Sabato Sagaria '97
As Chief Restaurant Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, Sabato Sagaria ensures that USHG’s award-winning restaurant teams have the strongest possible tools to achieve continuous operational improvement and growth in alignment with USHG’s vision and culture of Enlightened Hospitality.
Over the past twenty years, Sabato has fulfilled many roles at nationally-acclaimed restaurants and hotels, serving as a cook, restaurant manager, sommelier, consultant, professor, food and beverage director, and even author. Upon graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Sabato went on to contribute to the success of some of the country’s top hotels, restaurants, and resorts. These have included The Greenbrier Hotel, The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Inn at Little Washington, and The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado where he most recently oversaw the resort’s food and beverage operations.
Sabato played a pivotal role with the Little Nell’s parent company, Aspen Skiing, developing and refining four restaurant concepts, including Element 47, Ajax Tavern and The Oasis, the world’s first pop-up ski-in-ski-out Champagne bar. In 2012, Sabato was named the fourth bald Master Sommelier in the United States.
Christopher Bates '03
Christopher Bates, MS, has spent over 15 years in all aspects of the hospitality industry, lending him a well-rounded perspective of all facets. Christopher and his wife Isabel own and operate F.L.X. Hospitality, F.L.X. Wienery (www.flxwienery.com) , Element Winery (www.elementwinery.com) , F.L.X. Table (www.flxtable.com) and F.L.X. Culture House in the Finger Lakes.
Previously as General Manager & Executive Chef of Hotel Fauchère, Relais & Chateaux Christopher over saw the 16 room hotel and four restaurants. Prior to his time at the Hotel Fauchère he spent four years at the Inn at Dos Brisas, Relais & Chateaux, where under his direction as General Manager and Sommelier they won numerous honors such as Mobil/Forbes 5 Stars, Relais & Chateaux, Relais Grands Chefs and were named one of the 100 most exciting wine programs in the US from Wine Enthusiast, an honor that he won again at the Hotel Fauchère in 2013.
In 2012 Christopher was named Best Young Sommelier in the World after winning Best Young Sommelier in America previously in the year. He went on to win TopSomm 2013, Americas most important sommelier competition, before passing his Master Sommelier Exam in May 2013, making him the 199th person in the world to do so, and the first to ever pass as a working Executive Chef. More recently, Christopher was included in Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 under 40 taste makers list.
Christopher and his wife Isabel have settled in the Finger Lakes region of New York with the intention to be a part of the growing hospitality industry, and be a part of the future growth of the Finger Lakes. Christopher Is an active member of the sommelier community and continues to educate as a lecturer at The International Culinary Center, and with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Michael D. Barnello '87
Michael D. Barnello is President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) and has been with the company since its IPO in 1998. LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. The Company owns 46 properties, which are upscale, full-
service hotels, totaling approximately 11,450 guest rooms in 13 markets in nine states and the District of Columbia. The Company focuses on owning, redeveloping and repositioning upscale, full-service hotels located in urban, resort and convention markets. LaSalle Hotel Properties seeks to grow through strategic relationships with premier lodging groups, including Hilton Hotels Corporation, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Outrigger Lodging Services, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Benchmark Hospitality, Commune Hotels and Resorts, Destination Hotels, Davidson Hotel Company, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, Accor, HEI Hotels & Resorts, JRK Hotel Group, Inc., Viceroy Hotel Group, Highgate Hotels and Access Hotels & Resorts.
Prior to 1998, as Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle, formerly LaSalle Partners, Inc., Mr. Barnello was instrumental in the creation of the Initial Public Offering of LaSalle Hotel Properties. Before joining LaSalle in 1995, Mr. Barnello was Vice President of VMS Realty Partners. He received a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Barnello resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Susie, and three children, Matthew, Olivia and Sophia.
Quinn Cox '15
Quinn Cox is the Head of Business Development and Partnerships for TINT, and is responsible for managing and growing strategic partnerships around the world. Cox’s priority is to find partnerships that can help global brands generate more value out of their marketing budgets and increase customer intelligence via social media. He also focuses time on thought leadership to help marketers see the impact of earned media, social media, and effective content marketing strategies.
Having worked with four startups and spent time with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, Cox possesses the knowledge to expand TINT's feature set to benefit the hospitality industry, where he sees tremendous potential for displaying guest- and employee-generated social content.
Cox also is the co-founder of Giving Bag, a sustainable hotel amenity that helps hotels have a local, charitable impact. Giving Bag can currently be found at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and other properties, including The Statler Hotel at Cornell University, with more to come in 2017.
A born adventurer, Cox has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, completed a Half Ironman, and backpacked in Thailand.
