Disputes between management companies and hotel owners
Members of the Highland Group provide litigation support in a variety of cases. Examples are:
A hotel site was taken for public purposes, but was valued as rural land. The Highland Groups presentation at a public hearing resulted in the site being revalued, increasing the value more than 500%.
The Highland Group advised a State Department of Transportation with regard to hotel appraisals.
A contractor failed to deliver a hotel on time. The Highland Group was engaged as the expert to estimate the damages.
A hotel was designed with faulty ventilation and climate control. Highland Group estimates and testimony won the hotel owners position.
The Highland Group has represented various hotels and owners on zoning issues and hearings for variances.
A management company failed to maintain a hotel.The Highland Group supported the owner’s CapEx requirements based on research completed by members of the firm for the ISHC.
In a dispute between a hotel owner and a management company about the competence of management and marketing, The Highland Group estimated damages.
In a dispute concerning a discontinued franchise, The Highland Group testified to the value of a future stream of franchise fees.
In a dispute between a lender and a hotel owner, The Highland Group provided projections and expert testimony about proposed plans.
Highland Group is committed to sustainable operations. Company purchasing policy and practices place a premium on sustainable and recycled products. The company recycles and operates in a paperless environment.
•Research and expert testimony to contest a claim for damages to a hotel from highway reconfiguration
•Feasibility study for a full-service luxury boutique hotel converted from a former utility building
•Feasibility study for a budget boutique hotel in a coastal market
•Feasibility study for a boutique hotel in a college town
•Feasibility study for a luxury high end resort boutique hotel
•Feasibility study for a budget oriented trendy boutique hotel
•Feasibility study for a high end riverfront boutique hotel
•Research and identifying the best markets to develop new extended-stay hotels in the US
•Feasibility study to convert a former hospital into a boutique hotel
•Feasibility study for a boutique hotel as part of a downtown redevelopment project
•Feasibility study for a stylish boutique hotel in a trendy restaurant neighborhood
Mark Skinner was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article entitled; “Long-Stay Hotels Settle In.”
Kim Bardoul was quoted in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article entitled; “Loudermilk seeks boutique hotel in Buckhead Village.”
Kim Bardoul moderated a very interesting panel discussion on outsourcing food and beverage at boutique hotels in Miami. Local celebrity Chef Douglas Rodriguez and boutique hotel developer Tim Dixon have very different opinions on this issue and we had a spirited discussion.
Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements
The Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference – Las Vegas, April 2012
The Boutique Hotel Summit – London, May 2012
MLIS – Chicago, July 17, 2012
ISHC Annual Conference – Atlanta, Sep 2012
The Lifestyle/Boutique Hotels Investor Conference – Miami, October 2012
Atlanta Hotel Investment Conference – Atlanta, March 2013