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Mr. Hoffman

Bill Hoffman

President/CEO, Trigild

Bill Hoffman is President and CEO of Trigild Inc., a real estate services firm specializing in commercial loan recovery, receivership/bankruptcy, consulting services and asset and property management. He has over 30 years experience as an attorney, real estate broker and court appointed receiver for more than 2,000 assets, including hotels, office buildings, retail centers, multifamily projects and restaurants nationwide. One of the most respected experts on receivership law in the industry, Hoffman helped found San Diego-based Trigild as a hotel management firm in 1976. Today, the business continues to grow, with properties in all sectors nationwide. Mr. Hoffman is recognized by the American Hotel and Lodging Association as a Certified Hotel Administrator. He is a former President of the California Lodging Industry Association, served seven years on CLIA's Board of Directors and was previously appointed by the Governor of California to the California Tourism Selection Committee. Currently, he serves on the American Bar Association's Hotels, Resorts & Tourism Executive Committee and is a founding Director of the Hospitality Lawyers Association, Mr. Hoffman is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, American Lodging & Hospitality Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and numerous other professional associations. Mr. Hoffman has authored more than one hundred articles for various hospitality, real estate, business, finance, and general publications. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and conventions for hoteliers, bankers, and lawyers, and has been interviewed by national publications such as National Real Estate Investor, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Real Estate Forum, GlobeSt.com and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Hoffman's unique blend of expertise in management, law, and real estate has led State and Federal Courts to appoint him as Receiver, Trustee or Custodian for troubled real estate assets across North America. Recently, in a landmark case that opened the door for substantial boosts in commercial loan recover for lenders, an Arizona Superior Court issued a ruling enabling Trigild to sell seven Arizona apartment complexes for $123 million. According to Hoffman, who acted on Trigild's behalf as receiver, “Trigild and lender’s counsel won the authority to sell the properties during receivership and not require the lender to foreclose prior to a sale. This was unprecedented, and a major victory for special services.” Additionally, each year his company sponsors the annual Trigild Lender Conference, the distressed commercial loan industry's premier symposium for insight on dealing with non-performing loan portfolios.

Mr. Hoffman can be contacted at 858-720-6700 or bill.hoffman@trigild.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.