1. HVS announces the promotion of Chelsey Leffet into the new role of Senior Vice President – HVS Northeast Leader, focused on directing and growing the HVS Consulting & Valuation division from Virginia to Maine. HVS is the nation’s leading hospitality consulting firm.
  2. Samantha Hardcastle of The Storied Experience officially launches “Wellbeing in a Week”, a strategic workshop for properties ready to deepen the purpose and value of their guest experience. By combining emotional & aesthetic intelligence with positive design, she has created an impactful program designed to delight today’s burned out guests.
  3. Rachael Rothman joined CBRE in March 2021 as Head of Hotels Research & Data Analytics where she will lead CBRE’s hotel research, analysis, data collection and forecasting of industry metrics and trends. She also advises CBRE Hotels professionals and clients at the point of sale.
  4. Ofra Gelman, Principal, Dwell Design Studio started the International Luxury Hotel Association’s East Coast Chapter and created a webinar series focused on the recovery of luxury hotels. She is excited to share that Dwell Design Studio opened a new office in Dallas, TX. Dwell is a dynamic team of architects who relentlessly reject boring. We give you designs that offer people a reason to stay — and come back for more.”
  5. Barbara Azzinaro of Cohen Azzinaro Associates, LLC is pleased to announce the recent additions of iWorks and DAS (, Light Annex ( and Jane Hamley Wells ( to our portfolio of fine manufacturers of luxury hospitality furnishings. iWorks provides custom large scale luxury public area lighting, their DAS division, provides luxury custom decorative screens, and their Light Annex sister company provides custom guestroom and corridor lighting. Jane Hamley Wells provides high end modern outdoor and indoor luxury furniture for hotels and resorts, as well as restaurants, country clubs, multifamily, rooftops, site furniture and other installations. Please visit to see all of our manufacturers. Cohen Azzinaro Associates, LLC is celebrating its 28th year in business. Barbara was the founding member and president of the founding board of directors of the Washington DC Metro chapter of NEWH in 1990, and is on the founding board of the East Coast Chapter of the ILHA.