Our Staff



 

H. Keith Thompson
Principal
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Keith.Thompson@AvisonYoung.com

Keith Thompson has been a national hotel broker for 27 years, most recently as the founding principal of Hotel AG when it sold to Avison Young in January 2017. During his career, he has been involved in approximately 1,000 hotel transactions totaling multiple billions in market value. Thompson began his career in 1980 on the food and beverage side of the industry, progressing into real estate ownership by 1988 and into the brokerage side of hotel real estate by 1990. He has earned many sales awards through the years and is often asked to speak at hospitality conferences and has written many published articles for the hospitality industry. He is an active member of his church and has personally served in several leadership capacities within his community. 

 


 

Brad Sinclair | Principal

Brad Sinclair
Principal
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Brad.Sinclair@AvisonYoung.com

Brad Sinclair, a Principal with the Avison Young Hospitality Group, brings 10 years of hotel real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently as co-president of Hotel AG. He commenced his hotel brokerage career in 2007 and focuses on institutional sales, investor relations, client database, branding and marketing, property analysis and the overall growth strategy of the firm. He has been involved in several billion dollars of hotel real estate sales since becoming a hotel broker and is considered one of the top hotel brokers in the country. Prior to hotel real estate, he was a pastor to college-age young adults at a local non-denominational church. Sinclair is actively involved in the community through several non-profit charities and a local church and is also the co-owner of a vintage mercantile store in McDonough Georgia.

 


 

Andrew Broad
Principal
Office #: (917) 553-4267
Andrew.Broad@AvisonYoung.com

Andy Broad, a Principal with the Avison Young Hospitality Group, has compiled more than 20 years in the commercial real estate industry, including 15+ years in the hotel brokerage sector. Prior to joining Avison Young, he was a co-president with Hotel AG, where he developed a proven track record in hotel brokerage.  Andrew also has extensive experience with third-party hotel management contracts and brand development. In 2007.  Andy has been involved in several billion dollars of hotel real estate since becoming a hotel broker and is considered one of the top brokers in the country. Andy was recently a Member of the Board of Directors of Morgan’s Hotel group; a position that was relinquished upon the sale of MHGC in late 2016.  Broad is a graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. 

 


 

Victor Kalyanji
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Victor.Kalyanji@AvisonYoung.com

Victor Kalyanji has more than a decade of experience in hotel ownership, development and management.  Now focusing on single asset and portfolio sales, Victor brings personal experience to the table, having owned independent and franchised hotels in, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Asian American Hotel Owner’s Association (AAHOA). Victor is originally from Ohio, he and his family moved to Atlanta, Ga, and is married with two children.  He enjoys traveling and reading, and spending time with his family.

 


 

Wendy Blissett, CCIM
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (678) 596-9669
Wendy.Blissett@AvisonYoung.com

Wendy Blissett began her career in commercial real estate with an Atlanta-based hotel brokerage firm in 1994, concentrating on client relations, sales support and hotel market research. After five years, Wendy took a position as operations manager for a company providing Web-based software solutions for the corporate real estate industry. In 2001, she returned to hotel brokerage where she has been involved in nearly every type and size of disposition transactions. Wendy holds a wide range of experience in individual hotel assets, as well as complicated portfolio transactions valued over $100 million. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds the prestigious CCIM industry designation.

 


 

Michael Bernath
Principal
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Michael.Bernath@AvisonYoung.com

Michael Bernath, a principal with the Avison Young Hospitality group, Michael Bernath brings 10 years of hospitality real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently as a partner with Hotels AG.  Since becoming a hotel broker in 2009, Bernath has assisted a wide variety of clients execute on an array of single asset and portfolio transactions throughout the continental United States and is considered one of the top hotel brokers in the country.  Prior to hotel brokerage, Bernath served as the vice-president of acquisitions and finance for an Atlanta based developer and focused on investor relations, sourcing new acquisitions, securing financing for new acquisition and new construction projects, and market analysis. He began his career in the hospitality industry as assistant vice-president of originations for a Dallas based non-traded hotel REIT, focusing on securing debt financing for third-party hoteliers. Bernath sits on the Board for the Triple Play Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to using sports to promote education, health and community service to at-risk youths in the Atlanta and Athens areas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

 


 

