Dinesh “Dan” Rama is Co-Founder, Partner/Designated Broker of NewGen Worldwide – a real estate investment advisory company that works with owners and investors in all aspects of the hospitality business. The firm provides services for the sale and acquisition of lodging properties, consulting, hotel asset management, and hotel litigation support. NewGen also owns and operates several hotels in the Southwest with affiliations with Hilton, InterContinental Hotels, Accor, and Choice Hotels.
Dan is a second generation hotelier and learned all aspects of the business by helping his family, from cleaning toilets to operations. After college, Dan was the director of operations for a number of hotels for a small private equity firm in memphis. The first property he bought was a 24 room independent in Arizona, and he continued to grow his hotel portfolio and expanded into restaurants – he had a master license agreement with Red Brick Pizza and grew that segment to 13 stores at its peek.
Dan continued his journey in the business and obtained his real estate license in 2000 while working with Bob Apostle and Robert Fitzgerald for their firm, Apostle Fitzgerald. Bob and Robert were former senior brand executives that had helped to shape the Travelodge and Ramada brands respectively in the 80’s, and that experience was invaluable to Dan’s continued growth. In 2007, Dan Co-Founded NewGen Commercial Realty, and in 2008, he Co-Founded NewGen Worldwide.
Ginny Morrison of Evanston, Illinois, is a 33-year veteran of Spire Hospitality, a hotel management company with a portfolio that spans coast-to-coast. As vice president of sales and marketing, Morrison saw the coronavirus pandemic decimate the meetings business. More than a year later, she’s witnessing a comeback as small-meeting planners are actively booking events for the last half of 2021 and beyond. As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. In Episode 317, Long Live Lodging covers the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels can grab their share of the meetings business during and post-pandemic. This report is part of our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.