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Johnson Capital Creates Global Hospitality Group for
International Hotel and Resort Investment Banking 
Dr. Donald W. Wise Named Managing Partner
April 25, 2007 - Hospitality industry veteran Dr. Donald W. Wise has joined Johnson Capital, to shepherd the newly created Global Hospitality Group as the Global Hospitality Industry, Managing Partner. 

“We are extremely pleased to launch this new division of our twenty-year old firm with one of the most well known senior level investment banking professionals in the hospitality industry. The Global Hospitality Group will round out our other existing investment banking endeavors in office, industrial, retail and multi-family debt and equity placement,” said Guy. 

Wise will work with Ron Lafever and Ben Johnson in their Mexico endeavors, and with Shais Khan in India. As the firm launches new offices in Europe, Australia and China in the coming months and years, he will seamlessly oversee all of the domestic and International hospitality investment banking for the firm.

No stranger to the hospitality and lodging industry, Wise created the Lodging and Hospitality Services Group nationwide for the then seventy-seven offices of CB Richard Ellis, Inc. in 1984. He was the senior member of that hospitality practice for the firm until he resigned, as a First Vice President, after twenty (20) years with CBRE.

The Global Hospitality Group will provide high touch investment advisory, investment banking, transactional (brokerage) services, and financing placement – both debt and equity - in the $20,000,000 to $300,000,000 range. Services will be primarily focused on the upscale, luxury and boutique market tiers of domestic and International hotels, resorts, gaming, condominium-hotels, and timeshare, fractional and mixed-use projects that have a lodging component to include:

  • Debt placement – First mortgage, subordinated/mezzanine debt, preferred equity financing for acquisition and refinance of single-asset and portfolio transaction;
  • Equity placement – New construction, renovation, recapitalization;
  • Corporate real estate services – Disposition of distressed asset and loan portfolios and/or loan sales to non-performing loans;
  • Bridge loans – Purchasing and participating in highly leverage bridge loans of existing assets, raw land on a case-by-case basis;
  • Advisory services – Preparation of sophisticated financial and/or market analysis of property, including valuations, hold versus sell analysis, feasibility studies, investment underwriting, transactional due diligence, and partnership restructuring and dissolutions; 
  • Public-Private advisory services – Assist foreign and domestic governmental entities as well as private investors in structuring large public-private hotel ventures around the world;
  • Investment services – Asset management, development and acquisition services to hotel real estate investors requiring third-party expertise; and
  • Brokerage intermediary services – existing assets, sites, and portfolios.
Wise has closed hotel and resort transactions throughout coastal and inland California and in eight (8) of the Western states, including five (5) major oceanfront resorts and yacht marinas in Kauai and Maui, Hawaii, and Mexico.

He is a favorite of the media, and his objectivity, bona fide qualifications and expertise have resulted in his having been interviewed and quoted over 400 times, including interviews with: Mr. Peter Jennings on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings; The Wall Street Journal; Financial Times (of London); New York Times; Washington Post; National Real Estate Investor; Commercial Property News; and many others.

Wise is additionally known for his celebrity clientele, including: entertainer, talk show host, and Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy creator, Merv Griffin; Internationally known magician, David Copperfield; former Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone television and movie star, Fess Parker; Carl’s Junior fast food founder, Carl Karcher; and local Napa Valley winery owner and San Francisco restaurateur, Pat Kuleto. 

Wise will office in the Napa Valley: 

Dr. Donald W. Wise, 
Global Hospitality Group, Managing Partner, Johnson Capital, Hospitality and Leisure Real Estate Investment Banking, 
1436 Second Street, #310, Napa, California 94559, 
707.252.6975: Office;  
707.252.6591: Facsimile; 
949.283.9706: Mobile; 
805.896.3972: International Mobile; Electronic Mail; Web site.


Also See: Resorts, Marinas and Vineyards, Inc. Represents Craig and Kathryn Hall in the Acquisition of La Residence, a Twenty-five Room Resort in Napa Valley, California / January 2007


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