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Hotels Hospitality Industry Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

condo hotel, condo hotels, destination club, destination clubs, fractional, fractionals, franchising, hospitality, hospitality asset management, hospitality management, hospitality operations, hospitality forecasting, hotel asset management, hotel development, hotel feasibility, hotel branding, hotel forecasting, hotel franchising, hotel management, hotel marketing, hotel operations, hotel real estate, hotel, hotels, private residence club, private residence clubs, residential cruise ship, resort asset management, resort feasibility, resort forecasting, resort, resort development, resorts, resort branding, resort management, resort marketing, resort operations, resort real estate, resort residential, vacation ownership, contingency issues, contract, compliance, banquet halls, event planning, event management

Career Experience

1993 – present        
Private Company, Las Vegas, Nevada
President

 A highly credible resource who carries broad and deep knowledge of the hotel business.  His perspectives derive from authentic experiences, tempered by an appreciation for the academic and legal concepts pertinent to consulting and expert witness assignments.  He founded and is the key principal of this advisory firm which focuses on hospitality real estate development, brand affiliation, feasibility, financing, standards of care, and hotel operations (including sales & marketing).  Product emphasis is hotels, resorts, timeshares, fractionals, condo hotels, destination clubs, and resort mixed use. He and the firm have been engaged for scores of assignments over these years in the United States and eighteen foreign nations. 

 
1986 – 1993        
HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
World Headquarters, Beverly Hills, California
Director of Real Estate Administration

Headed the department which provided operational, administrative, and financial support to the corporation’s subdivisions with responsibility for Real Estate Development & Acquisitions, Asset Management, Architecture & Planning, Interior Design, and Project Management & Construction.  Additionally, he structured and negotiated selected high profile real estate transactions, including founding Hilton Grand Vacations Company, the corporation’s timeshare subsidiary.  He maintained direct responsibility for final review of all real estate projects worldwide as to their financial and economic viability.  [At the time, Hilton was the world’s largest operator of large hotels and the world’s largest casino company.] 

 
1983 – 1986        
CONECT HOSPITALITY SYSTEMS, INC., Walnut Creek, California
Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Operations

Responsible for sources and uses of funds, credit lines, financial planning and reporting, accounting systems, internal controls, and corporate administration for this technology company with a suite of products designed to meet the business needs of the hotel industry. 

 
1979 – 1983        
AMFAC HOTELS & RESORTS, INC., San Francisco, California
Corporate Manager of Systems Planning
Director of Management Services
Corporate Financial Analyst

Held various progressively more responsible positions at this largest operator of resorts in the state of Hawaii and the largest resort concessionaire in United States National Parks.

1973 – 1979        
WESTIN HOTELS & RESORTS, INC.
CROWN CENTER HOTEL
Kansas City, Missouri

 Held various progressively more responsible positions at this 4-Star, 724-room hotel developed and owned by Hallmark Cards Company.

 

Education

M.B.A., Finance, Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1979.

B.S., Hotel Administration, Harrah School of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1973.

 

Professional:

  • Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Resort Development Association
    • Community Development Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Registered Resort Professional (RRP) certification
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
    • Technology Committee
    • Research Committee
    • Master Hotel Supplier (MHS) certification
  • International Association of Hospitality Accountants (past)
  • California Department of Real Estate Real Estate Brokers Licensed
  • Adjunct Professor (Graduate Finance & Strategic Planning), University of Phoenix (past)

 

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