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ISHC Congratulates Rafael Bolivar the 2011 Rising Star Award Winner


ISHC and BHN Congratulate Rafael Bolivar the 2011 Rising Star Award Winner at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS)

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L to R: Jonathon Zink, Director BHN; Lori Raleigh, Executive Director ISHC; Rafael Bolivar, FinancialAnalyst McConnell Valdes; Andrea Belfanti, Director of Membership Services ISHC

The inaugural Rising Star Award was presented to Rafael Bolivar, a financial analyst in the real estate and hospitality practice with McConnell Valdes, at the recent Caribbean Hotel Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami.

The Rising Star award was created by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) in collaboration with BHN to recognize emerging leadership talent in the hospitality industry. Award criteria require that a nominee be under 35 years of age; currently working and living in the Caribbean and have a minimum of two of the most recent five years hospitality experience living and working in the Caribbean.  A screening committee and a panel of judges comprised of hotel industry leaders selected Rafael as the winner of this prestigious award from among over 20 candidates.

Lori Raleigh, Executive Director of the ISHC, noted that “Rafael in addition to his excellent achievements has also been lauded for his tremendous work ethic and integrity and for his reputation for always seeking to move projects forward in a very positive, respectful and constructive way.”

“We’re delighted to work with the ISHC in establishing this important Award,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN.  “Tourism is such a vital component of the national economies throughout the Caribbean, so it makes so much sense to be able to honor the ‘best-of-the-best’ of our future leaders in front of the investment community gathered at CHRIS,” Burba added.


 About BHN

BHN is a worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community.  With more than two decades of experience, over 80 events completed or in production to-date, and more than 60,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends.

 About ISHC

ISHC is a professional society of leading hospitality industry consultants. Membership is by invitation only and members are required to abide by the ISHC Code of Professional Conduct.  ISHC is represented by some two hundred members who, collectively, have expertise in over 40 different specialty areas and work experience in 65 countries. A complete listing/directory of members and specialty areas of expertise represented within ISHC is available under “Consultant Search” on the ISHC web site at