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.
Global business travel is a $1.4 trillion industry. The Global Business Travel Association calculates the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 resulted in a loss of $113 billion in business travel spend in hotels, airlines and other sectors of the travel industry. But all is not lost. GBTA, industry analysts and travel management companies see some green shoots of hope for 2021 as the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out and corporations put some of their people on the road again. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
Long Live Lodging, an online multimedia news organization that covers the hospitality industry, found itself tossing aside its plans for news coverage late in the first quarter of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. and devastated the hospitality industry. The year turned out to be ground-breaking for Long Live Lodging, which developed the industry’s first live digital conference, and its podcast, Lodging Leaders, which increased its followers through timely, credible and balanced reporting on trends and issues driving the industry during the historic year. The company also won international recognition for its coverage of the COVID-19 crisis and its work as a whole. Long Live Lodging is a startup media company, formed in 2019, with Lodging Leaders, which was founded in 2015. In today’s report, we celebrate the podcast’s 300th episode. Podcast founder and co-host Jon Albano and co-host Judy Maxwell have a free-wheeling conversation in which they review the top podcasts of 2020 (Can anyone say ‘fair franchising’?) and give a brief preview of what the media organization plans for 2021.