The NEHIF Fall 2018 Meeting
Our clients and friends in the hotel industry continue to look for opportunities to meet high-level industry contacts and spur acquisitions, equity partnerships, and growth. We have organized the Northeast Hospitality Investment Forum (NEHIF). NEHIF is a who’s who for hotel investors, developers, brand owners and management companies who have a presence in the Northeast or want to establish one.
WHAT IS THE NEHIF?
NEHIF is modeled after the Northwest Hospitality Investment Forum (NHIF™), launched by our firm in 2011. Like NHIF, NEHIF is an invitation-only, semi-annual event for principals and executives of hotel owners, brands, management companies, developers, investors, and lenders, all of whom are valuable contacts for hotel development, investment, and portfolio expansion. NHIF is compact and exclusive, with attendance limited to a size that encourages relationship development.
NEHIF’s stated purpose is straightforward. It is a place where:
- Stakeholders learn about trends affecting hotel investment, ownership and development;
- Equity, debt, management and developers find each other;
- Stakeholders learn about opportunities in the region and elsewhere; and
- Investors, owners and developers who are new to hotels make industry connections.
The NEHIF Fall 2018 Meeting
November 1, 2018 at the
Revere Hotel Boston Common.
The program is everything you need to know about soft brands with:
- Tom Lorenzo (VP & Managing Director, Development for Canada & Northeast Region U.S., Hilton),
- Jenna Hackett (Global Brand Head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton),
- David Roedel (Business Development Officer, Roedel Companies)
- Harry Wheeler (Principal, Group One Partners).
In addition to the panel our format includes two hours of networking, cocktails and food with a business update from Lodging Econometrics and HREC.
4:00 pm – Registration and Check-in
4:00 – 4:55 pm – Opening Networking Reception
Refreshments and light appetizers
Reconnect with regional and national industry colleagues. Learn from each other about deal opportunities and projects in the pipeline. Whether you’re an equity, debt, brand, management, development, or ownership, build the relationships that will help you achieve your objectives.
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Presentation and Panel Discussion
Short Program – Transactions and Operations Supply. This presentation will provide current information and data on hotel transactions and supply.
Patrick “JP” Ford, CHB, ISHC, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, Lodging Econometrics (Portsmouth, NH)
JP leads all of the Strategic Sales Initiatives for Lodging Econometrics and New England Hotel Realty. He is an industry leading real estate advisory specialist with over 30 years of experience providing business development, acquisition and disposition services in the United States. JP serves as a trusted advisor to Hotel Franchise Parent Companies looking to identify new construction and potential brand conversion opportunities; Hotel Ownership and Management Groups throughout North America looking to add hotel real estate assets and management contracts to their portfolios; Lodging Industry Vendors looking for new construction and product replacement opportunities to increase their product distribution and Wall Street Analysts looking to evaluate hotel real estate development and valuation trends as well as assess investment potential in various hotel companies and particular markets.
James O’Connell ISHC, Principal at HREC (Danvers, MA)
Principal of O’Connell Hospitality Group. Oversaw the hotel real estate brokerage and finance activities throughout the Northeast. Grew to become one of the top hotel brokerage companies in the region before merging the company with HREC Investment Advisors, a nationally recognized hotel brokerage, finance and consulting company with 16 offices across the country.
Centerpiece Program: “Soft Brands Explained.” We will walk through the process in explaining the pros and cons of a soft brand. Soft brands being an alternative to the traditional flag, collection or independent options. Although soft brands have been part of the landscape for several years there are many owners who ask should I go with a flag, a soft brand, a collection, or remain independent? We will discuss these issues from the perspective of cost, efficiency, and standards. They will expand on the thought process of making the decision to better illustrate the nuances of the soft brand environment from the perspective of a brand, a collection, an owner, an operator and a designer.
