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Mark K. Owens

Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Hospitality Capital Markets

CBRE Hotels | Capital Markets | Debt & Structured Finance


Capital Markets

Hotels, Debt & Structured Finance

Mark K. Owens Executive Vice President* and Co-Head of Hospitality Capital Markets Americas
Capital Markets Hotels, Debt & Structured Finance

Professional Experience

Mark Owens is an Executive Vice President and Co-Heads the Hospitality Capital Markets practice for CBRE Hotels, a team with over $50 billion in international hotel and resort finance experience. He is responsible for the development of the CBRE Hotels Debt & Structured Finance practice. He oversees the origination and placement of hospitality-related transactions, including debt, equity, joint venture equity, and transaction sales. 

Since joining CBRE, Mark’s been an integral part in building CBRE’s prominence in the market, working closely with the team to develop one of the country’s leading hospitality structured finance practices, which exceeded $1.6 Billion in 2018. Through COVID, the team has placed more capital than any other practice in the space.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mark ran the hospitality practice at The Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, building the team’s production to in excess of $1 billion in annual transaction volume. In addition to Ackman-Ziff, Mark was a vice president at Sonnenblick Goldman. There, he closed $3 billion in transactions representing a variety of institutional and opportunistic investors and ownership/management companies. He previously worked at HVS International in its New York office. 

Mark Owens is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is on the advisory board for Center for Real Estate Finance at the SC Johnson College of Business. He is a member of CBRE’s Capital Markets Advisory Board. Mark is a frequent guest lecturer at New York University’s The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. Mark was a founding board member of AH&LA’s Under 30 Council and was voted one of Real Estate Weekly’s Rising Stars. Mark is a member of the ULI, and has spoken at the NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference, the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, and the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference; he is also a member of the Cornell Real Estate Council and Association for Real Property + Infrastructure. 

* Honorary Title

Education / Professional Affiliations

  • Cornell University, B.S. Hotel Administration


Significant Assignments

Property/Transactions   Size Location 
 Affinia Hotels / Denihan Recapitalization $816M+   New York, New York
 Westfort Portfolio Refinancing  Approx $300M          Canada, National
 Marriott Aruba Debt / Equity  $195M / $35M  Palm Beach, Aruba
 W Hotel  Approx $110M  Washington, DC
 National Embassy Suites Portfolio Acquisition          $155M  National
 The Milford (now known as The Row NYC)  $255M  New York, New York

Clients Represented

  • Affinia Hospitality / Denihan
  • Ares Management
  • Bayview Hospitality
  • DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners
  • H.I.G. Capital 
  • Hudson Americas 
  • Lennox Capital Partners
  • Metacorp International
  • Rockpoint
  • Strategic Hotels & Resort
  • Westmont Hospitality Group
  • Apollo Real Estate
  • AWH Partners
  • Cerberus
  • Driftwood Hotels & Resorts 
  • Host Hotels & Resorts 
  • JER Parnters 
  • Marriott International 
  • NIBC 
  • Silverpeak Real Estate 
  • Walton Street Capital 
  • Westport Capital

Mark K. Owens Executive Vice President* and Co-Head of Hospitality Capital Markets Americas
Capital Markets Hotels, Debt & Structured Finance