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Mr. Fernandes

Chris Fernandes

Director, HVS

Chris Fernandes is Director of HVS Consulting and Valuation, based in New York City. HVS specializes in all types of hospitality assets, including hotels, restaurants, casinos, shared ownership lodging, mixed-use developments, spas, and golf courses, as well as conventions, sports, and entertainment facilities.

Mr. Fernandes began his work in hospitality at Princeton University's conference and event services, where his responsibilities included arranging guest housing and check-ins for groups of up to 600 people. He also served in various restaurant and hotel operations roles with Marriott and Shaner Hotel Management at the University of Delaware before beginning his consulting career with HVS in 2013.

Mr. Fernandes is a state-certified general appraiser in New York, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, and has completed more than 250 appraisals, market and feasibility studies, and consulting engagements throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions; he also has a breadth of experience in the New York City market, having appraised over 100 hotels across all five boroughs. He has assisted a wide range of clients ranging from institutional lenders and investment banking firms to insurance companies, hotel owners and investors, hotel franchise and management companies, gaming companies, and attorneys.

Mr. Fernandes has served as a panelist at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and co-instructor at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate with HVS founder Steve Rushmore. He has also authored various publications, including HVS' quarterly Manhattan Lodging Overview since 2016.

Mr. Fernandes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; his honors also included the Gore Entrepreneurial and Marriott Foundation scholarships.

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

Mr. Fernandes can be contacted at +1 603-305-6834 or cfernandes@hvs.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.