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[IMGCAP(1)]NEW YORK CITY-Last year, RealShare Conferences expanded its platform with a hospitality-focused event, which attracted more than 300 attendees. This year, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the RealShare Hotel Investment & Finance Summit will once again attract the most important stakeholders in hotel investment and finance to the industry’s capital markets mecca, New York City, for a one-day event offering top-level information, active dealmaking, and networking.

[IMGCAP(2)]The conference will be held on April 15, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria with breakfast and registration beginning at 7:15 a.m. followed by opening remarks from Michael Desiato, group publisher, editorial director and VP of Real Estate Media and Geoff Davis, president of HREC Investment Advisors, founding sponsor of the event. In addition, an opening cocktail reception will be held April 14th at 6 p.m. More than 350 attendees are expected to attend.

“There has been a lot of focus, all legitimate, on the credit and liquidity crunch and the impact they are having on the hotel market along with the weakening economy, but RealShare Hotel Investment & Finance is bringing together a strong group of industry players who are still doing deals and transactions, albeit under different terms and with different structures,” comments Richard Kelley, executive director of the RealShare Conference Series. “That’s really what the event is all about–bringing together the leading investors, developers and financiers in the hospitality industry to discuss where the market is now, where it is heading, and how to operate opportunistically and profitably in an uncertain market.”

Geoff Davis, president of HREC Investment Advisors, a founding sponsor of RealShare Hotel Investment & Finance says that “there has never been a more important time to have a ‘money’ conference in the hotel industry. The fact is that deals are still getting done, it is important for investors and lenders to get up to speed on current underwriting criteria and know what is going in the market. Networking with key players who are lending and investing could be the difference on who gets meaningful deals done in a tough environment, and who does not.”

Mit Shah, senior managing principal and CEO of Noble Investment Group will deliver a keynote address focused on how to navigate through today’s liquidity & credit crunch and what is expected to become a recessing economy. Shah, who founded Noble Investment Group in 1993, will draw on his extensive experience investing in the hospitality real estate market to provide a better understanding of where the market is, where it is headed and how long the storm is poised to last.

In addition to the keynote address, RealShare Hotel Investment & Finance Summit will include an economic update by Dr. Sam Chandan, chief economist of Reis Inc. as well as RealShare Capital Markets Power Lunch with Charles Henry, president of Hotel Capital Advisers and Michael Medzigian, chairman & managing partner of Watermark Capital Partners.

The second annual conference is produced by Real Estate Media, publisher of Real Estate Forum, GlobeSt.com and the RealShare Conference Series, in concert with HREC.

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