July 22, 2020
The Americas Lodging Investment Summer (ALIS) announced earlier this month that its ALIS Summer Update series—three events slated to take place between July 13-20 in New York, Nashville, and Dallas—would pivot to be held virtually. Each event’s program included panels where experts and leaders discussed the state of the industry, hotel development, financing, and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ALIS Summer Update Nashville panel took place on July 16 and featured panelists Greg Friedman, CEO of Peachtree Hotel Group; Amanda Hite, president of STR; Biran Patel, chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA); Tracy Prigmore, managing partner at TLTSolutions; and John Russell, CEO at RLH Corporation. Following introductions by Jeff Higley, president of The BHN Group, and Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the virtual panel, moderated by Cecil Staton, president and CEO of AAHOA, began with discussions of how hotels will look and feel once reopened.