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Ms. Furbay

Susan Furbay

Vice President of Business Development, HVS

Susan Furbay is Vice President of Business Development for HVS, working with hotel investors, brokers, owners, operators, and other clients seeking HVS expertise in markets around the world. Ms. Furbat formerly served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development at Sage Hospitality and as Director of North America Lending in GE Real Estate's Hospitality division, where she originated and closed hotel loans totaling nearly $500 million. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Furbay joined HVS as Vice President of Business Development. In this role she is responsible of developing new business for all of the HVS offices and divisions throughout the world. Ms. Furbay brings over 14 years of expertise in hospitality investment through her experience as a broker, lender and manager at her most recent position as VP of Acquisitions and Business Development at Sage Hospitality. Prior to joining Sage, Ms. Furbay spent five years as Director of North America Lending in GE Real Estate's Hospitality division. During her tenure, she was instrumental in growing GE Real Estate's hospitality lending platform which included both CMBS and balance sheet lending. While she was at GE, Ms. Furbay originated and closed 18 hotel loan transactions totaling nearly half billion dollars in volume. Prior to GE, Ms. Furbay worked as a broker at Eastdil and Molinaro Koger where she was responsible for sourcing and marketing new listings for luxury, full-service and mid-market hotels to prospective investors. Ms. Furby is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration.

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Ms. Furbay can be contacted at 5162488828275 or sfurbay@hvs.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.