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John Belden - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

John Belden

President and Chief Executive Officer
John Belden - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

John Belden

President and Chief Executive Officer
John started his career as a hotel consultant for Laventhol & Horwath, thereafter transitioning to the franchise/development team at The Residence Inn Company.  From there, he worked in the Development and Market Planning Division of Holiday Corporation providing development services primarily to the Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn systems, while concurrently working as a member of the founding concept development team for Homewood Suites. 
John joined Davidson in 1989 and led the Business Development team during a period of unprecedented growth for the company, overseeing new management, acquisition and development opportunities for the company, as well as asset management and asset disposition responsibilities.  John became President and CEO in 2006 and has helped shape Davidson into one of the strongest and most respected lodging companies in the industry.
John currently serves on Marriott's MINA Board, the Sheraton Owner's Advisory Council, the Hilton Owner's Advisory Council, the Hyatt Full-Service Hotel Franchise Owner Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors for Give Kids the World.  He is also a member of the Michigan State University Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council, as an Appointed Director of the HRI School at Michigan State University.  John was named Michigan State University's Industry Leader of the Year in 2010 and was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016.  John obtained a degree from the Business College at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
 
John currently serves on the Hilton Owner's Advisory Council, the Sheraton Owner's Advisory Council, the Executive Board of ASFONA (Association of Starwood Franchises and Owners North America), the Hyatt Full-Service Hotel Franchise Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors for Give Kids the World, and the Michigan State University Real Estate Advisory Council.  He is also an Appointed Director of the HRI School at Michigan State University.  John was named Michigan State University's Industry Leader of the Year in 2010 and is being inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame later this year.  John obtained a degree from the Business College at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
Steven Margol - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Steven Margol

Chief Investment Officer
Steven Margol - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Steven Margol

Chief Investment Officer

Steven Margol joined the company in 1994. Steve oversees the growth of the company's portfolio, including investment, acquisition and disposition activity, and asset management. He is also responsible for creating and maintaining both equity and debt relationships with top-tier capital partners. Prior to Davidson, Steve was Vice President of Appraisal & Consulting with Grubb & Ellis Company, with national responsibility for hospitality industry assignments. Prior to his association with Grubb & Ellis, Steve was a hospitality industry specialist with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets'' Real Estate Investment Banking Department, and Laventhol and Horwath. Steve received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Emory University.

Thom Geshay - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Thom Geshay

Chief Operating Officer
Thom Geshay - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Thom Geshay

Chief Operating Officer

Thom Geshay, Chief Operating Officer, has been in a management position with Davidson Hotels & Resorts since 1988. Thom became COO in 2016 and is responsible for overall company operations in both the Davidson and Pivot Hotels & Resorts (Davidson's lifestyle division) portfolio. He was most recently SVP of Business Development where he was responsible for new business activity and the growth of the company through management, ownership and development opportunities. His experience in the hospitality industry spans over two decades during which he held a variety of property and corporate level positions in both operations and real estate development. He began his hotel career at an early age as a bellman, working his way through the ranks and acquiring considerable expertise in virtually every aspect of hotel operations and development. He has completed over a billion dollars in acquisitions and recapitalizations, involving single-asset and portfolio transactions, and has structured joint venture agreements, negotiated management contracts, and negotiated franchise agreements with virtually every brand. Geshay has held several other strategic corporate positions during his tenure with Davidson including Regional Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and SVP of Business Development. Prior to his corporate positions, he served as General Manager for multiple properties within the Davidson portfolio.  He is a member of the Hospitality Development Council of ULI and a frequent industry conference speaker.  Thom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Barry Wabler - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Barry Wabler

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Barry Wabler - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Barry Wabler

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Barry Wabler, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the company on October 1, 2012. Barry oversees the Accounting, Information Technology, and Risk Management areas, as well as aids in the strategic direction of the company. Prior to Davidson, Barry was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hotel Equities Group, an Atlanta-based hotel management and development company that underwent significant growth during his tenure. He has held a number of senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Currey & Company, Inc., an international home furnishings manufacturer and distributor and Frosty Acres Brands, Inc., a national foodservice cooperative where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenures, both companies expanded operations and increased market share. Barry began his career with Arthur Andersen, LLP where he worked with real estate, banking, and hospitality clients, including Abrams Industries, DoubleTree Hotels, and Terrace Garden Inn. Barry is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, Financial Executives Institute, American Institute of CPAs, and Cushman & Wakefield CFO Roundtable. He holds a BBA and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Colleen Keating - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Colleen Keating

