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Four Key Takeaways | 2015 North America Tourism & Hospitality Investment Conference (NATHIC)

Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. enterprises has doubled over the past 15 years, a sign of investor confidence in American real estate, including hotels. The NATHIC event also spoke to what moves will set hoteliers ahead in the current market.
Heidi Nielsen, a Senior Vice President with HVS Atlanta office, conducts hotel appraisal work in markets throughout the South. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, her assignments range from single-asset and regional hotel portfolio appraisals to feasibility studies for proposed full- and select-service hotels. Heidi earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and gained front-line hotel experience with The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Contact Heidi at +1 (843) 847-1986 or hnielsen@hvs.com.

About McKenna Luke

McKenna Luke, is a Vice President with the HVS Consulting and Valuation office in Dallas; she works from a satellite office near Oklahoma City. McKenna earned her bachelors degree in Hospitality Management and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from University of Denver and holds a certified general appraisal license. McKenna’s diverse hospitality background includes experience in rooms, food and beverage, events, sales, marketing, finance, and development for convention headquarters hotels, full-service branded hotels, and historic independent properties. Contact McKenna at +1 (303) 704-2636 or mluke@hvs.com.

About Kirby Payne

Kirby D. Payne, CHA, President of HVS Hotel Management and HVS Asset Management - Newport, has over 40 years of hotel operations, consulting, and development experience. He was the 2002 Chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and a former Director of the National Restaurant Association. He is a frequent speaker and author. His hotel experience began as a four-year-old living in a hotel on the Amazon River in Brazil, which was managed by his father for InterContinental Hotels. He never lived in a house until he was 13. Payne previously served on the Certification Commission of the AH&LA's Educational Institute. HVS Hotel Management has operated hotels throughout the United States and has served a multiplicity of clients, including lenders, airports and other government entities, and individual investors. HVS Asset Management - Newport oversees upscale and luxury hotels on behalf of clients who use branded management and major independent management companies. Both companies undertake various consulting assignments including, but not limited to, development consulting, brand and management company selections and contract negotiations, Hotel Performance Analysis and litigation support (expert witness). Mr. Payne is frequently appointed as a Receiver for hotels and resorts. Contact Kirby at +1 (763) 591-7640 or KPayne@HVS.com.

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