LWHA adds Brett Russell as managing director

LW Hospitality Advisors (LWHA) has appointed Brett Russell as managing director of the firm.

Russell has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience providing an array of hospitality operational, valuation and real estate advisory services including: expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, market and feasibility studies, and appraisals. He has expertise with complex proposed and existing assets, with a specialization in mixed-use resorts that include ski, golf, beach, and/or residential components. Based in Denver, he has unique knowledge in evaluating ski resorts and related ski village accommodations and is considered an authority on lodging in these destination markets, the company reports.

“Brett Russell’s experience and capabilities in lodging real estate are wide and deep, which further enhance LWHA’s senior ranks, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Daniel H. Lesser, cofounder/president/CEO, LWHA. “Earlier this year LWHA marked its 12-year anniversary, and Brett will be an integral part of the platforms continued geographic footprint expansion and diversification of service offerings.”

During the past 22 years Russell served as managing director and director of business development with HVS and as a member of the group’s global management team. Additionally, he has operational, development, consulting and transaction experience with Tharaldson Hospitality Management and REAL Properties LLC as a franchise owner and developer of Ziggi’s Coffee.

“Brett Russell’s expertise positions him to become an integral part of LWHA’s leadership team,” said Evan Weiss, cofounder/COO/Principal, LWHA. “His deep relationships and wide-ranging knowledge, along with his positive demeanor, will allow him to continue to grow his career and assist LWHA’s growth through national portfolio execution and quality control initiatives.”

Peter Kressaty, chief commercial officer, LWHA, added, “We are delighted to welcome Brett Russell to our executive leadership team. Brett is the perfect complement to LWHA’s accomplished, tenured, affable, and growing team, marking LWHA’s 14th hire in 12 months.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to join LWHA, a group of well-known, highly respected lodging industry professionals who have developed the nation’s best in class hotel centric valuation, advisory, asset management services and predictive analytics platforms,” said Russell.