ALIS Award Winners - Hottest Investment Deals, Executives Honored at ALIS

Published January 2020

Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2020 – Today the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), honored the executives and companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals in 2019 with the prestigious ALIS awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 29, during the ALIS conference, which runs January 27-29, 2020 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE. Nominees for the awards are evaluated based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors.

The TWA Hotel in New York, NY was named Development of the Year (Full Service) 2019 (includes branded and unbranded - luxury and upper upscale chain scales, and casinos). Finalists in this category also Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards in New York, NY and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, FL. 

AC Hotel by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Nashville Downtown/Convention Center in Nashville, TN was named Development of the Year Select/Limited Service 2019 (includes branded and unbranded - upscale, upper midscale, midscale, and economy chain scales). Finalists in this category also included citizenM Boston North Station in Boston, MA and the Moxy NYC East Village in New York, NY.

1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, FL was named Transaction of the Year (Over US$25M) 2019. Finalists in this category also included Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in Truckee, CA. 

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro in Boston, MA was named Transaction of the Year (US$25M & Under) 2019. Finalist in this category also included Casa Ocean Hotel in Miami Beach, FL.

Aimbridge Hospitality merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts was named Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2019. Finalists in this category also included LVMH’s acquisition of Belmond Ltd. and Park Hotels & Resorts’ acquisition of Chesapeake Lodging Trust.

Kevin Davis, Managing Director, JLL was named Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2019. Finalists in this category also included Naftali Holtz, Former Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Helen Zaver, Senior Vice President, Colliers International.

JP Ford chaired the ALIS Development of the Year committee, John Karver chaired the Transaction of the Year committee, Michael Murphy chaired the ALIS Merger & Acquisition of the Year committee and Thomas J. Corcoran chaired the ALIS Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year committee.

Produced by Northstar Travel Group, in association with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event featured 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.

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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at




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