Chris Stark
Principal
Office #: (503) 621-8530
Chris.Stark@AvisonYoung.com

Chris Stark, a Principal with the Avison Young Hospitality Group, Chris Stark joins Avison Young as Principal after six years as a partner with Hotel AG, where he applied a diverse background in hotel franchise development, finance and marketing. Chris is considered one of the top hotel brokers in the country has been involved in the analysis or disposition of over $1 Billion in hospitality assets and specializes in the sale of hotel portfolios and institutional quality assets throughout the country. Stark began his career in hospitality real estate as part of the franchise development team for Choice Hotels International. In that role, he travelled to every state west of Nebraska, identifying hotel sites and conversion properties for major brands, including Ascend Collection. Throughout his career, he has developed a strong understanding of hotel branding, market dynamics and the hotel development process. He is an active member of his church and volunteers regularly with several local Portland area non-profits. 

 

 


 

Collin Foran
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (352) 617-3944
Collin.Foran@AvisonYoung.com

Collin Foran’s career spans over 28 years that included several key senior positions with such industry leaders as Marriott, Interstate Hotels and Mass Mutual. In his first 15 years with Marriott and Interstate Hotels, he utilized his core fiduciary strengths accepting assignments to turnaround distressed hotels for a number of high profile properties.

 During his tenure as Vice President – Asset Management & Acquisitions with Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors (wholly-owned subsidiary of Mass Mutual), he was responsible to source, underwrite and successfully closed on approximately $800 million in institutional grade acquisitions on behalf of the Mass Mutual General Fund. As part of his Asset Management duties, he oversaw a mult-million dollar portfolio that included Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton flags as well as a number of independent conference resorts and boutique hotels in the United States and Canada. As Chief Executive Officer for a growing west coast hotel portfolio, Collin guided the boutique hotel company through successful expansion efforts that included the acquisition and re-development of the Santa Monica – Viceroy

 


 

Bill Bowen
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Bill.Bowen@AvisonYoung.com

Bill Bowen has been a licensed real estate professional specializing in hotels since 1974 and currently serves as an Senior Hospitality Broker at Avison Young. During his tenure in the hotel industry, he has performed significant brokerage and acquisition services for clients. His hotel experience began in 1973 in the Days Inn organization where he became a managing partner and senior officer of the company. His experience includes hotel acquisitions, construction, development, financing, management, and franchise operations. Since 1985, he has developed and managed hotels for his account, partnerships, joint ventures and third parties. Bill has a deep background in the formation, operation, and recapitalization of hotel partnerships and is the senior officer in a number of hotel entities.

Interests / Activities / Family
Bill and his wife Sandy reside on a family farm near Tifton, Georgia. They attend the Enigma United Methodist Church where they lead Sunday School and youth programs. Bill is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys traditional archery, hunting, sailing, riding horses, and flying. He has been a private pilot (MEL/ Instruments) since 1976.


 

Niven Patel
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (813) 841-0336
Niven.Patel@AvisonYoung.com

Niven Patel comes to Avison Young with more than 13 years of experience in the hospitality real estate industry. Niven began his real estate career out of high school where he interned at Grubb & Ellis. After college, he joined Marcus & Millichap where after 3 years at was promoted to Senior Associate and finished in the top 5 in the country for hotel brokerage. Most recently Niven was a partner at Hotel Assets Group for 4 years.

Niven is a member of AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) where he served as an Ambassador for the state of Florida in 2009. Locally, Patel is a member of the 13 Ugly Men. A local non-profit organization where he helps organize events to raise money for local charities, specifically children’s charities and charities against domestic abuse.

comes to Avison Young with more than 13 years of experience in the hospitality real estate industry. Niven began his real estate career out of high school where he interned at Grubb & Ellis. After college, he joined Marcus & Millichap where after 3 years at was promoted to Senior Associate and finished in the top 5 in the country for hotel brokerage. Most recently Niven was a partner at Hotel Assets Group for 4 years.

Niven is a member of AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) where he served as an Ambassador for the state of Florida in 2009. Locally, Patel is a member of the 13 Ugly Men. A local non-profit organization where he helps organize events to raise money for local charities, specifically children’s charities and charities against domestic abuse.

