I focus exclusively on the hospitality industry. I have the experience and flexibility to provide you with the unique services that you require, as well as providing a traditional feasibily report, impact analysis or conversion analysis. I focus on providing a clear opininon in a timely manner.
ISABEL ACKERMAN, ISHC - Founder & President
Isabel Ackerman, ISHC founded Brandt Hospitality Consulting, Inc. (BHC) in 1992. BHC is a hospitality and real estate consulting firm which specializes exclusively in hotel real estate. Projects have included feasibility, impact evaluation, financial analysis, valuation, market analysis, appraisal services, strategic development and other related services to the hospitality industry. Isabel’s recent clients represent major hotel franchise organizations, large management companies, leading banks and federal, state and city government.
Isabel served as a Manager of Hotel Development and Market Planning with Marriott Corporation's both in the Washington, DC headquarters and Midwest Region development office in suburban Chicago, IL. She conducted market feasibility analysis, impact studies, and financial projections for Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Fairfield Inn in markets throughout the United States.
Isabel has an extensive background in hotel operations. She served as Director of Convention Services of the 614-room McCormick Center Hotel in Chicago IL. Due to the hotel's location adjacent to McCormick Place Convention Center, she gained extensive exposure to large-scale conventions and trade shows. Isabel was part of the opening team of the New York Marriott Marquis, where she served as a Catering Manager for this 1876-room hotel.
Isabel is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and holds a Master of Business Administration with International Marketing major from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (Stern School of Business). She is an active member with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
Isabel has completed over 400 hospitality-related projects in over 200 markets in over 40 states. She has experience in a variety of location types ranging from large downtown and suburban markets in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, medium sized communities such as Manhattan KS and Poughkeepsie NY, and smaller rural communities like Spearfish, SD (population 5,000) and Versailles, IN (population 1,800). Isabel has experience with a variety of hotel products ranging from 27-room limited-service hotels, 400+ room deluxe hotels, extended-stay and all-suite hotels, as well as those involving historic renovations. This list includes hotels considered budget properties to luxury properties with ADR's in excess of $250.
Since 2007, Isabel has been performing Phase I impact studies for Choice Hotels. She has completed over 30 of these impact studies throughout the United States on Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Clarion and Quality Inns and Suites. In 2009, she began completing impact studies for Best Western in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.