2020 California Lodging Investment Conference Recap

2020 California Lodging Investment Conference Recap

Three Collins College hospitality students participated in the only hotel investment conference in California. Colton Fox, Vivian Kong and Jacob Alcala attended the California Lodging Investment Conference at the Westin Costa Mesa.

This annual one-day event features industry experts who present information on the lodging industry in California. Panel discussions focused on five key areas: hotel investment opportunities, hotel brands, due diligence practices for interested buyers, hotel lending and an overview of California’s lodging market. The panelists represented included consultants, lenders, operators, and sellers from various organizations. Throughout the day, there were multiple opportunities to engage with industry professionals.

As student ambassadors, Alcala, Fox and Kong greeted attendees as they registered for the conference. During the networking session, the students tabled for The Collins College of Hospitality Management. The students networked with prospective employers to ensure that recruiting from The Collins College will guarantee work-force ready professionals.

“While I was tabling, I talked to many attendees, including one of our Board of Advisors, Steven Senft,” said Vivian Kong, a senior hospitality management student. “Through CLIC, I was able to expand my knowledge on the hotel investment side of the hospitality industry, and network with hospitality professionals. I learned about the many opportunities for professional growth and development in the industry.”

The students also participated in a leadership presentation led by sponsor, Aden Leadership.

“Their session had nearly 500 people, and we were assigned to read inspirational leadership quotes,” said Colton Fox, a senior hospitality management student. “It was a little nerve-racking to read a Dali Lama quote in front of 500 people, but it is an experience I won’t forget for a long while!”

Overall, the students were impressed with the conference. It was valuable to our students, and one of the many opportunities The Collins College provides for our students to see another side of hospitality.