Jon Blanchard is a pioneer in adaptive reuse development – with a talent and drive that stems from a deep-rooted passion for hotels and hospitality. Jon founded BLVD Hospitality in 2009 in order to realize his vision for developing and restoring historically significant buildings, transforming them into unique, timeless, state-of-the-art mixed-use hospitality experiences. Blanchard‘s previous ventures saw him concepting, designing, and building some of LA’s most renowned bars, restaurants, and nightlife venues. Blanchard and his team created stunning visual experiences not only in his F&B projects but in over 300 residential environments and approximately one million square feet of commercial and retail.
Blanchard‘s conversion of the historic United Artist Theater and 13 story office building into a 182-key Ace hotel showcased his foresight and unique vision as a developer. Receiving numerous awards and accolades, the Ace Hotel development was the foundation for the Bringing Back Broadway initiative - a movement to redevelop and revitalize Broadway St. in downtown Los Angeles and is widely regarded as a significant spark to the downtown Los Angeles renaissance. Under Blanchard’s oversight, BLVD has developed over 1.2M square feet with over 950 keys across 700M of real estate transactions. As of 2019, the BLVD portfolio includes developments with brands and partners such as Soho House, Hoxton Hotels, ACE Hotels, CitizenM Hotels, and Highgate among others.
Blanchard is currently the CEO of BLVD Companies - the parent company of BLVD Hospitality, Chicas Tacos, Roadhouse Hotel, and multiple other hospitality and real estate ventures. He oversees the company’s investment and development strategy and conceptualizes all in-house ventures alongside cofounder Nicolo Rusconi. Jon believes that everyone deserves genuine hospitality and that every project can be designed and built to inspire.