In this newly created position, Nielsen will oversee MJH investment underwriting and property acquisitions while enhancing capital relationships and supporting existing development partners
[Danbury, Conn., May 18, 2022] — Justin Jabara, president of Meyer Jabara Hotels, is pleased to announce Heidi Nielsen as VP of Investments & Asset Management. For the last 15 years, Nielsen has served as Managing Director for a global consulting firm. In this new role, she will oversee the MJH portfolio of hotels and identify new investment opportunities in top markets.
“Meyer Jabara Hotels continues to expand its development footprint,” Justin Jabara said. “The foundational principles of hotel development have not changed; great underwriting is key to success. Heidi’s experience and tenure in hospitality, hotel appraisal and consulting work and ability to network with developers on proposed hotel projects, will be instrumental to our continued growth and prosperity. From culture to expertise, she is a great fit and will add another layer of sophistication to our asset management service. As we continue to develop and acquire hotels, Heidi will be crucial to supporting our capital relationships and supporting our existing development partners. She specializes in advising both experienced hotel developers and first-time hotel developers who need special guidance. We are proud to have her on our team.”
In addition to completing hundreds of hotel assignments, Nielsen has written on the unique dynamics of lodging markets proximate to major U.S. military installations as well as providing overall coverage of hotel markets in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Charleston. She is active with the College of Charleston where she mentors students, provides guidance on group projects, and serves as a guest speaker in the classroom. Nielsen currently serves on the College’s Hospitality and Tourism Management executive board; this organization connects her to local hotel owners, developers, and GMs, as well as restaurateurs and CVB members. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and has front-line hotel experience with The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
“Joining the Meyer Jabara Hotels’ development team is an exciting new opportunity that I am eager to tackle head on,” Nielsen said. “I’ve known Justin for years, and always found MJH to be rich in culture and strong in values, which is something I find extremely important when working for a company. I am happy to remain in Charleston and am eager to see where the challenges coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic will take us. In the short term, I plan to meet with investors to learn how I can help them achieve success. For the long term, my goal is simple: to grow the MJH portfolio through acquisitions and relationship building and ensure that the company remains profitable for the foreseeable future.”