Executive Vice President - Operations
Colleen Keating - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Colleen Keating

Executive Vice President - Operations
Colleen Keating joined Davidson in January 2017. Colleen is responsible for driving the culture, performance and profitability of the Davidson portfolio. She leads the Corporate and Regional support teams including Operations, Sales, eCommerce Marketing and Revenue Management, Food and Beverage, Human Resources, and Property Technology, fostering a strong environment of innovation, creativity, and performance-based accountability. Additionally, Colleen takes an active role in Owner Engagement, supporting the efforts of the Field, while helping to promote an environment of strong future growth.
Colleen joined Davidson from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she most recently held the role of Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, for North America. Colleen's scope of executive oversight encompassed 264 full-service franchised hotels across five brands and total revenues of approximately $5 billion. Prior to this, she served as Senior VP of Operations for Starwood's largest managed region. In 2000, Colleen joined Starwood as Director of Sales and Marketing for The Westin Providence. Between 2002 and 2012, Colleen held General Manager and Area Operations Leadership roles in the greater Boston area, which included General Manager of the largest hotel in New England, the Sheraton Boston, and Area Managing Director for New England. Coleen's first decade in the industry included several Director-level roles including Omni International Hotels and a dramatic single-hotel turnaround at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Crystal Beasley - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Crystal Beasley

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Crystal Beasley - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Crystal Beasley

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Crystal Beasley joined the company in 2007. Her primary responsibility is monitoring and overseeing the legal and contractual obligations of the company. Prior to joining Davidson, Crystal was an Associate in the Commercial Transactions and Real Estate practice group of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing Management with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she also served as the Executive Editor of the Arkansas Law Review.

Ted Arps - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Ted Arps

Senior Vice President - Business Development
Ted Arps - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Ted Arps

Senior Vice President - Business Development

Ted Arps joined the company in 2005. His primary responsibility is the development of new management and ownership opportunities for the company as well as disposition and asset management functions. Prior to Davidson, Ted was Director of Hotel Investments for Crow Holdings, where he managed Crow's hotel investment holdings. Prior to that, Ted spent fifteen years with Bristol Hotels and Resorts in a variety of operational and development roles finishing his career with Bristol as Senior Vice President of Operations. Ted holds a Bachelor of Hotel Administration degree from Cornell University.

Bernie Murphy - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Bernie Murphy

Senior Vice President - Business Development
Bernie Murphy - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Bernie Murphy

Senior Vice President - Business Development

Bernie Murphy joined the company in 2008. He is responsible for spearheading the company's efforts in securing third-party management contracts. Bernie joined Davidson from Pinnacle Hotels USA, a San Diego-based lodging ownership and management entity, where he was chief investment officer. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president at The Plasencia Group (TPG), a premier hospitality brokerage and consulting firm. Before his tenure with TPG, Bernie held a variety of positions over a 13-year period with Guest Quarters Suite Hotels/DoubleTree Hotels at the property, regional and corporate levels. Bernie received a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Albert Smith - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Albert Smith

Senior Vice President - Operations, Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Albert Smith - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Albert Smith

Senior Vice President - Operations, Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Albert Smith joined Davidson Hotels & Resorts in 2015. Albert is responsible for Davidson's lifestyle and luxury division, focusing on independent assets (boutique, lifestyle and luxury), as well as certain soft-branded operations. Albert has an extensive background in the Lifestyle space having operated numerous innovative and ground-breaking properties throughout Southern California for the Viceroy Hotel Group and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Most recently, Albert was Vice President of Hotel Operations for sbe Entertainment at the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas. During his tenure, Albert led the conversion of the hotel component to a Curio, which remains the largest asset in the Hilton-backed soft brand.
Jason Rabidoux - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Jason Rabidoux

Vice President - Business Development, West Coast
Jason Rabidoux - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Jason Rabidoux

