30+ years industry experience
Responsibilities & Skill Set:
Hospitality industry leader with 30+ years of expertise, Tom Engel is credited with co-creating three (3) global lodging brands—Embassy Suites Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. Mr. Engel is founder of the T.R. ENGEL Group, LLC (TRE), a Boston-based hospitality advisory, operational asset management, and project management firm operating on a global basis. TRE’s core business discipline revolves around advising institutional investors—pension funds, real estate investment managers, and international high net worth family offices—investing in hotel lodging in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. TRE typically then oversees the entirety of the investment in the role of hotel asset manager working on behalf of the investor.
Previously, Mr. Engel was Executive Vice President, Equitable/AXA Real Estate Investment Management Inc., where he created, then ran its worldwide lodging and leisure investment management group. Mr. Engel’s group was a full-service hospitality resource, providing both hotel debt and equity investments, conducting project management and through its asset management team was responsible for the oversight of a $2 billion portfolio of 62 hotels and resorts. Previously, Mr. Engel was a Group Brand Manager at Unilever, Inc. and Director of Marketing, at Revlon, Inc.
Mr. Engel has extensive experience with creation of hotel brands, operations planning, and creation of brand standards and procedures with luxury, upscale and extended stay hotels. Mr. Engel is a director of publicly-held The Procaccianti Hotel REIT. He is an adjunct professor at Boston University and Chairman, Boston University School of Hospitality Management’s Advisory Board. Graduate; Northwestern University, University of St. Thomas. Veteran, United States Marine Corps, VMA-131 Air Wing.