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24th Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Set for March 18-20 in Atlanta

'Take Charge, Move Forward!' Theme Reflects Attitude of Hotel Owners;
Tom Corcoran (Felcor) and David Morris (Kiplinger Editor) are Keynote Speakers,
H.P. Rama to be Honored for Excellence and Inspiration

ATLANTA, February 1, 2012—Officials today announced the timing and theme, as well as a host of key speakers for the 24th Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, one of the four major national annual hotel investment conferences.  The event will be held March 18-20 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keynote speakers for the event will be Tom Corcoran, chairman of FelCor Lodging Trust, one of the hotel industry’s largest and oldest REITs that currently owns 76 hotels and David Morris, Senior Government & Politics Editor at The Kiplinger Letter.   H.P. Rama, CHA, chairman of JHM Enterprises will be honored with the Hunter Conference Award for Excellence and Inspiration for both his leadership as a hotel owner and for his extensive philanthropic activities. 

The “Hunter Conference” focuses on hotel owners and emphasizes hotel real estate and finance.  Networking with fellow hotel owners and industry leaders is a key component.

Among the more than 100 conference speakers will be Mike Leven, president & COO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation; Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, nationally known economist; Ed Kobel, president of DeBartolo Development; Gary DeLapp, president & CEO, Extended State Hotels; Dan Hansen, president and CEO, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.; Jennifer A. Dakin, SVP, team leader, Hospitality Finance Group, Wells Fargo Bank; Scott Andrews, SVP, GE Franchise Finance; Sam Reynolds, Apple REIT; Naveen Kakarla, president & CEO, Hersha Hospitality Management; Jim Merkel, president & CEO, RockBridge Capital; Liam Brown, Marriott International, Inc.; Joel Eisemann, CDO of IHG; Nancy Johnson, Chair, AHLA; and Gary Dollens, global head, franchise select brands, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“After three years of the most difficult downturn in modern hotel history, hoteliers are feeling more optimistic about the future and now are looking at the upside potential, which is our focus this year,” said Bob Hunter, CEO of Hunter Realty and conference co-chair.  “We saw a positive turnaround in confidence at last year’s conference with our second highest attendance ever and expect this to be a record year.”

“Another positive sign for the hotel industry is the increased registration by hotel lenders this year,” said Lee Hunter, Conference co-chair and COO of Hunter Realty.  “We have some 20 lenders registered to date and expect that number to increase substantially.  We have three sessions on lending, reflecting the importance of this topic to hotel owners and the growing interest by lenders.”

For more information on the program and to register, please visit the conference website at, or contact Bob Hunter, Lee Hunter or Nancy Petenbrink, Conference Director, at 770-916-0300 or by email at  The conference headquarters is located at 300 Galleria Parkway, S-620, Atlanta, Ga. 30339.


Jerry Daly, Chris Daly
Daly Gray Public Relations
 (703) 435-6293

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