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Christopher Beavor

CEO
CAI Investments

Bruce Blum

Founder & President
Liberty Hotel Advisors, LLC

Bruce has 35 years of principal oriented, leadership experience within private and public hotel platforms that have capitalized early upon emerging lodging trends and sector cycles. Prior to founding LHA, Bruce co-founded GB Lodging and led its expansion of high profile hotels, including The Beekman, The Old #77 Hotel & Chandlery, and The James Nomad, formerly The Carlton. Prior to GB Lodging, he was a partner at The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, among the nation’s largest hotel private equity investment groups where he was instrumental in the company’s aggressive portfolio growth, capital raising, asset management and advisory activities for ten years while also serving as Ma ... (view full description)

Joey Bonin

Nat'l Client Manager/Principal
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.

Luke Callinan

SVP, Acquisitions & Capital Markets
The Chartes Lodging Group

Patrick Campbell

President
Evergreen Hospitality Construction

Ben Cary

SVP of Development
Meininger Hotels

Adi Chugh

Founder & Managing Partner
Maverick Commercial Properties

Chad Cooley

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
AWH Partners, LLC

Chad Cooley is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AWH Partners. At the New York-based real estate investment, development and management company, Related Companies, L.P., Mr. Cooley worked across disciplines, property types and markets while he managed numerous investments, totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars, through all stages of the acquisition and development process. His responsibilities ranged from sourcing, analyzing and negotiating acquisitions and financing to managing large construction and design teams as well as asset managing properties in The Related Companies’ portfolio. With a $15 billion property portfolio, Related Companies is regarded as one of the most ... (view full description)

Christopher Crippen

Managing Partner
Azul Asset Management

Christopher has worked as an Analyst, Asset Manager & Executive at Wall Street REITs, the FDIC & Fannie Mae. Christopher played a pivotal role at the FDIC leading the take down of over 150 banks & the disposition of over $2BB OREO assets. He served in the US Army's Second Infantry Division throughout the Far East & is proud to be a decorated US Army Veteran.   He is considered an expert in Multi Family, Student Housing, Senior Housing and SFR Portfolios. He regularly speaks at top industry events all across the US.  Christopher started his career in finance at a large lender where soon rose to the top of the company. Seeing the opportunity he opened First Republic Residential ... (view full description)

Geoffrey Davis

Senior Principal
Davis Hotel Capital Inc.

Geoff Davis is the Founder and Senior Principal of Davis Hotel Capital. Geoff is regarded as one of the top deal makers and hotel investment advisors in the hospitality industry.   Prior to founding DHC Geoff was a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Leon, Mayer & Co.'s hospitality real estate practice. Leon, Mayer & Co. is a Miami based Private Equity Investor with significant resort, hotel and education platform holdings. His focus was on the firm's investments in hotels, resorts and hospitality ventures, both domestically and abroad.   Prior to joining Leon, Mayer & Co., Mr. Davis was the co-Founder, President and Senior Principal of HREC Invest ... (view full description)

Kevin Davis

Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSelle

Current Responsibilities Mr. Davis is a Managing Director in JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in New York, where he is responsible for raising debt and equity capital for hotel owners, and is one of the leaders of the Hotel Investment Banking group. In this role, Mr. Davis works closely with the lending community, including banks, life insurance companies, debt funds, mezzanine providers and CMBS lenders, as well as institutional owners of commercial real estate. Experience Since joining JLL in 2013, Mr. Davis has been involved in almost $10 billion of financings which include ground-up construction projects, value-add/transitional assets and stabilized properties. Nota ... (view full description)

Sagar Desai

Global Head Acquisitions & Development
Viceroy Hotel Group

Backed by his keen insight and expertise in real estate acquisitions, finance, hotel development and operations,  Sagar Desai has spearheaded Viceroy’s thoughtful expansion in the Americas and the Caribbean by closing flagship deals with shareholder capital, institutional funds and large-cap real-estate investment trusts since joining the team in 2008. Developments under his leadership include Viceroy properties in Beverly Hills, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Cartagena. Sagar’s real estate career was jump-started while studying at New York University, earning his real estate license while brokering students apartments in the City. He moved on to work for Deutsche Bank in Gl ... (view full description)

