Lodging Partners takes a partnership approach in each real estate transaction assignment. We go beyond our in-house technology and personalize each assignment with the best possible talent available.

Lodging Partners’ central focus is hotel real estate transaction management. We use our experience, technology, insight, and network of hotel industry and real estate resource partners to meet your goals.

Our professional network allows us to plug in industry experts in operations management, asset management, receivership, appraisal, legal, expert testimony, and investment banking on a case-by-case basis. We do not rely solely on “company resources” to get the job done. We like to think outside the box by pulling from an array of talented lodging professionals who may provide the skill set necessary in each situation.

Lodging Partners is a member of Hotel Brokers International (HBI). Hotel Brokers International, a nationwide network founded over fifty years ago, is today the nation's largest broker organization for hotel real estate. HBI has a rich heritage of experience and success in hotel real estate valuation, transactions, and advisory services. Hotel Brokers International has successfully negotiated more than 10,000 hotel real estate transactions throughout the United States. HBI currently has 31 dedicated hotel brokerage specialists located in 17 offices throughout the United States. The HBI website is typically populated with over 150 property listings and attracts more than 50,000 visitors to its site each month. With the combined effort from all of it's broker members in 17 offices throughout the US, HBI enjoys a significant share of the nation's hotel transactions.

Ford C. Barton

Ford C. Barton

Lodging Partners LLC
Charlotte, NC
T 704.341.8488
C 704.906.4630


Ford C. Barton is a 32-year hotel industry veteran, including more than 24 years at the executive level with Marriott Hotels, Manor Care Hotels / Sunburst Hospitality, and Choice Hotels International. Mr. Barton has acted in hundreds of hotel transactions and his multi-dimensional experience includes senior level real estate acquisition and disposition, asset management, franchise development, and new project development.

Mr. Barton’s hospitality real estate experience includes single asset and portfolio acquisitions, sales, and franchise development in the select and full service market segments. During his accomplished career, Mr. Barton has acted in hundreds of hotel transactions, with an aggregate value exceeding $1.7 billion.

His multi-dimensional experience includes senior level real estate acquisition and disposition, asset management, franchise development, and new project development. Mr. Barton’s experience in hotel acquisition and franchising has been evidenced by his participation in over 700 property transactions, involving independent and franchised hotels, land sites and other forms of commercial real estate.

Mr. Barton spent 10 years with Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel franchisors. As the Regional Vice President responsible for developing their select service brands throughout the Mid-Atlantic, he recorded the highest growth and production in Choice’s history, and held all of Choices top sales records for ten consecutive years.

Prior to his time with Choice Hotels International, Mr. Barton held executive level positions overseeing the acquisitions and development for Sunburst Hospitality Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company and a spin-off company of Choice Hotels International and Manor Care, Inc. While at Sunburst Hospitality and its predecessor, Mr. Barton was responsible for all of the company's acquisition and development activities in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, which included more than 29 hotel acquisitions and development projects.