David J. Sangree, MAI, CPA, ISHC, is President and Founder of Hotel & Leisure Advisors, an international hospitality consulting firm. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and an MAI designated appraiser with the Appraisal Institute. In addition, he is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and is a Certified Public Accountant. As an expert in the hospitality and leisure fields, Sangree analyzes hotels, resorts, waterparks, amusement parks, conference centers, ski resorts, casinos and golf courses. He has prepared more than 3,000 market and financial feasibility studies, appraisals, economic impact studies, operational reviews and site selection studies in 49 states along with Canada, Caribbean and internationally. Sangree is an expert in the waterpark industry, having completed more than 700 studies on various waterparks since 1999. Recognizing Sangree as an industry leader, Aquatics International named him to their “Power 25” list of the most powerful people in the aquatics industry in 2008 and again in 2019. The World Waterpark Association honored him with their Executive Board Award in 2016. These awards signify Sangree’s commitment to the waterpark industry and identified him as one of the first consultants serving the waterpark industry. He has helped to shape some of the latest trends through his experience in the waterpark resort market. Sangree has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC and Fox8 on special reports about resorts and waterparks. In addition, he is regular contributor to many industry publications, offering his expertise on various hospitality industry segments.