Five Key Takeaways | ALIS Conference The Americas Lodging Investment Summit

Presentations and conversations at the 2015 ALIS conference touched on everything from new brands and supply to how falling oil prices, a rising dollar, and stability in the capital markets are affecting prospects for U.S. hotels.
Tanya Pierson, MAI has conducted market studies, feasibility analyses, and appraisals for over 2,000 hotels and resorts in nearly every U.S. state, as well as Canada and the Caribbean. A featured speaker and panelist at major hotel conferences, she has also lectured at the University of Denver on topical issues in the U.S. lodging market. Tanya graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. She is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). Contact Tanya at (303) 588-6558 or
A Senior Vice President with HVS Denver and HVS Director of Business Development, Brett Russell’s 15-year career in hospitality encompasses hotel operations, management, development, and consulting. Brett has overseen hundreds of appraisals, market studies, and feasibility studies for hotels, lodges, and resorts throughout the Americas, with a focus on Colorado full-service hotels and resorts. Contact Brett at 720-877-1376 or

About Susan Furbay

Susan Furbay is Vice President of Business Development for HVS, working with hotel investors, brokers, owners, operators, and other clients seeking HVS expertise in markets around the world. Susan formerly served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development at Sage Hospitality and as Director of North America Lending in GE Real Estate’s Hospitality division, where she originated and closed hotel loans totaling nearly $500 million. Contact Susan at (516) 248-8828 ext. 275 or


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