Editorial Board

Mr. Thompson

Justin Thompson

Real Estate Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP Los Angeles

Justin X. Thompson is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s national real estate practice. Mr. Thompson, who is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office advises on all aspects of real estate including real estate finance, development, leasing, loan restructurings, land exchanges, sale-leasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures. He represents commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners. Mr. Thompson works with clients across the entire spectrum of the real estate industry, from acquisition, financing and development to leasing and disposition. His experience includes work on all types of real estate projects, from residential and mixed-use to commercial, industrial and health care projects. In addition to the foregoing, he has a particular focus on condominium/common interest development and related regulatory work. Mr. Thompson is keeping a close eye on real estate transactions involving health care and hospitality. He believes these are two key industries poised to continue strong growth. Beyond health care and hospitality, Mr. Thompson notes that the steady and solid improvement in the U.S. real estate market as a whole has caught the attention of foreign investors who continue to pursue participation in all facets of attractive deals. Mr. Thompson believes the positive momentum of the market puts added emphasis on the need for clients with unrealized real estate value to take steps to fully realize that value. Mr. Thompson earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where he was Regional Editor and Member of Journal of Law and Education. Please visit www.nixonpeabody.com for more information.

Mr. Thompson can be contacted at 629-213-6142 or jthompson@nixonpeabody.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.