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Mr. Chitlik

David Chitlik

Vice President - Hospitality Tax, Altus Group

David J. Chitlik, CAE, has extensive experience in all facets of the property tax assessment and appeal industry. Prior to joining Altus Group, he spent 18 years as the Director, then Senior Director, of the Property Tax Department at Marriott International. Initially he oversaw a staff of more than 20 associates working on both sales and property tax compliance, appeals and audits.

Mr. Chitlik has many years of property tax consulting experience, as well: first with Tenenbaum Hill & Associates, Inc. and then Marvin F. Poer & Company. He was the Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for both companies with a combined 11 years with both firms.

His career in the industry began as a staff appraiser with the city of Alexandria, Virginia Assessor's Office. Within two years he was promoted to Director, Real Estate Assessments, which at that time made him the youngest Assessor in the United States. He spent a total of 14 years with the city of Alexandria in the Assessor's Office - 12 as director.

Mr. Chitlik has served as the Chairman of the Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA) Tax Policy Committee for over 18 years and the Chair of the Alexandria Board of Equalization for 8 years. Additionally, he has served on the Council on State Taxation (COST) Property Tax Committee and the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) Corporate Advisory Board.

Mr. Chitlik is a frequent speaker at various tax conferences, workshops and seminars both domestically and internationally. Lastly, he testifies in front of State and Local Legislators advocating for real estate tax reforms; such as lessening the burden of proof on appeals and achieving interest payments on refunds.

Mr. Chitlik is the Past President of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers (VAAO), has a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) Designation from International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and is a member of Lambda Alpha International (the Honorary Land Economics Society). He is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost property tax experts in the U.S. Education University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A. in Economics

Please visit http://www.altusgroup.com/ for more information.

Mr. Chitlik can be contacted at 416-641-9500 or david.chitlik@altusgroup.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.