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Current Responsibilities
Mr. Strauss is an International 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 $3.0 billion of hotel transactions. He currently heads up the investment sales division for the Western United States. 

For over 20 years, Mr. Strauss has held leadership positions in the hospitality industry including operations, hotel consulting and hotel brokerage activities throughout the United States.  His 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 Calistoga Ranch, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, California Hyatt Portfolio, Parc 55, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Hotel Palomar San Francisco, Marriott LAX, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, The Curtis Denver and the Hotel Monaco Portfolio.

Prior 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 and sits on the board of advisors for the Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona.