Ventures; a real estate development and investment firm concentrating on value-add and repositioning projects across asset classes including hotel, multifamily, mixed-use properties and real estate related businesses, situated across the United States and internationally. She was pivotal in fulfilling the firm's business plan to form a strategic joint venture with a hotel management firm that has expanded the firm’s horizons beyond development, acquisitions, and consulting to include hotel management. The joint venture provides the entire scope of hotel and hospitality management, asset m ... (view full description)

Sarang Peruri

Chief Operating Officer
Oxford Capital Group, LLC

Mr. Peruri has been involved in over $ 5 billion in transactions during his career and over $1 billion in transactions while at Oxford. He is involved in multiple facets of the business including investor relations, deal origination, acquisitions underwriting, due diligence, project financing, project design, entitlements/planning, construction, and property operations. He is responsible for investment opportunities across the real estate spectrum and also in the corporate private equity area. Prior to joining Oxford Capital Group, LLC, Mr. Peruri worked in acquisitions and asset management at Sam Zell’s Equity International, focused primarily on real estate related platform inve ... (view full description)

Thomas Prins

TQP Capital Partners LLC

Thomas is a principal in TQP Capital Partners, LLC which invests in various sectors of hospitality real estate. He currently owns a number of hotels and restaurants across the United States.  Thomas is an owners of Hostmark Hospitality a Chcago based hotel management company that has over a 55 year history.     Thomas was a partner in the newly merged entity, Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company after the merger between Gemstone Hotels and Resorts and Benchmark Resorts and Hotels.  Additionally, he served as the Managing Director of a Special Investment Vehicle, a GP fund set up to acquire hotel and resort assets for both the Benchmark and Gencom platforms. Thomas ... (view full description)

Eric Rowen

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Eric Rowen is the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Litigation Practice and the Chair of the Western Region Real Estate Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on litigation involving real estate, real estate financing, commercial real estate leasing, real estate related bankruptcies, and trusts holding vast real estate assets. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation for trusts and estates from 2018-2020, Rowen has deep experience with litigation and pre-litigation counseling involving securitized loan portfolios, bond financings, loan and loan portfolio workouts and restructurings, construction financing, partnership and joint venture disputes, complex eminent domain, lea ... (view full description)

Aaron Solaimani

Director of Development
Accor Hotels

Bob Sonnenblick

Sonnenblick Resorts LLC

Mr. Robert Sonnenblick, Principal of Sonnenblick Development, LLC, is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania with more than 30 years of experience in various aspects of real estate development and real estate finance. From 1981 to 1991 Mr. Sonnenblick was the driving force and power behind Sonnenblick-Goldman Corporation of California. Mr. Sonnenblick completed over $1.5 Billion of commercial real estate transactions on the West Coast, and as a result is regarded as one of the West Coast's leaders in the field of commercial real estate finance. Among the more notable projects for which Mr. Sonnenblick personally structured the financing for are The Beau ... (view full description)

Scott Stay

Construction Management & Development, Inc.

Mr. Stay complements CM&D with a wide range of real estate development, acquisitions, business development, and project and asset management experience. His background and proven track record allow him to further CM&D’s global reach while overseeing the successful completion of all current projects both in the US and abroad.Over the past decade Mr. Stay has gained experience in government contracts, residential and commercial development, asset management, project management, and business consulting. Recently, Mr. Stay has specialized in US as well as Global projects including residential mid-rises, sin ... (view full description)

Andy Stewart

Managing Partner
Argosy Real Estate Partners

Mr. Stewart is Managing Partner of Argosy Real Estate Partners, a real estate fund manager with approximately $1.7 billion in real estate assets under management through seven fully discretionary, commingled funds. Argosy invests nationwide through opportunistic, value-added, core-plus and Opportunity Zone strategies in conjunction with operating partners. Mr. Stewart has general management responsibilities for the firm's investment strategy, asset management, operations, and fundraising. He is a member of the firm's Investment Committee and Management Committee. Mr. Stewart has over 20 years of real estate investment and operating experience, involving over $2 billion of diverse ... (view full description)

Zachary Streit

Founder & Managing Partner
Way Capital

Zachary D. Streit has arranged and closed in excess of $1 billion of debt and equity financings for a broad array of real estate transactions. He has significant experience arranging and closing construction, bridge and permanent financing across all commercial property types. Zachary’s clients recognize him for his relentless focus on execution and responsiveness. Zachary is an active member of real estate industry groups and related charities and has a number of professional designations. Affiliations include: Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), City of Hope’s Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Association, UCLA’s Real Estate Alum ... (view full description)

