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Optimum Hotel Brokerage Named Hotel Broker of the Year
at 2006 Hotel Brokers International Convention


Las Vegas, Nevada, February 3, 2006 –Optimum Hotel Brokerage earned many of Hotel Brokers International’s top honors, including the prestigious Broker of the Year award, presented at HBI’s annual membership meeting held in Las Vegas January 29th through February 3, 2005.  Joseph McCann, Optimum’s principal and president, was recognized for his firm’s exceptional sales production, creative deal-making, and total hotel dollar volume.  The awards were presented by Dick Lopez, HBI’s outgoing president, at HBI’s lavish closing awards banquet.  The week-long convention was attended by HBI brokers and associates and held at the Palms Resort and Casino.

McCann and Optimum Hotel Brokerage were recognized for sales and marketing leadership by winning the following HBI awards:

  • Broker of the Year – given in recognition of Optimum’s outstanding performance in hotel brokerage and participation in HBI programs
  • Unique Deal of the Year – for its sale of the legendary 1,639-room Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois
  • Individual Achievement for Broker – by achieving an annual record of hotel transactions and dollar sales volume
  • Largest Hotel  Sale of the Year – again for selling Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton for $230 Million
“We are pleased to recognize Joe McCann and Optimum Hotel Brokerage for their exceptional sales achievement and contribution to Hotel Brokers International”, said Lopez.   “Optimum Hotel Brokerage has distinguished itself as a most successful hotel brokerage firm in the US, and we are proud to have Mr. McCann as a broker-member in our international organization”, he continued.   “Mr. McCann has earned HBI’s designation as Certified Hotel Broker with Distinction, and Hotel Brokers International has been well represented by Mr. McCann’s hotel finance, brokerage, and transactions expertise.”  McCann also serves on HBI’s Board of Directors and chairs its Education and Conference committees.

“I’m pleased and proud to receive these accolades from the membership of Hotel Brokers International” added McCann.  “Our firm’s success has been a direct result of our affiliation with all of the members of HBI, and the powerful marketing synergy that the organization’s membership creates.  When buying or selling a hotel, one should always consult a HBI member broker.”  In accepting his Hotel Broker of the Year Award, McCann thanked his fellow HBI brokers.  “Joining Hotel Brokers International is the best deal I have ever made”, he added.

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania-based Optimum Hotel Brokerage is a full service hotel brokerage firm.  In addition to the sale of the 1,639-room Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, the firm’s sales within the past fourteen months include the 197-room Southbury Hilton in Southbury, Connecticut, the 161-unit Holiday Inn Express Waterbury in Waterbury, Connecticut, the 100-room Days Inn in Niantic, Connecticut, the 150-room Best Western in Lawton, Oklahoma, the 153-unit Days Hotel in Rochester, New York, the 304-room Crowne Plaza Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey and the 350-room Crowne Plaza Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut.  Optimum Hotel Brokerage expanded its operations and opened their Philadelphia headquarters office in November 2005.

Optimum Hotel Brokerage is also a member of Hotel Brokers International, the world’s largest and oldest hospitality real estate organization, which has a rich heritage of experience and expertise in hotel real estate valuation, transactions and other essential services.  Comprised of some 75 hotel real estate broker specialists, HBI provides the hospitality industry with the most powerful hotel real estate marketing force, creating greater visibility through a unified and inclusive advertising and marketing approach.  Mr. McCann has earned the designation of Certified Hotel Broker, with distinction, from the organization, and was recognized as HBI’s Broker of the Year for the Northeast Region in 2003 and 2004.  HBI has also awarded McCann with the Portfolio Sale of the Year and Unique Deal of the Year awards in 2004.

Optimum Hotel Brokerage’s principal is Joe McCann.  Joe is a twenty-seven year hotel industry veteran who has held senior management positions with Hilton and Marriott at their largest and most successful corporate and franchised properties.  Joe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Hospitality Management degree (with concentration in Hotel Finance) from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.  He has also completed advanced Finance, Real Estate Finance, Hotel Valuation, and New Venture Development courses offered by the University of Connecticut, the University of Texas, Cornell University, and the University of Houston’s Melcher Graduate School of Business.  He has been an active broker and consultant in the hospitality industry, with assignments ranging from hotel feasibility projects to multi-unit restaurant development.

Optimum Hotel Brokerage has recently endowed a Trustee Scholarship at the Pennsylvania State University.  The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students demonstrating financial need at Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management.

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Joe McCann, President
Optimum Hotel Brokerage
23 Breyer Court
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-572-7711,  Fax:215-572-7570

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Also See: Optimum Hotel Brokerage Brokers Sale of Southbury Hilton in Southbury, Connecticut / January 2006
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Opens New Headquarters Office in Philadelphia / November 2005
Joe McCann of Optimum Hotel Brokerage Brokers Sale of Chicago’s Legendary Palmer House Hilton, Represents Thor Properties in $230 Million Transaction / August 2005
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Sells Holiday Inn  Express in Waterbury, Connecticut / May 2005
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Sells Days Inn in Niantic, Connecticut / March 2005
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Sells Crowne Plaza® Secaucus Meadowlands Hotel / January 2005
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Sells 350 Room Crowne Plaza® Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut / November 2004
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Sells Hampton Inn in Sturbridge Massachusetts / July 2004
Optimum Hotel Brokerage Joins Hotel Brokers International / May 2003
Industry Veteran Launches Hotel Brokerage Firm: Optimum Brokerage / December 2001

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