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Mr. Moon

Daniel Moon

VP / General Counsel, Sam Moon Group

In his role as V.P./General Counsel, Daniel Moon has been with the Sam Moon Group since 1994. He has spearheaded the group's recent growth in commercial real estate and is involved in the day to day operations of the commercial real estate group.

Recent and current commercial real estate projects include JW Marriott Dallas Arts District, Hyatt Regency Frisco, Hyatt Place Alliance, Metropark Square, Renaissance Dallas at Plano, and Coyote Ridge Golf Club.

The JW Marriott Dallas Arts District will be the first JW Marriott Hotel in the Dallas area and is scheduled to open in 2022 as a luxury 15-story hotel. Hyatt Regency Frisco is a luxury 16-story, 301-room hotel attached to Stonebriar Centre and is scheduled to open in 2020. Hyatt Place Alliance is projected to open in March 2020 as a five-story, 130-room hotel in Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center. Located in Shenandoah, Texas, Metropark Square is a luxury mixed-use development offering retail, restaurant, entertainment, residential and hospitality space. Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West opened in 2017 and includes 304 rooms and 15 stories in Plano, Texas. Lastly, the award-winning Coyote Ridge Golf Club is a North Dallas daily public fee golf destination that features a luxury clubhouse along with a pro-shop and The Grill 19 restaurant and bar with private dining, meeting rooms and a ballroom.

Mr. Moon attended Southern Methodist University where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1996 and earned his Juris Doctorate from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 1999.

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

Mr. Moon can be contacted at +1 972-421-2700 or daniel@sammoon.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.