Lee Dushoff, of independent hotel management company Hotel Partners, passed away on July 28 in Philadelphia at the age of 80 following a battle with cancer.
Dushoff was born in 1938, and worked as a consultant alongside Henry Silverman in 1990 during the formation of HFS, which would become Cendant and eventually Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Dushoff held a number of consulting contracts over the years with known hotel industry leaders such as Mike Levin, Steve Belmonte and Raj Trivedi at LaQuinta.
“Lee Dushoff was the single most unique individual I have ever met in this industry,” Belmonte said in a statement. “He was a brother, a father, a mentor and most importantly, my very best friend for decades. Lee was completely void of all ego. He woke up every day with the intent of helping someone; guiding someone on the right path. He was committed to fair business dealing and lead many of today’s executives down a better path to success. He was also committed to his wife, Elaine, and had one of the most successful marriages I have ever seen. I don’t know what else to say except he was beautiful individual and he will be missed in so very many ways.”