Dorothy A. Jennings is Executive Vice President of HVS and assistant to Stephen Rushmore. In that capacity, she is involved in the day-to-day management of the New York office including associate and administrative recruitment, annual employee reviews, sales and marketing, and public relations. As “gatekeeper” to Rushmore, she serves as client liaison. She is Secretary for the HVS Board of Directors.
Prior to joining HVS, she served as vice president of InterBank/Brener Hospitality, the lodging group of InterBank Capital Partners, a leading advisory firm servicing the hospitality and lodging sectors. The group provided real estate advisory and marketing services and debt and merger acquisition support.
Jennings was Vice President of Stephen W. Brener Associates, Inc., a complete hospitality industry real estate service company offering hotel acquisition/disposition and transaction services, consulting, brokerage and investment decision advice. Assistant to Stephen W. Brener, and a member of the brokerage division, she served as delegate representative to the Hotel Brokers Association of America.
During her tenure with Stephen W. Brener Associates, she traveled extensively in the Loire Valley in France where Brener had acquired a 16th century chateau. She was directly involved in its refurbishment and ultimately, entertaining hospitality clients on a regular basis at this venue.
She began her real estate career as Manager of the Hospitality Division of Helmsley-Spear, Inc. where she was one of the first women hotel real estate brokers.
In 1979, working with Stephen Brener, the founder of the International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Jennings became involved with New York University as Conference Coordinator. The Annual New York University Hospitality Industry Investment Conference is a financial forum featuring prominent leaders in the hospitality and investment industries, and is considered the preeminent conference of its kind. She continued in her role as consultant to the University after Brener’s death when the chairmanship of the Investment Conference was assumed by Jonathan M. Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels. Jennings is a member of Tisch’s Executive Planning Committee for the Conference. She was also Coordinator of the NYU Latin American Hotel Investment Conference.
In her 35 years of involvement in this prestigious event, one of her greatest accomplishments is raising millions of dollars in sponsorship and patronage donations directed towards scholarships and academic initiatives for students of the Tisch Center of NYU. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. NYU has named a room at their new location in honor of Jennings.
Jennings is a member of the Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory, a cultural organization based in the Catskill Mountains that promotes the celebration of music and theatre throughout the region. She is also a member of the Board of the Shandaken Animal Shelter where she has served as a volunteer for two decades.