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The 2013 ISHC Pioneer Award was recently presented to Steve Rushmore, chairman and
founder of the global hospitality consulting organization HVS, in Los Angeles at the
Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), for his tremendous contributions to the
Each year the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) recognizes an
industry leader for their outstanding contribution vision, achievement and/or
improvement to the hospitality industry. ISHC Pioneer Award winners are selected
based on three primary criteria: active involvement in the industry, contribution to the
industry and personal/organizational attributes and qualities.Rushmore founded HVS in 1980, and he continues to direct the worldwide operation of
this firm, as well as the firm’s ever growing expansion and new product development.
He has provided consulting services for more than 15,000 hotels throughout the world
during his 40 year career and specializes in complex issues involving hotel feasibility,
valuation, and financing. He was one of the creators of the Microtel concept and was
instrumental in its initial public offering (IPO). Rushmore is a partner in HEI Hospitality,
LLC, a hotel investment fund. Rushmore received a bachelor’s degree from the Cornell
Hotel School and a master of business administration degree from the University of
Buffalo. He holds MAI and FRICS appraisal designations and is a CHA (certified hotel
In accepting the award Rushmore relayed a special “Thank you to the International
Society of Hospitality Consultants for presenting me the Pioneer Award,” and noted
“ISHC does so much to elevate the standards and expertise of hospitality consultants
around the world and in turn, I congratulate you for the work you do as well.”
Prior ISHC Pioneer Award winners include Randall Smith, Jack Vaughn, Michael Leven,
Jonathan Tisch, William Kimpton, Steve Wynn, Christel DeHaan, Barry Sternlicht, HP
Rama, Bill Marriott, Jim Burba, Kathleen Taylor and Chip Conley.
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is a professional organization with
200 members with work experience in over 60 countries. Membership in ISHC is by
invitation only and members are viewed as leaders in their respective areas of expertise.
And with over 40 different areas of specialty expertise represented within the
organization, ISHC represents a one of a kind collection of experience and expertise
worldwide in the hospitality industry.
2013 commemorates a special milestone for ISHC it marks the 25th anniversary of ISHC
since its founding in 1988.
Additional information about the organization along with a directory of ISHC members,
is available on the ISHC web site at www.ishc.com.
HVS is a world’s leading consulting and services organization focused on the hotel,
mixed use, shared ownership, gaming, leisure, and restaurant industries. Established in
1980, the company performs 2,500+ assignments each year for hotel and real estate
owners, operators, and developers worldwide through a network of more than 30
offices and 450 professionals.HVS Your Trusted Hospitality Advisor. Visit www.hvs.com.