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Robert Webster is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels & Hospitality Group based in Atlanta.  Mr. Webster recently joined JLL after a 22-year tenure with Hodges Ward Elliott.  He currently leads the full-service investment sales team in Atlanta specializing in upscale, luxury and specialty assets for the firm. 
Mr. Webster’s extensive experience in the hotel industry, including senior level positions in operations, real estate consulting, development, brokerage and finance, puts him in a unique position to add significant value for his clients.  Since 1998, Bob has exclusively represented clients in the sales and financing of nearly 90,000 hotel rooms totaling in excess of $14 billion. Bob's most notable recent assignments include the $293 million sale in 2013 of the 1,663-room Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta's largest hotel, and the 2012 sales of the 888-room Grand Hyatt Washington, DC, for $400 million, the $79 million sale of the Hotel Commonwealth, Boston's #1 hotel on Trip Advisor, and the $94 million sale in 2013 of the Back Bay Hotel in Boston.  Other recent sales include the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, ranked the #2 business hotel in the United States, the Snake River Lodge in Jackson Hole, and the Providence Renaissance in 2012, and the 2011 sale of the Elysian Hotel in Chicago, ranked the #1 luxury hotel in the United States. Other notable luxury and resort assignments over the years include the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Laguna Niguel, Half Moon Bay, Palm Beach, Amelia Island, Atlanta and Pentagon City as well as the Kapalua Bay Hotel. Notable urban assets sold by Bob include the Long Wharf Marriott, Copley Place Marriott, the Back Bay Hotel and Hyatt Regency in Boston; the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and the new Langham Hotel in Chicago; the Marriott East Side in NYC; the Sofitel, Jefferson, Renaissance Mayflower and Melrose hotels in Washington, DC; Le Meridien New Orleans; the Sofitel and Westin hotels in Philadelphia; and the historic Hotel Viking and the Hyatt Hotel in Newport, RI.  In all, Bob has closed more than 200 transactions in the last fifteen years.  He has been recognized by Real Estate Forum magazine as a “Superstar Investment Sales Broker,” ranking him the third most productive investment broker in the country.  In both 2011 and 2012, Bob received the Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year Award given to the top hotel investment sales professional in the lodging industry.  He is the only person to receive the award twice. In 2013 Bob won JLL’s prestigious Top Gun Award.
Bob’s career during the last 26 years has spanned a broad range of disciplines within the hotel industry. Before joining JLL, he was Managing Director at Hodges Ward Elliott. Prior to that he was Director of Real Estate for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  Mr. Webster was also a senior hotel real estate consultant with Laventhol & Horwath in Boston and has held management positions with Westin Hotels at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and at the Westin Copley Place, Boston.
Education and Affiliations
He is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and serves on numerous boards and advisory boards. In 2012, Bob was presented with the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Hospitality Management Distinguished Alumni Award.