Ivan Colmenares

Ivan Colmenares

Vice President, LWHA Asset Management Group

Ivan is a Vice President for LWHA® Asset Management Group with more than 15 years of experience in hotel asset management, operations, valuation, and due diligence. Ivan has extensive hospitality operations experience allowing him to implement time-tested best practices to maximize cash flow and unlock hotel value in the properties he oversees. Ivan has been actively involved in managing multiple hotel assets north of $2.5 billion, ranging from select-service, chain-affiliated hotels to unionized luxury hotels. He has a proven track record in collaborating with property management teams and brands to monetize opportunities for revenue management, direct sales strategies, labor productivity, cost containment, cash flow optimization and risk mitigation.

During his tenure as Vice President for LWHA® Asset Management Group, Ivan has been instrumental in the formulation and development of internal diagnostic and predictive analytic tools, harnessing the power of data to collaborate with Operators while attaining Ownership’s objectives.

Before joining the firm’s asset management team, Ivan gained significant experience in conducting appraisals, feasibility, and market studies with the LWHA® valuation team. Prior to this, Ivan served as a Food and Beverage Manager at the New York Palace Hotel, where he successfully increased service standards in different outlets and worked collaboratively with long-term union staff members to set and exceed both profit and service goals.

As a respected thought leader, Ivan is a frequent lecturer at his alma mater, New York University, counseling students and interchanging ideas with the faculty. He also enjoys assisting those in need by volunteering in food halls and food banks to help the Hispanic immigrant community in his hometown, Stamford, CT.

Professional Affiliations & Activities

  • Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA)
  • Latino Hotel Association (LHA)
  • New York University, Jonathan M. Tisch School of Hospitality & Tourism – Assistant Adjunct Professor
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