Press Release

Northwest Hotel Investment Forum Announces
“Meet The Brands” Panel For its Spring 2012 Meeting


Seattle, WA (February 24, 2012) – The Northwest Hotel Investment Forum (NHIF) today announced its centerpiece program for its April 12, 2012 meeting will be “Meet the Brands.”  Senior development executives from five major hotel brands will discuss what their companies are currently offering to help spur hotel development, repositioning, and acquisitions.  Starwood Hotel & Resorts, Hyatt Corporation, Marriott International, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Hilton Worldwide will be represented on the panel.

The panelists are Tiffany Cooper (Senior Director at Starwood), Chris Ivy (Senior Vice President at Hyatt), Eric Jacobs (Chief Development officer at Marriott), Ed Shaw (Regional Director of Development at IHG), and Matt Wehling (Managing Director at Hilton).  The panel will be moderated by Irvin Sandman of Sandman Savrann, a national law firm devoted to the hospitality industry.  Mark Lukens of HREC, a national hotel real estate brokerage and consultancy firm, will also participate in the meeting’s program.

NHIF is a semi-annual forum for executives and principals of hotel investors, owners, lenders, developers, and management companies.  Its purposes are to provide a select-group setting for high-level industry discussions and to help spur hotel acquisitions, development, investment partnerships, and growth.??

NHIF’s April meeting with take place at Hotel 1000 in Seattle, Washington.  Attendance is by invitation.  Qualified executives and principals interested in an invitation to the meeting may email


Irvin W. Sandman, 206-686-0802,
Mark Lukens, 425-985-1084,



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