24 Mar2014

Hunter Hotel Investment Conference to honor Tom Corcoran

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Contact:  Martha Seabrook, Hunter Hotel Advisors

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Hunter Hotel Investment Conference to honor Tom Corcoran

FelCor Board Chair named 5th recipient of Hunter Conference Award for Excellence & Inspiration


The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will honor FelCor Board Chairman Tom Corcoran as the 2014 recipient of the 5th annual Hunter Conference Award for Excellence and Inspiration at their upcoming national conference slated for March 26 – 28th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  The prestigious award is given annually and recognizes an industry owner who has exemplified high standards in leadership, citizenship and innovation and has been an inspiration in the hospitality industry.


 Mr. Corcoran started his first job in the hotel industry as a dishwasher at the age of 14.  Today he serves as the chairman of the board for FelCor Lodging Trust Inc., a large publicly traded hotel Real Estate Investment Trust that owns full-service hotels located in major and resort markets nationwide.  Tom Corcoran’s career spans from operator and franchisor with Chuck E Cheese Entertainment Inc. president and CEO of Brock Hotel Corporation, president and chief executive officer of Integra, director of Sammons Enterprises, Inc, and co-founder, president and chief executive officer of FelCor, Inc. Lodging Trust until his appointment to chairman of the board in 2006.  


Mr. Corcoran is perhaps best known for his longtime leadership in the lodging industry serving as the chairman of the American Hospitality and Lodging Association in 2008.  He also serves as chairman of Embassy Suites' Advisory Council to Hilton Hotels; as vice chairman of the International Association of Holiday Inns (IAHI); and in various leadership capacities with the Board of Governors for the University of North Texas School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management.


“Tom is a tireless advocate for the hospitality industry, and takes great delight in mentoring and educating the industry’s future leaders,” said Bob Hunter.  “As a longtime colleague, I am honored to present this award to Tom and know that he will continue to inspire and lead us for years to come.”

The Award is part of The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, one of the nation’s four top hotel investment conferences.  Former honorees include Jack DeBoer,  Value Place LLC, H.P. Rama, JHM Hotels,  Bruce W. White, White Lodging Services and Gary Tharaldson, Tharaldson Companies.

Hunter was awarded the prestigious Allie Award as Best Tradeshow and Conference in 2013.  Proceeds from the Hunter Conference provide scholarships to hospitality students within the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University.  For on-line registration, please visit the conference website at or contact Nancy Petenbrink, conference director, at 770-916-0300 or

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