Chief Executive | Salt Hotels
David started his ground-up career holding various positions for hospitality giants, Hilton and Marriott in his native U.K. before taking his first General Manager position in 2001 for Thistle Hotels. Three years later, David was recruited by then Ian Schrager Hotels as General Manager of St Martins Lane in London. Quickly thereafter in 2004, David was promoted to Regional Vice President for Europe overseeing both Sanderson and St Martins Lane where he successfully worked on repositioning Sanderson as a market leader. In just two years the hotel was voted “2006 hippest hotel in Europe” by TripAdvisor readers and travel experts, while Travel Weekly pronounced it one of the coolest brands in the UK.
David’s successful work in London led to his promotion to Senior Vice President of Operations at the corporate offices in New York. In this position, he oversaw the day-to-day operations for eleven Morgans Hotel Group properties comprised of 3073 rooms. In 2009, David assumed the role of Managing Director at The Ian Schrager Company. Working directly with Ian, David developed the operational structure for two new brand concepts and oversaw the sale and handover of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York.
David was then Chief Operating Officer for Andre Balazs Properties, a position he held from 2011-2014. Aside from directly supporting the company’s founder Andre Balazs, he oversaw the management of nine uniquely positioned hotels including the Standard brand and the iconic Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and opened the highly-acclaimed Firehouse in London.
In 2014 David launched Salt Hotels with his partner Kevin O’Shea and is currently The Chief Executive overseeing the 4 hotels located in Provincetown – Cape Cod, Shelter Island – New York and Asbury Park – New Jersey, in addition to the newly opening and highly acclaimed Asbury Lanes. Salt Hotels has a further 3 hotels under development in New York, Asbury Park NJ & London. Salt’s properties have received worldwide critical acclaim from leading travel experts and publications including; Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List, The World’s Greatest Hotels, Boston Magazine “Best of Boston” Travel and Leisure IT List, USA Today best new Hotel in America..
In 2016 David entered a Joint Venture with Williams Sonoma Inc. to form west elm Hotels. David is a principal of the company and is responsible for Culture, Employee & Guest Experience and works hand in hand with the west elm design team to create unique hotel experiences in each location. west elm Hotels currently have 5 hotels in development in Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Portland ME and Oakland CA.
David is proud to sit on the Board of New Jersey’s Garden State Equality and is an avid supporter of equality and human rights.