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Mr. Isenberg

Gary Isenberg

President, LWHA Asset & Property Management Services

Gary Isenberg currently serves as President - LWHA® Asset & Property Management Services. With more than 30 years of diversified hospitality experience in Hotel Management, Finance, and Asset Management, Mr. Isenberg's expertise includes third party asset management, serving as an owner's rep, due diligence for real estate investors, and development services to negotiate management or franchise agreements.

Mr. Isenberg's asset management specialties include, among other services, capital budgeting and PIP costing as well as internal control and accounting.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and minors in Corporate Finance and Information Systems, Mr. Isenberg started his career with ITT Sheraton as a Corporate Trainee. During his 16-year tenure, he was rapidly promoted over a series of increasingly responsible positions, mergers and acquisitions, at both the corporate and property level, in the disciplines of finance and operations.

A privately held Hotel Development, Ownership and Management Company, Field Hotel Associates (FHA), recruited Mr. Isenberg to join their organization as General Manager of their flagship property. Soon there after he was promoted to EVP of Hotel Operations and most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

During his tenure at FHA, he led the development and opening of hotels, spearheaded several re-organizations, repositioning and recapitalizations, as well as numerous revenue-generating and cost-cutting initiatives. This in turn enhanced value and maximized return for the owners and investors.

Mr. Isenberg serves or has served on the following boards and professional organizations: Pennsylvania Travel and Lodging Association Board Member, Hotel Association of New York's NY Hotel Group Founding Member, JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Board Member and Director.

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

Mr. Isenberg can be contacted at 212-300-6684 x108 or gary.isenberg@lwhadvisors.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.