Lester Adams has more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate development, primarily in hospitality and public private partnership development. Presently, Mr. Adams is Director, Franchise Development - Emerging Markets for Choice Hotels International and tasked with the responsibility of growing the franchisee base of African American, Hispanic, Native American and Veteran owners/ Previously, Mr. Adams was the Director of Real Estate Investments for Encore Enterprises, Vice President of Franchise and Industry Relations for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and Director of Owner Relations and Market Planning for InterContinental Hotels Group, where he provided detailed market research and development analysis for more than 300 transactions, bridged the communication between franchisor and franchisee to support a positive development process and gathered equity capital for various commercial development projects. Mr. Adams has also served in various legal, finance, strategy, human resources, and international business functions for Fortune 100 companies both domestic and abroad. Mr. Adams currently owns Conduit Mediation and Advisory firm, a small boutique consulting, dispute resolution and development firm. Mr. Adams graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Management-International Business, from Fayetteville State University with a Masters of Business Administration-International Business, and from Howard University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate concentrating in corporate and international law.