Diana Delli Santi '11
Diana Delli Santi is the Assistant General Manager of Untitled and Studio Café at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Diana joined the Untitled team in January 2016, following five years as the Front-of-House Manager, Service Director at The Modern. Diana first joined Union Square Hospitality Group as a Front-of-House Intern at The Modern and later joined the team fulltime as a Maître D’ and Assistant Manager.
In her role at Untitled, Diana collaborates with the General Manager to create sales budget and forecasts, works with leaders to create and drive service initiatives, helps coordinate and execute events with Whit Food Catering, and manages day-to-day operations of the restaurant.
Diana, who grew up in Randolph, New Jersey, graduated from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in Independent Restaurant Operations. She got her start in the hospitality industry by catering at weddings and events throughout high school, leading her to pursue a higher education within the field. Diana currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Diana Dobin is the CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics, the largest decorative textile and textile products supplier to the Hospitality industry worldwide. A family owned business, Dobin is 2nd generation leadership and partners with her brother Michael. Valley Forge is headquartered in South Florida respected for its environmental stewardship, agility, speed and adaptability to each customer.
Diana is also co-founder of WeaveUp, a technology start-up that was originally developed to connect artists to the specifiers and buyers in the hotel industry in order to put customization of textiles into the hands of Valley Forge customers. The WeaveUp customization tool allows users to select and sort through a library of ever growing designs, customize color, size and repeat and place orders of their choice from 25 different fabric qualities - in just a few clicks. Protecting and celebrating authorship, artists retain ownership of all their IP and get commission against sales. WeaveUp was launched originally to the trade only, but was released to consumers in Q3 2015.
With 20 years’ experience, Diana’s present responsibilities include company strategy, sustainability, mentorship and design & brand leadership.
Diana is a LEED Accredited Professional who is also very active in educating her community on a regular basis in the areas of business, innovation, creativity and environmental sustainability. Board member of Sustainable Florida. She graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English & Psychology. Diana loves yoga, art & fashion, journeys to unfamiliar destinations, and enjoying time outdoors with her family.
Warren Fields '85
Warren Fields is the Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Pyramid Hotel Group and a senior executive with over three decades of experience in all facets of hospitality acquisitions, development, finance, and operations. As Chief Investment Officer and founding partner of PHG, Mr. Fields has overseen the growth of PHG’s portfolio to approximately 100 hotels since the company’s creation in 1999. He is responsible for all aspects pertaining to the company’s growth - via acquisitions, third-party management & asset management contracts, fundraising, development and new investment opportunities.
He is the former Vice President of Development & Operations of Promus Hotel Corporation, which was sold to Hilton Hotel Corporation in 1999. At Promus he formulated and implemented a strategy for creating a new hotel brand for the company which eventually sized to 30 properties.
Mr. Fields, a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, began his career with Beacon Hotel Corporation, a predecessor company to Promus, where he served as Vice President of Development for Guest Quarters Hotels, and later DoubleTree. He returned to Boston in 1999 to form Pyramid Hotel Group.
In 2014, Emma Frisch and her husband, Robert Frisch, co-founded Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY, the premier glamping destination on the East Coast. As co-owner and culinary director, Emma oversees food programming, food product development, merchandise and marketing, while developing new plans for expansion to other properties. In 2009, Emma and Robert opened La Buena Onda in Nicaragua, their first boutique hotel and café, which they sold in 2014. Emma was a top finalist on Food Network Star Season 10 and is the founder of emmafrisch.com, with over 500 original recipes and cooking videos. Over the past decade, Emma has worked with nonprofits to help build healthier regional food systems in the northeast U.S., Kenya and as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador. She was the co-founder and executive director of the crowdfunding platform PEAKS, and is a founding member of Groundswell International. She holds a B.A. in Food Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing her first cookbook, Feast by Firelight, to be published in Spring 2018 by Ten Speed Press. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband, Bobby, and daughter Ayla.
Kenneth Fuller '99
Kenneth G. Fuller ‘99 returned to LaSalle Hotel Properties in April 2016 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer. Fuller previously served fifteen years with LaSalle as Treasurer, from 2011 to 2015; Vice President of Finance, from 2009 to 2011; and Vice President of Asset Management, from 2007 to 2009. In 2015, he founded Vine Investment Partners, a real estate company focused on acquiring and developing multi-family residential properties and hotels.
