NEW YORK, N.Y.—PKF Consulting LLC has announced the promotion of Mark VanStekelenburg to senior vice president and practice leader of the firm’s office in New York City. VanStekelenburg moves from the Los Angeles office of PKFC where he has been since 2004. While in the firm’s L.A. office, VanStekelenburg conducted and supervised numerous economic, financial, and operational analyses for hospitality and real estate related clients.
“Mark is a 14-year lodging industry veteran and brings with him a wide range of consulting experience,” said Dave Arnold, CEO East for PKFC. “Mark’s talents will prove invaluable assisting our clients with interests throughout the U.S. and around the globe.”
VanStekelenburg graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree. Prior to joining PKFC in 2004, he held operational positions at the Palmera Plaza Grand Hotel in Spain and the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, Ga. He has held leadership positions with the Los Angeles chapter of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, the American Hotel & Lodging Association Gateway Council, and the Los Angeles chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. VanStekelenburg has spoken at a number of hotel industry conferences and events.
“Mark’s relocation to the PKFC New York office is well-timed considering some of our recent strategic research activities,” noted Mark Woodworth, president of PKF Hospitality Research LLC. “Working with one of the leading academic minds in hospitality consulting, Mark will target some of the leading capital hotel market participants, many of whom are New York-based.”
“Mark’s background and areas of experience align well with the requirements of these initiatives,” noted John B. (Jack) Corgel, Ph.D., the Robert C. Baker professor of real estate at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and senior advisor to PKF-HR, are directly targeted toward leading capital market participants, many of whom are New York based. “His collaborative approach brings a fresh perspective to the types of analyses that investors covet, making Mark the ideal choice to lead PKF-HR’s New York efforts.
VanStekelenburg replaces industry veteran John Fox who is retiring as the leader of the PKFC New York practice. Fox joined the New York office of Harris Kerr Forster (predecessor to PKFC) in 1971, and became a senior principal of Pannell Kerr Forster in 1982.
“John is an iconic figure in the New York lodging industry and has helped establish the PKFC brand as a leading source for hospitality intelligence in the market,” Arnold noted. “Given his diverse talents, I am confident Mark will build on the strong base that John established and grow the services we offer our clients in the market.”