Vice President - Business Development, West Coast
Jason Rabidoux joined the company in 2013.  He is responsible for new business opportunities including acquisitions, new developments, and management contracts for the Western region.  Prior to joining Davidson, Jason served as both an Asset Manager and most recently Director of Real Estate and Business Development for The Hotel Group (THG) based in Seattle, Washington. Before THG, Jason held positions as both an Associate and Senior Associate at HREC Investment Advisors - Hospitality Real Estate Advisors - where he led the disposition analysis, valuation and deal structure modeling for nearly $1 Billion of lodging assets.  Jason is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Finance.  He is an active member of The School of Hospitality Business' Alumni Association Appointed Board of Directors and Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Advisory Council.  Jason also holds a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) accreditation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).
Michael Yousif - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Michael Yousif

Director - Business Development
Michael Yousif - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Michael Yousif

Director - Business Development

Michael Yousif joined Davidson in 2010. He is responsible for new business opportunities including acquisitions, new developments, and management contracts. Michael previously held positions as both an Analyst and Associate at Davidson, where he was involved with a myriad of projects for the Business Development team. Michael is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. He is an active member of The School of Hospitality Business' Alumni Association Appointed Board of Directors and Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Advisory Council.

Mark Wang - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Mark Wang

Director - Business Development
Mark Wang - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Mark Wang

Director - Business Development
Mark Wang joined Davidson in 2012 as a Financial Analyst. After one year as a Financial Analyst and another year as an Associate, Mark assumed his current position of Director of Business Development. His primary responsibility is the sourcing and execution of new business opportunities, including acquisitions, new developments, and management contracts across the United States. Prior to joining Davidson, Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Hospitality & Tourism, with a focus in Finance.
Lew Lemon - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Lew Lemon

Regional Vice President - Operations
Lew Lemon - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Lew Lemon

Regional Vice President - Operations

Lew Lemon joined Davidson in 2006. He was appointed General Manager of the Westin Annapolis prior to its opening, and stayed in that role until his promotion to Regional Vice President. He also served a short term assignment as General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown. Lew began his career in the hospitality industry in 1989 at the Sheraton City Center Hotel (now known as The Wyndham Washington) where he served as controller and then as General Manager. Lew received a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University.

Marisa Serrano - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Marisa Serrano

Regional Vice President - Operations
Marisa Serrano - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Marisa Serrano

Regional Vice President - Operations

Marisa Serrano joined the company in 2004 as General Manager of the Marriott Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City, Missouri. She then served as General Manager at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp in San Diego, California, before her recent promotion to Regional Vice President-Operations. Prior to joining Davidson, Marisa served in general manager positions with Adam's Mark Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Quorum Hotels and Resorts. She began her career in the hospitality industry in 1988 at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, where she served as reservations manager and then as front office manager. Marisa received a BS in Business Administration at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds certifications as a Trainer in Housekeeping Management and Trainer in Front Office Operations from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.

Caroline Dyal - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Caroline Dyal

Vice President - Operations, Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Caroline Dyal - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Caroline Dyal

Vice President - Operations, Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Caroline joined Pivot Hotels & Resorts in April 2016 as Vice President of Operations. Caroline oversees and supports all Pivot hotels propelling their service and operational excellence within the division. Caroline has over 10 years of a unique combination of operations experience in high profile lifestyle hotels and upscale dining environments. Prior to joining Pivot, Caroline served in senior management roles for Palm Restaurant Group, Disney, Viceroy Hotel Group, Kimpton, sbe Hotels & Restaurants, and most recently, Commune Hotels & Resorts.
Kathy Hood - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Kathy Hood

Vice President - Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management
Kathy Hood - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Kathy Hood

Vice President - Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management

Kathy Hood joined the company in 1987 and has experienced and mastered many areas of the hospitality field.  Her passion and hard work paved the way for positions of Directors of Sales and General Manager in several of Davidson's hotels .  Kathy also spent time during her career at the property level in task force opportunities supporting several of the hotels in the portfolio. Her support was focused in the areas of sales, revenue management and operations.   In 2000, Kathy was promoted to Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. Her primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of sales and revenue generation for the company. Kathy takes a hands on approach with the hotel teams to ensure her leadership aligns for success in motivating and inspiring the teams to superior performance.  Kathy is also an active participate on many brand advisory groups and consistently continues to strengthen relationships with brand executives. Her 26 year with the company has allowed her to touch and manage every major brand and several independent hotels.  Kathy graduated from the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.

