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John C. Portman to Receive the Lifetime Achievement Award
at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit

San Diego, August 31, 2010 — John C. Portman, Jr., chairman of John Portman & Associates, Inc., Portman Holdings, LLC, and AmericasMart, will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in recognition of his vision and innovative designs, which have had a profound impact on hotel and public space design.  ALIS will be held January 24-26, 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Early in his career Portman pioneered the role of architect as developer to allow more freedom in implementing his design concepts.  Portman is best known for his urban mixed-use complexes, from Embarcadero Center in San Francisco and Times Square in New York to Marina Square in Singapore and Shanghai Centre in China.  In his hometown of Atlanta, the 14-block Peachtree Center complex attests to his commitment to the downtown business district and includes many of his landmark projects.  Although the project began in 1960 with the opening of the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, it was with the opening of the Hyatt Regency in 1967, with its 22-story atrium, that Portman made architectural history and won international acclaim.

“Recognized throughout the world for his innovative design, John Portman has been a tremendously successful developer and architect who has made meaningful contributions to the hospitality industry for 50 years,” said Jim Burba, ALIS conference chair.  “Always eager to try new concepts, his keen business sense and entrepreneurial spirit enabled him to develop many profitable projects, including his famed atrium which is credited with launching Hyatt as a major brand.  We’re pleased to present the honor at yet another Portman designed and developed hotel, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.” 

In 1997, Portman was inducted as an Academician of the National Academy - Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York.  In 1996, the Angel Orensanz Foundation elected him member of the Senate of the Accademia Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.  He has served as a board member of the Atlanta College of Art, and is Trustee Emeritus of the Atlanta Arts Alliance.  He has also served as a director of the Atlanta High Museum of Art.  The Georgia Institute of Technology, his alma mater, presented him their highest honor, the Exceptional Achievement Award in 1986. His numerous architectural awards include a lifetime achievement award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2009, the Silver Medal Award in 1981 for innovative design from the Atlanta Chapter AIA, and the AIA Medal in 1978 for innovations in hotel design from the National American Institute of Architects.

Co-hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry’s leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community. Proceeds from ALIS benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA’s nonprofit affiliate.

Registration is now open for the 2011 conference via the ALIS Website at  Delegates can save US$150 by registering before September 24, 2010.  For general event information and sponsor opportunities, please visit the Website or contact Stephany Chen, BHN associate, at (714) 540-9300 or  

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. 

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community.  With more than two decades of experience, over 80 events completed or in production to-date, and more than 60,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends.  BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in San Diego; the ALIS Summer Update in Los Angeles; the Central America Tourism & Hotel Investment Exchange (CATHIE) held in El Salvador in 2010; the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP Update Southeast Asia in Singapore; HICAP Update Japan in Tokyo; the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; and the new Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami. The BHN website at is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.


Kathryn Potter

Bob Hayes

Also See: Randy Smith, Founder of the STAR Program, to Receive ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award / August 2009

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