Brian Waldman

Executive Vice President, Investments
Peachtree | Stonehill

Brian is the Senior Vice President of Investments of Peachtree Hotel Group and brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience. Brian leads the company’s hotel real estate investment and asset management programs.   Prior to joining Peachtree, Brian was formerly Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for Beacon Hospitality Partners where he was responsible for executing capital markets assignments and other advisory assignments with an aggregate asset value exceeding $8 billion. Prior to Beacon, Brian served as Senior Vice President of DTZ Hospitality Group, Vic ... (view full description)

Matthew Walker

Executive VP

Mr. Walker is Executive Vice President of Lowe and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s hotel and resort development and value add investment.  In addition to providing general strategic direction for Lowe and implementation on key projects, Mr. Walker is responsible for the company’s hospitality business development efforts as well as oversight of its real estate sales and marketing activities.  Mr. Walker joined Lowe in 2000 and is a shareholder with the firm.    Mr. Walker currently oversees several hospitality projects for Lowe: Ivy Station – 148 room ground-up lifestyle hotel as part of a $300 million mixed-use hotel/office/residential/retail ... (view full description)

Thomas Whitesell

EVP, Group Head, Real Estate
Pacific Western Bank

As National Head of the Pacific Western Bank's Nation Lending Platform, Mr. Whitesell is responsible for expanding the firm’s work with established commercial real estate developers and investors seeking real estate bridge and construction loans nationwide. An industry veteran of 30 years, Mr. Whitesell's experience includes bridge and construction financing as a senior and also mezzanine lender.  He has deep experience in preferred equity transactions as well as debt restructurings as a lender and attorney. Prior to joining Pacific Western Bank, Mr. Whitesell held senior positions at banks and debt funds, originating and directing regional and national platforms for construction, brid ... (view full description)

Wes Whitman

Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Whitman Peterson

Wes Whitman is Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Whitman Peterson (“WP”), a real estate private equity company investing in and actively managing opportunistic real estate investments on behalf of large institutional investors. Since late 2010, WP has raised four institutional funds and has invested in the acquisition or development of more than 150 properties, with an aggregate capitalization of more than $15 billion. The firm has investments across 30+ markets in the US and has investments in the UK and Latin America. Prior to WP, Wes was a Managing Director and Principal at Greystar, one of the nation’s largest multifamily investment, development and management companies (with $35 b ... (view full description)

Patrick Winters

Principal, Design Director
Nadel Architects, Inc.

Patrick Winters, AIA is a Principal and Owner at Nadel Incorporated, an award-winning Los Angeles architecture firm.   A graduate of UC Berkeley, Patrick has over 35 years of professional experience working with leading clients in the public and private sectors. Patrick has worked on numerous projects in cities throughout the United States, as well as internationally, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.   Skilled in all aspects of project conceptualization, organization and presentation, and having in-depth understanding of technical fundamentals and construction practices, he is able to effectively serve clients with complex projects and requirements.  Patric ... (view full description)

Kevin Yee

Oberndorf Enterprises

Mark Younadam

Regional Vice President, Development

Mark Younadam has been with Hyatt since 2010 and currently serves as Regional Vice President of Development for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels. Mark brings 20 years of industry experience to his current position where he focuses on expansion of Select Service brands in the Southwest Region of the U.S.

Jimmy Yung

Managing Director

Jimmy Yung is a Managing Director in Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies based in Los Angeles and oversees West Coast debt investments. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Yung was Head of Originations and member of the Investment Committee for TPG Real Estate Finance Trust. Previously, he was Head of Originations for Deutsche Bank’s US Commercial Real Estate Special Situations business focused on principal high yield finance and distressed debt acquisitions. Mr. Yung received a BA from Georgetown University.

Andrew Zukoski


Andrew Zukoski is a cofounder and the CEO of Join, Inc. Join is a venture-backed software startup whose tools help commercial construction teams square cost and design, getting the most program and design out of finite budgets. Andrew's background is in software development, first in 3D printing and architectural design and for the last several years, the construction industry. He recieved his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Visual Art from Rice University. 
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Information Management Network - Privacy Notice

Introduction - Who we are

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is an international business-information group covering asset management, price discovery, data and market intelligence, and banking and finance. The group also runs an extensive portfolio of events for the telecoms, financial and commodities markets.

For a full list of our brands and group companies, please click on this link. Euromoney and its group companies are committed to respecting the privacy of every person who visits, registers with or subscribes to our websites, publications, events and other products or services.

Euromoney is the primary data controller of personal data collected through this website or that we may collect in different ways as described in this Privacy Notice. If you are contacted by our other group companies, they will also be controllers of your personal data. This means that they are responsible for how your personal data is used, just as we are. You may contact any of these companies directly, or you can contact Euromoney by emailing or writing to the Data Protection Officer at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 8 Bouverie Street, London EC4Y 8AX, United Kingdom.

