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Andrew Benioff

Founder & ChairmanThe Independent Lodging Congress

Andrew Benioff is the Founder and Managing Partner of Llenrock Group, LLC. 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. In less than three years, he helped increase the firm’s yearly transaction volume from $200M to more than $800M while also leading an extensive restructuring and rebranding of the firm.

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. Author of numerous articles, Mr. Benioff has discussed real estate finance in the pages of Scotsman’s Guide, Hotel Business, Hotel Real Estate, and the Cornell Real Estate Review. He has appeared as a guest speaker for the real estate programs of Cornell University, Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and Temple University, and has served as a panelist or moderator at numerous national real estate conferences.

Mr. Benioff is co-chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Cornell Real Estate Council and is Founder and Chairman of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council. He serves on the Philadelphia regional board for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Benioff 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:

That I speak fluent Japanese

Favorite place to stay when traveling:

I love to spend a few days in Tokyo every year. It has endlessly interesting neighborhoods to explore and the best quality and variety of food on the planet!

MUST have travel item:

Melatonin because it is a life saver when getting over serious jetlag.

Biggest extravagance or vice:

Both great shoes and a wonderful single malt scotch are items that I definitely don’t “need” but spend way too much on.

Most memorable ILC moment:

Spending some quality time with many of the industry luminaries that we host and getting to explore topics not related to their businesses with them over a leisurely meal.

Who would play you in a movie:

When I was younger (and had more hair) I was often compared by others to Tom Hanks, so I guess…

First job:

In high school I worked in a local convenience store during the night shift. Mostly  what I did was sell cigarettes, soft drinks and pornography but I also had to restock huge walk-in refrigerators which I hated.

Currently reading:

Herding the Ox, The Martial Arts as a Moral Metaphor, by John Donohue

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