Manhattan Hospitality Advisors
Founder and Managing Director Mr. Westergom is the founder of Manhattan Hospitality Advisors and is a veteran hotelier whose background includes asset management, hotel/resort operations, international marketing, investment relations and real estate development including many of the top 25 hotels and resorts in the World. Prior to forming MHA, Mr. Westergom was a partner in Unique Hotels and Resorts, a Hotel Management Company specializing in small luxury assets with average rates in the $300 to $1,200 per night range, including Cap Jaluca in Anguilla and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. Previously, Mr. Westergom was Chief Development Officer for Omni North America and had direct responsibility for developing and executing Omni's brand growth strategies, including the successful expansion of Omni into the western United States. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Westergom was Senior Vice President and founder of OLS, an independent management company specializing in distressed asset turnaround for banks, financial institutions and private investors. OLS's management portfolio or 28 assets included the Four Seasons San Antonio, Le Montrose, and Le Parc in Los Angeles and the Floridian in Orlando. His international experience was developed as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Meridien Hotels International where he oversaw a staff of over 90 hotel executives and was responsible for launching the luxury Meridien brand in the Americas. His Meridien experience includes the opening of over a dozen hotels in major international gateway cities like New York City, Boston Houston, San Francisco, New Orleans, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Vancouver. Mr. Westergom also served as Senior Vice President for Princess Cruises, held senior operations and marketing positions for Omni Hotels in New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Hartford. Mr. Westergom is a member of the ALIS Investment Conference Planning Committee, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro's "Meet the Money Conference," and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is frequently quoted in the LA Times, the NY Times and other leading industry publications. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles Hospitality Council. He holds a B.S. degree in political science from Boston University.