Mr. Benioff has 15 years’ experience in the operation and management of luxury hotels. He has held management and executive level positions at Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the U.S., and a traditional Ryokan (Inn) in Atami, Japan. Mr. Benioff is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Llenrock Group, LLC, a real estate investment banking and advisory firm, and a Principal at Linden Lane Capital Partners, LLC, a value-added real estate investment firm. Mr. Benioff previously served as managing partner and head of the hospitality and leisure finance group at a Philadelphia-based real estate investment-banking company. Mr. Benioff was the Founder & Chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Cornell Real Estate Council and is the Founder and Chairman of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council. He also serves as a member of the Governing Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. He received his M.B.A. with a focus on Finance and Real Estate from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and holds a B.A. from Connecticut College.
Something ILC attendees would never guess about you:
That I speak fluent Japanese
Favorite place to stay when traveling:
I love to spend a few days in Tokyo every year. It has endlessly interesting neighborhoods to explore and the best quality and variety of food on the planet!
MUST have travel item:
Melatonin because it is a life saver when getting over serious jetlag.
Biggest extravagance or vice:
Both great shoes and a wonderful single malt scotch are items that I definitely don’t “need” but spend way too much on.
Most memorable ILC moment:
Spending some quality time with many of the industry luminaries that we host and getting to explore topics not related to their businesses with them over a leisurely meal.
Who would play you in a movie:
When I was younger (and had more hair) I was often compared by others to Tom Hanks, so I guess…
In high school I worked in a local convenience store during the night shift. Mostly what I did was sell cigarettes, soft drinks and pornography but I also had to restock huge walk-in refrigerators which I hated.
Herding the Ox, The Martial Arts as a Moral Metaphor, by John Donohue