Ryan Lindgren

  • Ryan Lindgren is a Managing Director in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott.  He specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout North America, with a focus in the Midwest, including investment advisory, debt, and equity placements.

  • Mr. Lindgren joined the firm in July 2019.  Prior to HWE, he was a Director at HFF and established the hotel investment advisory practice in their office in Chicago.  Prior to this, Mr. Lindgren was an Assistant Vice President at private equity fund manager Waterton in charge of East Coast hotel investments.  Prior thereto, he worked as an Analyst at Watermark Capital Partners, Ernst & Young and PKF Consulting. Mr. Lindgren has over 10 years of direct hotel real estate transaction experience and has been directly involved in over $2 billion in hotel real estate transactions in both principal and brokerage roles.

  • Mr. Lindgren earned a B.B.A. in Hospitality Management from Georgia State University.

Melissa LaBruna

  • Melissa LaBruna is a Vice President in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott.  She specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout North America, with a focus in the Midwest, across investment advisory, debt, and equity placements. Her primary responsibilities include financial analysis and underwriting, transaction management, the preparation of offering memoranda and pitch materials, and facilitating closings.

  • Ms. LaBruna joined the firm in December 2020.  Prior to HWE, she was an Associate at JLL on their Hotel Investment Banking team. Prior to this, Ms. LaBruna was an Analyst at HFF, focusing on Investment Advisory, Debt and Equity Placement in the hospitality space. During her time at JLL and HFF, she worked of $1.5B in transactions, performing underwriting, transaction management, and preparing offering materials. Prior thereto, she worked as a Senior Analyst at Northern Trust on their Hedge Fund Servicing team.

  • Ms. LaBruna graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and International Business.

Connor Medzigian

  • Connor Medzigian is an Associate in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott. He specializes in select, full-service, and institutional-grade hotel transactions throughout North America, with a focus in the Midwest.
  • Prior to joining the firm in April 2019, he spent two years at AJ Capital Partners as part of their Acquisitions and Capital Markets team where he was dedicated to the growth of the Graduate Hotels brand. During that time, Mr. Medzigian was responsible for sourcing and transacting on new acquisitions and asset level financings across the AJ Capital and Graduate Hotels platform. While at AJ Capital, he successfully executed on $500 million of construction loans and financings.
  • Mr. Medzigian earned a B.A. in Economics from Michigan State University.