Karen Whitman, Senior Director of Development for the Northeast Region, Hilton
Karen graduated from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1981. Karen began her hospitality career in operations working for Four Seasons Hotels. Following her time in hotel operations, Karen worked as a hospitality consultant for Pannell Kerr Forster, performing market and feasibility studies for hotels. Karen has been with Hilton since 1985. As Senior Director of Development for the Northeast Region, Karen is responsible for growing the Hilton family of brands in New England and New York including: Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, Curio, a Collection by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Tru by Hilton brand hotels.
Jenna Hackett, Global Head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Jenna is responsible for the strategic direction, vision, growth and performance of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Hackett has been with Hilton since 2011. She was involved with developing Hilton’s Executive Compensation function, and working on compensation elements, leading up to the 2013 IPO. She also worked on the development, launch and establishment of Hilton’s collection brands (Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton), and brand planning for DoubleTree by Hilton. Hackett served as Senior Director of Full Service Brand Management and Development for Hilton, focusing on the Collections, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton. Prior to her time at Hilton, Hackett spent three years with the HR Policy Association, working for The Center of Executive Compensation, where she was responsible for tracking SEC, legislative events and lobbying on behalf of the Association. Prior to that, Hackett worked for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in London and a US Senator. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University.
Harry Wheeler, AIA, NCARB, LEED, Principal, Group One Partners
Group One Partners is an award-winning hospitality design firm based in Boston that specializes in architectural, interior design, and purchasing services for hospitality properties nationwide. As principal of Group One, Wheeler serves as the head of business development and marketing. In addition he oversees the firms permitting and entitlements for new development and handles special projects. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has been involved in all aspects of the design and construction of hundreds of hospitality and mixed-use developments. Wheeler earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and bachelor’s degree in architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a registered architect in over 15 states
and a member of numerous architectural, lodging, and marketing associations.
David Roedel, Business Development Officer, Roedel Companies
David is the Business Development Officer and a member of the company’s Executive Team. He is responsible for new hotel development, acquisitions and the sales effort required to meet or exceed the annual plans for ROK Builders and RGH Hospitality. In addition, he oversees Roedel Companies brand marketing, and public relations. David reports to the Executive Team. Prior to Roedel Companies, David acted as Director of Real Estate Development for Chalet Susse International where his responsibilities included acquisition and development of Susse Chalet and Grand Chalet hotels throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic. At Roedel Companies, David permitted, developed and acquired hotels in New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire including the award-winning Hilton Garden Inn Manchester (NH) Downtown.
Russell Savrann, Attorney – Counselor, Sandman Savrann PLLC (New Haven, CT and Boston, MA)
Sandman Savrann is a national law firm devoted exclusively to providing comprehensive legal
counsel to the hospitality industry. Russ has served as lead counsel for hotel clients in hundreds of hotel matters and transactions regionally, nationally and internationally, including hotel developments, acquisitions and dispositions, financial and entity structuring, management and franchise agreements, operational matters, and dispute resolution. As Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Russ worked with development, operations, construction, marketing, and compliance teams on an international platform. Prior to Starwood, Russ was the chief legal officer of Ground Round Restaurants.
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Post-Presentation Networking and Cocktail Reception
Cocktails and appetizers
Pick up your discussions and connections from earlier in the evening. Meet those still on your list. Make plans for follow-up meeting or visits to northwest sites, hotels, or markets.
7:30 pm – Adjournment
For those attending the NEHIF please note that the entrance to the Revere Hotel Boston Common is located at 200 Stuart Street, Boston. Our meeting will take place in the Silver Ballroom.
Parking is available on site at the Revere Hotel for a fee:
• Self Parking: 0-1 hour – $14, 1-2 hours – $20, 2-10 hours – $30, 10-24 hours – $40
• Valet Parking: 0-2 hours – $25, 2-5 hours – $35, 5-8 hours – $40, 8-24 hours – $51
If you have not yet registered for this invitation-only event then please click on this link to register: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3616970
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