Saturday, September 23, 2017

Amy Mierzwinski Receives Third Annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting

Amy Mierzwinski (left) Receives Lori Raleigh Award from Kristie Dickinson,
  ISHC award committee chair and executive vice president of CHMWarnick.

 BANGKOK, Thailand -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) today announced Amy Mierzwinski, MSc CHDM, as the recipient of the third annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Mierzwinski was honored at the ISHC annual conference, held this year in Bangkok, Thailand.

 The guest of honor received a complimentary registration and travel allowance to attend the three-day event, including access to global hospitality experts featured throughout the conference program and exclusive ISHC member networking events.

Mierzinski also was awarded a complimentary one-year Associate Membership to the ISHC to further professional relationships and continue experiencing all that the Society has to offer through events and interacting with top hospitality industry consultants from around the globe. 

Kristie Dickinson

 “Amy’s many accomplishments, achieved within her own career and on behalf of the clients she represents, are a testament to her deep knowledge of hospitality marketing strategies, leadership, professionalism, creativity and continual pursuit of growth,” said Kristie Dickinson, ISHC award committee chair and executive vice president of CHMWarnick.

“Amy has risen as a leader and trusted advisor within her own firm and throughout the industry, receiving many awards and accolades for her work.  She is actively engaged in a number of organizations, including HSMAI. Amy is a hospitality professional deserving of this recognition, and we are confident that this award will inspire and support her continued journey towards becoming a top industry leader, for which she is well on her way.”

Mierzwinski currently is a director at Horwath HTL, a global leader in hotel, tourism and leisure consulting, where she is responsible for branding, sales and marketing and revenue management consultancy. 

The award is named in honor of Lori Raleigh, who is well known as an advocate for continuing education in hospitality consulting and for supporting young talent with creative and passionate leadership. Raleigh is the founder of The Travers Group and served as the executive director of the ISHC from 2000 to 2013. She also contributed to two important industry texts, co-authoring Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives and serving as co-editor and contributing author of Hotel Asset Management: Principles and Practices.

Lori Raleigh
Additionally, she oversees Horwath HTL’s client service team in New York and Florida.  Prior to joining Horwath HTL, Mierzwinski held key positions with The Lacek Group, a specialty agency of Ogilvy & Mather based in Manhattan, where she managed a number of hospitality accounts, including the former Starwood, Denihan Hospitality Group and Anson-Stoner.

 Mierzwinski holds a Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Florida State University, as well as a Certified Hospitality Digital Marketing professional designation from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She currently serves on HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Council.

"The International Society of Hospitality Consultants represents the best of the best in consulting, and becoming a member has been a long-term aspiration of mine,” Mierzwinski noted. “To be recognized with the Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence gives me a great opportunity, not only to further my career aspirations, but to build long-lasting relationships.

“Over the course of my decade in hospitality, I have seen the industry go through numerous changes in technology, the competitive landscape and, particularly in my field of marketing, with the importance of digital strategy.

“The one thing that hasn’t changed is the significance and value of the relationships I’ve made with fellow industry professionals. I look forward to my future involvement in ISHC and hope to set an example for other young hospitality consultants.”

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Construction Begins on Two Bellamy Student Housing Communities in South Carolina and Alabama

Rendering of Planned Bellamy Coastal Student Housing Facility, Conway, SC

Atlanta, GA – Construction is underway on two luxury student housing communities offering resort-style living. Mallory & Evans Development is building these additions to its Bellamy brand with a combined value of $56 million:

* Bellamy Coastal, a $32 million 480-bed community adjacent to Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina
* Bellamy Florence, a $24 million 420-bed community near the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama

Rendering of Planned Bellamy Florence Student Housing Facility, Florence, AL

Caliber Living, a subsidiary of Mallory & Evans, will lease and manage both communities.

“We’ve been building private student housing since 2006, and every community improves on the previous ones,” said Mallory & Evans Principal Brantley Basinger. “These new Bellamy communities will offer private off-campus student living as never experienced in these markets.”

Both gated communities will have fully-furnished apartments with private bedrooms and baths, 60” flatscreen TVs, study areas, community-wide WiFi and onsite management and maintenance. Luxury amenities include a pool, sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, covered outdoor patios with TVs, washer/dryers, tanning beds, a clubhouse, fire pits and grills. They also offer access to greenspace and trails.

Brantley Basinger
The latest smart-home technology includes security systems, locks and thermostats that can be accessed through mobile apps. Amazon Alexa, the voice-activated Internet access, will let residents place orders online, and get important information from management quickly.

