President and COO
Blair Wills was most recently a Vice President at Hotel Asset Value Enhancement where he was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio that included Marriott, Hyatt, independent, and other luxury branded hotels. He also oversaw numerous underwriting and due diligence assignments for client acquisitions as well as additional consulting assignments.
Prior to joining hotelAVE, Blair was an analyst for The Plasencia Group, Inc., where he developed a proprietary hotel financial analysis model. Additionally, he spent time as a member of the Leisure, Lodging and Gaming Equity research team at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, where he was involved in extensive industry research and development of industry reports.
Blair is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Finance. He is currently a member of The School of Hospitality Business’s Alumni Association Appointed Board of Directors and Real Estate Investment and Development Advisory Council. He was previously a member of the Hospitality Asset Manager’s Association and co-authored, with Michelle Russo, the “Benchmarking and Financial Analysis” chapter of the Hotel Asset Management Principles and Practices (2nd edition) textbook. Since 2011, he has been a guest professor in the HB 490 Hotel Investments and Asset Management course at Michigan State University. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University, industry panelist at Michigan State University and was a guest speaker at the Spring 2009 Hospitality Asset Managers Association conference. In 2015, Blair was awarded the title of Emerging Alumnus Leader of the Year by Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association.
Michigan State, The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Appointed Board of Directors
Michigan State, Real Estate Investment and Development Advisory Council
2015 Emerging Alumnus Leader of the Year – Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association
Has worked at StepStone Hospitality since:
Interests and Hobbies:
Golf, tennis, ping pong and Detroit sports