President | American Hotel Income Properties REIT
Rob O’Neill is the CEO and member of the board of directors of American Hotel Income Properties (AHIP) REIT, which he co-founded in 2013. AHIP, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HOT.UN, currently owns 80 hotels in 27 US States, and enjoys a market capitalization of $360 million.
Rob has worked in the hospitality industry in many capacities for over 40 years. In the early 1970’s, Rob and his father co-founded the Coast Hotel chain. He also served as President of National Caterers Ltd. & O’Neill Railway Catering Ltd, a role which he held for 22 years. National was Canada’s largest operator and supplier of remote site construction camps providing food, lodging and support services for construction workers. O’Neill Railway served both the CP Rail in Western Canada and the BC Railway in British Columbia on and offline. He also led several Canadian Industry Associations, including the Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada. In 1988, Rob oversaw the sale of Coast Hotels to Okabe, a Japanese public company, and was retained to manage the company as CEO for a three year period.
In 1994, Rob with his brother John, founded O’Neill Hotels and Resorts Ltd (ONE Hospitality), which John continues to lead. They remain partners to this day, celebrating 22 years in business in 2016.
In 1997, Rob co-founded Canadian Hotel Income Properties, REIT (CHIP REIT), and served as its initial President and CEO.
Rob was nominated for Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 and was acknowledged as one of the Top 10 “Movers and Shakers” of the Canadian Hotel Industry by Hotelier Magazine in their 10th Anniversary issue. In 2004, he received two awards, the Industry Entrepreneur Award from the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Foodservice Association, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation from the B.C. Institute of Technology. The BCIT award was their first and at the time it was awarded, over 100,000 graduates had passed through their doors.
Rob is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Hotel and Foodservice Program, and received his diploma in Hotel Management in 1972. He is a former Secretary of the Canadian Council of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization.