A DFW native, Kathleen Donahue is the Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader overseeing the West South Central region of the U.S. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Kathleen brings far-reaching perspective on how hotel markets grow and change, particularly those in the Dallas Fort Worth area and throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the northern Gulf Coast. Her many years of repeated visits, as well as her extensive relationships formed with local hotel owners, operators, and city officials, provide unparalleled knowledge of these hotel markets.
Kathleen combines this deep understanding of the Texas region’s hotel markets with strong analytical thinking to provide a wide variety of clients with robust hotel appraisals, market studies, and feasibility studies for proposed hotels. Particularly, Kathleen and the Dallas team have considerable experience evaluating proposed hotels ranging from limited- to full-service assets, including the following urban-centric projects in Dallas and Fort Worth:
- Virgin Hotels Dallas (opened December 2019)
- JW Marriott Dallas Arts District (coming 2022)
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District (opened June 2020)
- Kimpton Harper Hotel, Downtown Fort Worth (coming spring 2021)
With more than 200 incorporated cities and towns located in the metropolitan area, hotel development interest in suburban DFW communities has flourished, often enhanced by incentives offered by municipalities. Notable past suburban engagements are listed below.
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen and Watters Creek Convention Center (opened January 2019)
- Westin Southlake (coming October 2021)
- Aloft Hotel & Convention Center Cedar Hill (coming 2022)
Kathleen has completed or overseen hundreds of assignments for a broad range of clients, spanning hotel appraisals, market studies, and feasibility studies for all hotel asset classes. She has authored articles on the performance trends and dynamics of DFW hotel markets and has regularly presented to local hotel association groups over the past several years. Kathleen is licensed as a certified general appraiser.
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