John Sears is a 25-year career hotelier and professional consultant whose pedigree includes Mobil awarded five-star hotel management. John is certified in hotel feasibility studies and hotel valuations by Switzerland’s Glion University School of Hospitality. Prior to BHA, John served as vice president of marketing & development for Switzerland based Boutique Hotels & Resorts International S.A., where he led the company growth to one-hundred-four hotels in thirty-six countries and worked first-hand with each hotel’s investors and management teams. John has been a featured speaker at many worldwide hotel industry events and has worked with 500+ hotel projects in 100+ countries, visits over 100 hotels per year, and is a respected authority in hotel performance, development, valuations, and acquisitions.
Jeff Lefkovich is a Project Manager with BHA. Jeff brings 30 years of experience in planning, strategy, design, and development of real estate projects that include mixed-use, residential, hospitality, senior living, wellness centers, commercial, and health care, totaling more than $1 billion in developed assets and more than two million square feet of space. Jeff serves as a managing principal for two large-scale multi-generation, mixed-use, mixed-income, live/work community developments in Connecticut, which he designed (Heritage River Village and Collins Village) that have combined values of over $200 million with more than 680,000 of residential, hospitality, and commercial space. For 12 years, Jeff served as President for JB Commercial, Inc., a design/build, real estate development, owner’s representation firm.
Monica Lewison has completed studies on more than 400 existing and proposed hotels and resort throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and across all property types, including luxury, full-service, and select service, amusement and waterpark properties. She has also analyzed a wide range ski resorts, beach and golf resorts with residential components, and executive conference centers. Her expertise is in preparing market and feasibility studies, financial analysis and performance projections, site selection, and litigation support. Since 1997, Monica has provided consulting services to developers, investors, banks, hotel companies, management companies, and other individuals and organizations involved in the hotel, resort, and lodging industry. She received her Master’s degree from Toronto University in 1990 and was certified in 2007 for hotel feasibility studies and hotel valuations from Switzerland’s Glion University School of Hospitality.