Established in 2012, CooperWynn Capital is comprised of two principals and offers over 55 years of hospitality-specific experience.
During his 20+ year career in hospitality, Kozlowski has completed more than 80 hospitality transactions totaling more than $2.5 billion, including workouts and restructurings, property level investments, senior mortgages, mezzanine mortgages, strategic asset sales, private equity placement and real estate valuations. Prior to forming CooperWynn Real Estate, he was the vice president, hotel acquisitions at Glenmont Capital Management, a private equity firm that invests in opportunistic real estate and real-estate related investments throughout the U.S. In his role, Kozlowski was responsible for procuring hotel real estate investment opportunities on behalf of the company and its institutional-grade investors.
Kozlowski was also the senior vice president at CBRE Hotels Finance, where he was responsible for a variety of hospitality transactions and investment banking services for clients in the hotel sector. Prior to CBRE, Kozlowski was the founder and principal of Forestpark Capital Advisors, a hospitality-specific investment banking company and a principal at Neptune Hospitality Advisors.
In addition, he has held positions with HVS International, Hotel Partners, Sonnenblick-Goldman and Insignia ESG. Notable transactions in Kozlowski’s career include the development financing of the Courtyard Chelsea on 56th Avenue in Manhattan; the restructuring and sale of the Le Meridien Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico; the restructuring and modification of the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, AZ and the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, CA; over $103 million of financing for Pinnacle Hotels USA and placing mezzanine construction debt on the Residence Inn in San Diego, CA.
Kozlowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in real estate and finance and is a licensed real estate broker in Utah and California. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Mr. Pollak leads all evaluation and analysis of all assignments undertaken by HVS Capital Corp. He also participates in business development, asset sales and capital placement efforts. Mr. Pollak’s 35 years in the hospitality industry include operations & asset management, advisory services, as well as development services.
Prior to joining COOPERWYNN in 2014, Mr. Pollak spent 14 years as Director of Development and Acquisitions at The John Hardy Group, the preeminent hospitality development services group in the industry. He was responsible for the overall coordination of the company’s hotel acquisition and new development efforts as well as development services for third party clients. Primary tasks include deal-sourcing, market and financial due diligence, investment analyses, equity and debt financing, transaction closing and documentation, and asset management.
Prior to joining JHG, Mr. Pollak was Asset Manager for Bristol Hotels and Resorts with responsibility for the development and implementation of construction accounting and project management systems for $120 million of renovations and capital projects. He has worked for several hotel companies as Vice President or Director of Development and Acquisitions where he conducted market, operational and financial due diligence on a wide variety of hospitality assets, negotiated management and franchise contracts, and assisted in financing. These companies include Prism Hotels, Integra Hotels, & Marshall Property Company.
Mr. Pollak also has worked for over eight years for a variety of hospitality consulting companies performing portfolio acquisition analyses, feasibility studies in over 75 markets nationwide, operational review of city clubs and five star hotels, RFP creation and analysis for foodservice operations for the Library of Congress and IBM as well as managing the development of policy and procedure manuals for the Marine Corps at Quantico. Mr. Pollak started his career in various capacities in the opening of the 1000-room Westin Hotel in Atlanta.
Mr. Pollak has a B.A. from Cornell University and has taken 90 credit hours in the Graduate School of Hotel Administration at Florida International University.
Keaton graduated from the University of Denver - Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality majoring in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Lodging & Real Estate. Originally from Gilford, New Hampshire, Keaton moved out west where he could be closer to the mountains and enjoy his outside interests while pursuing an education in hotel real estate. Prior to joining the CooperWynn Capital team, Keaton worked in the hospitality industry in New Hampshire throughout high school gaining exposure to the operational side of the industry. During his time at Denver, Keaton interned with HREC Investment Advisors as an analyst where he gained knowledge and insight into the hotel real estate industry being exposed to many high-level transactions. Keaton joins the team as a real estate associate and works as an analyst on all hotel business for CooperWynn Capital. Since joining the team in July, Keaton has been responsible for underwriting new acquisition and development deals for hotels in the Rocky Mountain region. Keaton has also written multiple investor books and asset management reports for ongoing CooperWynn projects and properties.