Founded in 1981, Purchasing Associates specializes in FF&E procurement management and consulting for developers, owners, and operators of the finest full-service and luxury boutique hotel properties. Purchasing Associates, Inc. is ranked by Hotel Business magazine as one of the world’s leading independent Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment purchasing agencies.
The Firm has extensive experience delivering comprehensive rollouts for premiere properties, and has successfully navigated virtually every complexity that can arise in the industry. We are fully aware of the distinct needs of all parties involved in the design, development, and operational launch of high-profile properties, and we take great pride in realizing their expectations.
As our clients’ representative and fiduciary agent we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and we will not compromise these standards. To that end, we adhere to a transparent, fee-only compensation structure, ensuring that there are neither real nor perceived conflicts of interest.
Our mission is to provide our clients with unparalleled personalized service that we ensure by not growing larger than our ability to routinely deliver such service. Our loyal, experienced, and highly dedicated staff understand and fulfill our goals. We are especially proud that all of our project work is the result of referrals and repeat clients, some of whom we have been serving since our founding more than 30 years ago.
PAMELA WEINZAPFEL, PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER
Pamela Weinzapfel, who founded Purchasing Associates in 1981, has over 40 years of experience in the FF&E procurement profession. She is responsible for establishing and ensuring the firm’s values, objectives and policies, as well as spearheading its strategic planning and development.
Ms. Weinzapfel began her career in FF&E procurement as a Project Manager at Peachtree Purchasing, a division of John Portman & Associates, a real estate development and architectural firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, she was involved in a number of major projects, including the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, Hyatt Regency Hotel properties in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Chicago, and Westin properties in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Ms. Weinzapfel earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. She was a member of the International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP) and has served as their Ethics Committee Chairman. She is also a founding member of the Greater New York Chapter of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) and has served as the Chapter’s Chief Financial Officer. She has also been a featured panelist for industry educational seminars hosted by AHMA.
GREGORY LOH, PRINCIPAL-IN-CHARGE
Greg Loh joined the Firm in 1987 and is President and CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in the FF&E procurement profession. His background in architectural engineering has been key to Purchasing Associates’ ability to deliver exceptional value to clients whose projects have complicated and intricate product designs. He is closely involved in directing each project, and provides oversight of the staff and projects in the firm’s New York and California offices.
Greg is personally involved in each of the firm’s projects and is highly respected in the industry for his ability to navigate the complexities of the luxury hotels that make up a majority of our portfolio. In collaboration with our experienced procurement managers, he ensures the client’s satisfaction with the quality of the FF&E, their budget and their schedule. He and our Teams have also earned the admiration of the client’s design consultants with the final aesthetic result of the product. No detail is too small for the attention of Greg and our project teams.
Mr. Loh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society at Pratt. Mr. Loh is certified as a Master Hotel Supplier (MHS) by the American Hotel & Motel Association, and he has been a featured panelist for educational industry seminars hosted by both the AHMA and BITAC.