Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Announces Barry Sternlicht as Keynote Speaker

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Starwood Capital Group Chairman to address nation’s top hotel executives at March conference

 ATLANTA, January 18, 2017 – Event organizers with the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, one of the nation’s top hotel investment conferences, announced today that Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, will take the stage as keynote speaker at the 29th annual event.  The conference will be held on March 22- 24, 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga.

“Barry is both an industry legend and visionary, and has introduced innovations that have elevated our industry’s standard,” said Lee Hunter, Conference Co-chair and Chief Operating Officer of Hunter Hotel Advisors.  “Our conference earns the loyalty of our patrons by featuring the most influential leaders like Sternlicht.”

Sternlicht formed Starwood Capital Group in 1991, a global investment firm focused on real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, and energy infrastructure. Mr. Sternlicht also serves as Chairman of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S.; TRI Pointe Homes (NYSE: TPH), one of the U.S.’s largest homebuilders; and French crystal maker Baccarat S.A.   Sternlicht has structured investments with an asset value of approximately $79 billion, and has accumulated more than $51 billion of assets under management.

In addition to building a global investment empire, Sternlicht founded Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 1995, and built it into one of the world’s largest hotel groups, employing more than 120,000 people in 100 countries. Mr. Sternlicht also created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built the St. Regis Hotels brand from a single hotel to a global brand.  In 2008, Mr. Sternlicht founded SH Group, his hotel management company which owns and manages Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels brands.

The three-day Hunter Hotel Investment Conference is owner and investor-focused with a strong emphasis on real estate and finance, and has the highest percentage of hotel owners in attendance of any of the major hotel conferences.  In addition to Sternlicht, the agenda will feature speakers and panel discussions by a wide cross-section of the leading industry innovators and thought leaders on topics ranging from financing to new development.


Proceeds from the Hunter Conference provide scholarships to hospitality students within the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University.  For online registration, please visit the conference website at or contact Nancy Petenbrink, conference director at 770-916-0300 or


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