Kevin Dingle

SVP of Development
Aimbridge Hospitality

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)

Michael Eglit

Managing Director
Blackstone

Michael Eglit is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies (“BREDS”) group and is based in New York.  Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Eglit has been involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.  He has been involved with or responsible for more than $7.0 billion in first mortgage, mezzanine, B-note and preferred equity originations, as well as the acquisition of more than $6.0 billion in legacy loans.  Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Eglit was with Wrightwood Capital where he underwrote and originated first mortgages, mezzanine loans and preferred equity. Mr. Eglit received a BA from Lehigh ... (view full description)

Sonia Egyhazy

Director, Development
Cambria Hotels & Suites

Sonia Egyhazy leads development for Cambria Hotels, an emerging, upscale hotel chain under the Choice Hotels family of brands, in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.  During her tenure at Choice, Ms. Egyhazy has sourced and closed over 20 new construction or adaptive re-use projects for the Cambria brand.  Ms. Egyhazy has 14 years of hospitality industry experience, focused on development, acquisitions and asset management, and has transacted over $4b in hotel real estate throughout her career. She previously held finance, feasibility and business development roles with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide and Interstate Hotels & Resorts ... (view full description)

Krystal England

Senior 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)

Chris Fair

President
Resonance Consultancy

As the president of Resonance Consultancy, Chris leads an integrated consulting and creative team that has completed more than 100 research, strategy, and branding projects for developers and destinations in more than a dozen countries.  Chris conducts ongoing consumer research to understand the travel, leisure and recreational preferences of Millennials, retirees and the wealthiest U.S. households. He most recently designed Resonance Consultancy’s World’s Best Cities index which analyzes and ranks hundreds of global cities based on a unique benchmarking model that blends core statistics with millions of consumer ratings and reviews in 27 different categories. The result is a mea ... (view full description)

Jonathan Falik

Chief Executive Officer
JF Capital Advisors

Jonathan is the founder and CEO of JF Capital Advisors  Prior to founding the company, Jonathan was an investment banker at Bear Stearns in New York. Jonathan has worked on numerous completed M&A,financing, and asset management transactions involving well over 2,000 hotels and over $25 billion of transaction value. He has been actively involved with mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, portfolio sales and single asset sales, equity financing, high yield financing and mortgage financing. Jonathan has lectured and presented at industry events including New York University's International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Columbia University's Graduate School ... (view full description)

Todd Fasanella

Managing Director-Hospitality
The Carlton Group

Todd serves as Managing Director of The Carlton Group focusing on originating, structuring and placing of equity and debt capital and advisory for hospitality transactions. Todd has over 20 years of investment banking and capital markets experience for real estate, hospitality and leisure owners and developer / operators, having structured, marketed and advised on over $25 billion of acquisitions, senior / mezzanine debt, preferred / common equity for cash flow and development projects during his career. Todd also has unique expertise in timeshare related transactions and financings through his role as CEO of Vacation Ownership Funding Company, LLC (a Quorum Federal Credit Union majority-own ... (view full description)

Timothy Franzen

President
Graduate Hotels / AJ Capital Partners

William Fried

Partner; Co-Chair Litigation Department
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Bill Fried is a veteran litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on construction and real estate disputes, trust and estate litigation, and business divorces. Bill’s clients, which include financial institutions, corporations, real estate owners, sponsors, developers, contractors and construction professionals, rely on his tenacity and resourcefulness to successfully resolve even the most contentious disputes. He has significant experience counseling clients through the alternative dispute resolution process, either through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, and has substantial trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. ... (view full description)

Mitch Garrett

Vice President - Acquisition & Development
Trump Hotels

Mitch Garrett, Vice President of Acquisition and Development at Trump Hotels, brings 15 years of capital markets, hospitality, commercial and residential real estate experience to the firm. He is responsible for the leadership of Trump Hotels development expansion across all United States based states & territories, including acquisitions, development, technical services, and licensing and management contract negotiations. Mitch’s solid financial background and creative energies bring a well-balanced skill set for targeting new opportunities, putting together the various components of a real estate transaction, and creating new revenue generating concepts and designs.   ... (view full description)

