Jon is a motivational keynote speaker who works with organizations who want to create a culture of peak performance backed by purpose and passion. As an opening Keynote speaker, closing keynote speaker or combination of keynote and conference emcee, his quality, customization and energy is unsurpassed. Jon holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications Systems Management and Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University.
His recent experience as a guest at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, CA on the evening of October 8-9, 2017.
That night, Jon was one of many hotel guests completely unaware of a rapidly developing emergency in which 200 acres of burning wildfires, progressed to 20,000 acres in an unprecedented amount of time. In the end, the hotel burned to the ground.
While no fatalities were reported, after hearing Jon’s detailed accounting of his experience, and the lack of support he and other guests received during the evacuation, it’s a miracle that all survived.
Jon’s Blog Post
Lodging Econometrics has tracked the hotel industry since 1998. Its global database includes new-hotel pipelines as well as renovations and brand conversions. Hotel franchisers once eager to launch new brands are focused on converting existing hotels because it’s a faster way to recover revenue lost to the COVID-19 pandemic than through new construction. In Episode 346, Lodging Leaders explores the increasing number of conversions in the U.S. hotel industry and what owners and operators need to consider before repositioning an asset.
In the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., financiers anticipated a swell of distressed hotel businesses. Some raised rescue funds to respond to what they thought was a pending crisis. Though there are financial rescues taking place, the level of such activity is far below what industry advisers and fund managers expected. Commercial real estate investors positioned to act in the early days of the pandemic held off and are now just beginning to unleash their cash hoards totaling billions of dollars. Episode 345 of Lodging Leaders podcast explores the state of capital investment in the hotel industry.