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Donald Trump hires top American hotelier Eric Danziger

Eric Danziger Trump Hotel Collection

The Trump Organization has appointed Eric Danziger as Chief Executive Officer of their luxury hotel management company, Trump Hotel Collection.

Danziger, a renowned figure in the hospitality industry with more than 45 years of experience, is charged with overseeing global operations, brand strategy, and the expansion of Trump Hotel Collection, currently one of the fastest growing luxury hotel companies in the world.

With a portfolio of 14 hotels, including iconic assets such as Trump National Doral, an 800 acre property in the heart of Miami; Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., one of the most sought-after re-development opportunities in the country; and Trump International Hotel & Tower, the only hotel in North America that has achieved five stars (Forbes) and five diamonds (AAA) for both the hotel and restaurant, in addition to three Michelin stars for the restaurant; and many others, Trump Hotel Collection properties are known for achieving the highest accolades and are located in prime locations worldwide.

Danziger joins The Trump Organization following roles as President and CEO of Starwood Hotels, President and COO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, where he was instrumental in each of their respective organizations.

Most recently, Danziger held the role of President and CEO of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC., where he introduced Début Hotel Group, a collection of lifestyle hotel brands.

“Trump Hotel Collection has been an amazing success, and we are very pleased to welcome Eric to the company. We have some of the greatest hotels in the finest locations in the world. Eric will play a vital role in our continued expansion and the incredible future of Trump Hotels,” said Donald J. Trump, Chairman and President of the Trump Organization.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be joining the Trump family as the CEO of Trump Hotel Collection,” Danziger said.

“Having started as a bellman at a luxury hotel 44 years ago, being named as CEO of Trump Hotel Collection today, undeniably one of the most amazing luxury brands on the planet, is the stuff of fairy tales – and of the American Dream.

“To lead this prestigious company alongside Donald, Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric, who are thoughtful, caring, incredibly smart and deeply passionate people, will be a personal cherished highlight.

“I fully believe that the Trump Hotel brand has significant domestic and global opportunities and look forward to a very dynamic growth trajectory,” Danziger said.

Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization added, “We are incredibly excited for Eric to lead Trump Hotel Collection into its next phase of growth. With four new hotels opening in 2016 alone, it is a very exciting time for our company. In selecting a CEO it was important that we identified someone who shares our passion for excellence and entrepreneurial spirit, and we found that person in Eric.”

Danziger is the recipient of numerous industry awards and honors including, most recently, the first-ever “Inspirational Industry Icon” award granted by the South American Hotel Investment Conference. He also was named the “Northern California Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in real estate, hospitality and construction; a “UJA Federation Honoree;” and he received the coveted Arthur Landstreet award from HSMAI.

Additionally, as member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Council and the Urban Land Institute, Danziger has served as Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Strategic Planning Group and is active with major universities. He has been featured as a distinguished lecturer at Cornell and is a visiting professor at Johnson and Wales University, where he holds an honorary doctorate.

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