Robert Mandelbaum '81

Robert Mandelbaum '81

Robert Mandelbaum '81

Director of Research Information Services
CBRE Hotels' Americas Research

Robert Mandelbaum '81 is the director of research information services for CBRE Hotels' Americas Research. He is based in the firm's Atlanta office, where he is in charge of Research Information Services. Research Information Services produces the annual Trends® in the Hotel Industry statistical report, along with customized financial and operational analyses for client projects. On a quarterly basis, CBRE Hotels produces five-year forecasts of performance for six national chain-scales, six national location categories, and 59 major U.S cities using its proprietary Hotel Horizons® econometric forecasting model.

Mandelbaum began his hospitality industry career with Holiday Inns, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. He started his career with the firm in 1983 in the Memphis office of Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF), where he conducted market and financial feasibility studies and operational analyses for hotel, restaurant, club, and conference-center clients. Prior to moving to Atlanta in November 1997, he also worked in PKF's San Francisco office.

Mandelbaum holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He serves on the American Hotel and Lodging Association's (AH&LA) Financial Management Committee that is responsible for preparing the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). In addition, he is a member of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) association. In 2016 he is global president of the Cornell Hotel Society, the author of articles for industry trade publications, a guest lecturer at college and university hotel school programs, and a speaker at industry forums.