President & CEO
LW Hospitality Advisors
Daniel H. Lesser
, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors has for more than thirty five years specialized in real estate appraisals, economic feasibility evaluations, investment counseling, asset management, and transactional services of hotels, resorts, conference centers, casinos, mixed use facilities, spa & wellness, and timeshare/fractional ownership properties on a worldwide basis. Mr. Lesser provides services to corporate, institutional, municipalities, and individual clients on all facets of hospitality real estate including: litigation support and expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, appraisals for mortgage, acquisition, and portfolio management, workout strategies, operational analysis, property tax assessment appeal evaluations, economic impact studies, market and feasibility analysis, asset management, strategic planning, management company selection and contract negotiation, franchise company selection and license agreement negotiation, deal structuring and fairness opinions. As a leading international authority with iron clad credibility on the topic of hotel feasibility and property valuation, Mr. Lesser has testified as an expert witness in U.S. federal and state courts, and arbitrations in connection with a wide variety of matters including: bankruptcy related including solvency, valuation dispute, and interest rate and plan confirmation feasibility, analysis, brand area of protection, condemnation, construction defect and/or delay damages, ground/property rent reset, management dispute, partnership/joint venture conflict, property tax certiorari, and lodging industry standards, customs and practices to evaluate legal liability. Mr. Lesser has balanced his practice with service as neutral panelist in commercial arbitration disputes.
Prior to his hospitality advisory experience, Mr. Lesser held operational and administrative positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation and Eurotels-Switzerland. He is highly sought after to speak at lodging and real estate events, as well as lectures at prestigious institutions of higher education, including American University Washington College of Law, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University and Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Lesser is widely published and quoted in major newspaper, internet, business, real estate and hospitality industry publications, and has served as a quarterly columnist for HotelNewsNow.com and HotelBusiness.com, and is currently the quarterly lodging columnist for GlobeSt.com and a bi-monthly blogger for Hotelsmag.com.
Mr. Lesser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, and also attended the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and Baruch College- City University of New York. Mr. Lesser holds the following professional designations: MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute), FRICS (Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), CRE (Counselor of Real Estate), and CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator).
Mr. Lesser is a member of and has served on numerous committees for the Counselors of Real Estate, the Appraisal Institute, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Board of Directors of the New York City Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. He is a former Advisory Board member and member of the Fundraising Subcommittee for the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. Mr. Lesser is a member of The Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board and served as the schools Fall 2015 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor. He is a founding member of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC), the hotel industry “think tank.” Mr. Lesser is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Neutrals. He served as an Honorary Committee Member of the annual UJA-Federation New York Hotel & Hospitality Division Dinner, and was a founding member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Real Estate Division. He has served on the fundraising committee for the Shatterproof Challenge at the 2016 and 2017 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS). Mr. Lesser serves as a Senior Advisor to the Founder and President of Our Soldiers Speak, a U.S. based, non-profit NGO with official 501(c)(3) status.