Hotel Brokers International Celebrates Hotel Sales Successes of 2021

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[Kansas City, Missouri – March 9, 2022]

Hotel Brokers International Celebrates Hotel Sales Successes of 2021

Edward P. Walsh Named Hotel Broker of the Year

Hotel Brokers International, the nation’s leading hotel brokerage network, celebrated the successes of the past year during the organization’s 63rd Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, February 23-24. Michelle Kennedy, HBI Past President, presented the following hotel real estate sales achievement awards:

Edward P. Walsh, president of Alpine Realty Capital, LLC located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, received HBI’s highest honor – Broker of the Year.  Walsh received this recognition of excellence in hotel real estate brokerage based on outstanding sales volume and participation in the industry. Walsh was also recognized for structuring the Single Asset Sale of the Year and for structuring the most Unique Deal of the Year. Mr. Walsh’s brokerage firm, Alpine Realty Capital, was recognized for producing the firm’s collective best in both dollar volume and number of transactions completed. Walsh is a lodging industry professional whose career spans more than thirty years in the industry. Walsh has earned the professional designation of Certified Hotel Broker.

Awards were given to the Top Brokers by U.S. Region in 2021.  Ford C. Barton, Principal of Lodging Partners – a specialized hotel brokerage firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina – was named Top Broker of the U.S. Eastern Region.

Brandt Niehaus, CHB, President of Huff, Niehaus & Associates, Inc., located in Louisville, Kentucky, was recognized as the Top Broker of the U.S. Central Region.

Joseph P. Kennedy, CHB, President of Crystal Investment Property, LLC of Vancouver, Washington, was awarded Top Broker in the U.S. Mountain/Pacific Region.

Founded in 1959, Hotel Brokers International members lead the industry in hotel real estate sales. HBI hotel brokerage specialists have successfully negotiated more than 10,000 hotel real estate transactions and consistently account for the largest share of all select-service and economy hotel sales in the United States. The organization’s database currently comprises more than 100 property listings and the HBI website attracts site visitors from around the world. HBI is the founder and administrator of the Certified Hotel Broker program – the industry’s only professional designation for Hotel Brokers. In addition to hospitality real estate advisory services, HBI offers affiliate membership to professionals in allied fields, including franchising, lending, appraisals, and investment services. For more information about HBI’s hotel listings or to become a broker or affiliate member, visit

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Glenda J. Webb

Executive Director
Hotel Brokers International

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