The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) has awarded the executives and companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals in 2018. The winners were announced on Jan. 30 during the ALIS 2019 conference, which ran from Jan. 28-30 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater at LA LIVE. Nominees for the awards were evaluated based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors.
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, was named Development of the Year (Full Service) 2018 (includes branded and unbranded – luxury and upper upscale chain scales, and casinos). Finalists in this category also included Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, and The LINE DC in Washington, D.C.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago, Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago and Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place was named Development of the Year (Select/Limited Service) 2018 (includes branded and unbranded-upscale, upper midscale, midscale, and economy chain scales). Finalists in this category also included Columbia Place in Washington, D.C., and Radisson RED Downtown Portland in Portland, Oregon.
Royal Crescent Hotel – New Orleans, LA was named Transaction of the Year ($25 Million and Under) 2018. Finalists in this category also included the Holiday Inn Chicago in Tinley Park, Illinois, and the Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach in Florida.
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas was named Transaction of the Year (Over $25 Million) 2018. Finalists in this category also included The Plaza Hotel in New York and The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in Florida.
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust/LaSalle Hotel Properties was named Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2018. Finalists in this category also included Marriott Vacation Worldwide/ILG and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc./La Quinta Holdings Franchise and Management Operations.
Christopher Jordan, executive vice president, hospitality finance group, Wells Fargo was named Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2018. Finalists in this category also included Naftali Holtz, managing director, head of lodging & leisure investment banking, Goldman, Sachs & Co, and Aaron Weiss, managing director, head of lodging, Citi.
JP Ford chaired the ALIS Development of the Year committee; John Karver chaired the Transaction of the Year committee; Michael Murphy chaired the ALIS Merger & Acquisition of the Year committee; and Thomas J. Corcoran chaired the ALIS Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year committee.
Photo: Courtesy of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center