Michael Smithson, a Phoenix-based Senior Project Manager with the HVS offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, has a passion for all the intricacies of hotel development, financing, and valuation. Michael’s hospitality expertise includes consulting on more than 50 hotel assets across the state of Arizona. Michael graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management, with a concentration in Hotel Development and minor in Finance, from the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. While in school he served on the board of the university’s Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) chapter, which received the Chapter of the Year and Chapters’ Choice awards during his tenure. Michael is a Certified Hotel Industry Analyst (CHIA).