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Hotel industry think tank’s top 10 challenges for 2011

5 May 2011

Hotel Lawyer from Meet the Money® – Hotel industry think tank’s top 10 challenges for 2011
I am privileged to be one of the co-chairs of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) along with Mike Cahill and Sean Hennessey. LIIC is the hotel industry “think tank” whose membership owns or operates many billions of hotel investments, and involves all aspects of the industry.

LIIC surveys its membership each year and first releases the results — The LIIC Top 10 — at JMBM’s annual Meet the Money® conference. Mike Cahill, president and founder of HREC – Hospitality Real Estate Counselors ( compiled the survey and delivered its results to the 350 participants at the conference.

While you will miss the humor and enthusiasm that Mike injects into his delivery at the conference, the presentation below is concise and easy to understand. The results reflect what industry leaders are thinking about right now. You will find the survey results very interesting.

I want to personally thank Mike Cahill and all of the LIIC members for their continued contribution to leadership in our industry.

Lodging Industry Investment Council “Top 10” from Meet the Money 2011

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