Rod is President of HVS Americas, the only global consulting firm focused exclusively on the hospitality industry. He is responsible for the strategy, management, and ongoing success of the firm’s 40+ offices across the Americas. He co-owns and oversees the various HVS divisions that help clients succeed in the hospitality arena, including Consulting & Valuation, HVS Brokerage & Advisory, HVS Asset Management & Advisory, U.S. Hotel Appraisals, and HVS Latin America. He also plays a significant leadership role in the strategic direction of the firm globally.
During his nearly 30-year tenure at HVS, Rod has been instrumental in leading the growth of the firm. His entrepreneurial focus, integrity, and ongoing commitment to exceeding client needs has resulted in strong growth and exceptional client satisfaction. Under his leadership, HVS Americas conducts over 3,000 valuation and consulting engagements annually and has expanded its expertise and practice groups across the Americas.
Rod is equally committed to the employees at HVS. He brings an unwavering focus to create an extraordinary culture at HVS Americas, fostering communication, collaboration, employee development, and excellence, together with ongoing programs that provide recognition and rewards for team members. Associate tenure at HVS is exceptionally long, largely attributed to the positive culture Rod has instilled across the organization. This also benefits clients, who can count on working with highly qualified, experienced HVS consultants across multiple practice groups.
As an openly gay, Latino senior executive, Rod strongly believes in fostering a welcoming workplace for all. He supports diversity, inclusion, and equality, having established employee initiatives that embody these principles.
A frequent speaker at the nation’s largest hotel conferences, Rod is a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), holds a Colorado real estate broker’s license, and is a state-certified appraiser. He earned his BS from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and resides in Northern Colorado.
"HVS can be very proud of Rod Clough, MAI, and Mike Handy in the quality of the report and the extraordinary attention to customer service they provided to our institution. They were able to deliver the report early and were available to respond quickly to our requests for clarification. This was our first occasion to have engaged HVS, but we look forward to future opportunities to work with them again." – J. Denis Watts, Washington Federal
"I was particularly impressed with (1) Rod Clough and his HVS team's responsiveness and overall professionalism with respect to all our contact throughout the entire process, (2) the level of detailed reporting for the feasibility study, (3) his team's understanding of the market and our specific needs relative to this unique assignment, and (4) a willingness and open mind to make changes as appropriate to the final draft." – John Palmer, Redico Management
"HVS sets the bar for the quality and timeliness of its reports in all spheres of the hotel industry. Not only are they dependable but [they] are qualitatively non-pareil." – Vijay Dandapani, Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC)
HVS is an allied member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and a sponsor of the ForWard Conference. ForWard is an annual conference to recognize women leaders of the hospitality industry and champion the next generation of leaders.
HVS is an Industry Partner of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. This organization was founded in 1989 to educate, encourage, and empower minority students interested in pursuing hospitality careers.
HVS is an allied member of the Latino Hotel Association (LHA), which is the only association dedicated to Latino hotel ownership, development, and operations within the hospitality industry.
HVS is a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, whose members own roughly 1 in 2 hotels in the U.S. AAHOA's mission is to advance and protect the business interests of hotel owners through advocacy, industry leadership, professional development, member benefits, and community engagement.
HVS is an allied member of NABHOOD. Founded in 1998, the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers seeks to increase the number of African Americans developing, managing, operating, and owning hotels, as well as increase vendor opportunities and executive-level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African American community.
HVS supports membership in LGREG, the Lesbian and Gay Real Estate Group, which supports the LGBTQ community and is primarily active in California.
Rod is a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), a state-certified general appraiser, and a licensed real estate broker.
Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
Bachelor of Science
Rod has completed over 180 hours of basic level appraisal training to meet initial state certification requirements and over 200 hours of advanced education to meet all class requirements of the Appraisal Institute for its MAI designation. Beyond these initial requirements, Rod continues to take classes annually in appraisal standards, among other topics.
