The most influential executives in the hotel industry came together for America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles to honor the companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals of 2015. Nominees were considered based on business performance in a variety of industry sectors and determined by ALIS sponsors.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has been serving the hospitality industry for over a century and represents all segments of the 1.8 million employee US lodging industry–hotel owners, chains, franchisees and industry suppliers. AH&LA provides educational resources, communications support and focused advocacy for this $155.5 billion industry (annual sales) from 4.9 million guestrooms.

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Here are this year’s winners:

Development (Full Service) of the Year 2015:
1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, FL

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The 426-room resort was developed with a partnership between Starwood Capital Group’s Barry Sternlicht and LeFrak’s Richard LeFrak. The hotel is managed by SH Group.


Development (Select/Limited Service) of the Year 2015
Aloft South Beach, Miami Beach, FL

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The 235-room Aloft South Beach was developed by JMH Development and Madden Real Estate Ventures and is managed by Highgate.


Single Asset Transaction of the Year 2015:
Waldorf Astoria New York – New York, NY

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Anbang Insurance Group Co. Ltd. acquired the Waldorf Astoria New York from Hilton Worldwide and Blackstone for US$1.95 billion.

Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2015:
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC / Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Group LLC

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Group LLC for US$430 million.

Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2015: Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Managing Director, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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The Lifetime Achievement Award Winner of 2015: Hasmukh P. (H.P.) Rama, chairman of the board and CEO of JHM Hotels

 

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Top industry leaders celebrated with Hasmukh P. (H.P.) Rama, Chairman and CEO of JHM Hotels, as he received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) Lifetime Achievement Award. From left to right: President of Burba Hotel Network and ALIS co-chair Jim Burba, Chairman and CEO of JHM Hotels H.P. Rama, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and ALIS co-chair Katherine Lugar and President and CEO of Marriott International Arne Sorenson.

Development (Full Service) of the Year 2015: Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, SH Group

Pictured left to right; Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, SH Group; and JP Ford, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics

Pictured left to right are Mark Keiser, Chief Development Officer, SH Group; and JP Ford, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics.

Single Asset Transaction of the Year 2015: Philip Yee, Managing Director, Anbang Insurance Group; John R. Karver, SVP, CBRE Hotels.

Pictured left to right are Philip Yee, Managing Director, Anbang Insurance Group; John R. Karver, SVP, CBRE Hotels; and Lawrence B. Wolfe, Senior Managing Director, Eastdil Secured

Pictured left to right are Philip Yee, Managing Director, Anbang Insurance Group; John R. Karver, SVP, CBRE Hotels; and Lawrence B. Wolfe, Senior Managing Director, Eastdil Secured.

Development (Select/Limited Service) of the Year 2015: Mitchell Hochberg, Managing Principal, Madden Real Estate

Pictured left to right are Mitchell Hochberg, Managing Principal, Madden Real Estate; and JP Ford, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics

Pictured left to right are Mitchell Hochberg, Managing Principal, Madden Real Estate; and JP Ford, Senior Vice President, Lodging Econometrics.

Proceeds from ALIS benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation.

 

For more information, visit ALIS.

 

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