Sam Gelin

Founder
MADE

After a start in the world of finance and private aviation, Sam founded Craft Hospitality in 2011.  Craft Hospitality is one of the leading hospitality + experiential companies in the world, creating food & beverage focused experiences in over 15 cities, for over 100,000 people.   In September 2017, Sam opened MADE Hotel in New York City. MADE is a 108 key, ground up boutique hotel. Designed with contemporary, global-minded, creative individuals in mind, MADE has been lauded one of the best new hotels in New York. MADE is programmed with four separate food & beverage spaces, which Sam concepted and developed.  MADE’s cellar level restaurant, Ferris, debuted as one of the ... (view full description)

Rani Gharbie

Head of Acquisitions & Development,
The Pod 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

Principal
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.
 

Joseph Ginex

Principal, Chief Development Officer
Hidrock Properties

Joseph Ginex serves as a principal and managing director of development at Hidrock Properties, bringing over 20 years of experience in various disciplines of the real estate business. Ginex oversees Hidrock’s entire development portfolio and serves as the liaison on new development investments between Hidrock and its investors and lenders. Ginex provides guidance in evaluating new development opportunities and tailors project teams based on specific uses and project complexity. Ginex also plays a lead role in selecting hotel brands, negotiating joint ventures with new equity partners and securing construction financing for Hidrock’s new developments. Prior to joining Hidrock, Gin ... (view full description)

Mark Gordon

Managing Partner
Intrinsic Hotel Capital

Mark J. Gordon has almost 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and is widely regarded as an expert in the hospitality industry. During his career, he has been involved in all aspects of the business including development, acquisitions, renovation, design, asset management, financing, sales and advisory.   Mark recently co-founded Intrinsic Hotel Capital, a hotel investment company that focuses on the acquisition of well-positioned but underperforming, value add hotels located in strategic markets throughout the US. At IHC, Mark and his team will leverage their collective hotel industry expertise to achieve above market returns by utilizing creative acquisition and r ... (view full description)

Dan Hartman

Managing Director
Terra Captial

Dan Hartman has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience investing throughout the capital stack.  At Terra Capital Partners, Mr. Hartman is a Managing Director responsible for transaction origination focusing on first mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity on virtually all property types and with business plans ranging from ground up construction to stabilized. His most recent previous position was at Ares Management, a successor to Wrightwood Capital, a position he held for nine years investing first mortgage and mezzanine debt and equity. He has also held positions at GE Capital Corp, Mercedes Benz Capital, ORIX and JP Morgan Chase.   Mr. Hartman is a graduate of Co ... (view full description)

Timothy Haskin

Senior Managing Director
AECOM Capital

Mr. Haskin is a Partner and a Senior Managing Director of AECOM Capital. He focuses on identifying, structuring, and negotiating complex development and value-add projects, capital structuring and execution. AECOM has currently 17 investments, totaling $5 billion of development value.  He has an extensive background in real estate capital markets, with over 39 years of experience and expertise with acquisitions, financing, and repositioning of large scale real estate projects, and is an expert in the domestic and global commercial real estate and hospitality markets.   Previously, Mr. Haskin was the Founder and President of Peninsula Real Estate LLC, a New York City ... (view full description)

Robert Hazard

SVP Acquisitions & Development
Hersha Hospitality Trust

Robert C. Hazard III, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, is responsible for sourcing and closing new business opportunities for Hersha Hospitality Trust. Prior to joining Hersha, Mr. Hazard was the chief executive at MetroVision Community Development, an advisory firm specializing in assisting governmental jurisdictions in the development and management of its tourism infrastructure. Mr. Hazard has also held development and acquisition positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Interstate Hotels and has over a decade of industry consulting experience with top hospitality and tourism consulting firms including Pannell Kerr Forster and Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Mr. Hazard ... (view full description)