Emilie Goudey is the Executive Director Health and Healing at Canyon Ranch Lenox. Emilie joined the Canyon Ranch team in January 1999. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Before joining Canyon Ranch, Emilie specialized in emergency medicine, working at major trauma centers as well as local hospitals in Berkshire County. Since she first joined Canyon Ranch, as a nurse educator, Emilie has held several management positions at the Lenox property, including General Manager. In her current role as Executive Director of Health and Healing, Emilie is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Health and Healing operations and ensuring that company goals are met. In addition, Emilie has published articles in peer review journals on a variety of topics and has presented guest lectures. Through her experience at Canyon Ranch, Emilie has continued to strengthen her work to educate and promote health and wellness. Emilie is married to her husband, Rick and has two grown children. She is a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan karate and continues to be active member in her the community.
Roger Hill '87
Roger Hill serves as Chairman and CEO of The Gettys Group, leading the development, strategy and analysis of this award-winning global hospitality interior design, consulting, branding and procurement firm. Serving clients from four offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, each with its own point of view and understanding of global trends and local culture, The Gettys Group creates differentiated and desirable hospitality brands and meaningful and memorable guest experiences.
Roger is a member of the Urban Land Institute Hotel Development Council, International Society for Hospitality Consultants and the Worlds Presidents Organization. Within his community, he serves as a board member for the Lincoln Park Zoo and is both a past president and past trustee of the Auxiliary Board for the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, he has served as an appointed delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business. He regularly contributes to publications and media outlets in the hospitality industry, including Bloomberg TV, Crain’s Chicago, Hospitality Design, Boutique Design, Hotel Business and Hotel Management.
Roger is also a seasoned industry speaker and has participated in events such as The Americas Lodging Investment Summit, The Lodging Conference, The Hotel Investment Conference – Asia Pacific, The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Roger was awarded the Platinum Circle Award by Hospitality Design magazine for exceptional achievement within the hospitality design industry in 2005.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is active in many civil organizations.
Crist Inman MBA '90 PhD '97
Crist Inman began his career in restaurant and hotel operations, and in 1988 he began graduate studies at Cornell University. His doctoral dissertation provided a foundation for the entrepreneurial conservation work he has been involved in ever since. In 1995 he joined the Tourism Competitiveness & Sustainable Development project, facilitating innovation in Latin America’s emerging “green” destinations. Since 1999 his focus has been on the development and management of conservation-oriented resorts, starting with Lapa Rios in Costa Rica (1999-2003). He founded a management company to serve conservation-focused investors and resort-owners in this niche. That company, La Paz Group, currently manages two properties in the Mesoamerica region, and six in southern India. Properties managed by La Paz Group collaborate with their surrounding communities on entrepreneurial approaches to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. Crist has been based in India since 2010.
Neil Jacobs is the chief executive officer at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. His passions include wellness, sustainability, innovative design, food and experiential travel.
Prior to joining Six Senses, Neil spent five years at Starwood Capital Group as president of global hotel operations, where he led the group responsible for the development of two exciting new brands, Baccarat Hotels and 1 Hotels.
Neil spent 14 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts serving as senior vice president operations for Asia Pacific since 2003. He was responsible for the operation of 16 hotels throughout the region and new properties under development in China, India and Indian Ocean. His global career included key leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Having studied Hotel Management at Westminster Hotel School in London, French Civilization at La Sorbonne University and Italian culture and art in Florence, Neil is fluent in five languages.
Julie Margolin '99
Julie Margolin, Honda Center’s Director of Food and Beverage, oversees all venue F&B operations including, but not limited, to concessions, suite, in-seat and catering services, as well three full-service restaurants, including the Shock Top Terrace - a 15,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment destination. Margolin played a key role in transitioning the food & beverage operations of the venue in-house in 2013.
A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Margolin has over 15 years of industry experience having previously opened Barclays Center, and worked at STAPLES Center & Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, Hollywood, California & Osaka, Japan, as well as Royal Caribbean International: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Suzanne Mellen '76
Suzanne R. Mellen (MAI, CRE, FRICS, ISHC) is Senior Managing Director – Practice Leader of HVS, a full-service consulting and valuation firm specializing in hotel, gaming, and mixed-use properties worldwide. Over the course of her 40-year career, she has appraised and consulted on thousands of hotels, gaming assets, and related real estate throughout the world; has authored numerous articles; and is a frequent lecturer and expert witness.
Ms. Mellen has a BS degree from the School of Hotel Administration of Cornell University and holds the following designations: MAI (Appraisal Institute), CRE (Counselor of Real Estate), FRICS (Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), and ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants). Ms. Mellen serves on the Cornell SHA Dean’s Advisory Board and the ULI Hotel Development Council.
