Paul Breslin, Managing Partner of Panther Hospitality, is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His background within the industry is all encompassing, as he has extensive experience in hotel operations, development and asset management with major, branded hotels as well as independent and smaller luxury hotels.
In 2005, after his experience of working with eleven different hotels and resorts in ten different cities over the years, Mr. Breslin founded Panther Hospitality.
The company's goal is to provide hotel consulting services to developers and hoteliers in all aspects of their businesses, from property acquisition and infrastructure development to the successful opening and operating of a hotel.
Mr. Breslin and his team of industry professionals leverage their expertise and customize their services to meet the needs of their global client base. He and his hotel consultant based team have successfully consulted on a variety of establishments within the industry, including boutique hotels, both limited and full-service hotels, as well as luxury hotels.
Major brands such as Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Starwood have worked with Panther Hospitality, as well as independent resort hotels such as Barnsley Gardens Resort, Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club and the Inn on Destin Harbor.
Previous to founding Panther Hospitality, Mr. Breslin held positions at the world-famous Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, the Sheraton San Diego Resort, the Sheraton New Orleans and three convention hotels in Atlanta, Georgia. He became a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), which is the most prestigious hospitality certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive.
Mr. Breslin, who is qualified as a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), is also a respected and well-known teacher and leader within the industry. He is the executive in residence in lodging in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University. The GSU program was recently ranked as one of the top 25 hospitality programs in the nation according to the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.
He has trained senior level executives at the Rixos Hotel Leadership Training Program through Sabanci University in Turkey and is a frequent lecturer at national conventions and hospitality industry conferences throughout the United States.
Mr. Breslin has also been quoted on hospitality issues in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Miami Herald. He has also appeared on the Clark Howard Show.
In addition to his work as a consultant and educator, Mr. Breslin provides hotel expert witness services to attorneys specializing in litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, franchising, employment and personal injury cases related to the hospitality industry. His caseload as an expert witness over the years includes work with both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Breslin has received many awards and honors, both within the hospitality industry and within his community. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named him several times as one of the "Most Influential Atlantans," and he was named as a "Who's Who in Hospitality." He also serves on several industry and community boards.
Litigation Support & Forensic Services
Breslin has been consulted as an expert witness in a number of hospitality cases involving operating standards, property control, mismanagement, franchise issues, safety and security.
Hotel Management Experience
Prior to founding Panther Hospitality, Breslin’s hospitality career spanned nine cities, ten hotels, and included positions at the world-famous Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, the Sheraton San Diego Resort, the Sheraton New Orleans, and three high-profile Atlanta convention hotels. Most recently, he served as Managing Director of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel where he led the transformation of an $80 million asset from an operating loss of $4 million in 2000 to a gain of $8 million in 2006. During his tenure as General Manager for the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Breslin developed the plan of the renowned $100 million expansion and ensured significant gains in market share, revenue and profit. Breslin assembled the team that transformed the hotel into an AAA Four-Diamond 1,000 room world class convention hotel. The Omni earned national recognition for excellence from JD Powers and produced superior results for its owners under Breslin’s leadership.
Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Management, Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality
Breslin is an instructor at the School of Hospitality, which was recently ranked among the top 25 hospitality programs in the nation according to Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. Courses taught include Hotel Management, Marketing for the Hospitality Industry, Restaurant Development and Operations, Tourism, Human Resources, and Hotel Operations.
Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
Florida International University – B.S. Hospitality Management, 1983
Paul Smith’s College – A.S. Hotel & Restaurant Management, 1981
Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association (President, Board of Directors 1997-2010, Governmental Affairs Committee 2003-2010)
Atlanta Hotel Council (Chairman 2001-2002)
American Hotel & Lodging Association (Board of Directors 2006-2009)
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (Board of Directors 1999-2005, current member)
Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta Sports Council
Central Atlanta Progress
Atlanta Development Authority
Georgia State University School of Hospitality (Board of Advisors)
FIU Hospitality Society (President 1994)
Safehouse Outreach (Board of Directors)
Boy Scouts of America (Committee Chair Troop 764)
Dunwoody Community Church (Building Committee Chair)
Grady High School Hospitality Academy (Board of Directors)
Florida International University (Past President of Alumni & Society)
HIM Atlanta Hospitality Prayer Breakfast (Table Host)
Dunwoody High School Parent Council (Board Member)
Wine to Water (Benefactor)
Hunter Hotel Investment Conference (Board of Advisors)
Shamrock Society (President and Chairman of the Board)
St. Patrick Day Parade (Board Member)
Irish International Chamber United States America (Member)
Awards & Honors
Most Valuable Volunteer Award, American Hotel & Lodging Association (2006)
Sports Commission of the Year, Atlanta Sports Council (2004)
Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association Governmental Affairs Committee (2004-2009)
“Most Influential Atlantans”, Atlanta Business Chronicle (2002, 2003, 2004)
“Who’s Who in Hospitality”, Atlanta Business Chronicle (2002 - 2006)
Trumpet Award (1999)
- Speeches & Presentations
International Green Hospitality and Tourism Symposium – Keynote Address (2010)
Hospitality Labor Summit – Panel Member (2006, 2009)
Southeastern Tourism Society Marketing College (2007, 2009)
Hunter Hotel Investment Conference – Speaker (2007-2009)
SITE Conference – Keynote Speaker/Panelist (2009)
AAA Parking Company Annual Managers’ Meeting – Keynote Address (2007 and 2009)
Consumer Revolution Event - Co-sponsor and co-presenter with Gensler Corporation, presenting Hospitality Trends. Event also included a wine auction to raise money for Wine to Water, non-profit organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world (2009).
Green Business Works – Presented and moderated audience on exchange of green ideas, best practices, and sustainability (2008 and 2009)
Dunwoody High School Finance Academy – Guest Lecturer (2008, 2009)
Georgia State University Real Estate Class – Guest Lecturer (2008)
Starwood Hotels & Resorts National Sales Team – Guest Lecturer (2006)
Safehouse Outreach Urban Gala – Introduced Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin (2006)
Peachtree Charter Middle School – Career Day Guest Lecturer (2005, 2007)
Florida International University School of Hospitality Management – Hospitality human
Resource Development Panel Presentation (1994).
“Economy puts projects ‘on hold’ ”. (July 19, 2009). Atlanta-Journal Constitution, p.D4.
“ADA turns down $6M from TAD Development Authority to pursue bond money”. (June 19, 2009). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.A12.
“Ritz prepares new look”. (June 11, 2009). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.A11.
“Bank of America Plaza owner in negotiations”. (September 19, 2008). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.G1.
“Horizon: Growth and Development in Metro Atlanta Ahead of the Curve: OK sought for new hotel”. (August 24, 2008). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.C3.
“Hospitality industry pays call on NCAA”. (April 4, 2008). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.G1.
“Atlanta’s Hotel Industry: Suite times on hold”. (February 29, 2009). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.G1.
“Allen Plaza’s funding jolt: School-tax ruling, possible cut in bond share hit project hard”. (February 13, 2008). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p. B1.
“Buckhead project changes its scope: Developer expands role; Barry hotel out”. (January 18, 2008). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.G1.
“More Digs for Visitors: Attractions, strong convention industry help fuel surge in new hotels, renovations”. (December 21, 2007). Atlanta Journal Constitution, p.G1.
DeLoach, Doug (March 2-8, 2007). “New breed of hotels check into Atlanta Market”. Atlanta Business Chronicle Hospitality Quarterly, p.4D.
Suggs, Ernie (January 5, 2007). “Civil rights museum team unveils ideas at town hall”. Atlanta Journal Constitution, p.D3.
Clark Howard Travel Tips Radio Show (2006).
“Events around town – Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting”. (December 15-21, 2006). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.6A.