This Privacy Notice was updated on 23 May 2018

Our Approach to Your Privacy

This Privacy Notice outlines the information we may collect about you in relation to your use of our products and services (“personal data”). It also explains the legal rights that you have in relation to your data and how you may exercise these rights.

Some of our group companies may collect and use personal data for different purposes; those companies have their own websites and privacy notices.

We will process your data for the following lawful purposes: with your consent; to fulfil our obligations to you; and where there is a legitimate interest to do so.

When possible, we rely on your consent to use your data for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice. We also process personal data to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, for example, when you register for any of our services, subscribe to a publication, sign-up for an event or purchase a product from us, we will need to process some of your personal data. This will also include details of the person/people responsible for payment (if different).

We may determine that processing your personal data serves both of our legitimate interests. This is the case in relation to many of our research, customer survey, sales, marketing and advertising activities described in this Privacy Notice. These activities allow us to better understand your requirements, which in turn enables us to provide you with a better service. We review the bases for our processing decisions carefully and you can object to these activities at any time (see the “Your Rights” section of this Privacy Notice).

What Personal Data We Collect & Why

Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you a relevant customised experience of our products and services.

  • Registration, Free Trials & Subscriptions

    When you register with our website and/or sign up for a free trial of our products or services, we may ask you to provide your name, address, email address and telephone number, and details relevant to your occupation or employer.

    If you subscribe to one of our products or services, we will also ask for payment details. Credit/debit card payments are processed using a third party supplier and we do not retain the credit card data (see the Third Party Sites of this Privacy Notice). Address details may be shared with third party service providers engaged by us for order fulfilment, delivery and payment collection. This personal data is used by us to complete subscription requests.

  • Events & Conferences

    If you have registered for an event through a group website we may collect personal data including: name, job title, company, address, telephone number and email.

    This information is necessary so that we can complete your registration for the event and provide you with relevant event materials.

    We may also provide delegate details (e.g. name, email) to event sponsors who, subject to your consent, may contact you for their own advertising and marketing purposes.

  • Advertising & Marketing

    We use the personal data you provide us and which we collect from you to inform you about similar products and services which we provide. We may send you marketing communications that are sponsored by our partners and which are targeted to your interests based on information you have provided us such as job title, employer and/or industry. If you have consented to receive information from other Euromoney group companies, we may share your personal data with these companies so that they can fulfil your request to receive marketing materials in accordance with your preferences. We will not share your personal data with any third parties for their own marketing purposes unless you have provided your consent.

    Each of the Euromoney group companies that may contact you is a data controller in relation to the personal data that you have agreed to share with them. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the individual company, or us – using the contact details set out in the “Who We Are” section.

    You can opt out from receiving such materials at any time.

    The personal data we may use for advertising and marketing purposes includes your name, email address, job title, phone number, company name/employer, geo location, postal address and data collected using cookies and other similar technology (Please read our separate Cookies Policy to find out more about which cookies we use, how they work and how you can control your cookie options).

    Marketing materials are sent electronically, by post and we may occasionally call you.

  • Online Targeted Advertising

    We use targeted advertising on our websites to display advertisements that are relevant to what we believe are your interests. In order to deliver relevant advertisements, we use third parties to deliver cookies that collect information about your IP address and how you interact with our sites (e.g. browsing information, which articles you have read etc.). This data is used by the third parties to determine which advertisements may be of interest to you.

    We may also share your personal data with third parties to deliver targeted advertising to you on other websites (e.g. Twitter Tailored Audiences or Facebook Custom Audiences). This could include your email address, cookie data, and information obtained from third parties. Third party cookies may also be used to enable us to target advertisements to you on other websites that you visit.

  • Lead Generation and Scoring

    We occasionally use the services of trusted third parties in order to ensure that the personal data we use for advertising and marketing purposes is accurate and up-to-date. To do this, we transfer personal data of individual leads (such as name, email, job title, location and phone number) to these third parties who conduct research to verify the data – primarily against public information.

    We also use algorithmic software technology to help us improve the quality and relevance of marketing activities. The personal data analysed by the software includes email address, phone number, job title, address, purchase history and account information. This allows us to provide meaningful offers that are relevant to your specific profile.

  • Surveys, Market Research & Customer Feedback

    We want to understand the needs of our readers and customers. We may therefore use the information you provide us – including your name and contact details – to contact you to request your feedback, or to participate in our customer and market research.

  • Public forums, message boards and blogs

    Some of the pages on our group websites may include message boards, blogs or other facilities for generating content from users. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to post any personal data. User generated content is also subject to our site Terms & Conditions.

  • Business or Asset Sale

    If we sell a business or assets we may need to disclose your personal data to the prospective buyer of such business or assets.

    If Euromoney, or any of our group companies is sold or sells our assets or is acquired by a third party, then personal data about our customers will be acquired by that third party. A transfer of your personal data in these circumstances would be necessary so that the services you have contracted for can still be delivered, or so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of our free products and services. You will receive notice if a new controller assumes responsibility for your personal data.

