Edward J. Blum
Executive Vice President, Development & Acquisitions
Edward J. Blum is executive vice president, development and acquisitions for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Blum’s responsibilities include identifying acquisition and management contract opportunities and managing the company’s relationships with real estate brokers, financial and institutional fund managers, hotel franchise companies and hotel owners.
Edward’s 25-year hospitality real estate career encompasses extensive domestic and international experience in corporate and real estate finance, capital markets, real estate acquisition and development, capital formation, corporate and real estate workouts and investor and lender relations.
Prior to joining Interstate, Edward was managing director, capital markets for Molinaro Koger, an international hotel real estate advisory firm. In this role, he represented domestic and international hotel owners in structuring debt and equity financing in excess of $1 billion globally. Edward was also senior vice president of finance for Europe at Wyndham International, where he divested $300 million in non-core assets, restructured Wyndham’s European investments and directed hotel acquisition and development activities in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. He also served as chief financial officer for Grand Heritage Hotel Group; vice president of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions at Patriot American Hospitality; and as chief financial officer of the Imperial Hotel Corporation and The Cafritz Company.
Edward, a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Master of International Management degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Maryland University College.