Editorial Board   

Mr. Davis

Gavin Davis

Managing Principal, H-Fin Capital Advisors

Mr. Gavin Davis is Managing Principal of H-Fin Capital Advisors, having previously served as Managing Direct or(briefly) with Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group. Mr. Davis has also previously served as Senior Vice President of Debt & Equity Finance at CB Richard Ellis Hotels Ltd.

Mr. Davis's primary responsibilities include debt and equity financing and restructuring services for clients in the hotel real estate sector. He has completed over $4.0 billion of investment banking, financing and real estate transactions during his career, including senior mortgages, mezzanine mortgages, debt restructuring, strategic asset sales, private equity placement, high yield debt, convertible debt, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, merger and acquisition advisory and interest rate hedging.

Mr. Davis was also a founder and Principal of Forestpark Capital Advisors, a hospitality specific investment banking company, and a Principal at Neptune Hospitality Advisors. He has completed over 120 hospitality financing and advisory transactions in the past 7 years.

Mr. Davis has held past positions with CIBC World Markets, Prudential Real Estate Investors and Legg Mason Wood. Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

As part of monitoring the global macro environment and geopolitics in order to provide H-Fin clients with a view into global interest rate markets, as Interest Expense is often the largest expense face by hotel real estate owners, Mr. Davis spends an inordinate amount of time closely monitoring the U.S. Federal Reserve, short term interest rates and risk premia.

Mr. Davis has correctly predicted every single U.S. Federal Reserve Fed Funds decision during the current business cycle, including accurately predicting both the beginning (12 mo in advance) and end of such interest rate cycle (Dec. 2018).

Mr. Davis regularly makes other profound financial insights and prognostications that persons may wish to use in one or more ways to supplement their own interests, now summarized in this weekly newsletter. For example, in 2016, H-Fin make several correct predictions including but not limited to: very early predicting a Donald Trump U.S. presidency before polling or primaries; interest rate market movements; increases in iron ore; Brexit voting outcome; Italian banking sector issues and others. In 2018, H-Fin made several late year calls including Brazilian equity strength, GE equity year-end exit and early 2019 re-entry and otherwise.

Please visit http://www.h-fin.com for more information.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at +1 858-876-4346 or gbd@h-fin.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.