News for the Hospitality Executive
John Pritzker's Geolo Capital Taking a Majority Stake
in Joie de Vivre's Business,
Exptects to Fund the Brand's Expansion Outside of California
Chip Conley Remains Actively Involved as CEO
Under the agreement, John Pritzker, Geolo's founding partner and director and a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, will become chairman of the company. Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre's founder and CEO, will retain a significant ownership interest in Joie de Vivre and remain actively involved as CEO.
The partnership with Joie de Vivre gives Geolo Capital, which specializes in hospitality investments, a branded platform to both acquire and manage additional hotels and resorts. Last year the company acquired Carmel Valley Ranch, an iconic resort property on 400 acres of land in the lush Carmel Valley. The Ranch will join the Joie de Vivre Hotels collection this year as part of its luxury portfolio, which includes Joie de Vivre's flagship property, Hotel Vitale in San Francisco.
"As soon as we purchased Carmel Valley Ranch I knew I wanted to replicate its magic and create an authentic lifestyle and resort brand that was experience-driven for customers and employees," said Pritzker. "Then I found out that brand already existed – it's called Joie de Vivre."
Geolo sees tremendous opportunity for the Joie de Vivre brand across the three- to five-star spectrum, especially in the three-and-a-half star space where the boutique hotelier is "the best in the business," said Pritzker.
Joie de Vivre is known for taking bland box or challenged hotels and transforming them into unique boutique properties that are an antidote to the vanilla experience offered by major chains. Each Joie de Vivre hotel is an original that reflects its location through creative design and amenities. The San Francisco-based company has created more three- and three-and-a-half star boutique hotels than any other hotel company.
"After 23 years of being a California hotel brand, we felt the time was right for Joie de Vivre to move outside the state. There are so many neglected gems and tired hotels that could be turned into appealing, affordable boutique properties," said Conley. "With Geolo as our partner, we will be able to take advantage of the wave of hotel dealsdeals that are imminent, and we will have sufficient working capital to invest in our infrastructure to support our growth."
Working with Joie de Vivre's development team on the company's strategic growth will be Geolo partner Gary Beasley, who spent seven years with KSL Resorts, where he was instrumental in acquiring and integrating over $800 million of hotel and resort properties.
"Our objective is to take advantage of what we believe will be one of the most attractive hotel buying cycles in a generation, and in the process create great hotels that offer both outstanding guest experiences as well as outstanding economic returns," Beasley said. " We look forward to working with Chip and the rest of the Joie de Vivre team to continue to build what we believe is one of the most dynamic and promising hospitality platforms around."
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