Brian Kaufman, Founder and 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.
On graduating from Cornell, Brian has gained experience and progressive levels of responsibility in established blue-chip companies including Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Highgate Capital Investment before founding his own asset management and investment company at the age of 33. A key advocate in his, John Brennan, Chairman, Amaris Hospitality, commented “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” and having “demonstrated an ability, at a very young age, to run a highly complex acquisition process” Brian commented on being announced winner of this year’s Young Leader Award; “I am 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 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 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 next month.”
Respected CEOs from across the hotel industry reviewed a short list of applications from outstanding candidates before agreeing on the 2019 winner.
The Young Leader Award was presented at 10.30am on Tuesday 5th March during the plenary session at IHIF.
9-10- October 2019
29-31 October 2019
20–21 November 2019
Location to be confirmed in due course
25-26 April 2019