Abie Hidary

Chief Executive Officer
Hidrock Properties

Abraham Hidary is CEO of Hidrock Properties, a New York City development firm in business since 1982. Under Abie’s leadership, Hidrock closed over $2.5 billion of real estate transactions in the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors. Notable recent hotel projects in Manhattan include the acquisition, development and sale of the Courtyard Marriott Herald Square, Springhill Suites Fifth Avenue, Courtyard Marriott World Trade Center, and Embassy Suites Midtown New York. Hidrock’s current portfolio consists of properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn including four projects currently at various stages of development. Abie is a member of the board of directors for the Garment District Allianc ... (view full description)

Jeffrey Horwitz

Partner
Proskauer

Jeff Horwitz is a Partner in our Corporate Department and Global Chair of our Private Equity Real Estate practice group, as well as our internationally recognized Lodging & Gaming Group. He has also served on our Executive Committee. He has been selected as one of “The Best Lawyers in America,” a “New York Super Lawyer,” and is listed in Chambers, Lawdragon's “3000 Leading Lawyers in America,” “500 New Stars,” and US Legal 500. He is a general corporate and securities lawyer with broad-based experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, international transactions and private equity real estate. Jeff's clients include the largest and most sophisticated institutions and inv ... (view full description)

Justin Jabara

VP of Development
Meyer Jabara

Mark Jackson

Accessibility Consulting Director
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Mark S. Jackson, CASp, is an Accessibility Consulting Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA), where he oversees the commercial building project portfolio for the Accessibility Consulting and Compliance Group. Jackson and his team provide full service accessibility compliance and consulting services, including, but not limited to, plan review and field inspection services, due diligence and barrier removal surveys, remediation development, design assistance, litigation consulting, technical assistance and training to commercial stakeholders and project teams. Jackson routinely works on new construction, alteration, and existing facility retrofits throughout all stag ... (view full description)

Mathew Jalazo

Vice President of Development
Urgo Hotels & Resorts

Mathew Jalazo began working with Urgo Hotels and Resorts in 2006. As Vice President of Development for Urgo, Mathew focuses on acquisitions, financing, development, and construction of hotel projects. His responsibilities include deal sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, market feasibility, entitlement, design, and equity and debt financing. During his tenure with the company Mathew has deployed over $200 million of capital on new construction and acquisition projects helping grow the portfolio from 18 hotels to over 40 hotels today. Mathew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his BSBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mathew ... (view full description)

Bruce Johnson

Co-Founder and Partner
Capstan Tax

As a founding partner at Capstan Tax Strategies, Bruce works closely with commercial real estate owners, investors, and accounting firms to provide practical, creative and client-specific solutions. Bruce is well-versed in engineering-based tax strategies, guiding clients through the long-established benefits of cost segregation while introducing the new opportunities now possible under the recent tangible property regulations. Bruce has a particular interest in energy-efficient building incentives and sustainability, and he has earned the Association of Energy Engineers’ CEM credential, which testifies to both his proficiency and integrity. As an engineer with significant experi ... (view full description)

Gene Kaufman

President
Gene Kaufman Architect PC.

As Founder and Principal of Gene Kaufman Architect, PC, Gene Kaufman leads a team of professionals known for high-caliber, high-impact designs that are both innovative and highly efficient. For more than 30 years, the firm has helped New York City’s most active developers realize substantial bottom-line results through thoughtful design that reflects a wide range of expertise encompassing zoning, land use, variances, urban planning, and historic restoration. As New York City’s leading hospitality architect, Mr. Kaufman has designed 100 hotels (60 of which are open, with the others in development), both boutique operations and hotels bearing the names of such markets leaders as Hilton, ... (view full description)

John Keeling

Executive Vice President
Valencia Hotel Group

John Keeling is the Executive Vice President of Valencia Group, the developer, owner, and operator for both their own account and third-party owners of luxury and upper-upscale, independent hotels.  He has over 40 years in the hotel space having started with Marriott in 1974.  Valencia Group developed, owns and operates five hotels in California and Texas and manages for third-party owners another three hotels.  Valencia has two additional hotels under construction and three hotels in various stages of acquisition or pre-development in California, Colorado, and Louisiana.  Valencia hotels consistently out-perform the branded hotels in every market.
 