 


 

Rex Cagle
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Rex.Cagle@AvisonYoung.com

Prior to joining Avison Young, Rex Cagle was a Partner and Associate Broker of Hotel Assets Group LLC, he has over 13 years Lead Broker experience in the hotel industry.  He is a graduate of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a minor in Real Estate.  Previously, Rex was the owner of a commercial real estate company that developed, owned, and managed retail shopping centers and five restaurants.  He was responsible for all aspects of acquisition, construction, property management, leasing and daily operations.  Rex has 32 years of diverse finance and real estate experience including time spent in commercial banking and the securities industry formerly holding FINRA Series 6, Series 63, Series 65 licenses and two insurance licenses.  Rex currently holds active Real Estate Broker licenses in 9 States

Interests / Activities / Family
Rex has been married for over 25 years, and has three sons ages 16, 18 and 21. He is an active member of his church and serves on the Board of Directors of a local Christian Academy. Rex enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycling, and high performance cars. 

Industry Accomplishments

  • More than 12 years Lead Broker experience in hotel industry
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in 9 States

 

Eric Gunderson
Principal
Office #: (415) 515-4621
Eric.Gunderson@AvisonYoung.com

Eric Gunderson, a Principal with the Avison Young Hospitality Group, Eric Gunderson brings to Avison Young nine years of hotel real estate experience and is considered one of the top hotel brokers in the country. He was most recently a partner with Hotel AG and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California and focuses on all aspects of hospitality real estate, including tourist hotels, SRO hotels and development sites, with an emphasis on California and the Western U.S. Gunderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eric is a lifelong Californian having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending college at U.C. Santa Barbara and now living in Santa Monica.

 

 


 

Rick George
Senior Hospitality Broker
Office #: (312) 434-2430
Rick.George@AvisonYoung.com

A 25 year veteran of the hospitality business, Rick has been involved in all facets of the transaction and development process including asset valuation, acquisition, disposition, land development, financing and branding. In July 2014, he opened the Chicago office for Keith Thompson and Hotel Assets Group where he has focused on single asset and portfolio transactions in the Midwest and US as a whole.

A graduate of Cornell University, Rick joined a national hotel brokerage firm in 2003 as a principal owner and partner in charge of its Chicago and Los Angeles offices. During his tenure, Rick helped build and train the human capital infrastructure of the firm, while focusing on transactions from the lower to the upper mid-market segments, as well as capital markets production and debt placement. In addition to revenue production, Rick was also responsible for the macro management of the firm’s brand, national client marketing efforts, technology, and personnel management in the field.

Earlier in Rick’s career he held senior positions at Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) as the Director of Franchise Sales and Development for the West North Central region of the U.S. and Wyndham Hotels, as the Regional Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development and as Managing Director for Hotel Partners.


 

Thierry G. Roch
Senior Hospitality Broker
Metropolitan D.C. office
Office #: (703) 298-0059
Thierry.Roch@AvisonYoung.com

Thierry Roch is a twenty-five-year veteran of the hospitality industry and more than 20 years’ operational hospitality experience as Vice President of Corporate & Industry Affairs at the American Hotel & Motel Association, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Vice President of Hospitality Partners at Forbes Travel Guide.  Thierry’s relationships include national and international owners, operators and developers as well as senior executives of both branded and independent lodging and tourism companies.  A graduate of the University of Virginia (Civil Engineering), he is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish, and specializes on brokering sales, leasing and development transactions of full service and luxury historic, independent and boutique hotel properties.

Following his 14+ tenure as the first full time Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America, Thierry was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Preferred Hotels & Resorts, operator of the brand owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He is a graduate of the Institutes for Organizational Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is now pursuing his CCIM certification.

 


 

John James
Hospitality Broker
Metropolitan D.C. office
Office #: (202) 602-1732
John.James@AvisonYoung.com

John James joined Avison Young in January 2017 as part of the recently acquired Atlanta-based hotel real estate brokerage firm Hotel Assets Group, LLC (Hotel AG). Prior to joining Avison Young, John worked with JLL’s Government Investor Services (GIS) team in Washington, DC as a research analyst.  John graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a B.A. in Communications Studies and has been a licensed real estate salesperson since 2014. He enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, and Georgia Bulldogs football.


