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Daniel Lesser

Daniel Lesser

LW Hospitality Advisors
President & CEO
New York, NY, USA

Daniel H. Lesser, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors has 35 years of experience specialized in real estate appraisals, economic feasibility evaluations, investment counseling and transactional services of hotels, resorts, conference centers, casinos, mixed use facilities, spa & wellness, and timeshare/fractional ownership properties on a worldwide basis.  Mr. Lesser provides services to corporate, institutional, and individual clients and municipalities on all facets of hospitality real estate including: litigation support and expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, appraisals for mortgage, acquisition, and portfolio management, workout strategies, operational analysis, property tax assessment appeal evaluations, economic impact studies, market and feasibility analysis, asset management, strategic planning, management company selection and contract negotiation, franchise company selection and license agreement negotiation, deal structuring and fairness opinions.  As a leading international authority with iron clad credibility on the topic of hotel feasibility and property valuation, Mr. Lesser has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts and arbitrations in connection with a wide variety of matters including: bankruptcy, brand area of protection, condemnation, construction defect and/or delay damages, ground rent reset, partnership conflict, and property tax. 

Prior to his hospitality advisory experience, Mr. Lesser held operational and administrative positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation and Eurotels-Switzerland.  He is highly sought after to speak at lodging and real estate events, as well as lectures at prestigious institutions of higher education, including American University Washington College of Law, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University and Pennsylvania State University. He is widely published and quoted in major newspaper, internet, business, real estate and hospitality industry publications, and has served as a quarterly columnist for HotelNewsNow.com and HotelBusiness.com.  Mr. Lesser is currently the quarterly lodging columnist for GlobeSt.com and a bi-monthly blogger for Hotelsmag.com.

Mr. Lesser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, and also attended the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and Baruch College- City University of New York. Mr. Lesser holds the following professional designations: MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute), FRICS (Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), CRE (Counselor of Real Estate), and CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator).

Mr. Lesser is a member of and has served on numerous committees for the Counselors of Real Estate, the Appraisal Institute, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Board of Directors of the New York City Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society.  He is a former Advisory Board member and member of the Fundraising Subcommittee for the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.  Mr. Lesser is a member of The Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board and served as the schools Fall 2015 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor. Mr. Lesser is a founding member of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC), the hotel industry “think tank.”  Mr. Lesser is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Neutrals.


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