Jay Morrow

  • Jay Morrow leads HWE’s New York Hospitality Investment Advisory practice. He specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout North America, including investment advisory and capital placement with both domestic and international buyers.
  • Mr. Morrow is a frequent speaker at industry events, including the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and other publications and conferences. He joined the firm in 2008 after earning of a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA, where he was a four-year letterman and two-year captain of the Men’s Baseball team.

Todd Ratliff

  • Todd Ratliff 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, Latin America, and the Caribbean, including investment advisory, debt, and equity placements.

  • Mr. Ratliff joined the firm in 2003.  Representative transactions to date include the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Buckhead, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, The Hotel at Avalon (capitalization), The Kimpton Brice Savannah, Residence Inn Dana Point, Hilton Garden Inn Washington D.C. West End, Westin Atlanta Perimeter, and the Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center.  Prior to HWE, he was a principal in an Atlanta-based commercial real estate information company. 

  • Mr. Ratliff has spoken at numerous hospitality events and conferences, including the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and The Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  He earned a B.A. in Economics from Clemson University with international studies in Salamanca, Spain.  Mr. Ratliff currently serves on the boards of Wesleyan School and The James 1:27 Foundation and is an active volunteer at Buckhead Church.

Rudy Reudelhuber

  • Rudy Reudelhuber is a Managing Director at Hodges Ward Elliott.  He specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions in Florida and throughout North America and Europe including investment advisory, debt, and equity placements. He was instrumental in the establishment of our London office in 2004 and overseas HWE’s international capital market activities.
  • Mr. Reudelhuber joined the firm in November 1998.  Prior to this, Mr. Reudelhuber worked for two years in Hong Kong at TCW and two years in New York at SG Warburg and Swiss Bank, now part of UBS.
  • Mr. Reudelhuber has been a speaker at industry events, including the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), The Lodging Conference, and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E).  He earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar. He serves his community on the board of the Ecclesial Schools Initiative and as an ordained deacon of the Orthodox Church in America.

Cyrus Vazifdar

  • Cyrus Vazifdar 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, including investment advisory and equity placements.
  • Mr. Vazifdar joined the firm in June 2019. Prior to HWE, he spent 9 years at HFF, and was instrumental in the establishment and growth of their offices in Miami and Washington, DC. Prior to this, Mr. Vazifdar worked for three years at Canyon Equity, an owner and developer of ultra-luxury resorts and branded residential.
  • Mr. Vazifdar earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University, and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.

Chris Martin

  • Chris Martin is a Senior Director of HVS Hodges Ward Elliott, and has almost 20 years of specialist hotel brokerage experience gained in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He joined the firm in 2009 from Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, with whom he spent almost ten years in Asia and Europe, specializing in hotel brokerage. As well as negotiating the sale of numerous major hotels, including several portfolio disposals, Chris also has extensive experience in hotel operator selections, lease and management agreement negotiations and the sale of hotel development projects.
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Jeff Berkman

  • Jeff Berkman is a Director in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott.  He specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout the country. In the past 13 years, Jeff has been involved in more than $30 billion in hotel transactions including the recent sales of 1 Hotel South Beach, PGA National Resort and the Four Seasons Las Colinas.
  • Jeff joined the firm in 2007. Prior to HWE, he was a senior underwriter for the capital markets group at CWCapital. In two years at CW, Jeff was lead underwriter on over $500 million in fixed and floating rate loans. Before starting with CWCapital, Jeff was an underwriter at Mortgageramp, a division of GMAC Commercial Mortgage. In three years at Mortgageramp, he underwrote several hundred million dollars’ worth of fixed-rate conduit loans on behalf of GMAC, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, and others.

  • Jeff is a graduate of Tulane University.

Austin Brooks

  • Austin Brooks is a Director in Hodges Ward Elliott’s Hotel Investment Advisory Group.  He specializes in hotel and resort property transactions in Texas and across North America, including investment advisory, debt, and equity placements.
  • Mr. Brooks joined the firm in July 2019. Prior to HWE, Austin spent over nine years at HFF where he completed more than $4.5 billion of transactions during that time.
  • Austin earned a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and is involved with The Real Estate Council and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Scott Harrell

  • Scott Harrell is a Director in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott.  He specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout the U.S. Since joining the firm in May 2016, he has been involved in more than $2 billion of total investment sales.

  • Prior to HWE, Mr. Harrell spent more than six years on the acquisitions team at TPG Hotels & Resorts, sourcing, underwriting and closing hotel transactions collectively valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Prior to this, he worked for three years at CWCapital as a senior underwriter for the company’s CMBS conduit financing platform.

  • Mr. Harrell graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing.

Alexandra Lalos

  • Alex Lalos is a Director in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott. She specializes in institutional-grade hotel and resort property transactions throughout North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, including investment advisory, debt, and equity placements.
  • Ms. Lalos joined the firm in July 2019. Prior to HWE, she spent more than seven years at HFF where she was instrumental in establishing the growth of HFF’s hospitality practice and South Florida presence. Ms. Lalos has contributed to over $4.0 billion of hospitality transactions across the U.S. and the Caribbean.
  • Ms. Lalos is an alumna of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and an active member of the alumni community. She has served as president of the South Florida chapter of Cornell Hotel Society and is an active member of the Junior League of Miami.

Bhavesh (B.J.) Patel

  • B.J. Patel is a Director in the Hospitality Investment Advisory practice at Hodges Ward Elliott.  With over fifteen years of experience in hospitality and coming from a family hotel ownership background, Patel joined HWE in March 2019 after serving as a Senior Managing Director with a national firm’s lodging capital markets group in Atlanta for a decade where he focused on hotel investment sales.

  • Throughout his career, he has been involved in half a billion dollars in transactions, including deals such as a Courtyard in downtown Columbia, SC, the WNW portfolio of 8 hotels, and the B Hotel Savannah, GA (former Country Inn & Suites).  Earlier in his career, Patel also served as a Development Manager with NYLO Hotels and as an Associate for Acquisitions and Asset Management at The Procaccianti Group.

  • Mr. Patel graduated from the Cornell Hotel School with a Masters of Management in Hospitality and completed undergraduate degrees in finance and business management at Clemson University.