 

Chelsea Wang
Senior Hospitality Broker
San Francisco office
Direct #: (415) 906-6898
Chelsea.Wang@AvisonYoung.com

Chelsea Wang joined Avison Young in January 2017 as a member of the hospitality group. Formerly a Partner at Hotel Assets Group, Chelsea specialized in franchised and independent hotel acquisitions and development opportunities. With a legal background in real estate transactions and business immigration, Chelsea has in-depth experience in hotel sales transactions and working with foreign investors. Chelsea also served as an In-House Counsel for over six years providing consultation in hotel management, contract negotiation and acquisitions. Being a licensed California commercial real estate broker for over five years, the focus of Chelsea’s practice is franchised/independent hotel acquisitions, new construction and foreign investment development.

 

Chelsea is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and has extensive experience working with foreign investors from Asia. Chelsea earned her double degrees of Bachelor of Science & Arts in Biochemistry and Philosophy from the University of California, Davis and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, California with an emphasis on High-Tech Intellectual Property law.

 


 

Scott Foster
Financial Analyst / Broker
Office #: (770) 692-1605
Scott.Foster@AvisonYoung.com

Scott Foster, has worked within the hotel industry for 6 years, and has been involved with numerous hotel transactions. Scott began his career in 1995 in the as a youth minister, progressing into real estate by 2006 and into hotel real estate by 2007.  Currently focused on investment sales, Scott is involved in hotel real estate in most US regions.  Prior to beginning his real estate career, Scott was involved in non-profit service across the state of Georgia.  He is a graduate of Georgia State University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Interests / Activities / Family
Scott Foster is married with three children and enjoys devoting his time to his family when not at work. He is active in his local church and helps coach his daughter’s softball team.


 

Joe Jones
Client Services Coordinator
Office #: 770.692.1605
Joe.Jones@AvisonYoung.com

Prior to joining Avison Young, Joe Jones was a Partner with Hotel Assets Group LLC team and brings 20+ years of experience of time-tested sales skills with him. Managing client relationships and delivering a thorough understanding of the sales process are two of Mr. Jones’ identifiable traits.  As Client Services Coordinator, Joe Jones is currently working with a team of brokers on multiple multi-million dollar engagements.  Joe Jones reinforces the undeniable balance of the Avison Young brokerage team.   He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Shorter College.

Interests / Activities / Family
Joe received his BS in Management from Shorter College. He resides in McDonough, GA, with his two children. Joe spends most of his down time with his family doing outdoor activities like camping or going to church.


 

Mike George
Senior Hospitality Broker
Direct #: 312.371.6550
Mike.George@AvisonYoung.com

Michael George was a hospitality broker and partner with Hotel AG before joining Avison Young. While at Hotel AG George focused on sourcing new client hotel disposition opportunities, financing opportunities, market analysis and acquisition opportunities. George continues to provides hotel valuations, disposition, financing and acquisition assistance to his clients. 

Mike received at B.A. from the University at Buffalo and is a licensed broker in Illinois.


 

Terry Sanders
Senior Hospitality Broker
Direct #: 972.998.2840
Terry.Sanders@AvisonYoung.com

Terry Sanders is a 20-year veteran of the hotel industry who most recently played a key role in the growth of Wyndham Hotel Group’s U.S. portfolio of hotels. Holding various positions during his career at Wyndham, Terry’s most recent role from 2009 to 2015 was as Senior Vice President of Development for Franchised and Managed Hotels for the U.S., as well as Western Canada. While at Wyndham, Terry was responsible for generating over $500 million in ongoing franchised and management fees. He joined Wyndham Hotel Group in 2002 and was elevated from franchise sales director to senior vice president in only 7 years. Prior to Wyndham, Terry was a partner at DDS Capital Group where he was a feasibility and development consultant. While at DDS Capital Group, Terry created feasibility templates for the hospitality, gas station c-store and office industries. He also completed over 50 feasibility studies and loan brokerage packages. Terry began his hotel career in 1997 with HFS, Inc., which became Cendant, as a franchise sales director.

