Arthur Adler ’78, chairman, has led the Americas division of Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL’s) Hotels and Hospitality Group for over 17 years. In his current capacity, Adler provides strategic oversight to the group, which is part of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels and Hospitality Group international. In addition, Adler is directly responsible for the region’s hotel transactions business, consisting of arranging the sale and financing of hotels properties throughout the Americas. Over the last several years, JLL has arranged hotel transactions totaling approximately $10 billion per annum.
Adler’s diverse industry background includes arranging debt and equity transactions, consulting and asset management, litigation support, and strategic planning for owners, investors, and lenders. Adler oversees a business that includes over 100 people, which has as its clients the most prolific hotel owners and operators in the industry, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, the Blackstone Group, Colony Capital, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Global Hyatt Corporation, Apollo Real Estate, Host Hotels and Resorts, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Noble Investments, HEI Hotels, Pebblebrook Lodging Trust, Marriott International, Kingdom Holdings, BCIMC, Barings, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree Capital, Walton Street Capital, Brookfield, and ADIA, among others. Selected transactions that JLL has recently completed include the sales or financings of the Montage Laguna Beach, Four Seasons Toronto, St. Regis San Francisco, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Mandarin Oriental Boston, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Marriott Eastside New York, Waldorf Astoria Key West, Marriott San Juan, Marriott Georgetown, and many others.
Previously, Adler was managing director of the Lodging and Leisure Group at Sonnenblick-Goldman Company. During his diverse career, he has been a partner at Coopers & Lybrand in the Hospitality Consulting Group, a senior principal at Laventhol & Horwath, and an operations analyst for Hilton Hotels.
Adler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and has received their Distinguished Alumni Award. He was the 2016 UJA Federation of NY Hospitality Division Honoree. Adler was named the 2007 Hospitality Financial Advisor of the Year by the American Lodging Investment Summit. Adler is on the advisory board of Cornell University’s Center for Real Estate and Finance, is chairman of ULI’s Hotel Development Counsel, is a member of Cornell’s Hotel School Dean’s Advisory Board, and is a frequent presenter at global and domestic hotel industry conferences. He is regularly quoted in leading trade journals and has been featured as a hotel industry expert on cable news and CNNFN and in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.