Shaun Kelly

Managing Director/Senior Research Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Daniel Kwon

Partner
Apollo Global Management LLC

Mr. Kwon is a Partner in Apollo’s real estate private equity business. Prior to joining Apollo, he was a Vice President at Starwood Capital Group where he was responsible for the sourcing and execution of real estate and corporate investments across the lodging sector. Previously, Mr. Kwon was an investment professional at Tenex Capital Management, a mid market distressed buyout firm. Before that, he worked at GSO Capital and Morgan Stanley. Mr Kwon graduated from MIT with a dual BS degree in electrical engineering and management science. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and AHLA Hospitality Investment Roundtable and serves on the Board of Directors of Inspire Communities.
 

Ernest Lee

Managing Director
citizenM Hotels

 
Ernest Lee is Managing Director of Development & Investments for citizenM Hotels in North America. In this capacity, Ernest is responsible for leading new development efforts, managing the company's principal investments as well as implementing strategic initiatives within that region. 
 
Prior to joining citizenM, Ernest was a Senior Director within Cushman & Wakefield's global lodging and leisure group (formerly Sonnenblick-Goldman), where he provided capital markets advisory for hotel owners and was involved in over $3 billion of asset sale, finance, and equity capitalization transactions​.
 
Ernest is a graduate of New York University. ​
 

Mike Lentz

Managing Director - Developement, Design & Construction
Host Hotels & Resorts

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)

Gerald Levine

Senior Managing Director
Beecher Carlson Insurance Services

Jerrry is the Senior Managing Director of Beecher Carlson's Waterford Connecticut office. He has 42 years of insurance experience in Indian gaming, hospitality and owner advocate construction for the hotel and real estate industires. Jerry currently manges $700,000,000 of construction insruance programs in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Tennesee. His clients include hospitality management companies, developers and real estate investment trusts. Jerry's family has been in the property and casualty business since 1928. he graduated from the University of Miami School of finance and Insurance, the Oberlin College school of insurance  and is the recipient of the C ... (view full description)

Tom Lorenzo

VP & Managing Director
Hilton

Tom Lorenzo is the Vice President and Managing Director of Development for the Northeast U.S. and Canada for Hilton. Tom is responsible for managing a team of dedicated hotel real estate professionals and working with them to increase distribution of the Hilton brands across the Northeast U.S. and Canada.  Tom also directly covers development opportunities in New York City and the surrounding boroughs.   Tom’s previous positions, prior to joining Hilton, include Real Estate Manager for Extended Stay America (ESA) and Consultant/Asset Manager for the Hopgood Group.   Tom received his Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of New Hampshire and ... (view full description)

Mike McGinley

General Manager
Live Oak Bank

Michael Merola

General Counsel & COO
Young Woo & Associates

 Michael Merola is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Youngwoo & Associates.  Mike is responsible for spearheading the company’s development projects.  The company’s current projects include the development at Pier 57, a mixed-used office and retail rehabilitation of the Bronx Post Office and an office and hotel in Washington Heights.  Prior to joining Youngwoo, Mike served as the General Counsel for 7 years of The Continuum Company where he led the firm’s acquisition of the assemblage which resulted in the 800 foot tower known as Madison Square Park Tower.   
 

Jim Morris

Director of Operations
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Richard Morris

Director of Development - NE US & Eastern Canada
La Quinta Inns & Suites

Jay Morrow

Director
Hodges Ward Elliott, Inc.

Sean Mullen

President
Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Jonathan Newbury

SVP, Strategic Development
Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Jonathan NewburySenior Vice President, Strategic Development   Jonathan Newbury serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, responsible for driving global development marketing initiatives and fostering hotel development and retention for the company in North America.  Jonathan joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 2008 as Vice President of Brand Development. After one year in that position, his strategic expertise and expert planning skills were called upon to oversee the company’s newly created e-commerce department as Vice President of E-Commerce & Technology. ... (view full description)