Patricia Davis - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Patricia Davis

Vice President - Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management, Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Patricia Davis - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Patricia Davis

Vice President - Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management, Pivot Hotels & Resorts

Patricia joined Pivot Hotels & Resorts in 2015 as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. In this role, she is responsible for hotel sales, on and offline marketing, and revenue management efforts across Pivot's ever-growing portfolio. With over 20 years of hospitality leadership experience, Patricia has worked closely and strategically with a range of stakeholders. Prior to her time with Pivot, Patricia served in senior leadership roles in Viceroy Hotel Group and sbe Entertainment in addition to starting The Strategy Foundry, her own management company.

Dan Engle - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Dan Engle

Vice President - Field Sales
Dan Engle - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Dan Engle

Vice President - Field Sales
Dan joined the company in 2010 as Vice President-Field Sales. Dan has over 30 years of sales and marketing management experience in the hospitality industry, with over 16 years spent in senior level positions, managing nearly every major brand and a multitude of upscale independent hotels. Dan joined Davidson from Interstate Hotels & Resorts where he was Senior VP-Sales & Marketing and was also VP-Sales & Marketing with Sunstone Hotel Management who was acquired by Interstate. Prior to that, he served as Vice President-Sales and Marketing with Sunstone Hotel Properties. He served also as EVP and Chief Operating Officer for Spa Sydell, Inc., VP-Sales and Marketing with Lodgian, Inc., and several positions with Interstate Hotels Corporation. Dan is currently an active committee participant in and past member of ASAE, HSMA, MPI, and many other industry organizations. He also is an active participant in many brand advisory groups, such as the Marriott franchise marketing advisory board.
Steve Kilroy - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Steve Kilroy

Vice President - Food and Beverage
Steve Kilroy - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Steve Kilroy

Vice President - Food and Beverage

Steve Kilroy joined the company in July 2006 as Corporate Director of Food & Beverage. He is responsible for directing Davidson's Food & Beverage programs, profitability, and customers' dining experiences. Prior to joining the Davidson team, he worked for Wyndham Hotels for 12 years holding several positions including Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Regional, and Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Corporate Director of Operations for Shula's Steak House, and Corporate Asset and Procurement Manager for the South Hampton Beach Resort Bermuda. Steve is originally from the Boston area and earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

Phillip Miller - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Phillip Miller

Vice President - Design and Construction
Phillip Miller - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Phillip Miller

Vice President - Design and Construction

Phil joined the company in 2000 and currently heads up the Design and Construction Department for Davidson. During his tenure, Phil has developed and managed over $1 billion worth of projects. Under his leadership, Design and Construction oversees the development, management and reporting of all new construction, renovation activities and yearly capital expenditure plans. Phil also assists the business development department with repositioning plans when involving conversions and new purchases that require renovations, and assists operations in developing and implementing special projects that produce favorable ROI. Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from William Carey University and a Masters of Engineering degree in Construction Management from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Mary Powers - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Mary Powers

Vice President - Human Resources
Mary Powers - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Mary Powers

Vice President - Human Resources

Mary Powers joined Davidson in 2012.  Mary is a 20-year veteran in human resources within the hospitality industry.  She most recently served as Vice President-Human Resources for Remington Hotels.  Prior to Remington Hotels, she served as Vice President-Human Resources for LXR Luxury Resorts and Hotels in Dallas, TX.  In addition, Mary worked for Wyndham International, holding the positions of Vice President-Employee Relations and Corporate HR; Director, Employee and Labor Relations; and Regional HR Manager.  Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Rodger Sellers - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Rodger Sellers

Director of Recruiting
Rodger Sellers - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Rodger Sellers

Director of Recruiting

Rodger Sellers joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts as the Director of Recruiting in January 2013. Rodger has multiple years of expertise, building and leading Recruiting Teams, within different industries. Previously he was the Director of Talent Management at Bovis Lend Lease. Prior to Bovis Lend Lease he served as North America Recruiting Manager Hyperion Solutions / Oracle, and has held additional leadership positions for such firms as Resumix, Cap Gemini America, McDonnell Douglas and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Prior to his corporate roles, Rodger was a member of the United States Army for over 20 years, and is an active participant in the Wounded Warrior Program.

Dedra Thompson - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Dedra Thompson

Director of Learning and Organizational Development
Dedra Thompson - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Dedra Thompson

Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Dedra joined Davidson in March of 2016 as Director of Learning and Organizational Development. Dedra is responsible for the creation, deployment and management of Davidson's learning initiatives. Dedra has over 15 years of experience in development and delivery of training programs in a corporate setting. Prior to joining Davidson, she worked in training and development at Whole Foods Market and Czarnowski Exhibit and Display. Dedra is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Education, she is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).

