ATLANTA—Officials of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) revealed their new board of directors for 2021, who were ppointed at the group’s semi-annual conference held virtually this past year. Among the new members:
- Larry Trabulsi, CHMWarnick, CHAM—president
- Matthew Arrants, Pinnacle Advisory Group, CHAM—VP
- Sarah Gulla, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, CHAM—membership chair
- Kerry Gaber, Host Hotels & Resorts—treasurer
- Chad Sorensen, CHMWarnick, CHAM—marketing chair
- Elizabeth Lloyd, Ashford Hospitality Trust—industry chair
- David Danieli, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust—international chair
- Derrick Yee, Kahana Capital Partners, CHAM—education chair
- Kim Gauthier, HotelAVE, CHAM—2020 president
- Justin Epps, Watermark Lodging Trust Inc.—at-large board member
- Dina Winder, Walton Street Capital—at-large board member
Trabulsi brings more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience and a career largely dedicated to hotel asset management, including his current role of EVP with CHMWarnick, a leading hotel asset management and owner advisory company. He has served as an active member of the HAMA organization for 10 years, holding numerous board and committee positions, including international chair. Trabulsi is one of only 43 active professionals in the world holding the CHAM (certified hotel asset manager) designation, the only advanced certification available to accomplished hotel asset management professionals. (Other members of the board holding the CHAM designation are noted above).
Trabulsi currently serves as a senior member of CHMWarnick’s asset management team collectively responsible for a client portfolio of more than 70 hotels with a total value of approximately $15 billion in hospitality real estate under asset management. He has extensive development, capital planning and renovation oversight experience and has been involved in large-scale renovation projects of more than $30 million. He also is actively engaged in advising the lender community on distressed assets and on hotel receivership engagements.
“In light of the continued uncertainties faced by the hospitality industry, asset management has become more important than ever for owners looking for guidance and strategies for stabilizing distressed assets and effectively positioning for recovery,” Trabulsi said. “This new board is comprised of some of the biggest companies and most respected professionals in the hotel sector. Under the newly formed board, we plan to deliver on the organization’s core values of education, networking and being a voice for hotel owners during these challenging times.”