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2021 Pitch Competition.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The 2021 Pitch Competition and Awards Luncheon took place at the Hilton Innovation Gallery and was also live-streamed.

The luncheon keynote was the President of Marriott, Stephanie Linnartz.

2021 Pitch Competition Finalists

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Eden Investment

Angel Deng & Kayleen Fan

Cornell University

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Eden Investment Management pitched a

45-key independent hotel in Miami, FL.

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Emerald Investments

Lexi Effron, Keslie Easton, Nikki Loseff San Diego State University

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Emerald Investments pitcheed a 102-key restorative hotel building in Seattle, WA.

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PEN Investments

Polina Shavrina,  Nadia Cismesia, Emma Toppi Michigan State University

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PEN Investment pitched an 88-key new hotel build in Miami, FL.

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Celeste Companies

Emma Claire Spring from

Washington State University

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Celeste Companies pitched a 232-key brand conversion in the DC Metro area.

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PAIZA Group 

Sana Mahmood from Zigurat Global Institute of Technology

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PAIZA Group pitched a 200-key new development in San Jose, CA. 

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Sister Cities

Shavonnie Victor, Ann Zhang & Lynette Tan from Cornell University

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Sister Cities pitched 95-key  economy hotel acquisition in Laredo, TX.

Le Rêve Hospitality

Brittany Walker & Skye Curry from Georgetown University

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Le Rêve pitched a 115-key new development in Tampa, FL.

2021 Judges.


Dana Jacobsohn

Senior Vice President,

Global Mixed Use Development


Jenna Hackett

Global Brand Head, Curio & Tapestry Collections by Hilton


James Tierney

SVP of Development & Owner Relations, North America Hyatt Place, Hyatt House and Caption by Hyatt


Vinay Patel

President, Fairbrook Hotels, LLC

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Ingrid (Quimby) High

Head of Commercial Performance, Upscale


Omari Head

Director at Paramount Lodging Advisors

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