Appraisal Institute classes completed:
410 – Standards of Professional Practice Part A
420 – Standards of Professional Practice Part B
510 – Advanced Income Capitalization
520 – Highest and Best Use and Market Analysis
530 – Adv. Sales Comparison and Cost Approach
540 – Report Writing and Valuation Analysis
550 – Advanced Applications
Certified General Appraiser classes completed through the University of Colorado Continuing Education Department:
NCRE-200 Registered Appraiser,
NCRE-201 Basic Appraisal Applications
NCRE-203 Small Residential Income Properties
NCRE-208 Standards and Ethics
NCRE-211 Certified Residential
NCRE-215 Appraisal Principles and Advanced Applications
NCRE-216 Income Capitalization
NCRE-219 Commercial Case Studies
Other Specialized Training Classes Completed:
TALCB-ACE - Income Property Analysis
24-Hour Comprehensive Appraisal Workshop
Mandatory 8-Hour Broker Standards
Anatomy of a Mortgage, URAR
Solutions Approach – Appraisal Institute
Small Hotel/Motel Valuation – Appraisal Institute
Appraisal Curriculum Overview
Appraising and Analyzing Office Buildings for Mortgage Underwriting
Appraising Apartments: The Basics
Ad Valorem Tax Consultation
How To Analyze & Value Income Property
Risky Business: Ways to Minimize Your Liability
Florida Law Class
Fundamentals of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets
Pennsylvania Law Class
Appraising and Analyzing Industrial & Flex Buildings
Business Practices and Ethics
The Nuts and Bolts of Green Building
PA Law Class
Real Estate Finance Statistics and Valuation Modeling
Mold, Pollution and the Appraiser
MI Law Class
CA Law Class
The Income Approach
Basic Hotel Appraising
Review of Disciplinary Cases
Business Practices and Ethics
Basics of Expert Witness
Land and Site Valuation
The Dirty Dozen
Evaluations, Desktops and Other Limited Scope Appraisals
Green Building Concepts for Appraisers
Appraisal of Fast-Food Facilities
Intro to Commercial Appraisal Review
REO and Foreclosures
Appraising Industrial Buildings
Appraisal of Self-Storage Facilities
Laws for NV Appraisers
Sexual Harassment - IL
Rod completes 15–20 hours of additional education annually, including biennial National USPAP Update courses.
Rod is a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).
Rod holds an Associate Real Estate Broker license in the State of Colorado (License #: FA.100093786).
Rod is a licensed, state certified appraiser in his home state of Colorado and additional states. In Colorado, he holds a Certified General Appraiser license (License #: CG40017461). Rod and his staff hold state certifications in virtually all 50 states.
Please contact Michelle Guetterman at [email protected] for more specific information regarding licensing. Michelle handles all licensing questions for the HVS US platform. Michelle can also provide a PDF copy of any license upon request.
Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), New York, NY—June 2022, 2023
HD Expo + Conference, Las Vegas, NV—May 2023
AHLA Forward 2022, Chicago, IL—May 2023
Hunter Conference, Atlanta, GA—March 2021, 2022, 2023
Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), Los Angeles, CA—January 2023
NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, NY—June 2022
Boulder Hotel Motel Association Luncheon, Boulder, CO—April 2022
The Lodging Conference, Phoenix, AZ—September 2021
This article shares our main takeaways from the highly attended 2023 Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It was an incredible gathering for our industry, with great ideas and insights shared, deals done, and friendships strengthened. We look forward to next year’s event!
As HVS associates travel nationwide and experience new hotels, or newly renovated and revitalized properties, we are seeing many owners creating innovative ways to generate revenue. This article lists just a few ways we’ve recently come across.
If we want to avoid the most severe effects of climate change, the world must halve carbon emissions by 2030. At HVS, travel is an essential component of what we do, and carbon emissions are inevitable. But we are highly committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
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Another exceptional Hunter Conference is in the rearview mirror, with much thanks to Lee Hunter and his team, as well as the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, for pulling off a terrific event. Never a dull moment in the hotel industry, which is why many of us never leave the sector, with attendees having such varied opinions on how this year may play out.
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The halls of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge were buzzing this week as thousands descended upon the Phoenix resort for this week’s Lodging Conference. If you couldn’t make it to the event, here’s a quick recap of what you missed.
The tale of the looming recession was mixed, with some forecasting a shallow, short-lived recession, and others expecting a more significant impact. The overall sentiment remains a positive one, and that cash flow growth should continue. Despite high inflation, other economic markers, such as consumer goods, mortgage default rates, and low unemployment rates, look positive.
ALIS kicked off the 2022 hospitality industry convention season this week with heightened optimism for the sector. Several factors are converging this year that are setting the stage for what may be a year of record-breaking transaction activity.
The NYU Investment Conference arrived five months late this year, but it was worth the wait. The event attracted over 1,000 registered participants eager to hear from a stellar lineup of the global industry’s top leaders and influencers, and it kicked off in a bustling Times Square on the same day U.S. airports reopened to fully vaccinated international travelers.