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Raj Chandnani is responsible for guiding the company’s global outreach activities, implementing strategic initiatives, and positioning the firm as a leader in innovation. He has a wide range of industry expertise focusing on consumer trends, travel and tourism, branding strategies and hospitality real estate.
Mr. Chandnani also collaborates with the firm’s clients, and provides strategic consulting for proposed developments, including visioning and conceptualization, competitive positioning, branding and operator selection.
Chandnani has specialized in commercial real estate since 1994. Prior to joining WATG in 2001, Chandnani was as associate director with CB Richard Ellis Hotels, where he spent six years in a variety of capacities including investment sales, financings and portfolio due diligence. He served as an asset manager for a portfolio of hotel investments on behalf of co-investment partners, with responsibilities including acquisitions underwriting, deal structuring, contract negotiations business planning, budget review and capital planning. He was previously with PKF Consulting in Los Angeles, and has also taught classes on strategic planning, financial management, real estate finance, hotel development, tourism and design at UCLA, USC, Cornell University and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.