“Reliance on illegals props up economy: Law would hit industry, consumers”. (March 23, 2006). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.A1.
Ramos, Rachel Tobin (December 9-15, 2005). “Industry leader Breslin leaves Sheraton Atlanta”. Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.20A.
“A new magnet for meetings: Georgia Aquarium will cut into other venues’ business – at first”. (November 23, 2005). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.C1.
“Georgia Aquarium Guide: Staying Downtown”. (November 20, 2005). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.T19.
Barry, Tom (September 9, 2005). “Venues work overtime to dazzle planners". Atlanta Business Chronicle Meeting Planner’s Guide, p.18.
“The Impact on Atlanta: Doors, hearts open”. (September 1, 2005). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.A1.
Gunter, Heather (August 2005). “Race to renovate spurs spending”. Hotel & Motel Management, p.1.
“Music Festivals give merchants chance to sing”. (June 9, 2005). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.E3.
“Hotel’s Managing Director Loses Bet With Staff And Sleeps On It”. (August 3, 2004). USAE News, p.A14.
“Most Influential Atlantans”. (June 25- July 1, 2004). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.16C.
“Businesses cater to low-carb craze”. (June 13, 2004). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.LS1.
“Club site acquired by CARE”. (May 27, 2004). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.E2.
“Guests find way back to hotels in Atlanta”. (April 23, 2004). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.E1.
Layman, David E. (February 20-26, 2004). “Hotel bookings boosting Industry spirits”. Atlanta Business Chronicle Hospitality Quarterly, p.8C.
“Hotels celebrate bustling January”. (January 1, 2004). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.C1.
Barry, Tom (November 14-20, 2003). “Breslin takes strong stance for marketing tourism”. Atlanta Business Chronicle Hospitality Quarterly, p.9C.
“Airports expect ‘normal’ September 11”. (September 6, 2003). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.E1.
Woods, Walter (August 8-14, 2003). “Sheraton Expands”. Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.10A.
“Ahead of the Curve”. (July 28, 2003). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.E2.
“Visitors Bureau dangles the bait”. (July 26, 2003). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.D1.
“Who’s Who in Hospitality” (July 11-17, 2003). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.5C.
“Most Influential Atlantans” (June 27 – July 3, 2003). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.7C.
“NBA All-Star Report: February 9, Philips Arena: High hopes ride on Atlanta playing host to big hoops”. (January 22, 2003). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.D1.
“Who’s Who in Hospitality”. (July 12-18, 2002). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.8C.
“Most Influential Atlantans”. (June 28 – July 4, 2002). Atlanta Business Chronicle, p.6C.
“Final 4 slam dunk for metro hotels”. (March 22, 2002). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.D1.
“Newsmakers: Inside Metro Business”. (July 15, 2001). Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p.P2.
“Hotel guests paying energy surcharges” (May 9, 2001). The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, p.D1.
“Newsmakers”. (February 11, 2001). The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, p.P2.
“Omni expansion will add downtown momentum” (June 28, 2000). The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, p.E1.
“The Omni Hotel at CNN Center Completes $9 Million Renovation”. (November 4, 1999). Hotel Online Special Report.
Stephens, Erica (October 22-28, 1999). “Global-themed Omni Hotel renovation nearly complete”. Atlanta Business Chronicle Hospitality Quarterly, p.1C
Omni Hotels Press Release – Omni Hotel at CNN Center Completing $9 Million Renovation (10/20/1999)
Moriarty, Erin (August 6-12, 1999). “Opening Omni”. Atlanta Business Chronicle.
“FIU Honors Its Own”. (Fall 1994). FIU Hospitality News, p.1.
“Alumni Spotlight Paul Breslin, B.S. ‘83”. (Spring 1994). FIU Hospitality News, p.3.
St.Paul, Omar (May 10, 1992). “Fontainebleau Hires Tourism Bureau Scholar as Manager”. Miami Times.