WASHINGTON & ATLANTA--()--Hunter Hotel Advisors today announced that Laura Wolinsky has joined the firm’s Capital Markets division as vice president adding significant depth to its capital markets capabilities.
“Hotel projects and financing are more complex than at any time in the past generation”
“Hotel projects and financing are more complex than at any time in the past generation,” said Teague Hunter, president. “Developer/owners can no longer simply call up the local bank and get a loan. There are numerous hotel debt and equity instruments/structures, and those are constantly changing. The right structure can play a major role in whether or not a deal ‘pencils out.’
“Capital sourcing for the hotel industry remains difficult and is far from stabilized in the current economic climate,” he added. “Laura is highly qualified and her breadth of lending and consulting experience gives Hunter significant expertise and depth to provide our clients with thoughtful, resourceful and pragmatic solutions to fulfill their financing needs.”
Wolinsky will work closely with Angelo Stambules, head of Hunter’s Capital Markets team, to source, underwrite and place hotel real estate debt and equity. She will be in the company’s Washington, D.C. office, serving Hunter Hotel Advisors’ clients nationwide.
She brings to Hunter more than 20 years of hospitality real estate experience. Previously, she spent eight years as an underwriting team leader at Capmark Finance LLC’s (formerly GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation). She was the company’s lead underwriter on more complex transactions, where she underwrote and closed bridge, conduit and construction loans for all hotel segments nationwide. After the credit crisis struck, she served as senior asset manager and team leader, monitoring balance sheet loans, negotiating modifications, as well as discounted payoffs, oversaw loan sales and short sales, dealt with borrower requests/consents and conducted credit analyses. While at Capmark, Wolinsky also played an integral role in other capital markets activities, including securitizations, syndications and note purchases.
Prior to Capmark, Wolinsky specialized in hospitality real estate consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in New York and Miami and Kenneth Leventhal & Co. (now Ernst & Young LLP) in Los Angeles where she managed and trained associates and conducted appraisals, feasibility analyses, market studies and litigation support services. Her background also includes Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, where she was a senior business consultant in their corporate planning department.
Wolinsky holds a Master of Management in Hospitality degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Women’s Hospitality Investment Network (“WHIN”) and the founding member of its Washington D.C. group.
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