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Distinguished Speaker Series: Eric Lewis, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

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Ershad Chagani

Ershad is a graduate student at Cornell University concurrently pursuing a Master of Real Estate (MPS-RE) and an MBA. This holistic education is building upon his three years of management consulting experience, where he focused on real estate and innovation as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte's Strategy & Operations practice. He has experience across a variety of industries including Real Estate, Financial Services, Energy, and Public Sector.
Eric Lewis: Executive Managing Director, Hospitality & Gaming Group at Cushman & Wakefield
Eric Lewis: Executive Managing Director, Hospitality & Gaming Group at Cushman & Wakefield

Eric Lewis is the Executive Managing Director and Global Practice Leader of Hospitality & Gaming in Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group. His division works across virtually every hospitality and gaming property type and is involved with the appraisal of properties valued at nearly $50 billion on an annual basis. Eric’s portfolio of clients includes: the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Times Square, the Red Roof Inn portfolio, the Dolce portfolio of conference centers, the Fairmont portfolio of hotels and private residence clubs, and the Millennium Ritz Carlton hotels in New York, Boston and Washington, DC.

Eric has been focused on hospitality for over 16 years, and has personally completed appraisal, advisory, and consulting assignments on all hospitality property types across North America. He holds the MAI designation as well as appraiser licenses in several US States including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Connecticut. Additionally, he is a highly sought-after expert witness in hospitality-related litigation support cases. Eric also serves on the board for the Metro New York chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

Eric started his career as a CPA with Arthur Young & Co. in New York, and shifted his focus from accounting to real estate in 1987 when he joined Mason-Helmstetter’s real estate appraisal practice in New Jersey. In 1991, he obtained his Masters in Real Estate Valuation from New York University, following which he joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Stamford, Connecticut office and began to specialize in hotels. In 1997, Eric moved to C&W’s world headquarters in New York, where he worked to become Americas Practice Leader in 2005, followed by his current position in 2013. During his tenure with Cushman & Wakefield, Eric has been recognized on a number of occasions for his outstanding service to the organization.

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