Uttam Muthappa MMH '05
Uttam Muthappa is a project director at John Hardy Group Inc. (JHGI), arguably the best independent international hospitality project management firm in the world. He gives clients a plethora of owner representation services for hospitality project and program management.
Uttam has 23 years of experience in the hotel construction and management industry. Uttam began his career at his family’s construction firm, Vasoo Enterprises, in India. He has overseen the construction of various projects including residences, factories and offices during his tenure as Projects Director. He was also the Executive Director and General Manager of The Planter’s Court Hotel in Chickmagalur, Karnataka, overseeing the operations of a 30-room, 3-restaurant, full service hotel with over 70 staff.
Upon graduation, Uttam worked for JHM Hotel where he further honed his skills in the creation of efficient hotel designs and further learned negotiation and bargaining skills. The exposure Uttam received at JHM enabled him to get a keen understanding of both the Indian and U.S. hospitality markets. After his years at JHM, Uttam secured a position with JHGI, the highlight of Uttam’s professional career. One of the most important things he learned was the management of a functional and efficient hotel during renovation periods with minimal intrusion for guests.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Karnataka University, India with a focus on power politics and diplomacy and a Master’s degree from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, with a focus on design, development and construction of hotels.
Eric Ricaurte '01
Eric Ricaurte is the founder of Greenview, an international consultancy helping travel and tourism catalyze innovation and best practice through research, measurement, and reporting. Greenview advises several hotel companies and lodging REITs in addition to citywide event organizers, cruise lines, DMOs, and industry organizations including the WTTC and UNWTO.
With nearly 20 years of hands-on experience, Eric is a frequent speaker, convener, and researcher on the topic of sustainability. Eric’s notable industry work includes serving as technical consultant for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative and launching the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index, Green Venue Report, Green Lodging Survey, and Hotel Owners for Tomorrow. Eric is a member of the UFI Committee on Sustainable Development and the International Standards Working Group of the GSTC.
Previously, Eric has held a research fellowship at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research been an adjunct instructor at the NYU University Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. Eric earned a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a M.S. in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University.
Cheryl Stanley '00
Cheryl Stanley is a lecturer in food and beverage management at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). She has been involved with food since the age of ten, when she started her own chocolate business, “Cheryl’s Chocolates.” Following her interest in food, she attended SHA and graduated in 2000.
While at Cornell, Stanley discovered her passion for beverages through the courses Introduction to Wines, Food and Wine Pairing, and Beverage Management. Upon graduation, she continued this enthusiasm for beverages and food service in both hotel and restaurant operations on the west coast, where she worked for the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, and the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara, CA.
Continuing her entrepreneurial journey, Stanley started her own restaurant consulting company specializing in beverages and service in 2008. During this time, she was also presented an opportunity to become an adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where she taught courses ranging from Gastronomy to Food, Wine, and (Agri)Culture. Falling in love with teaching, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in hospitality and retail management from Texas Tech University. Heading back north, Stanley returned to the CIA in Hyde Park, New York, prior to joining the Food and Beverage Operations area back at her alma mater.
Stanley teaches courses on specific elements within the field of food and beverage operations, including Introduction to Wines, Catering and Special Events, and Beverage Management. She combines theoretical education with practical operational applications.
Certified through multiple wine organizations, Stanley has conducted research on beverage costing in hotels, bars, and restaurants, as well as hospitality education, and has presented at beverage-related conferences. In 2015, she was awarded the Ted Teng ’79 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. She is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the United States Bartenders’ Guild.
With a passion for pioneering ideas and new approaches to hospitality design, Ron Swidler brings nearly three decades of experience to The Gettys Group, where he serves as Principal in charge of Branding. Serving clients from four offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, The Gettys Group creates differentiated and desirable hospitality brands and meaningful and memorable guest experiences.
At The Gettys Group, Ron directs the design and strategic thinking for all projects ranging from boutique properties to large-scale events to global brands. A collaborative and an innovative thinker, Ron has shaped dozens of hotel, resort and brand initiatives during his nearly three decades at The Gettys Group. Ron’s passion for new approaches and pioneering ideas led to the creation of Gettys ONE and the Hotel of Tomorrow (H.O.T.™), an industry-leading think tank comprised of more than 100 hospitality companies, including hotel brands, investors, operators, consultants, media and manufacturers envisioning the future of our industry through collaboration.
Ron has been a keynote speaker at a number of industry conferences, including the HNN Data Conference, BITAC Global, HD Summit and GastroPro Europe. He also has appeared as a guest on several radio shows and podcasts, including “No Vacancy with Glenn Haussman,” “The Savvy Traveler” and more.
