Director of Development, Americas | FRHI Hotels & Resort
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In his capacity with FRHI Hotels & Resorts as Director, Development, Americas, David is responsible for supporting the growth of Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel in the Americas with an emphasis on key strategic markets in the region. During his tenure with FRHI, David has been involved in over $300M of transaction activity, including the recent acquisition of The Grand Del Mar (Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice, #1 Luxury Hotel in the U.S.) in San Diego, California and The Claremont Hotel & Spa in Berkeley, California.
Prior to joining FRHI, David worked with Westmont Hospitality Group, as an Associate Asset Manager, overseeing a portfolio of 14 full and select service hotels across Canada. Additionally, he has worked forPKF Consulting, and held various operations roles with Fairmont, Four Seasons, and Armani Hotels and Resorts.
David’s experience has provided him with an in-depth understanding of the lodging industry, from limited service to ultra-luxury. Working in both asset management and brand development, he understands the perspective of the owner, the brand, and the guest. David is an active alumnus (class of 2011) of theUniversity of Guelph’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, past President of the School’s Alumni Association, and recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Top 30 Under 30 Award.