Gary Tharaldson to Give
Owners/Developers Outlook; Henry
Vickers to Speak on
ATLANTA, Ga., Jan.4, 2005 -- Officials of the Hotel Investment Conference today
announced that hospitality
industry leaders Gary Tharaldson and Henry Vickers will be keynote
the 2005 HotelInvestment Conference, to be
held March 13-15, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia
in Atlanta, Ga. The Hotel Investment
Conference is one of the industry's four major annual nationwide events
designed specifically for hotel owners and investors. "We have the
flexibility to go after experts who have a unique influence on the
field that other conferences often do not consider," said Bob Hunter,
conference founder and president of Hunter Realty.
"This year in
particular, we have spent a great deal of time putting together
a list of senior hotel industry
executives who will bring a fresh
message and unique perspective on the state of the industry that
aren't heard at other conferences."
Gary Tharaldson, president
of Tharaldson Lodging Company, one of the largest independent hotel
companies in America, will present his
outlook for developers and ownership.
Henry G. Vickers, Jr., principal, AEW
Capital Management, L.P., one of the nation's leading real
estate investment advisory firms, will
discuss the changing face of hotel investments. Other featured speakers
Mike Leven, president and CEO, US Franchise Systems, Inc.; Robert
president, Cendant Corporation; W.Thomas Parrington, Hotel Investment
Conference president & CEO, Lodgian; Howard Silver, president &
Equity Inns; and Joe Green, president of Winston Hotels.
The conference, now in its
17th year, will present several panels focusing on a range of issues,
condo hotels, hotel finance trends, new hotel development, today's
buying/selling hotels, as well as a president's panel and a special
presentation by Dr. Donald Ratajczak, consulting economist. The meeting
will include 12 breakout sessions and 15 roundtable discussions on
topics of interest to hotel owners.
noted that early
registration is at an all-time high. "We set an attendance record last
year with 500 participants," Hunter said. "Factoring in this year's
high-profile speakers and the industry rebound, we expect to break that
Tharaldson spoke five years ago and was great, and we have wanted to
back ever since. Vickers is well-respected in the industry for his
analyze the industry and predict future trends." Hunter added that
networking remains a key component of the Hotel Investment Conference.
expect the halls to be alive with the sound of deal-making," Hunter
"Last year, we had representatives from 35 states and three continents,
including a growing contingent from the upper Midwest."