As President & CEO of First Hospitality, David has over 25 years of global operating experience in managing high performing teams as a President, CFO and Managing Director in both private and public organizations, having been involved in over $10 billion of real estate and capital market transactions.
Prior to joining First Hospitality, David was an owner and operator at JC Resorts, in La Jolla, CA. Before that, he was President of Denihan Hospitality Group, a private real estate owner and hotel operator which he expanded from 6 hotels in New York City into a nationally recognized hotel operator with 14 hotels operating throughout the U.S. Before that endeavor, he served in various executive roles, including CFO of GE Capital Real Estate Capital Markets in Stamford and New York, President, Real Estate and then CFO of Winstar Communications, Inc. in New York, and Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners, LLC in New York and Chicago. David began his career with Ernst Young, LLC and its predecessor in Los Angeles and Boston. David received his B.A. from Western Michigan University located in his hometown of Kalamazoo, MI and was an adjunct professor in the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
He has been frequently quoted in leading publications such as Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Lodging Magazine and other industry publications as well as been featured as a guest on numerous television news programs and is a frequent speaker at various real estate and lodging industry panels.
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