[CLIC] is the only conference focused exclusively on the California Hotel market.
California Lodging Investment Conference’s Mission: To bring together lodging professionals in California for one day of learning, professional development, and networking.
Craig Sullivan, Conference Chair, launched [CLIC] to harness the knowledge of his fellow industry leaders, support the community, and educate emerging talent.
Craig Sullivan is the Founder of the California Lodging Investment Conference [CLIC]. He launched [CLIC] in 2017 to create the only lodging conference focused exclusively on the California hotel market. Craig is recognized as an expert in California hospitality, lodging, investment, and in commercial real estate development. He is a popular speaker, panelist, and moderator at the leading national hospitality and investment conferences, and at local CA based CRE conferences.
Craig is also the co-host and co-producer of ‘Check Out California’, the only California focused hospitality, travel, and tourism radio show, airing on OCTalkRadio. In 2019, Craig launched ‘Check Out California 3x10’, an online interview show featuring leaders in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries. The show’s engaging format asks one guest three questions in ten minutes, and films on location across the state.
Craig was also the publisher of The Hotel Report, a monthly hospitality newsletter that reached a circulation of 60,000 hotel professionals globally. Craig has served in executive positions and business development roles at Parkwest GC, Broughton Hotels, 24/7 Hotels, and North American Title Company. Craig has helped underwrite and close nearly 25 billion dollars in transactions. His deals cover national and global hotel sales, refinancing, construction loans, and international assignments, including 2.2 billion dollars' worth of transactions in one year.
Craig is a connector and advisor, and passionate about giving back to the community. He mentors the next generation of hotel professionals, advocates for women's equality, and supports charitable causes. Craig’s affiliations include Bracken’s Kitchen, CREW-OC, AAHOA, CLIA, ILLA, BLLA, and CHLA.
Known to his friends, family, and colleagues as “Aloha Craig” Sullivan, Craig considers Hawaii his second home. He is the doting grandfather of Chase, proud father of Shawn, and dedicated guardian of Makena the golden retriever, [CLIC]'s canine ambassador, and fierce but gentle advocate for pet-friendly hotels.
With her extensive history in the industry and keen understanding of the markets, Suzanne R. Mellen, MAI, CRE, FRICS, ISHC, sets new standards for hospitality and gaming valuation.
Suzanne is the Senior Managing Director – Practice Leader of HVS. She has unparalleled experience, having appraised thousands of hotels, gaming assets, and related real estate throughout the world over the past 40 years. She specializes in complex hotel and casino feasibility issues and is nationally recognized for her industry expertise. In 2012 and 2013, she led the valuation of several high-profile multibillion-dollar hotel portfolios. In that time, she also developed an expertise in the valuation of casinos for assessment purposes and recently testified as an expert witness in one of the nation’s largest casino property tax cases.
Suzanne opened the second office of HVS in 1985, locating in San Francisco to expand the firm’s hospitality valuation services to the West Coast. She also led HVS’s expansion to Las Vegas in 2009 and Los Angeles in 2013. Suzanne has developed innovative appraisal methodologies such as a mortgage-equity income capitalization formula for variable income properties, a refinancing model for hotel investments, and a methodology for valuing the real property component of casinos in Pennsylvania, where gaming has been newly established. As an in-demand presenter for conferences throughout the United States, Suzanne has spoken at numerous industry events and makes annual appearances at JMBM’s Meet the Money and the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS).
Suzanne holds the following designations: MAI (Appraisal Institute), CRE (Counselor of Real Estate), FRICS (Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), and ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants). Her professional experience includes consulting and appraisal positions with HVS New York, Morgan Guaranty Trust, Laventhol & Horwath, and Helmsley-Spear Hospitality Services, Inc. in New York City and Harley-Little Associates in Toronto, Canada. She gained her operational experience at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Suzanne earned her B.S. degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
Ms. Redlin has more than 18 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. She is one of the founders of Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. and is a Principal in the firm. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience in testing soil, soil gas, and groundwater in the context of a real estate transaction, as well as under the supervision of state and federal regulators. Her background in environmental science, in addition to her knowledge of current environmental regulations and the real estate industry, allows her to offer comprehensive environmental consulting services for real estate transactions. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience managing all aspects of due diligence- environmental, engineering, asbestos, lead based paint and radon surveys for nationwide and local clients such as developers, brokers, private equity funds and lenders including SBA, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, portfolio, and insurance lenders.
Jackie Collins is the Senior Director of Arthur J. Gallagher’s Real Estate and Hospitality division. Her office is located
in Houston, TX. This office is the hub of Gallagher’s Hospitality group and services more than $125,000,000 in annual
Hospitality premiums. She began her career in the Insurance industry in 1990 at Ross & Yerger, Inc. She joined Arthur
J. Gallagher & Co. in 2003 in an effort to provide her clients additional resources and more comprehensive service
through Gallagher’s global network. As a licensed property & casualty broker, her primary duties include the production,
management and marketing of accounts associated with the Real Estate and Hospitality industries. She specializes in
designing risk management programs by way of traditional insurance mechanisms as well as alternative risk transfer
options. She has in depth knowledge of designing layered property programs for mid to large size companies. Her passion
is providing outstanding service and a high level of expertise to clients in the Hospitality industry especially in high hazard
areas. Ms. Collins is very active in the Hospitality industry. She attends a number of Hotel Business Roundtables and
industry conferences such as the Hospitality Lodging Conference, the Hotel Investment Conference, Meet the Money
Conference, the Hospitality Law Conference and others. Ms. Collins has earned the following designations: Certified
Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager and Certified Professional Insurance Woman designations. Her most prized
honor is being named Power Broker in 2015 by Risk & Insurance.
Glenn Haussman, President of Rouse Media, and Editor at Large at Hotel Management magazine, is a featured keynote speaker and event moderator, lodging industry trends expert, columnist and writer. He’s also the host of the popular ‘No Vacancy’ podcast.
Glenn is the consummate traveler, enjoying the worlds of hospitality and travel as observer, educator and guest. As a frequent moderator and speaker, his unique motivational style and viewpoint gets people rethinking conventional thinking in a way designed to promote career and business empowerment. The No vacancy podcast attracts the biggest names in hospitality, and was chosen by USA Today to as best podcast to listen to while traveling.
Glenn is regularly quoted in leading publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, Chicago Tribune and tours the country as a featured event speaker. Glenn has previously served as adjunct professor at New York University, teaching classes in Public Relations & Advertising, and Consumer Behavior, at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
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