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Representative Engagements

Mr. Moeckel has advised and invested with a diverse roster of clients and partners including many of the country’s most notable hotel and investment companies, real estate development concerns and financial services institutions.   Representative assignments follow:

Acquisition Services

The Lodging Opportunities Fund (LOF) engaged Moeckel & Co. to assist with the completion of the fund’s investment cycle through the identification and negotiation of hotel acquisitions on a nationwide basis.  This year-long mandate led to the successful completion of the fund’s investment cycle and to Moeckel becoming a partner in the acquired hotels. 

He was later admitted as a founding general partner in Thayer Hotel Investments, L.P. and its affiliate Thayer Lodging Group, where he served as Chief Investment and Acquisitions Officer for Thayer Hotel Investors II, the successor fund. 

Thayer Capital Partners retained Moeckel & Co. to assist in its successful acquisition with Marriott International of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company from its primary shareholder, William B. Johnson.  Fred Malek led a team, originally comprised of Thayer Capital, Richard Rainwater and Ray Chambers, in acquiring the company; later bringing in Marriott International as a partner to conclude the transaction.

Hampton Inns, Inc. retained Moeckel & Co. as an independent development consultant to identify and negotiate the acquisition of sites for parent company hotel development in the southeastern United States.

Brokerage Representative Assignments

Moeckel & Co. represented NUCCO, Inc. in the October 2014 sale of its 252-room Inn at Ellis Square in the Historic District of Savannah to the Noble Investment Group.  The transaction involved the sale of the second largest hotel in the City, the termination of  existing management and franchise agreements, new IHG management and Hotel Indigo license agreements and a planned major renovation and repositioning of the property into an urban flagship for the Hotel Indigo brand.

Moeckel & Co. is pleased to have represented Waterfront Restaurant LLC in the structuring and consummating a Bargain Sale of 300 Concord Street to the City of Charleston for its $75 million development of the International African American Museum.  The parcel which is located between the Aquarium and the Maritime Center fronting Charleston Harbor was the original site of Gadsden’s Wharf, where tens of thousands of slaves first entered the United States.  The transaction closed in September 2014.

Moeckel & Co., working in conjunction with Baltimore-based Lantern Advisors, represented a Virginia-based hotel partnership in restructuring the debt, management and franchise agreements and securing a fresh equity infusion for its then distressed asset.  The transaction closed in April 2014.

Moeckel & Co. represented Kessler Charleston Meeting, LLC in their identification and purchase of 247 & 249 Meeting Street and 59 Hasell Street in downtown Charleston for the development of the Bohemian Hotel Charleston. The transaction closed in November 2013. John Poston of Poston & Co. also served as a buyer’s agent in the transaction, which entailed obtaining entitlements from the City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Architectural Review for a 50-room hotel.

Moeckel & Co. represented Savannah Investors in the sale of the Mulberry Inn (Holiday Inn Historic District) in downtown Savannah to KHP III, an investment affiliate of Kimpton Hotels.  The sale involved the assumption of a CMBS loan requiring approvals by both the master and special servicers, the early termination of the IHG license and a $15 million renovation and repositioning of the property into a high-end boutique hotel.

Moeckel & Co. exclusively represented Prince Bush Smith Hotels, LLC in the sale of their Holiday Inn Historic District at 125 Calhoun Street and the adjacent office building at 310 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The transaction entailed obtaining entitlements for a 50-room expansion from the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Architectural Review and approvals for the conversion of the repositioned and expanded hotel to a Marriott Courtyard. The buyer was an affiliate of the Noble Investment Group in Atlanta, Georgia.

Moeckel & Co. represented Summerville Inns of Grandeur, LLC in the 2010 acquisition of the Woodlands Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. The historic Woodlands Inn is one of only six hotels in America to earn the Five Star and Five Diamond awards for both lodging and dining.

The Bank of Boston (now Bank of America) retained Moeckel & Co. in both the asset management and exclusive listing to sell the Westin Hotel at Lenox Square in Atlanta. The Bank foreclosed on the asset and successfully concluded an all-cash sale of the hotel to Marriott International with Moeckel & Co. acting in both an asset management and brokerage capacity.

Various land owners also engaged Moeckel & Co. to assist with the sale of their real estate to hotel companies as a broker, resulting in sales to Homewood Suites, Hampton Inns, Amerisuites and Marriott International.

A major diversified real estate company whose hotel affiliate owned and managed four underperforming hotels engaged Moeckel to formulate and implement a plan to transition them out of the hotel management and ownership business. The hotels were dispersed throughout the southeastern U.S. and represented an aggregate value of $100 million.

In his capacity as SVP & Chief Development Officer of Embassy Suites, Moeckel led the transaction comprising the sale of eight parent-company Embassy Suites hotels to Tom Corcoran and Hervey Feldman.  This was the lead acquisition in the formation of their Felcor Lodging Trust REIT.

Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association (TIAA) retained Moeckel & Co. in an exclusive advisory capacity to participate in the year-long restructuring of their $1.8 billion hotel loan portfolio. Moeckel conducted a comprehensive review of the portfolio and participated in asset management, loan evaluations, sales and workouts with borrowers and hotel management companies. The hotels were dispersed throughout the U.S. and included such brands and managers as Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Westin, Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Intercontinental and Vista International.

Recreational Real Estate

Chaffin Light Associates engaged Moeckel & Co. to identify new marketing initiatives for their Spring Island, Callawassie Island and Chechessee Creek Club developments in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  Following an exploration of new organizational structures and local and regional alliances for the marketing teams, Moeckel led the restructuring of the sales organizations and implemented broad new marketing initiatives for homes, home sites and memberships as President of a newly formed consolidated real estate sales entity.

Radnor/Smith Partnership retained Moeckel & Co. to advise them on the investment and operational considerations associated with their proposed acquisition of a major southeastern resort community.

As a principal with Laventhol & Horwath in the early 1980’s, Moeckel advised numerous developers over the years on resort, recreational, hotel, condominium hotel and related amenities development on Hilton Head and Kiawah Islands and in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, San Destin, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and the mountains of North Georgia and North Carolina.


Sovran Bank engaged Moeckel & Co. in an advisory capacity regarding special assets in the southeastern United States. The assignment involved the formulation of appropriate franchise affiliations, capital improvements, management and marketing strategies, and a disposition plan to maximize the bank’s position in the hotel assets.

Moeckel & Co. has also represented four different law firms and their clients in a litigation support capacity including Hilton Hotels Corporation in a dispute with the Kuwaiti Investment Group in Atlanta and Spencer Fane Britt & Brown in Kansas City.

The State of Michigan Public Employees Retirement System engaged Moeckel & Co. as an advisor to identify the market, investment and deal structure considerations attending a proposed joint venture with Portman Properties for the development of a luxury hotel in an existing mixed-use development owned by the fund in Atlanta.

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Savannah, GA 31401

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Okatie, SC 29909

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Kiawah Island, SC 29455

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