R. Britton Colbert, CHA, CHIA

Colbert Hotel Consulting, LLC
200 MacFarlane Drive, N201
Delray Beach, FL 33483
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Phone: 561-455-2785

R. Britton Colbert is a 35-year+ experienced hotel operations executive with on-site operations experience with Sheraton Hotels and Holiday Inns, Inc., focused on NOI, cash distribution, CapEx Plans,hotel development/investment, franchising, financing and litigation support nationwide, including the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. Mr. Colbert has extensive hotel acquisition due diligence experience including, but not limited to, The Beverly Hills Hotel, and financing chain-affiliated and independent hotels for acquisition and expansion. He has prepared affidavits, disclosures and provides assistance to retaining attorney in responding to complaints, interrogatories, preparing retaining attorney for depositions, discovery requests and mock trial exercises. Colbert has testified in depositions, state and federal courts, zoning authorities and at the Baltimore Police Commission regarding the operating responsibilities expected of client-owned motel matters.

Formerly with Laventhol & Horwath in NYC and Los Angeles as partner in the LA office, he directed the hotel and litigation practice from 1985-89. In 1990, Colbert became executive vice-president of operations of a 9-hotel portfolio with properties in CA, WA, IL and TX. From 1990 through 1993, Colbert was a member of the Embassy Suites Owners Association Board.

His case work has included matters involving hotel operations regarding standard of care, hotel brand standards, partnership reporting, cash flow analysis,franchising matters, including, but not limited to, key provisions within license agreements along with the obligations of the respective parties to operating guidelines, PIP requirements and licensor support availability.

Colbert has been retained on hotel wrongful death matters associated with drowning, near-drowning, fire, carbon monoxide and electrocution incidents. Other litigation retention includes misrepresentation, personal injury cases of assaults related to rape, battery and shootings. Colbert has also been retained with cases relating to negligent hiring and hotel a condemnation case in Idaho regarding alleged cash flow loss from the condemnation disruption.

Interesting and distinguishing assignments include California Court Appointed hotel expert regarding an 11-hotel portfolio valuation dispute; retained regarding the death and near-death drowning cases in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Maui; alleged financial damages relating to the acquisition of a chain-affiliated hotel in Charlotte by an inexperienced buyer,testimony in Virginia regarding wrongful death cases associated with a fire at a 100-year old registered historic-hotel; fraud and an embezzlement case in Maryland involving mis-management and commingling of partnership funds of two hotels and a condo development and, carbon monoxide cases in Florida and California.

Complex and diversified cases include the defense of a major hotel company organizational structure related to international franchise claims; the sale of a limited service hotel brand to another holding company resulting in weakened brand standards, marketing dilution and reservation disruptions; assault case in Connecticut at a major chain-affiliated hotel (plaintiff), standards and control case in the Bahamas (defense)and Antigua (plaintiff), operating failure by a major, independent hotel operator to adhere to brand standards resulting in a Houston hotel electrocution death, defense case regarding alleged cash flow-loss associated with remediation efforts related to an EIFS matter for a 6-hotel, multi-state chain-affiliated portfolio, development control by an international hotel division regarding renovation program in Cartagena, and plaintiff shooting cases at a major chain-affiliated hotel in Maryland and Orlando.

He is certified by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and currently holds the CHA and CHIA Certifications. Colbert also holds current real estate license in California since 2000 and in Pennsylvania from 2003-2012.

Recent hotel asset management and consulting work includes assistance with 92-room Pennsylvania historic hotel regarding cash flows and redevelopment of the excess land; revenue, expense and marketing management for 102-room national chain affiliated hotel in Ohio; and consulting for two resort motels on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

Other areas of expertise include: Hotel financing and hotel development matters, third party vendor agreements and hotel reporting standards and practices.

Colbert is presently CEO and President of a 149-unit, Florida condominium complex which operation is similar to that of a 300 unit hotel with recreational facilities, including a 20-slip marina along 1900 liner feet of seawall along Inter-Coastal Waterway in Delray Beach, Florida.

Colbert's litigation practice is generally 50/50 plaintiff-defence designations.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: University of Denver, BSBA, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management
American Hotel & Lodging Association, CHA, CHIA Certifications, all current
California Real Estate License, current
Pennsylvania Real Estate License, 2003-2012

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Hotel & Lodging Association

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: UCLA, Evening Class, Hotel Financing
Numerous Speaking Engagements on development; hotel trends

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Numerous

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Hotel operations, franchise and brand standards and franchise agreements, duty of care,wrongful death matters (drowning, fire, electrocution, carbon monoxide), fraud, misrepresentation,assault, sexual assault cases from negligent hiring without criminal or background checks, hotel acquisition/diligence practices, third party concession/vendor agreements and appropriate and qualified hotel staffing.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2016

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 12-18

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Discovery analysis, assistance in preparing document requests, interrogatory responses, assistance in deposition preparation of retaining attorney, preparation with retaining attorney for Mock Trial exercises, and expert report, affidavit and disclosure writing.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Contact for information

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Contact for information

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Contact for information

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Contact for information

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses at cost. Testimony fees and required travel expenses paid prior to testimony.

References

References available upon request.

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