Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Wisconsin Real Estate Viewpoint Blog
Real estate innovator: Laurence Geller by Graaskamp Center Staff
On Thursday March 11, the Real Estate Club will feature Laurence Geller, chairman and CEO of Strategic Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Geller will be presented with the club’s Innovator Award, established to recognize individuals who have accomplished outstanding innovation in the real estate industry. He is the second recipient of the award; prior honoree was Nicholas Billotti, chief executive officer of Turner International.

Mr. Geller founded Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a publicly traded REIT stock (BEE), in 1997. Strategic Hotels & Resorts is an owner and asset manager of hotels and resorts with a portfolio of upscale and luxury hotels and resorts in North America and Europe. Its unique hotels with complex operations, sophisticated customers and multiple revenue streams currently include 17 properties totaling 8,002 rooms. Properties are geographically diverse and include large convention hotels, business hotels and resorts, which are managed by internationally-known hotel management companies. Previously, Mr. Geller has held positions with Hyatt Development Corporation, Holiday Inns, Inc. and Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London. He is a graduate of Ealing Technical College’s school of hotel management and catering. He has over 40 years of experience in the lodging industry and has received numerous awards for his service to the lodging industry.

The event takes place in Madison at the Pyle Center's AT&T; Lounge beginning at 6:30 pm with pizza and beverages. The presentation starts at 7 pm. (Map and directions.)

We hope you’ll join us.