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Mr. Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Michael Sullivan is the co-Managing Shareholder of the Orlando office of Greenberg Traurig and is the co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Hotels, Resorts and Clubs Practice Group. Mr. Sullivan specializes in the representation of real estate developers, national hotel chains, lenders and owners in the purchase, development, finance, leasing, operation, management and licensing of hotels, condo-hotels, and resorts. He has extensive experience in the negotiation of both public and private hotel management contracts and has negotiated public/private ventures on behalf of hotel companies and owners with local governments and publicly owned convention centers. He has extensive experience in hotel insolvency proceedings including loan work-outs, foreclosures and bankruptcies. In addition, Mr. Sullivan's practice includes development of complex mixed use real estate developments and the purchase, sale and financing of retirement communities, medical office buildings and senior living communities. Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctor degree, with Honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1984 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Yale University.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 407-420-1000 or sullivanm@gtlaw.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.