 


 

Jay Mitchell
Hospitality Broker
Direct #: 770.692.1605 
Jay.Mitchell@AvisonYoung.com

Jay brings over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate and hospitality franchise sales as well as debt and equity placements over various disciplines to Avison Young. He has been responsible for hiring, training and managing national sales forces in the franchise field. He attended the University of Georgia majoring in Political Science. Jay is an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist church and enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

 


Support Staff


 

Matt Wilkins
Broker
Office #: 770.692.1605
Matt.Wilkins@AvisonYoung.com

Matt Wilkins comes to Avison Young from Hotel Assets Group, LLC.  From 2011-2017 Matt was the Vice President of Business Development and Partner of Hotel AG.  Currently he heads up Avison Young’s hospitality lead generation efforts while connecting potential clients with the right hotel broker and the right investment opportunity.  Matt spends significant time doing valuation assignments and tracking information tied to past and present transactions.

 Matt is Originally from Dalton, GA.  After his undergraduate work at the University of North Georgia, Matt received a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University and spent time as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Georgia.  Matt enjoys cycling, hunting, wakeboarding, and motocross in his spare time.  He and his wife live in Locust Grove, GA.

Interests / Activities / Family
In Matt’s spare time, Matt enjoys cycling, wakeboarding, and all things related to motorcycles. He and his wife live in Locust Grove, GA.


 

Elaine Thompson
Operations Coordinator
Office #: 770.692.1605
Elaine.Thompson@AvisonYoung.com

Elaine Thompson joined Avison Young in January 2017 and with her brings over 27 years of administrative and financial experience in both the private and public sector.  Prior to Avison Young, she spent the previous 9 years as book keeper and office manager for Atlanta-based hotel brokerage firm, Hotel Assets Group, LLC.  Elaine’s real marketplace experience and strategic problem solving skills make her an invaluable asset to the team.


 

 

Tracy Helton
Marketing Manager
Office #: 770.692.1605
Tracy.Helton@AvisonYoung.com

Prior to joining Avison Young, Tracy Helton was an Executive Brokerage Assistant and Partner with Hotel Assets Group (Hotel AG). Tracy served 10 years with Hilton Worldwide in Franchise Development coordinating all aspects of the company's Franchise Development efforts for all Hilton brands in the Southeast Region. Tracy has 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry and worked in Event Management and Sales for a number of hotels and conference centers in the greater Atlanta area including the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel and the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.


 

Darrell Skidmore
IT Manager
Office #: 770.692.1605
Darrell.Skidmore@AvisonYoung.com

Darrell joined Avison Young in 2017 from Hotel Assets Group LLC., where he provided support in the IT department.  Over the past 11 years, Darrell has gained experience in technology, telecommunications, and web services.  He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Networking.

Interests / Activities / Family
Darrell enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his wife and two children, and playing golf.


 

Jeremy Cabe
Marketing Coordinator
Office #: 770.692.1605
Jeremy.Cabe@AvisonYoung.com

Jeremy joined Avison Young in January 2017 and with him he brought over 17 years of IT/Graphic Design/Marketing experience spanning multiple diverse industries. Prior to joining Avison Young, Jeremy worked as a Storage Engineer for a partner provider of NetApp Storage Systems. His roles included servicing/implementing data storage solutions in the Eastern U.S. region for clients such as Coke, Delta, and BMW. He brings this unique mix of personal and professional experience to Avison Young as a IT/Marketing Coordinator.

Jeremy has received several industry certifications including his NetApp Certified Data Administrator – Cluster mode (NCDA), Associate Storage Engineer (ASE) Levels II & III.

Interests / Activities / Family
When not at working at Avison Young, Jeremy loves spending his time at home in Forsyth, Georgia with his wife Audrey and two children. Along with volunteering at his local church, Jeremy’s enjoys playing golf, softball and watching Tennessee Volunteers Football.


 

Justin Monsewicz
Research Analyst
Office #: 770.692.1605
Justin.Monsewicz@AvisonYoung.com

Prior to joining Avison Young, Justin worked at Hotel Assets Group LLC,. He brings communications and social media marketing experience, and previously worked in social media marketing, working with political and hospitality industry clients.

Justin is a proud alumni of the University of West Georgia, and received his B.S. in Mass Communications (Public Relations emphasis) and was a Religion minor.

In his spare time, Justin enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts and sporting events, and traveling. He is also a fan of Atlanta sports teams, as well as the University of West Georgia and the University of Georgia football teams.