Ron received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and is affiliated with the Hospitality Leadership Advisory Board at Kendall College and the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business Advisory Board. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Kendall College School of Hospitality; Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France; Institut Paul Bocuse, Shanghai, China; and Haaga Helia University, Helsinki, Finland. Ron has been a guest lecturer at the Kellogg School of Business and NHTV University in Breda, Netherlands.
Professor Emerita Hotel School Mary Tabacchi, is a board member and founder of the Global Wellness Summit, The International Spa Association and the New York Wellness and Spa Alliance. This spring she is a speaker at the Wellness for Cancer Round Table in London and The Wellness and Prevention/ Treatment of Substance Disorders in Doha. She is a faculty fellow with the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures and participates in its many round tables including senior living.
Mary has a PhD in Biochemical Nutrition and is a registered dietitian (RD). Her teaching career in health and wellness at Cornell spans over 40 years. She taught the first academic Corporate Wellness, Spa Development, and Healthy Cuisines courses in the early 1980s. Active hiking, power yoga, strength training, climbing and running as well as adventure traveling are passions.
Bennett Thomas MBA '03
Bennett Thomas serves as a Senior Vice President of Finance & Sustainability with Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), a $2.5 billion Real Estate Investment Trust with 55 hotels in the U.S.
In Bennett’s Corporate Finance capacity, he has worked with the executive team to raise over $2 billion in equity and debt capital and is responsible for strategic planning, evaluation of M&A opportunities, investor relations, and portfolio transactions. Bennett also works closely with the Acquisitions, Asset Management and Hotel Operations teams to drive portfolio profitability.
In Bennett’s Sustainability capacity, he founded EarthView, a sustainability platform utilized at over 100 hotel properties that has created $50 million of portfolio value. Bennett is responsible for establishing one of the first hotel management partnerships with Clean the World, an organization that distributes soap in developing countries to combat hygiene related deaths. He also created a partnership with Water.org to support micro-lending programs in developing countries. EarthView’s sustainability efforts have been nationally recognized by NAREIT - EarthView is four-time winner of the Leader in the Light Award for the Lodging & Resorts sector.
Prior to Hersha, Bennett was a Senior Manager with Medco, a Fortune 50 company and a Fund Manager with BR Ventures. Bennett started his career as a Consultant with Ernst & Young where he focused on strategy and process re-engineering.
Bennett received his B.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering with honors from Virginia Tech and graduated as a Park Leadership Fellow from the Johnson School MBA program at Cornell University. He has also been recognized as a Philadelphia 40 under 40 award recipient.
Bennett continues to stay active in the Cornell community as a guest lecturer for the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion program, head of Cornell recruiting for Hersha Hospitality Trust, and as a member of the Cornell Sustainable Hospitality roundtable.
Rohit Verma is the dean of external relations for the Cornell College of Business, the executive director of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (http://ihf.cornell.edu/), and the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA).
Prior to his appointment at Cornell University, Verma was the George Eccles Professor of Management at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. He has taught undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses at several universities around the world including DePaul University, German Graduate School of Business and Law, Helsinki School of Economics, Indian School of Business, Korea University, and the University of Sydney.
Verma has published over 70 articles in prestigious academic journals and has also written numerous reports for the industry audience. He regularly presents his research, participates in invited panel discussions, and delivers keynote addresses at major industry and academic conferences around the world. He is co-author of the Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century textbook, and co-editor of Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice, a professional reference book that includes works of several of his colleagues at Cornell.
Verma has received several research and teaching awards including CHR’s Industry Relevance Award and SHA’s Masters Core Class Teaching Award; the Skinner Award For Early Career Research Accomplishments from the Production and Operations Management Society; the Spirit of Inquiry Award, the highest honor for scholarly activities within DePaul University; the Teaching Innovation Award from DePaul University; and the Professional Service Award from DESB University of Utah.
Brad Wilson '84
Brad Wilson is currently President and co-partner of Atelier Ace and the Ace Hotel Group. His responsibilities include overseeing growth and operations, and helping to create new hotels and collaborative projects. Surrounded by innovative energy, he works with the Atelier team in developing projects, culture and creative processes that seek to transform the industry.
Wilson has worked for several major hospitality brands such as Hilton International, Park Hyatt and Westin. However, he missed the creative spirit he was accustomed to. He was soon recruited to launch the first W Hotel and helped guide the fledgling Starwood brand's early days, rising to Vice President of Operation for W Worldwide. His main role was to oversee twenty properties and a corporate team of support and creative staff. From there, he helped build James Hotels, serving as CEO where he introduced sophisticated, warm, modernist design principles, focused on organic materiality and authentic craft details.
Wilson is a proud graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, class of 1984.