May 3, 2022
Bo Aughtry, Chairman & CEO of Windsor Aughtry Commercial, entered the real estate business out of college and in 1975 helped found Small and Aughtry, a real estate development and brokerage firm. In 1980, Bo established The Aughtry Company, a commercial real estate development and brokerage firm, and Aughtry Securities Corporation, an NASD Broker/Dealer, serving as president of both. In 1988 the companies merged with Windsor Properties, Inc., then a Greenville-based home-building firm, thereby forming Windsor/Aughtry Company, Inc.
On this episode, Bo discusses lessons learned through many economic cycles and Short Term Rentals as a competitor. Chris and Bo also chat about how WAC develops hotels - selecting markets, sites, construction, and partnering with hotel brands. Enjoy!
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(02:03) - Bo’s Background and Career in Real Estate
(05:41) - Bo’s Experience During the OPEC Oil Embargo
(10:40) - When you think back on the cycles you’ve experienced, could you sense them or did they come unexpectedly?
(13:33) - What are the chain of events that happen during an unraveling?
(17:54) - Are you sensing anything right now?
(25:13) - When the interest rates went to 21.5% prime, how long did they stay that high and what happened during that period?
(28:46) - How did you get into hotel development?
(32:03) - How do you select sites when developing a hotel?
(35:43) - Who is your average guests when building in a college town?
(39:12) - Do you try to sign contracts with universities?
(40:57) - How do you select the brand of hotel?
(42:28) - What’s the differentiation of risk between you and the hotel brand?
(44:58) - Do you have to follow the specs of the hotel brand or do they give you freedom of design?
(47:11) - What’s an affinity program?
(47:53) - Who purchases the furniture for the hotel?
(50:47) - What does Hilton provide to you beyond a booking system and marketing?
(52:08) - Thoughts on Construction
(56:43) - Thoughts on AirBnb & STR’s
(1:03:29) - Why do you pursue heads-up deals and what matters to you in partnerships?
(1:09:39) - If you could go back and tell your 35 year-old self some wisdom, what would it be?