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Tenth Lodging Conference to Feature ‘Essentials
of Hotel Ownership’ Workshop
Lasky, Cauvin, Belmonte to focus on finances, franchising,
operational fundamentals during two-hour session 

CHICAGO — (Aug. 2, 2004) —The “Essentials of Hotel Ownership” workshop is back by popular demand.

The workshop, created by Lodging Unlimited President and C.E.O. Morris Lasky, Lodging Unlimited – West C.O.O. John Cauvin, and Steve Belmonte, President and C.E.O. of Hospitality Solutions LLC and partner in Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management LLC, will be held for the third time this year, this time at the Lodging Conference in Phoenix this fall. 

 The Lodging Conference, which Lasky co-founded and for which he’s served as Chairman since its inception, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The “Essentials of Hotel Ownership” workshop, previously presented at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria in April and June, will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Biltmore. 

“The workshop was so well received in April and June that we decided to present it concurrently at the Lodging Conference in September,” Lasky said. “As was the case with the two previous ‘Essentials’ workshops, this one will take a hard look at improving hotel real-estate value, franchising, and operational fundamentals, and will be conducted by me and my fellow workshop creators and business partners, John Cauvin and Steve Belmonte.”

Lasky will kick off the workshop with his seminar, “Getting the Most out of Your Hotel Investment.” Known in the industry as the “Hotel Doctor,” Lasky will tap his 50 years of industry experience and offer up prescriptions for avoiding costly ownership/operating mistakes, boosting hotel real-estate value and improving bottom lines.

Cauvin will speak on “Effective Hotel Reporting,” a topic with which he’s intimately familiar as a hotel owner/operator of the Windmill Inns & Suites hotel group for the past 20 years. 

“Basically my message is that you have to look at a lot more than the profit/loss statement to determine how well your hotel is performing,” Cauvin said. “As a longtime pilot, I like to use the analogy that I’m the flight instructor and all my managers are pilots. It’s my job to see that they’re reading the right ‘gauges,’ as it were, and are up on all their skills to be flying their plane—that is, operating their property — successfully. In hotel operations, much like in flying an airplane, the secret to success is paying close attention to details—and I’ll discuss those details during my seminar.”

Belmonte expects ‘lively, interactive’ franchising seminar

Belmonte will reprise his seminar, “Franchisor and Franchisee: The Ultimate Love/Hate Relationship.”

“I’ll be focusing on issues like structuring a fair franchise agreement, are all franchisors the same, determining if a franchise is working, the benefits and pitfalls of changing flags, terminations, liquidated damages and more,” said Belmonte, who’s been on both sides of franchising as a hotel owner/operator and as the former President/C.E.O. of Ramada Franchise Systems. “The first two sessions at the Waldorf were lively and interactive, and I expect this one to be the same.”

Lasky, Cauvin and Belmonte will wrap up the “Essentials of Hotel Ownership” workshop with a brainstorming session that will include a question/answer period.
“John, Steve and I are truly looking forward to presenting the ‘Essentials’ workshop again,” Lasky said. “It met with great success and praise in New York, and we’re convinced it will be just as successful in Phoenix. Obviously, we’re presenting the right mix of information.”

About Lodging Unlimited

Lodging Unlimited Inc., Chicago, Ill., provides the highest level of management, consulting and marketing services for the hospitality industry. Morris E. Lasky, the company's Chief Executive Officer, began his hospitality career in 1956 and has since become one of the industry's leaders in acquisition strategies and operations expertise. He helped found and has been the Chairman of The Lodging Conference since 1995. It is one of the hotel industry's premier conferences and is held every fall at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Lasky has directed Lodging Unlimited in $5 billion of management activity, development real estate and financing. For more information, call 312-595-1390 or e-mail or visit

Lodging Unlimited West is the west coast management-company affiliate of Lodging Unlimited, and also owns and operates Windmill Inns & Suites, a lodging enterprise with six locations, three each in Oregon and Arizona. John Cauvin, President and CEO of Windmill Inns of America, offers a 110% satisfaction guarantee at the properties. He stresses the philosophy that true hospitality is going the extra mile. For more information call 480-443-0909 or visit

About Hospitality Solutions LLC

Hospitality Solutions LLC, Randolph, N.J., provides franchise agreement formulations and termination negotiation assistance, mediation, consulting, litigation support, expert witness services, asset management, renovations, financing assistance, executive retreats, motivational speaking, sales-and-marketing training sessions, and special projects/new corporate initiatives to the hospitality and service industries. Company President and CEO Steven Belmonte, former President and CEO of Ramada Hotels, also served as Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn.’s Educational Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of Arlington Hospitality Inc. and serves as a partner with Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management Inc. For more information, call (973) 598-0839, email or visit

About Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management LLC

Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management LLC is a joint venture between two of the hospitality industry’s most well-known and well-respected veteran executives – Steven Belmonte and Morris Lasky. With a combined 80 years of executive hospitality experience, managing and operating assets valued at more than $10 billion, Belmonte/Lasky will act as independent, third-party asset managers on behalf of owners and investors to resolve issues, enhance revenues and generate the highest possible ROI. For more information, call Steve Belmonte at 973-598-0839 or, or Morris Lasky at 312-595-1390 or


Morris Lasky
Lodging Unlimited
Tel: (312) 595-1390

Steve Belmonte
Hospitality Solutions LLC
Tel: (973) 598-0839

John Cauvin
Lodging Unlimited – West/Windmill Inns
Tel: (480) 443-0909

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Cauvin Brings Owner-Oriented Philosophy to Third-Party Management Role / July 2004
Lasky, Cauvin Expanding Shared Management Philosophy Coast-to-Coast / July 2004
Produced By Hoteliers For Hoteliers, ‘Essentials Of Hotel Ownership’ Conference Hailed By All Who Attend / June 2004
Lasky Launches ‘Lodging Unlimited West’ At Hotel Ownership Conference In New York / April 2004
‘Essentials Of Hotel Ownership’ Event Proving To Be In Big Demand in Big Apple; Scheduled for April 23, 2004 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel / April 2004
Belmonte Appoints Lee Dushoff To Hospitality Solutions Team / February 2004
Belmonte To Bring Insight To Best Value Inn Members as Keynote at Conference / October 2003
Belmonte ‘Talks the Talk’ in Role as Motivational Speaker / March 2003
Steve Belmonte Immersed in Sarbanes-Oxley as a New Member of the Board of Directors of Arlington Hospitality Inc. / May 2003
Belmonte’s Back In Business As Hospitalty Solutions LLC / Feb 2003

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