Will Obeid

Vice President & Head of Hospitality
Kushner

Will Obeid is VP & Head of Hospitality at Kushner Companies. In this role, Mr. Obeid pursues hotel acquisition and development opportunities in urban and leisure markets across the United States.  Prior to joining Kushner, Mr. Obeid was President & CEO of Gemini Real Estate Advisors LLC. At Gemini, Mr. Obeid grew the company’s portfolio to include $1.5 billion of assets in the retail and hospitality sectors.  Gemini’s hospitality assets included full-service, upper-upscale, and select-service hotels in New York City, Boston, and Miami Beach.  Mr. Obeid also created and launched two original boutique hotel brands – The Gem and The Jade. Earlier in his career, Mr. Obe ... (view full description)

Chip Ohlsson

Chief Development Officer
Wyndham Hotel Group

Christopher Oka

Managing Director
Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Christopher Oka is based in New York and is responsible for Angelo, Gordon’s real estate activities within the hospitality sector in the U.S.
and Europe. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Chris worked for Fortress Investment Group in its credit and real estate funds where he focused on asset and entity level acquisitions, distressed debt, and
lending opportunities within the hospitality sector. Chris holds a B.A. degree from UCLA and an M.B.A. degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
 

Cynthia Olcott

CEO
Horizon Hotels

Ms. Cynthia Olcott is co-owner of Horizon Hotels Limited, and directs the property operations system-wide. She also serves as the primary liaison and contact for all hotel franchises. In 1992, Ms. Olcott was appointed Vice President and Director of Operations & Development-West Coast, and in 1995 she was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Olcott works closely with property owners and asset managers to determine and direct priorities for each property, adopting an ownership mentality in all her analysis and decision-making.  Under the leadership of Ms. Olcott, Horizon was named Business Partner of the Year by the Department of Treasury, Management Company of the Year and ... (view full description)

Conor O’Byrne

Vice President of Development
Bridgeton Holdings

Conor O’Byrne represents owners, investors, and funds internationally in real estate development projects, from acquisition through completion. Conor has overseen construction and development in national and international markets. Project types have included residential, hospitality, sports, entertainment, transportation, and healthcare. Prior to joining Bridgeton, Mr. O’Byrne worked with Kiewit Corporation’s Rocky Mountain Region on major projects in excess of $1 billion; New York based Claremont Group on projects in the Tri-State Area and overseas; and in the residential sector in the Northeast, Midwest and abroad. Mr. O’Byrne holds a BA in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a ... (view full description)

Abhijit Pal

Head of Research, Global Partner Group
Expedia Inc

Abhijit has spent more than a decade with Expedia, Inc. in various key travel supply roles. He currently serves as the Head of Research for the Global Partner Group where he focuses on industry research, improving field team engagement with large supply partners and being the product-team liaison.  Previously, Abhijit oversaw strategic relationships with top global and regional lodging brands, casino operators, U.S. gaming destinations, and connectivity/distribution partners. Prior to joining the Lodging Partner Services Group at Expedia, he was the head of Expedia's Global Rental Car Supply. Abhijit has a diverse background including Capital Planning & Funding in Morgan Stan ... (view full description)

Alkesh Patel

CEO
Evergreen Hospitality Dev. Group LLC

Alkesh “Al” Patel is the chairman, CEO, founder, and spiritual leader of Evergreen Hospitality. Evergreen Hospitality a development group focus on building from the ground up Hilton, Marriott, IHG, and Hyatt branded hotels.  Prior to founding Evergreen Hospitality, Alkesh served as the 2012-2013 Chairman of Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the world’s leading association of hotel owners with over 16,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels totaling $128 billion in property value. He also served as a board member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association  (AH&LA) Council of Inns & Suites, and the Washington Lodging Association.  His extensive experience in the ... (view full description)

Nitun Patel

Managing Partner
Demand Hospitality

Nitun is the managing partner for Demand Hospitality. Demand Hospitality operates and develops hotels throughout Florida and Ohio. Our portfolio includes IHG, Hilton, Best Western, Wyndham, and Choice hotels in primary and secondary markets.