  • Additional Third Party Disclosures

    We may disclose your personal data to other third parties in the following situations:

    • To third party partners who help us by providing services such as technology, marketing, advisory or other services. These third parties only receive encrypted data and may only process personal data to provide those services to us.
    • Where we are required by law or regulation to do so. In each case we will seek, where practicable, to minimise the amount of data that is disclosed.
    • If required to protect the rights and interests of other users and/or Euromoney and its affiliates (including our employees, agents and contractors), or as otherwise set out in our Terms & Conditions. This may include exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.
  • Email Tracking

    We may include small pixel tags (small image files) within the emails we send you in order to determine whether our emails are opened and/or whether the hyperlinks inside our emails are clicked through. We may also collect browser, location and the device used to engage with our email communications. This information allows us to better understand whether we are meeting our users’ needs and how we can improve our communications. No other information is collected. You can opt out of receiving our direct marketing emails either by following the instructions in each email, or by contacting us (see the “Who We Are” section of this Privacy Notice).

International Transfers

Some of the Euromoney group companies are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA). If you have consented to being contacted by our group companies, then the transfer of your personal data will be made according to the terms of an international data sharing agreement that contains obligations approved by European data protection regulators. Any of our group companies that receive your personal data will be co-controllers of that data, which means they may determine how they process your personal data – although they may only use it for the purposes for which it was shared, unless you are informed of new or additional processing activities.

We may also transfer personal data to third party service providers as described in this Privacy Notice which are located outside the EEA. Where we conduct these transfers, we take all steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with applicable privacy legislation, either by only sending your personal data to jurisdictions that provide an adequate degree of legal protection for your data or by imposing approved contractual terms on these third parties.

Retention Periods

We have a data retention policy that ensures we don’t use or store your personal data for longer than necessary. We consider the following issues to determine retention periods:

  • Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner or other regulatory agency, or industry best practice recommendations;
  • The business rationale for collection and expiry of the purpose for which personal data was collected;
  • Our ongoing ability to ensure the accuracy of the data; and
  • Legal and regulatory requirements.

We may occasionally need to keep personal data for either shorter or longer periods than specified in our retention policy. In such circumstances, application of the retention period to the data will be temporarily suspended. The suspension of an applicable retention period will be carried out in a manner that respects the rights and interests of all persons concerned.

How You Can Set Your Data & Privacy Preferences

You can use our Preference Centre to select the topics that are of interest to you so that we can send you publications and information about our products and services that are especially relevant to you. You can also choose the channels we use to contact you (email, phone, post, etc.) and can also opt-out of receiving marketing communications.

Your Rights

You have certain rights in relation to your personal data which include the following:

  • Access & Portability

    You may request access to any personal data of yours for which Euromoney is responsible as controller. Unless there are legal or regulatory reasons for not doing so, we will confirm whether we process any of your personal data and if we do, we will provide you with the following information: the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data, any recipients of your personal data, the applicable retention period and the data source. Copies of your personal data will be made available to you in a structured, machine-readable format.

    You may also request that we transfer the personal data that you have submitted to us, to another controller, where it is technically feasible for us to do so.

    If you have consented to our processing of your personal data, or if we are processing your personal data in order to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, then you can submit a request that we transfer your personal data to another data controller.

  • Rectification, Restriction, Objection

    You have the right to request that Euromoney rectify any errors in the personal data that we process. In some circumstances, you may also be able to ask for the erasure of personal data, and/or request that the processing of your personal data be restricted. You may also object to the processing of your personal data for sales or marketing purposes.

  • How to Exercise Your Rights

    To exercise any of these rights, please contact us by post or email at the following addresses:

    Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
    8 Bouverie Street
    London, EC4Y 8AX
    United Kingdom


    Web form: Complete Subject Data Request Form

    We may need to check your identity prior to processing a request.

    Euromoney will do our best to respond to any questions and address any of your concerns. You are also able to register any complaints regarding the processing of your personal data directly with the UK Information Commissioner.

Protecting Your Data

Euromoney is committed to keeping your personal data secure and we will take appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data from loss, unauthorised use, disclosure or destruction. Although we do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee that any transmission of data is without risk. We have therefore implemented information security policies and rules, staff training on information security, and technical measures to ensure the integrity of data that we have under our control.

All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those third parties that process personal data on our behalf) are required to keep such data confidential and not to use it for any purpose other than the performance of services we have requested.

Third Party Sites

Our site may contain links to other websites – including, for example, providers of payment processing services. Euromoney is not responsible for the privacy and data collection practices of third party sites and we therefore recommend that you review the privacy policies and terms of service of each site you visit.

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