NewsMarch 4, 2019

Brian Kaufman awarded IHIF and ISHC Young Leader Award

Brian Kaufman, Managing Partner at The Kaufman Companies has been announced the winner of The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Young Leader Award 2019.

Since graduating from Cornell University, Brian has worked in established blue-chip companies including Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Highgate Capital Investment before founding his own asset management and investment company at the age of 32.

John Brennan, Chairman, Amaris Hospitality, said, “This represents an incredible road map and could be an inspiration to other young people who are looking at or are currently working in hospitality.”

Described by those who nominated him as “an adept and competent negotiator,” Brian has “demonstrated an ability, at a very young age, to run a highly complex acquisition process.”

Brian said he is truly honoured to receive this award. “Thank you ISHC and Questex for this recognition and for providing a global platform that promotes collaboration and discussion among our industry leaders. I am continuously inspired and in awe of the evolution and change in investment activity, business intelligence, technology and progressive design and development that revolutionize the hospitality industry. I am fortunate to have worked with fantastic investment, development and operations partners and look forward to working with all of you in the future.”

Tess Pearson, Event Director for IHIF said on behalf of Questex; “At a point when we all have concerns over the skills gap and future work force, it is a joy to see a candidate such as Brian, who is clearly blazing a trail within the hotel investment and asset management arena, receive the Young Leader Award. Brian’s achievements demonstrate perfectly what this award was created to celebrate and we look forward to him joining us at IHIF.”

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented; “We are thrilled to honour Brian with the Young Leader Award! He has had such an impressive career thus far with several notable companies and has taken that experience with him to found his own company. We look forward to IHIF and are thankful for our partnership with Questex over the past 10 years to recognise so many young, talented individuals.”

Respected CEOs from across the hotel industry reviewed a short list of applications from outstanding candidates before agreeing on the 2019 winner.

Presentation of the Young Leader Award will take place at 10.30am (CET) on Tuesday 5th March during a plenary session at IHIF.


About Questex Hospitality Group

Questex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit

About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organisation, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at For more information, contact Lauren Marshall, Director of Membership & Marketing. Email: Phone: +1.678.735.9453