TJ Person

CEO
OpenKey

As CEO and founder, TJ Person made OpenKey the leader in universal mobile key access technology. With more than 17 years of experience in technology, business management and marketing, TJ knows what it takes to make a company successful. He is known for both his strategic leadership and marketing innovation capabilities.   Under his leadership, OpenKey has partnered with the largest global BLE lock companies and successfully raised millions in strategic investments from some of the largest hotel management and ownership companies such as Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE MKT: AHT).   Prior to OpenKey, TJ was the founder and CEO of Koupon Media, the industry’s first one- ... (view full description)

Justin Preftakes

Director
Barings

Mr. Preftakes is responsible for the origination of high yield commercial real estate investments including large construction loans, transitional first mortgages, bridge financings, B-notes, mezzanine loans, and preferred equity investments.   Mr. Preftakes joined Barings in 2016, its predecessor Cornerstone in 2010 and its affiliate Babson Capital Management in 2006. In addition to his current role as an originator of high-yield debt investments, his experience with Barings includes analysis of tax credit investments, equity asset management of real estate owned properties as well as various capital markets duties including analysis of investments in subordinated CMBS, unsecure ... (view full description)

Mark Purcell

Vice President - North America Development
AccorHotels

Mark Purcell has 30 years experience in the hotel industry with a concentration on development, acquisitions and finance. Mark is currently Vice President, Development at AccorHotels with responsibility for growing the Accor upper upscale and luxury brands throughout North America.  Prior to joining Accor in June 2017, Mark was at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for 12 years in various development roles with a  focus on complex transactions that included the use of the Starwood balance sheet. Notable transactions for which Mark was responsible include The Westin Denver International Airport, The Westin Phoenix Downtown, Aloft and Element Boston Seaport and W/Element Phila ... (view full description)

Gregory Rockett

Vice President, Corporate Hotel Development
Hilton Worldwide

Gregg Rockett joined the Hilton Development team in June 2004 as Vice President of Development with responsibility for hotel expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In 2009, Gregg assumed responsibility for Corporate Development in North America with a focus on public-private hotel initiatives, while also remaining focused on development in the Caribbean. Gregg’s previous experience includes nine years with the Hotel Development group of Marriott International.  While based in Madrid for three years, he led the expansion efforts in Spain, Portugal and Italy and prior to that, he was based in Washington, DC as Director of Feasibility and Market Analysis in Latin America and ... (view full description)

Todd Ruff

Vice President of Development, The Americas
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

  Todd Ruff is Vice President of Development, The Americas, for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is an international hotel investment and management group with deluxe and first class hotels, resorts and residences in sought-after destinations around the world. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 32 hotels and six residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place.   Prior to joining the Group, Todd was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Trinity Hotel Investors L.L.C., a private equity hotel real estate investment fir ... (view full description)

Robert Sacco

SVP & CFO
Horizon Hotels, Ltd.

Mr. Robert Sacco holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University, and is a member of both the New Jersey State Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  As CFO for Horizon Hotels, Mr. Sacco oversees the accounting departments at all properties, reviewing monthly statements and budgets, and has ultimate responsibility for the property controllers and corporate staff who monitor the accounting activities of the properties.  He also coordinates property financial strategies and packages with private and institutional institutions.
Mr. Sacco is an experienced receiver for both government and financial institutions.
 

Punit Shah

Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Group

Punit Shah serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Group, a company founded by his Father more than three decades ago. In this role, he has overall executive control of the investment and management divisions of the company.  Liberty Group has owned and managed over $525 million in commercial real estate, including multi-family developments, senior living facilities, Starbucks Coffee stores, and 57 hotels affiliated primarily with Intercontinental, Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton Hotels throughout the United States. Under Mr. Shah's leadership, Liberty Group has raised two private equity real estate funds since 2014, Liberty Hospitality Fund I & II, with over $250 mil ... (view full description)

Kai Sheng

Managing Principal
Archilier Architecture

Kai Sheng, CEO and Managing Principal of Archilier Architecture, has over 25 years of architectural design experience in hospitality and high end office/residential mixed use development.   He has extensive experience with some of the leading brands in the hotel industry – including St Regis, Peninsula, Pullman, Hilton and Marriott.   He also has expertise in designing lifestyle boutique hotels – at times, helping clients to create new brands, such as the award-winning luxury brand WEI Retreat in south China, a 90,000 sq. ft. luxury boutique.  He currently leads Archilier's design team in the design of a 1.3 million square ft. mixed use complex with three hotel brands including Le Meri ... (view full description)

Michael Shindler

President
Four Corners Advisors, Inc.

