Hotel Real Estate Expert 344108 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 30 years expert experience with Hotel and Hospitality Real Estate in Nevada and California. I have worked in senior and executive positions with three major hotel companies in real estate development, finance, and operations. I have maintained an advisory practice for hotels, resorts, and related hospitality products. My services may be in relation to new properties going through any situation where disputes have arisen among the stakeholders. My typical expert assignments include financial feasibility; economic damages; lost profits; management contracts and franchise agreements; brand issues; standards of care; and management and operating issues. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes Economics of conversion of hotel to timesharing use, Economics of conversion of apartment buildings to fractional use; Determination of maximum economic feasible building height for new resort, Hotel lost profits analysis related to construction defects and delays; Determination of fair compensation for resort project executives; Resort lost profits analysis related to adjacent incompatible uses; Hotel and resort feasibility; Diminution of resort value caused by adjacent building encroachment; Standard of care at hotel regarding handling and retention of evidence; Economics and standard practices relative to transient occupancy taxes, Breach of fiduciary duties by resort executives; Class action involving claim of underpaid employees at hotel; Standard of care regarding general negligence at resort involving accident at swimming pool; Duty of care by brand licensor to private residence club regarding fire and life safety.

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include Real estate development consulting, Project concept development, Facility and amenity programming, Strategy development, Acquisition of project financing, Brand affiliation studies and negotiations, Management company searches, Selection of project team individuals, Repositioning and expansion studies, Due diligence for property acquisitions, Management of property dispositions, and Development of financing packages.

Relevant Experiences

I am fully knowledgeable and qualified to opine upon the issues of industry standards concerning document retention, incident reporting and pest termination services.

I began my career in hotel operations, then migrated to hotel finance and finally transitioned to hotel real estate development. I worked for three major hotel companies, all with resorts in the Phoenix area or other equivalent desert locations where specific flora and fauna issues arose. For many years, I have maintained my own hotel consulting practice, including a major component of expert witnessing.


MBABusiness Administration (Finance)University of Missouri
BSHotel AdministrationUniversity of Nevada in Las Vegas

Licenses Certifications

Registered Resort Professional
American Resort Development Association
California Real Estate Broker
Master Hotel Supplier
American Hotel & Lodging Association

Primary Affiliation

American Hotel & Lodging Association