Hospitality is Real Estate

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Real Estate site selection is one of the most critical components and a large fixed cost. The largest hotel company in the world, AirBnB, owns nothing. How can traditional hospitality businesses compete?

Our panel of experts will help you understand the changes/disruptions occurring with real estate and how you can assist your clients in re-evaluating their current and future real estate needs.

  1. Restaurants: Own or Lease. Fixed rent or percentage rent.
  2. Hotels: Hotel or Condo. Leasing or Managing.
  3. Timeshare Resorts: Common ownership and HOAs.
  4. Golf Courses: Member or Owner.
  5. What options are there for re-organizing and restructuring?
    1. Landlords
    2. Tenants
    3. Timeshare/Condo/Membership

Participants will earn 1.2 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge.

Additional Information

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of financial and operational restructuring

Who Should Attend: All restructuring professionals are welcome

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Tom Santoro

Tom Santoro is a Principal with GlassRatner. He is a nationally recognized financial advisor and expert with over 25 years of highly valued experience managing complex business matters as an advisor to companies, lenders and attorneys. Mr. Santoro’s background includes all phases of business turnarounds, restructurings, transactions and executive management with emphasis on designing and implementing strategic solutions in challenging situations.

Tom is recognized as a Top CPA and Financial Professional by the South Florida Legal Guide, ranked as one of the country’s Top Crisis Management Professionals by The Deal Magazine and Named a Global Top 100 Restructuring and Turnaround Professional by Global M&A Network. Tom’s experience covers a wide variety of industries, with an emphasis on hospitality, healthcare, retail, real estate, manufacturing, services, technology and food/restaurants.

Tom began his career as a CPA with the Chicago offices of Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse and has served as the CFO of public and private companies as well as Chief Restructuring Officer of many companies facing challenges. He received his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago (1993) and his BS with honors in Finance and Accounting from Northern Illinois University (1985). Mr. Santoro is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). 


Judge Catherine Peek McEwen

Catherine Peek McEwen is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida (appointed August, 2005). She is also an adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Prior to becoming a judge, she was in private practice, concentrating on commercial litigation with an emphasis on representing parties in bankruptcy cases.

Judge McEwen was graduated from Stetson University College of Law cum laude in 1982 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida (Political Science) in 1979 after obtaining an Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College in 1975.

She was elected into the American Law Institute in 2012. Among her other honors are the Stetson University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award (2007), Hillsborough County Bar Association Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award (2008), the Stetson University College of Law J. Ben Watkins Award (2009), the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leaders in the Law inaugural class designation (2010), the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association’s Luis “Tony” Cabassa Award (2012), the Hillsborough Community College Outstanding Alumnus Award (2012), the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award (2015), the inaugural Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award (2016), the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association Ben C. Willard Award (2016), the University of South Florida Distinguished Alumna Award (2016), and the Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. Judge Don Castor Justice Award (2016). In 2017, she was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to be the non-voting bankruptcy judge Observer at the Judicial Conference of the United States for a two-year term.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a sportswriter from 1975-1979 for the Tampa Tribune and the Tampa Times. In her spare time, she enjoys managing or coaching Little League developmental softball teams (ages 6-8), teaching Sunday School to 6th graders, singing karaoke, watching professional and major college sporting events, and sometimes playing duplicate bridge.


Navin Nagrani
Executive Vice President
Hilco Real Estate

Over the 15 years Navin has been with Hilco, he has served as a central deal maker in many of Hilco’s largest principal and advisory-related transactions. His primary responsibilities include leading several key strategic initiatives for the firm, including shaping the real estate business development strategy and execution as well as overseeing deal origination, deal qualification and transaction structuring.

Navin currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA) where he had previously served a term as President. He is a past member of the National Board of Trustees for the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and previously served on the Board of Directors for Kohls Children's Museum. Navin spent over ten years as a member on the Restaurant Leadership Advisory Council.

A published author of articles, Navin frequently speaks at industry events on the topics of restructuring and real estate. He is sought after in the real estate industry, having been recently named to both the M & A Advisors and CFA's prestigious “40 Under 40” top executives, and he is an award winning member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).

Navin is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and is a licensed Real Estate Broker by the State of Illinois.

Prior to joining Hilco, Navin was a Strategic Consultant for Hewitt Associates where he worked on merger & acquisition assignments covering the financial services industry. Before Hewitt, Navin was a Junior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank.


Morgan L Patterson
Of Counsel
Womble Bond Dickinson

Morgan’s practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy and creditor’s rights in complex chapter 11 proceedings. Morgan primarily practices in the bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. She has broad experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, lenders, bondholders, secured and unsecured creditors, liquidation trustees, landlords, asset-purchasers, and other interested entities in various bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation proceedings.

Her bankruptcy work includes all matters of litigation and transactions, including involuntary petitions, avoidance actions, relief-from-stay proceedings, trustee motions, sale and purchase of assets, executory contracts and lease issues, post-petition financing, disclosure statements, plan confirmation, and representing liquidating trustees and plan administrators in the wind-down of estates. Morgan also has expertise with cross-border insolvency proceedings, specifically with respect to the consummation of large cross-border asset sales


Ray Yancey, CTP
R.A. Yancey & Associates, Inc.

Over thirty years of serving the insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring industry in roles of Federal & State Court appointed Receiver, Chapter 7 & 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, International Bankruptcy Administrator, Trustee for ABC cases, Asset Manager for Trustees & Lenders and Confirmed Plan Administrator. Expert Witness in real estate finance, assest management and plan feasibility.


2020 Agenda

Wednesday, May 27th

  • Early Arrivals Check-in Reception, NEXTGEN Event

Thursday, May 28th

  • Breakfast, Education Sessions, Keynote Lunch, Capital Gallery Reception, Ambassador Dinner, Dessert Reception

Friday, May 29th

  • Breakfast for All, Optional Golf Tournament, Tennis, and NOW event, followed by LUNCH for ALL



The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Dr
Savannah, GA  31421

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