HVS International Expands its Convention, Sports and Entertainment Facility Consulting

The HVS Specialty Hires former ScheerGame Executives

HVS International has announced that two hospitality industry veterans, Steven A. Stern and Brian Harris are joining HVS' Convention, Sport and Entertainment Facilities Consulting Division (CSE), in order to expand its services to public and private sector clients in North America and globally. Stern is the former Chief Executive Officer of ScheerGame Sports Development and Harris is the former Senior Vice President of ScheerGame's Analytical Services. Together, they bring more than 50 years of experience concentrated in public/private partnerships and municipal financing.

In announcing the appointment, Steve Rushmore, President and Founder of HVS International, said, "This expansion of our services is a response to emerging trends of public/private partnerships in the public assembly industry -- as political and policy focus has shifted toward a broader economic development strategy. "

Tom Hazinski, Managing Director of HVS's Convention, Sports and Entertainment Facility Consulting Services Division, added, "Stern and Harris are both seasoned public finance investment bankers as well as successful private and public developers of public assembly facilities. They will substantially expand our ability to help our clients from the initial conceptual phases through the implementation of financing."

"Brian and I are honored to join HVS International," said Stern. "We can assist clients in resolving two fundamental questions – how will a project be financed? And how will the public/private partnership be created, managed and executed? These questions are important for the public, for teams, for developers, for colleges and universities, for taxpayers," Stern explained. "It is our intent to provide analytical, financial and development assistance services to help HVS's clients answer these two questions."

"We look forward to continuing our long-time relationship with Carl Scheer, founder of ScheerSports, Martin J. Greenberg, former Chairman of the Marquette University Sports Law Institute and Bill Carr, President of Carr Sports Associates," added Stern. "Their expertise, integrity and professionalism are hallmarks of how ScheerGame and HVS conduct their practices."

Said Carl Scheer of the Harris and Stern move to HVS, "together we have created ground-breaking models of public/private partnerships in America's mid-sized cities. I look forward to continued efforts with Brian and Steve in the future." And according to Bill Carr, "the combination of HVS International expertise with the financing skills of Stern and Harris provides an enormous resource for our nation's colleges and university campus development."

A former public finance investment banker, Steve Stern brings more than 35 years of experience in finance, government and development. For the past 7 years, Stern has led ScheerGame as it structured arena, stadium and ballpark financings and developments. Among the projects he completed are the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC (a transaction the Bond Buyer described as a model of minor league arena financings), the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, the Veterans Memorial Arena and the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, FL and Coors Field in Denver, CO. He is currently providing financing and development advice on integrated sports and mixed-use development projects in Omaha, NE, Columbia, SC and Savannah, GA.

Stern completed more than $1.4 billion of municipal financings for clients while he served as Senior Vice President of Public Finance at William R. Hough & Co., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, George K. Baum & Company and Drexel, Burnham, Lambert for almost 13 years. He was Director of Hough’s Sports Facility Practice.

Brian Harris has completed more than 1,000 financings during his more than 25-year public finance and investment-banking career. One of the most respected municipal analysts in the country, he served as Deputy Director of Public Finance at each of Raymond James & Company and William R. Hough & Company, leading each firms’ analytical and quantitative practices.

Established in 1980, HVS International's experts literally wrote the book on how to value hotels, timeshares, restaurants and more. Hotel owners, operators, lenders, banks, and management companies all turn to HVS as the respected authority on hospitality. We possess detailed knowledge and experience in the markets where we have a presence and regions in between. Whatever the real estate or consulting need, HVS associates possess experience in a wide range of hospitality and operational disciplines. Our entrepreneurial mindset and company-wide philosophy allows us to think as if we were owners and operators ourselves. We know this best suits our clients' needs.

For more information, please contact:

Tom Hazinski
Email: thazinski@hvsinternational.com
Phone: +1 312 587 9900 ext. 11
Steve Stern
Email: sstern@hvsinternational.com
Phone: +1 904 242-7206

Brian Harris
Email: bharris@hvsinternational.com
Phone: +1 904 242-7206

Steven Stern
Email: sstern@hvsinternational.com
Phone: +1 904 242-7206