History & Founders

Our History of Hospitality

Bob Hunter of Hunter Hotel Advisors created the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference (HUNTER) more than 30 years ago. Back then, hospitality conferences catered solely to major industry players, little attention paid to emerging entrepreneurs. Bob dreamt of a conference where all could learn, connect, and do business in a welcoming environment. Through a partnership with the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University, a new hospitality conference was born.

Bob’s hometown of Atlanta, hosted the first HUNTER conference in 1989. HUNTER has since grown into the premier hospitality conference where relationships and deals are made. HUNTER welcomes anyone involved in the financing, management, and development of hotels — franchisors/franchisees, owners, management companies, lenders, consultants, designers, lawyers

Today, HUNTER hosts more than 1,700 guests from around the world. HUNTER is the place to build new connections and reconnect with old friends. Consider yourself invited to the best hospitality networking event of the year.

Our Founders

Hunter Hotel Advisors

Bob Hunter founded Hunter Hotel Advisors in 1978 and built the business into one of the nation’s leading hotel brokerage companies. With over five decades of experience selling hotel properties, Bob possesses invaluable knowledge about the industry. He has cultivated relationships with lenders, franchisors, management companies, lawyers, and accountants. To foster relationships within the hospitality industry and support hotel entrepreneurs, Bob founded Hunter Hotel Investment Conference with the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University. Over the last thirty years, HUNTER has grown into one of the leading hotel conferences in the nation.

Hunter Hotel Advisors

Founded in 1973, the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is the oldest and largest Hospitality Administration program in Georgia. They pride themselves on developing hospitality leaders for a global society. Named in honor of the Days Inn Hotel Company founder, the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration celebrates 50 years in 2023 and is ranked in the top 10 programs in the nation and in the top 25 in the world. (CEOWorld Magazine)