Bellamy Coastal is right next to the CCU campus, while Bellamy Florence will connect to the University of North Alabama student transportation system. Parking will include one space per resident, plus visitors spaces. The communities will also have sidewalks and bicycle storage.

Initial construction started in August. A formal groundbreaking for Bellamy Florence is set for Sept. 20. Completion is expected before fall semester of next year.

For information about rents, leasing, etc., visit the Bellamy Coastal at and Bellamy Florence at and sign up.

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Terri Thornton
Partner, Thornton Communications
Phone: 404-932-4347

29th Street Capital Expands to Southern California; Richard Marshall to Source Multifamily Deals

Richard Marshall
San Diego, CA – Richard Marshall has joined 29th Street Capital as Acquisition Director for Southern California. Marshall is responsible for all facets of the privately-held real estate investment and advisory firm’s activity in the Southern California market, and will lead all multifamily acquisitions and asset management strategies there.

Marshall has over 14 years of real estate investment, development and asset management experience across a variety of asset types, including multifamily. Prior to joining 29th Street Capital, Marshall was an Asset Manager with Sabal Financial Group working with distressed debt and distressed real estate.

In this role, he was responsible for all loan resolutions including: discounted pay-offs, loan restructuring, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, foreclosure and litigation. Additionally, he was fully responsible for re-positioning, leasing, renovations and dispositions of all assets in his portfolio.

“Richard brings a tremendous amount of experience to 29SC and a strong knowledge of multifamily fundamentals throughout Southern California,” said 29th Street Capital Managing Director Robert Bollhoffer. “He has a remarkable entrepreneurial mentality and we look forward to supporting Richard as we expand into this region.”

Before joining Sabal, Marshall was part of Archstone Apartments highly-competitive post-MBA Management Development Program. In addition to working directly with on-site personnel, Marshall assisted with acquisitions and dispositions in Southern California as well as tax compliance in New York City.

Robert Bollhoffer
While working with a Receiver, Marshall oversaw a collection of apartment buildings in Santa Monica, California and was responsible for repositioning the properties. Prior to that, Marshall was Director of Real Estate acquisitions for Hanford Hotels, focusing on land acquisitions for hotel development.

“I am excited to join the 29th Street Capital team and begin to focus on multifamily acquisitions,” Marshall stated. “I believe there is great opportunity throughout Southern California and I believe a local presence will prove beneficial.”

In addition to sourcing and completing acquisitions, his responsibilities involve end-to-end oversight of projects including the selection of third-party management, supervising all capital projects, marketing/design and eventual disposition.

Marshall obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He also completed his Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of San Diego. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

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Terri Thornton
Partner, Thornton Communications
Phone: 404-932-4347

Charles Dunn Company's Bank Property Group Completes $5.05 Million Sale of a U.S. Bank-Anchored Retail Property in Lynwood, CA

Kyle Gulock
LOS ANGELES, CA - Charles Dunn Company, one of the largest full-service regional real estate firms in the western United States, has completed the $5.05 million sale of a fully occupied, 9,375-square-foot two-tenant retail property anchored by U.S. Bank in Lynwood, Calif.

Kyle Gulock and Matt Kramer of Charles Dunn Company's Bank Property Group represented the seller, a private investor from Los Angeles. The buyer, a private international investor, was represented by Industry Partners. The transaction closed at a capitalization rate of 5.75 percent and a strong price of $538 per square foot.

"With more than one million people within a square mile of this asset, our Bank Property Group focused on the strong tenancy, as well as the property's intrinsic value being that it is situated within a path of progress," said Gulock.

The property had been on the market several times with other brokerage firms, however, Bank Property Group took a specialized approach to communicate the strength of the tenant at this location to the buyer.

"We have a depth of contacts and resources within the bank property niche and were able to tap into potential investors on a national and international basis," commented Gulock.

Matt Kramer
 "We also set up a meeting with the eventual buyer and the bank manager who was able to clearly communicate the strength of this particular branch and how it serves the local community on a day-to-day basis."

Located at 3645 E. Imperial Highway, the property is situated on a .63-acre parcel and is highly visible to more than 31,800 daily vehicles on one of the region's most well-travelled roadways.

 In addition to being occupied by U.S. Bank, one of the nation's largest financial institutions, the second tenant is union store front office, SEIU Local 99.

For more information on this press release, please contact:

Darcie Giacchetto
D.G. Communications, Inc.