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.

Years Hotel Industry Experience
Billion in Hotel Transactions

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 will provide the skill set necessary to assist our clients in finding solutions to the most complex lodging real estate problems.

Lodging Partners is a member of Hotel Brokers International (HBI) and offers its Buyers and Sellers enhanced access to a national hospitality marketplace. HBI is the leading network of broker professionals specializing exclusively in hotels and over the past 50 years has successfully negotiated more than 10,000 hotel transactions throughout the US. HBI currently has 20 dedicated hotel brokerage specialists located in 13 offices throughout the US and has a significant share of the nation’s hotel transactions. The network’s collective inventory is comprised of 100+ property listings and attracts more than 50,000 visitors to its site each month. This affiliation adds a degree of expertise and access to properties that other brokers simply can’t offer. Lodging Partners has been recognized as Hotel Brokers International’s Top Broker – U.S. Eastern Region in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017, and has earned multiple sales recognition awards with HBI.

Ford C. Barton

Ford C. Barton is a 37-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 $2.1 billion, and he has extensive experience in hotel dispositions resulting from and related to bankruptcy, foreclosure, short-sales, auctions, and traditional market sales. Mr. Barton has approximately $500 Million in recent hotel sales across most major hotel brands, including: Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Choice Hotels, Best Western, Wyndham, Radisson Hotel Group, and independently flagged properties.

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 780 property transactions involving independent and franchised hotels, land sites and other forms of commercial real estate. He has also owned, operated and developed hotels, and he truly understands the perspective of owners, franchisors, management companies and lenders from his experience as an owner.

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 Choice’s 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 30 hotel acquisitions and development projects.