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Current Responsibilities
Mr. Strauss is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels & Hospitality Group based in Los Angeles. Mr. Strauss has a 15 year tenure with the firm and has completed in excess of $2.5 billion of hotel transactions. He currently heads up the investment sales division for the Western United States.

Experience
For over 20 years, Mr. Strauss has held leadership positions in the hospitality industry including in operations, hotel consulting and hotel brokerage activities throughout the United States. Diverse hotel industry background includes arranging equity and debt transactions and strategic planning for owners, investors and lenders. Mr. Strauss’ clients are comprised of major hotel owners including hotel operating companies, private equity firms and REITs including among others Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Blackstone Group, Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the Prudential Life Insurance Company. Mr. Strauss has been involved in the recent sales and marketing efforts for the Renaissance Hotel Hollywood, Hotel Palomar San Francisco, Hilton Hotel Portland, Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, Renaissance Stanford Court San Francisco, Westin Verasa Napa, St. Regis Aspen, and W Hotel San Francisco.

Positions
Mr. Strauss’ prior work experience includes hospitality consulting and valuation work -- including operational reviews – as a consultant for PKF Consulting in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Mr. Strauss gained three years of hotel operational experience with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Fluent in German, Mr. Strauss has also worked abroad for Kempinski Hotels in Munich, Germany.
 
Education and Affiliations
Mr. Strauss received a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He is a licensed real estate broker in California and a Member of the Cornell Hotel Society.