Melissa LaBruna

Vice President


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  • 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 on $1.5 billion 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.