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Hotel Interactive® Editor Kormanik Set to Speak at Hotel and Hospitality Conference in September

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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National conference focused on the economy and mid-scale U.S. hotel tiers will be held on Thursday, September 29 at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.

U.S. Hotel Appraisals will host its second-annual hospitality conference on Thursday, September 29, at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The conference is dedicated to helping economy and mid-scale hotel owners, lenders, investors, managers, and other stakeholders connect with each other, make deals, and improve the performance of their hotels.

The conference will feature Hotel Interactive®’s Editor Beth Kormanik who will be moderating a panel entitled “Hotel Financing - Today's Environment" The panel will investigate who has the money and how to access capital.

“We’ve seen the number of distressed sales decrease this year compared with the number of new builds and hotel transactions between willing buyers and sellers,” said U.S. Hotel Appraisals’ Managing Partner Russ Rivard. “This is an indication that originating loans are being offered up after years of a lending market that was all but clamped shut. How do developers, brokers, and owners make their case to lenders? How can lenders get the most out of their loans? These are questions we wanted to take on at this year’s hospitality conference.”

“Atlanta serves as an ideal spot for this year’s conference in part because the Atlanta Metro hotel market has been so dynamic over the past 18 months,” said Managing Director Mike Brophy. “Hotel demand and occupancy shot upward in 2010, and average rates are beginning to rebound in 2011. The Atlanta market is also poised for one of its best convention years in 2012. Hotel transactions and new development are gaining strength, and our 2011 conference provides a forum for hoteliers from the Atlanta region and beyond to talk to people and hear ideas that can move them forward.”

Speakers at the 2011 U.S. Hotel Appraisals Hospitality Conference include:

Teague Hunter—President, Hunter Realty
Tim Souther – Georgia REsource Capital
Debby Cannon (PhD, CHE)—Director of Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality
Russ Rivard—Managing Partner, U.S. Hotel Appraisals
Mike Brophy—Managing Director, U.S. Hotel Appraisals Atlanta

Guest speakers and hotel experts from U.S. Hotel Appraisals’ offices in Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Reno, Seattle, St. Louis, Wilmington, and Washington, D.C. will host panel discussions on current trends, opportunities, performance strategies, and market updates for U.S. limited- and select-service hotels. Q&A sessions and networking opportunities will be offered throughout the day, and the conference will conclude with a reception for all speakers, sponsors, and attendees.

Platinum conference sponsors include Hunter Realty and Fidelity Bank and featured media sponsor Hotel Interactive®. Gold sponsors include Peach State Hospitality, Chelsea Capital Partners, Georgia State University- J.Mack Robinson College of Business, Metro City Bank, AAHOA, GA REsource Capital, Hospitality Finance Solutions, NABHOOD, and Silver Creek Hospitality.

Online registration is $40.00 per attendee and $25 per Georgia State University Students through September 26. To register, please visit the following Web site: www.ushaconference.com. Onsite registration will be taken on the day of the conference for $50.00 per person ($35.00 for students), payable by cash or check.

More information about the conference, including panel topics and sponsorship opportunities, can be found here.

Jennifer Pope
2601 Sagebrush Drive
Suite 101
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Phone: 972-899-5700, ext. 3332
Fax: 972-899-1057
Email: jpope@ushotelappraisals.com

U.S. Hotel Appraisals is the nation's largest hotel appraisal firm dedicated to the limited- and select-service sectors of the hotel industry. We provide hotel stakeholders with local expertise and national scope, with ten regional offices and highly trained associates stationed in markets from coast to coast. We can mobilize quickly to conduct hotel appraisal assignments for single assets and portfolios in any market nationwide, ensuring you have the insights and tools you need to move your project forward. Please visit us at www.ushotelappraisals.com and contact one of our managing directors to learn how we can help you.

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