Michele Smith - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Michele Smith

Vice President of Hotel Accounting
Michele Smith - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Michele Smith

Vice President of Hotel Accounting

Michele Smith, Vice President of Hotel Accounting - Michele joined Davidson in 2014 and brings with her twenty-three years of veteran hospitality accounting experience. With a drive focused around efficiency and effectiveness, she has the overall responsibility for accurate and timely reporting of financial results for all hotels.  She is also responsible for overseeing the accounting functions for fixed assets and capital spending, and managing the internal audit department.  She most recently came from Hospitality Ventures Management Group. Prior to HVMG she worked at LXR Luxury resorts and Wyndham International in various accounting roles.  Michele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Hank Artime - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Hank Artime

Vice President - Finance & Treasurer
Hank Artime - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Hank Artime

Vice President - Finance & Treasurer

Hank Artime joined the company in 2015. He has overall responsibility for treasury management including the movement of funds as required by hotel operations, loans and management agreements, and managing bank relationships and accounts. He is also responsible for insuring hotels have adequate operating capital through cash forecasting and overseeing accounts payable. Hank came to Davidson from The Krystal Company, a southeast QSR company, where he served as Vice President-Treasurer. Hank previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Lodgian, Inc., a public owner-operator of hotels, and as a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and a MBA in Corporate Finance from Georgia State University, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Chris LoPilato - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Chris LoPilato

Senior Director - Corporate Accounting
Chris LoPilato - Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Chris LoPilato

Senior Director - Corporate Accounting
Christopher LoPilato, Senior Director - Corporate Accounting joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts on January 26, 2015.  Christopher oversees Corporate Reporting and Tax Compliance, Risk Management and Insurance and Accounting for Davidson and company-related entities.  Prior to Davidson, Christopher was CFO of Augusta Hospitality Management Group, a hotel management company, where he led a Chapter 11 reorganization that successfully emerged with a Court approved Plan of Reorganization.
LoPilato has held a number of senior management financial positions including CFO of Premier Hotel Corporation and Vice President &Treasurer of Dewberry Capital Corporation, a real estate development and management company.  During his tenures, he was responsible for financial reporting, portfolio investments, insurance and tax compliance.
Christopher also served as Vice President of Finance and Asset Management for the hotel group of Equitable Real Estate.  He closed over $80 million of hotel acquisitions and oversaw an additional $500 million of hotel refinancing transactions.  As asset manager, Christopher enhanced hotel asset values for institutional investors through improved operating results and by monitoring hotel performance metrics.
Christopher began his professional career with KPMG in Boston where he worked with financial institutions, retail and manufacturing businesses. Christopher holds a Masters in Finance and Real Estate from Bentley University - McCallum Graduate School of Business and a BSBA degree - Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Ben Fulwider

Ben Fulwider

Corporate Director - F&B
Ben Fulwider

Ben Fulwider

Corporate Director - F&B
Ben Fulwider joined Davidson in 1997 as Executive Sous Chef at the Hilton Tampa Westshore hotel. He most recently served as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton University of Florida until his promotion to Corporate Director of F&B in June 2011. While at Davidson, Ben transitioned numerous hotels, headed up standardizing corporate procedures and training, and drove one of the company's best F&B teams. In addition, he also has served as Executive Chef for the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg in Gaithersburg, MD. Prior to Davidson he served as Executive Chef at Rock Bottom Restaurants in Denver, CO; and Director of F&B for DoubleTree Wilmington, DE.
Ben is an active member of the American Culinary Federation and is a huge advocate of changing the public mindset of food and beverage in hotel restaurants.
He is a graduate of the Culinary School at Kendall College in Chicago, IL.
Tim DeBruin

Tim DeBruin

Corporate Director - Catering and Convention Services
Tim DeBruin

Tim DeBruin

Corporate Director - Catering and Convention Services

Tim DeBruin joined the company in 2002. His primary responsibility is overseeing the company-wide catering sales and convention service programs. Prior to joining Davidson, he was Regional Director of Catering with Wyndham International responsible for 53 hotels and resorts. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tim earned his degree in Restaurant Management form the University of Wisconsin - Stout and his degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.