Michael C. Shindler is President of Four Corners Advisors, Inc. (FCA), a hospitality transactions consultancy and advisory firm he established in June 2007 and relaunched in May 2014.  FCA provides strategic, transactional and asset management services to developers in the conception, programming, planning and negotiation of hospitality transactions, advisory services in brand entry to the hospitality marketplace and restructuring and workout services to lenders and borrowers for hotel loans.    Mr. Shindler’s career arc has involved positions of increasing responsibility in the hospitality transactions industry over the last 30 years, working with a major brand in a development ... (view full description)

Zach Shull

SVP - Hospitality Strategy & Investments
Colony Capital

Bob Sonnenblick

Chairman
Sonnenblick Development, 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

President
CM&D, Inc.

Robert Stevenson

CEO
KEYPR

Robert Stevenson is a seasoned tech and entertainment executive with over 20 years’ experience across a number of disciplines. An early investor in KEYPR, he’s served as Chief Executive Officer since July 2017. Prior to joining KEYPR, Robert served as Head of Content Strategy at Facebook for Oculus, the world’s largest VR & AR platform. He also served as Chief Product Officer at GAIKAI, under Sony, where he led the brain trust behind PlayStation Now, the world’s largest game streaming service. When Robert is not focused on building great businesses, he spends his time with family, friends and fine wine… often in combination.

Dan Thorman

Vice President of Lodging Development
Marriott International

James Tierney

VP Development Eastern Region
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

James F. Tierney joined Hyatt in 2014 and currently serves as Vice President of Development and Owner Relations for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in the Eastern United States.

Prior to joining Hyatt, he served as the Director of Development for Cambria Suites.

Ryan Totaro

CEO
NYLO Hotels

Simon Turner

Principal
Alpha Lodging Partners

Russell Urban

President
High Hotels Ltd.

As President of High Hotels Ltd., Russ is culminating his 38-year career experience in the hospitality business. High is a privately held developer, owner, and operator of 15 Hilton and Marriott hotels, with a strong growth appetite with its own funds through High’s vertically, talent-rich environment within the High organizations, allowing for the ultimate synergy. Whether it was doing feasibility studies for institutional owners and entrepreneurs, helping Marriott roll out its initial generation of Marriott Courtyards, building a hotel-focused brokerage firm, operating his own management company, redeveloping a resort in Bermuda, building a fractional ownership in Martha’s Vineyard, ... (view full description)

Brian Waldman

Executive Vice President, Investments
Peachtree Hotel Group

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, Vice President ... (view full description)

Beau Williams

Managing Director
Mission Capital Advisors

Beau Williams serves as a Managing Director within the Debt & Equity finance group, where he is responsible for originating and structuring capital on behalf of premier institutional clients, private ownership and development groups, major REITS, Franchise groups, and third-party management companies specifically within the hospitality industry. In addition to financing, Beau focuses on sourcing and executing loan sale opportunities.  Prior to joining Mission Capital, Mr. Williams was tasked with building out Meridian Capital's hospitality platform, solely focusing on hotel debt and equity. Before Meridian, Mr. Williams held positions as a Director with Wyndham Hotel G ... (view full description)

Paula Zimin

Director - Sustainable Building Services
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Paula Zimin is the Director of Sustainable Building Services at Steven Winter Associates (SWA). She specializes in sustainability and energy efficiency for new construction and major renovations of commercial and high rise residential projects. Ms. Zimin works with project teams seeking energy code compliance, LEED certification, and government or utility incentives. In the last 10 years at SWA, Ms. Zimin has participated in the development of the LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise program, the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise program, and is a member of the US Green Building Council’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Ms. Zimin has participated in and lead several energy co ... (view full description)
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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 dataprotectionofficer@euromoneyplc.com 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

    Email: dataprotectionofficer@euromoneyplc.com

    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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