Sanjeev Misra: Baker Program in Real Estate's Distinguished Speaker Series

Sanjeev Misra is cofounder and senior managing director of Paramount Lodging Advisors (PLA), a national hotel brokerage and advisory firm specializing in the sales of hospitality assets, debt and equity placement, as well as value enhancement services. Misra is also founder and president of Atira Hotels, a hotel owner, operator, and development company.

Prior to joining PLA, Misra served as the regional director for NAI Global Hotels brokerage team. Under his leadership, the team successfully transacted more than $580 million in hotel assets. He also served as the director of real estate for JHM Hotels in Greenville, South Carolina, managing all real estate holdings for an owner, developer, and operator of 35 hotels under 14 franchise brands. Misra spearheaded all phases of JHM's hotel development process as well as all hotel acquisitions and dispositions. He also worked for JHM as director of process management and improvement and director of technology, as well as at the property level as a hotel manager.

Misra received his bachelor of science at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and his master of business administration from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. He has been a guest lecturer in real estate at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and has served as an industry representative for the Cornell School of Hotel Administration's M.M.H. class project. Misra has been published as the lead story for an issue of Illinois Real Estate Journal and has also published articles for Lodging Business and Hotel Motel Management magazines. In 2014, Misra was chosen as one of the best and brightest young professionals in commercial real estate by Real Estate Forum magazine's annual "40 Under 40" list.

In 2014 and 2015, Paramount Lodging Advisors made the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. Hotel Business and Hotel Management magazines have also recognized PLA as the top hotel broker annually since 2012. Atira Hotels is ranked as one of the top 100 hotel management companies in Hotel Management magazine, with hotels in five states and more than 700 employees.