Brian Kaufman, Managing Partner at The Kaufman Companies has been announced the winner of The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Young Leader Award 2019.
Since graduating from Cornell University, Brian has worked in established blue-chip companies including Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Highgate Capital Investment before founding his own asset management and investment company at the age of 32.
John Brennan, Chairman, Amaris Hospitality, commented “This represents an incredible road map and could be an inspiration to other young people who are looking at or are currently working in hospitality”.
Described by those who nominated him as “an adept and competent negotiator” Brian has “demonstrated an ability, at a very young age, to run a highly complex acquisition process.” Brian said he is truly honoured to receive this award. “Thank you ISHC and Questex for this recognition and for providing a global platform that promotes collaboration and discussion among our industry leaders. I am continuously inspired and in awe of the evolution and change in investment activity, business intelligence, technology and progressive design and development that revolutionize the hospitality industry. I am fortunate to have worked with fantastic investment, development and operations partners and look forward to working with all of you in the future.”
Tess Pearson, Event Director for IHIF said on behalf of Questex; “At a point when we all have concerns over the skills gap and future work force, it a joy to see a candidate such as Brian, who is clearly blazing a trail within the hotel investment and asset management arena, receive the Young Leader Award. Brian’s achievements demonstrate perfectly what this award was created to celebrate and we look forward to him joining us at IHIF.”
Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented; “We are thrilled to honour Brian with the Young Leader Award! He has had such an impressive career thus far with several notable companies and has taken that experience with him to found his own company. We look forward to IHIF and are thankful for our partnership with Questex over the past 10 years to recognise so many young, talented individuals.”
Respected CEOs from across the hotel industry reviewed a short list of applications from outstanding candidates before agreeing on the 2019 winner.
Presentation of the Young Leader Award will take place at 10.30am (CET) on Tuesday 5th March during a plenary session at IHIF.
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