Daniel “Dan” Fenton brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry to his position as executive vice president of JLL Hotel & Hospitality Group in San Jose, California. Under the direction of Dan Fenton, JLL provides strategic planning and advisory services to convention centers and destination marketing organizations in San Jose and beyond. The company’s recent projects include a convention center study conducted in June 2017 for a proposal in the downtown riverfront area of Jacksonville, Florida.
The city’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is requesting proposals for the construction of the convention center, which will replace the City Hall Annex, County Courthouse and parking lot site on East Bay Street. Plans include a 350-room full-service hotel, public convention space, and parking garage. The public convention space will feature at least 45 breakout rooms, a 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a minimum 40,000-square-foot ballroom. In addition, the plans propose food and beverage services.
The DIA previously hired JLL to complete a convention center study, which estimated the exhibit hall will cost between $250 million and $430 million, and parking spaces will cost between $34 million and $52 million. The study also outlined financing models such as increases in hotel taxes, entertainment and ticketing fees, and general obligation bonds. Additionally, the report identified the City Hall Annex as the property site.