NewsUncategorizedSeptember 24, 2019

Wendy Chan of JLL Receives ISHC Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting

VIENNA, September 19, 2019: The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) announced Wendy Chan, as the recipient of the fifth annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Chan was honored at the ISHC annual conference, held this year in Vienna, Austria. The guest of honor received a complimentary registration and travel allowance to attend the three-day event, including access to global hospitality experts featured throughout the conference program and exclusive ISHC member networking events. Chan also was awarded a complimentary one-year Associate Membership to the ISHC to further professional relationships and continue experiencing all that the Society has to offer through events and interacting with top hospitality industry consultants from around the globe.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, “Now that we are in the 5th year of the Lori Raleigh Award, it is humbling and exciting to see how the past winners of this award are continuing to excel in their personal careers as well as leading our industry to new frontiers. Wendy Chan is no exception, she is having a big impact in Latin America and across our industry. We’re thrilled to recognize her for her many achievements and have her as an Associate Member of ISHC in the coming year. Thank you to the ISHC Awards Committee and the sponsors who nominated so many impressive young professionals that made this award possible.”

Chan currently serves as senior vice president within JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, leading the advisory and asset management efforts throughout Latin America. Her role within the firm’s strategic advisory and asset management practice leverages her background in hospitality operations, strategic and development advisory, asset management and real estate valuation. Chan has engaged in a wide array of strategic consulting, valuation and financial assignments across Latin America and the Caribbean over the past nine years.  Her activities over this time have included sell-side due diligence, capital raising, hotel management agreement negotiations and asset management services for high-end resort and urban properties in the region, among other consulting assignments. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University and is currently a Master of Business Administration candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

 “Lori Raleigh’s many accomplishments and accolades in the hospitality industry are truly inspiring to me, and I feel deeply humbled to be affiliated with such a distinguished industry leader by virtue of receiving her namesake award,” Chan said. “I also am thankful for the support and encouragement from the ISHC and look forward to forging new relationships with its talented network of professionals. I hope to leverage this recognition to continue to grow as a leader and set a positive example for others in the future.”

The award is named in honor of Lori Raleigh, who is well known as an advocate for continuing education in hospitality consulting and for supporting young talent with creative and passionate leadership. Raleigh is the founder of The Travers Group and served as the executive director of the ISHC from 2000 to 2013. She also contributed to two important industry texts, co-authoring Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives and serving as co-editor and contributing author of Hotel Asset Management: Principles and Practices.

Candidates for The Lori Raleigh Award had to meet the below criteria at the time of nomination:

  • 35 years of age or younger at the time of the award presentation
  • Five years’ experience in a hospitality-related field with a minimum of three years of specific hospitality consulting experience
  • Recognized by leaders within their company or other industry constituents familiar with their work as exceptional and leadership material
  • Must be working for a company that provides third-party consulting or advisory services to the hospitality industry and be actively involved or responsible for providing advisory services to clients of the firm

For more information on The Lori Raleigh Award, please 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 organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at

For more information, contact Lauren Marshall, Director of Membership & Marketing.
Phone: +1.678.735.9453