Hotel & Resort Group.
Mr. Rohling’s expertise includes the areas of operational strategy and performance improvement. He has advised clients on projects ranging from individual properties to large portfolios both in the U.S. and Europe. Some of Mr. Rohling’s advisory assignments have involved devising strategic repositioning plans, replacing management companies, negotiating franchise agreements, re-training and hiring staff, and overseeing renovation and development projects.
Mr. Rohling has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, and has extensive knowledge of operations, marketing and finance.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rohling was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lodgian, Inc. (AMEX: LGN), one of the largest owners and operators of hotels in the U.S. The company’s portfolio consisted primarily of full-service hotels operated under franchise affiliates with the major brands of InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Hilton Hotels and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Rohling worked as a strategic advisor providing acquisition and asset management services to opportunity funds including Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Blackstone’s real estate group.
Mr. Rohling advised Apollo Real Estate Advisors on a distressed portfolio facing post-9/11 challenges, and negotiated loan modifications with the special servicer. Then, as President and CEO, he structured the portfolio as a REIT and positioned it for an IPO as Capital Lodging.
Mr. Rohling advised The Blackstone Group on its successful $500 million acquisition from Vivendi of the Paris-based CGHS 50 portfolio.
From 1982 to 1998, Mr. Rohling was a general partner of Harvey Hotels (predecessor to Bristol Hotels). The company developed 6 hotels and Mr. Rohling served in numerous operating and executive capacities.
Mr. Rohling received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.