Access Point Financial joins Cornell School of Hotel Administration strategic corporate alliance

Mar 27, 2014

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

Access Point Financial has joined the strategic corporate alliance program at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Through the alliance, Access Point Financial will be a member of the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and an industry fellow of the Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF). CEO Jon Wright will represent the company in the alliance.

"The company's extensive expertise in direct full-service lending, hotel finance, and development and their corporate support of the school will be a great asset to both our faculty and students," said Joe Strodel, Jr., executive director of corporate affairs at SHA.

"Access Point Financial is dedicated to excellence in the hotel industry. We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, advancing industry research and influencing the next generation of hospitality leaders," said Wright.

The Access Point Financial strategic alliance also includes sponsorship of two key SHA events: the 6th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards and the 13th edition of the Innovation Network presented by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

Other SHA strategic corporate alliance members are Accenture, American Express Publishing/Travel + Leisure, ASAE
Foundation, Carlson Rezidor Hotels, Duetto, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, GROUPE DU LOUVRE, Hilton Worldwide, Hotel Business, Hotel Management/Questex Hospitality Group, Hsyndicate, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, IDeaS: A SAS Company, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, National Restaurant Association, PwC, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, STR Global, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, USA TODAY, White Conveyors, and Wyndham Hotel Group.

For more information about the strategic corporate alliance program, please contact Joe Strodel, Jr., at 607.255.4646 or js343@cornell.edu.

About Access Point Financial
Access Point Financial (APF) is a direct full-service lender based in Atlanta, GA. Coupled with its Rated Servicer, APF is regarded as the North American Community Bank for Hotel Franchisors and Developers alike. The company along with its private equity partner, Stone Point Capital, is backed by such well known banks as Wells Fargo and Key Bank. APF lends to qualified franchisees of major hotel brands and independent boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.