Jeff David, a recipient of Hotelier of the Year, has a pedigree that spans over twenty-five years and is a leader in the hospitality industry in opening luxury properties. Jeff’s expertise in the hotel start-up space credits him in opening almost $1.7 billion dollars worth of high profile luxury assets in Aspen, Anguilla, Times Square/NYC, Nantucket, Washington DC, and most recently Los Angeles/Santa Monica.
Jeff led operations in both large scale properties as well as small boutique hotels. He has a strong background with luxury hotel brands as well as independent properties. Best known for having a constant score of over 95% in employee satisfaction, Jeff balances innovation, business acumen, and emotional intelligence.
His recent opening is the Santa Monica Proper (2019), the first luxury hotel hotel development in 15 years in Santa Monica. Prior to that he led the 2016 resurrection of the infamous Watergate Hotel that closed its doors in 2008. He also re-opened the historic Knickerbocker Hotel in 2014 on 42nd & Broadway, the address known for being the "Crossroads of the World" with 60 million pedestrians a year. Jeff spent six years as GM with Viceroy Hotels & Resorts, he was instrumental in opening and operating several properties in the company’s portfolio. During his term as GM of the Viceroy Anguilla, he oversaw the launch and operations of the $550 million flagship property. Jeff also regionally managed the Viceroy Palm Springs in California, and in 2009 led the opening of the Viceroy in Aspen/Snowmass, the company's first ski resort.
Jeff’s experience also includes nine years with Four Seasons’ Hotels & Resorts starting in 1992 at The Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles where he started as a dishwasher while attending UCLA. He was an integral part of the management at Four Seasons, Boston, where he helped achieve the property’s recognition as the only Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel in New England in 1999. Additionally, Jeff served as the Food and Beverage Director at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts’ Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.