Lee Dushoff, the Philadelphia-based hotel industry consultant and founder of Hotel Partners, died Saturday at the age of 80. His clients included Steve Belmonte, CEO of Vimana Franchise Systems, and Raj Trivedi, president of the La Quinta brand at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Dushoff worked with Henry Silverman in 1990 to help found franchising company HFS, which later became Wyndham Worldwide, now called Wyndham Worldwide. He graduated Philadelphia’s Central High School and Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and was a lifetime member of Germantown Jewish Centre, according to his obituary.
Belmonte described Dushoff as “the single most unique individual I have ever met in this industry.”
“He was a brother, a father, a mentor and most importantly, my very best friend for decades,” he said. “He was committed to fair business dealing and lead many of today’s executives down a better path to success. I don’t know what else to say except he was beautiful individual and he will be missed in so very many ways.”
Trivedi said Dushoff was a father figure not only to him, but to the entire hotel industry. He helped countless companies and individuals to succeed in the business, he said.
“What was amazing about Lee was that he never wanted to put his name behind those successes,” Trivedi said. “He let the people take the accolades.”
Dushoff’s funeral was held Tuesday at Joseph Levine and Sons Memorial Chapel in Trevose, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Elaine.