The NHIF Fall 2017 Meeting
Northwest Hotel Investment Forum
“A place where hotel developers, management, equity, and debt find each other, learn about trends and opportunities, and spur acquisitions, partnerships, and growth.” – Seattle, Semiannually in April and October
The Northwest Hotel Investment Forum is a place where:
- Stakeholders learn about trends affecting hotel investment, ownership and development.
- Equity, debt, management, brands, and developers find each other.
- Stakeholders learn about opportunities in the region and elsewhere.
- Investors, owners and developers who are new to hotels make industry connections.
Sandman Savrann co-founded NHIF in 2011 to help our clients and contacts spur hotel acquisitions, equity partnerships, and growth. It 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, portfolio expansion, and growth. NHIF is compact and exclusive, with attendance limited to about 95 members and invited guests. NHIF is now in its sixth year and has become the who’s who for those who have or seek a hotel presence in the northwest. It has the support of the major hotel brands, who serve as our Brand Sponsors.
THE NHIF FALL 2017 MEETING
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport,1053 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton, WA 98056
4:00 pm – Registration and Check-in
4:00-4:50 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 equity, debt, management, development, or ownership, make the acquaintances and connections you need to help achieve your objectives.
5:00-6:30 pm – Presentation and Panel Discussion
Short Program—Transactions and Operations Performance.
Our presenters will provide current information and data on hotel transactions and performance.
Raquel Ortiz, Senior Analytics Manager, Consulting and Analytics, STR (Broomfield, Colorado). Raquel manages custom consulting and analysis, focusing on HOST P&L reports, comp set selection, and other custom-built reports. STR is the industry’s unparalleled information gatherer and provider.
Mark Lukens, Managing Director with LW Hospitality Advisors (LWHA)(Seattle, Washington). Mark has over 25 years of experience in hospitality real estate and holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. LWHA provides advisory, valuation, feasibility, investment counseling, asset management, and transactional services focused exclusively on hotels, resorts, gaming properties, and conference center assets worldwide.
Centerpiece Program: “Should You Go Modular With Your Next Hotel?”
Over the last five years, much work has been done behind the scenes to bring the benefits of modular construction to hotel development. With the recent construction and completion of several branded hotels and with many more modular hotels in the pipeline, the approach has reached “critical mass.” A panel of multi-disciplined, highly-regarded executives will discuss their experiences and approaches in modular hotel development.
Don Cape, Director of Development, Tharaldson Hospitality/Tharaldson Investments (Las Vegas, Nevada). Don has direct responsibility over all facets of development for the Tharaldson companies. He currently maintains over 50 hotels in various stages of development in key markets across the U.S. His many completed projects include the development and opening of the Fairfield Inn Folsom, a modular construction project. Don has over 28 years of experience in the development industry. Tharaldson and its principals have owned over 350 hotel properties throughout the United States and have been instrumental in developing prototype properties for the industry’s major hotel brands. The company currently owns and operates a portfolio of 40 business class hotels under franchise agreements with IHG, Marriott and Hilton.
Blair Hildahl, CMO/Principal, Base4 Architects and Engineers (La Crosse, Wisconsin). As founding partner of Base4, Blair Hildahl leads all business development efforts for his award-winning Architectural and Engineering firm. He also authors a regular blog post dedicated to educating hotel owners and developers on current best-practices for hotel design and construction, and he has written extensively on hotel modular construction. These articles appear on both the Base4 website as well as his personal blog site, Hotels University (www.hotelsuniversity.com). Offering full A/E design, Base4 provides all architectural and engineering services in-house, using 3D BIM for hotel projects across the country. The company’s diverse staff is located around the globe and totals more than 200 full time designers, architects and engineers.
Michael Merle, Director – Hospitality Division, Guerdon Modular Buildings (Boise Idaho). Michael heads Guerdon’s hospitality division, managing relationships with major hotel brands and interfacing with developers, architects, general contractors and lenders to educate and promote the modular solution. Michael’s 20+ years of experience in construction and strategic business development has helped drive Guerdon’s modular initiative within the hospitality segment, which now accounts for over 50% of its current production pipeline. Guerdon Modular Buildings is the leading manufacturer of large-scale, commercial modular construction projects in the Western US and Canada. Guerdon’s most recent modular hotel projects include the Canyon Lodges in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) and Marriott’s first three modular hotels in North America—the Folsom Fairfield Inn (CA), the Pullman Courtyard (WA), and the Oklahoma City AC (OK). Guerdon currently has several Hilton, IHG, and Marriott branded hotels in various stages of production.
Irvin Sandman, Attorney – Counselor, Sandman Savrann PLLC (Seattle, WA).
Sandman Savrann is a national law firm devoted exclusively to providing comprehensive legal counsel to the hospitality industry. Irv has counseled hotel clients in thousands 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. He is the 2008 recipient of the Anthony Marshall Award for lasting contributions to hospitality law, a past president of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association, and editor-in-chief of the Washington State Hospitality Law Manual, Third Edition.
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 meetings or visits to northwest sites, hotels, or markets.
7:30 pm – Adjournment
REGISTRATION AND NHIF MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION:
Registration is open only to Members of NHIF and to NHIF’s invited guests. Early registration (through Thursday, March 31, 2016) is $60; later registration is $75. Early registration is recommended.
Membership is considered for executives and principals of hotel owners, investors, developers, branded and third-party management companies, franchisors, and lenders. If you feel you are qualified for membership and would like to be considered for an invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHIF STEERING MEMBERS:
Irvin W. Sandman, SANDMAN SAVRANN PLLC ~ Mark Lukens, LWHA
NHIF PATRON SPONSORS:
NHIF BRAND SPONSORS:
NHIF SILVER SPONSORS:
NHIF MEDIA SPONSOR: