Heidi Nielsen is the Managing Director of the Charleston office. She grew up all over the country before attending the College of Charleston. When she started with HVS in 2006, she worked with the Atlanta and Colorado offices before planting her roots in Charleston in 2008.
Heidi’s hotel appraisal and consulting work focuses on lodging markets in the southeastern U.S., particularly throughout the Carolinas and Coastal Georgia. Heidi’s main expertise is in working with developers on proposed hotel projects. She specializes in advising not only experienced hotel developers, but also first-time hotel developers who need special guidance. A sample of Heidi’s significant proposed hotel engagements is listed below.
- Proposed Hotel Bennett (Charleston, SC)
- Proposed The Cooper (Charleston, SC)
- Proposed Thompson Hotel (Charleston, SC)
- Proposed Roost (Charleston, SC)
- Proposed Hotel Hartness (Greenville, SC)
- Proposed Armory Hotel (Columbia, SC)
- Proposed Residence Inn by Marriott (Myrtle Beach, SC)
- Proposed EVEN (Charlotte, NC)
- Proposed West Elm Hotel (Savannah, GA)
In addition to completing hundreds of hotel assignments, Heidi has attended and helped organize many major hotel industry conferences and written articles on hotel markets in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Charleston. She has also written on the unique dynamics of lodging markets proximate to major U.S. military installations.
Heidi is active with the College of Charleston, where she mentors students, provides guidance on group projects, and serves as a guest speaker in the classroom. Heidi also currently serves on the school’s Hospitality and Tourism Management executive board; this organization connects her with an array of Charleston hospitality industry participants and experts, such as local hotel owners, developers, and GMs, as well as restaurateurs and CVB members.
Heidi earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and has front-line hotel experience with The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. She is a state-certified general appraiser.
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