ALIS Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award


Tom Pritzker of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and The Pritzker Organization, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in 2018. This prominent award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.

Deal of the Year Awards

The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), will honor the executives and companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals in 2018 with the prestigious ALIS awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 30th, during the ALIS conference, which will run from January 28-30, 2019 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE. Nominees for the awards are evaluated based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors.


ALIS Development of the Year 2018
The ALIS Development of the Year Award recognizes two newly built, redeveloped, or repositioned (after significant product renovations and/or enhancements) hotels that opened, reopened, or completed their repositioning in the Americas region between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Categories include:
• Full Service
• Select/Limited Service

Finalists in the Development of the Year Full Service 2018 category include:
• Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center – Aurora, CO
• Omni Louisville Hotel – Louisville, KY
• The LINE DC – Washington, DC

Finalists in the Development of the Year Select/Limited Service 2018 category include:
• Columbia Place – Washington, DC
• Hilton Garden Inn Chicago, Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago and Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place – Chicago, IL
• Radisson RED Downtown Portland – Portland, OR


ALIS Transaction of the Year 2018
The ALIS Transaction of the Year Award recognizes hotel(s) and/or resort(s) in which more than a 50 percent ownership stake has been acquired (transaction closed) in the Americas region between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Categories include:
• US$25M & Under
• Over US$25M

Finalists in the Transaction of the Year (US$25M & Under) 2018 category include:
• Holiday Inn Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
• Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach – Cocoa Beach, FL
• Royal Crescent Hotel – New Orleans, LA


ALIS Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2018
The ALIS Merger & Acquisition of the Year Award recognizes an acquisition of a controlling stake in a portfolio of hotels, company, or brand ownership entity in the Americas region between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Finalists in the Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2018 category include:
• Marriott Vacation Worldwide / ILG
• Pebblebrook Hotel Trust / LaSalle Hotel Properties
• Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. / La Quinta Holdings Franchise and Management Operations


ALIS Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2018
Closing deals is ultimately not about the numbers, but about people and trust. The Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year Award is not about who has done the biggest and sexiest transaction. This Award will be about the process of getting the buyer and the seller together through relationships. This Award will be presented to the Advisor who exhibits enthusiasm, drive, and style in the pursuit of putting the buyer and seller together for a transaction that was beneficial to both parties.

Finalists in the category of Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2018 include:
• Naftali Holtz, Managing Director, Head of Lodging & Leisure Investment Banking, Goldman, Sachs & Co
• Christopher Jordan, EVP, Hospitality Finance Group, Wells Fargo
• Aaron Weiss, Managing Director, Head of Lodging, Citi