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Andrew Benioff

Founder & Chairman
The Independent Lodging Congress

Andrew Benioff is the Founder and Chairman of the Independent Lodging Congress focusing on idea generation for the hospitality, travel and lifestyle sectors.

Mr. Benioff has 15 years’ experience in the operation and management of luxury hotels. He has held management and executive level positions at Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the U.S., and a traditional Ryokan (Inn) in Atami, Japan.
Mr. Benioff is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Llenrock Realty Partners an Indie Hospitality development and investment firm. Mr. Benioff previously served as managing partner and head of the hospitality and leisure finance group at a Philadelphia-based real estate investment-banking company.


Mr. Benioff is Founder & past Chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Cornell Real Estate Council and is the Founder and Chairman of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council. He also serves as a member of the Governing Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. He received his M.B.A. with a focus on Finance and Real Estate from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and holds a B.A. from Connecticut College.

Quick Facts

Something ILC attendees would never guess about you: I am fully bilingual in English and Japanese and lived in Japan for ~5 years after college.

Favorite place to stay when traveling: In the US I love discovering new Indie properties but over in Japan where I travel regularly, I prefer to stay in a Ryokan if I’m not at our family’s home.

MUST-have travel item: Always need to have some extra melatonin available as I don’t sleep well away from home.

Who would play you in a movie: Years ago, when I had hair, I was constantly compared to Tom Hanks. Not so much anymore…

First job: Working the night shift in a Cumberland Farms convenience store restocking the milk and juice and selling cigarettes and pornography to a very interesting crowd.

Currently reading: Whatever is in the New York times magazine. Always something interesting and educational.

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