Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr. chairman of the board and co-founder of FelCor Lodging Trust, will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 23-25, 2017, in Los Angeles. This prominent award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.

As a veteran of the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, Mr. Corcoran began his long career as a dishwasher at the age of 14, and has since invested in a lifetime of commitment and engagement to the hospitality industry. His long history of management, mentorship, and experience in the lodging sector continues to strengthen and empower the industry and will undoubtedly leave a strong imprint. From co-founding Felcor Lodging Trust 25 years ago and guiding the company’s continued success, mentoring colleagues and hospitality students, and supporting numerous charities and community programs, to serving on a multitude of board appointments and taking the risks necessary to be an industry trailblazer and leader, Mr. Corcoran is a true champion of the lodging industry. Indeed, his professional and personal character embody the ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award will be Tom Corcoran. Tom and his business partner, the late Hervey Feldman, were early hotel REIT pioneers with the formation of FelCor 25 years ago,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN and ALIS chair. “Tom has been an inspirational leader in guiding FelCor’s success and is also one of the most caring and community involved executives in the hotel industry. Perhaps the most endearing quality about Tom Corcoran from the ALIS perspective is his willingness to go all-in, sing a song, and have some fun on stage, if it brings a smile to the delegate’s face. If he ever tires of being a hotel executive, he has a career awaiting in Hollywood,” added Jim Burba.

“Tom’s story truly embodies the spirit of our industry – a story of hard work, dedication, and success,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “Coupled with his foresight and vision, Tom’s passion, perseverance, and innate leadership abilities led him to succeed with all of his many ventures throughout the years in hospitality. As a former Chair of AH&LA and continued active Board member, there is no one who is committed to the success and strength of the lodging industry and no one more deserving to receive this award more than Tom. On behalf of the entire industry, we congratulate Tom on his countless achievements.”
Registration for ALIS is now open and the early fee of $1,995 ends September 28. Program information and registration is available on the ALIS website, www.ALISconference.com. For general information and sponsorship opportunities, contact BHN conference manager Ashlynn Crandell.

Co-hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry’s leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community. Proceeds benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA’s not-for-profit affiliate. For information on AH&LEF, please visit www.ahlef.org.

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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 2 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry of more than 54,000 properties generating $176 billion in annual sales from 5 million guestrooms.

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 130 events completed to-date, and more than 90,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.

BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.

The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.