As President of the Americas, Rod supports the firm's 40 locations across all of the Americas in their execution of strategy and working towards achieving the firm's vision.
Rod began his consulting career with HVS in 1995 and became a Partner/Owner in 2000, upon his launch of HVS Dallas, the firm's fifth office. Since that time, he acquired all four original U.S. Consulting & Valuation offices and launched 30 more, in partnership with the founding Rushmore family. As of 2021, he is co-owner, with Stephen Rushmore, Jr., of all 36 U.S. HVS Consulting & Valuation offices, as well as the Americas Brokerage and Financing divisions. He is a founding owner/partner of HVS Mexico-Latin America, as well.
Rod has grown his team from 2 to 110, and his staff and consulting leaders have a significant average tenure. Once associates join HVS, they tend not to leave due to the extraordinary culture Rod has inspired.
- Rod and HVS Americas believe Black Lives Matter. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are important to us, and we have a strategy to put these words into real action.
- Rod is proudly hispanic and gay and leads and co-owns a firm that is welcoming of all races and colors, sexual orientations, ages, genders and gender identities, and all other protected classes and those that should be protected classes but may not yet be. Rod has been married to his husband, Jeff Clough, since 2014. Rod's mother emigrated from Mexico in the late 1960s; Rod and HVS celebrate immigration and those seeking a build a better future.
- Rod and HVS Americas are proud and thankful for America's veterans and all those that have served in our great country's military.
- Rod leads an organization that welcomes associates and staff that affiliate with Democrat, Republican, and all other political parties.
Rod is a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and a state-certified general appraiser. His consulting experience encompasses all hotel property types and brand segments, including convention headquarters hotels, resorts, limited- and full-service hotels, and extended-stay hotels. In 2007, Rod secured the engagement for and coordinated the appraisals of nearly 200 properties associated with the $26-billion sale of Hilton Hotels to The Blackstone Group, an unprecedented transaction in the history of the international lodging industry and, to date, the largest assignment undertaken by the firm.
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