ATLANTA, Aug. 30, 2016 – Capitalizing on the strategic growth of its flagship management platform, as well as the successful launch of its new lifestyle and luxury management division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, Davidson Hotels & Resorts announces the dawn of a new leadership structure, resulting in a stronger foundation for portfolio performance and platform growth. Leveraging a tremendously successful 28-year career at Davidson in both operations and business development, Thom Geshay has been named co-chief operating officer with Patrick Lupsha. Geshay will solely assume the COO role upon the retirement of Lupsha at the end of this year.
Holding management positions with Davidson since 1987, Thom Geshay steps into the role of chief operating officer, overseeing operations and portfolio performance for Davidson, generating continued growth for the company. Maintaining strong visibility externally, Geshay will play a critical role in the development and maintenance of industry relationships for Davidson, ranging from owner communications to strategic board positions.
"Thom has been an invaluable member of the Davidson team for nearly three decades, playing pivotal roles in both operations and business development. There are few people in our industry who so vividly understand both the human side of our business as well as the transactional and value creation components," said John Belden, Davidson's chief executive officer. "As a leader with a proven track record, we're looking forward to implementing his impressive and unique combination of skillsets with his new role, taking the company to new heights."
Geshay will build on the incredible foundation Lupsha created during his 16-years at Davidson, the capstone on a remarkable career spanning 55 years in the hospitality industry. "Few people have ever positively influenced more careers than Pat," noted Belden. "He's played a huge part in elevating the company to one of the most successful and respected operating platforms in the industry. For the last 16 years, he's been my friend, teammate and business partner and will be sorely missed at Davidson. It's been his hard work and passion that have paved the way for us to take this next strategic step forward."
Davidson Hotels & Resorts, and its lifestyle and luxury operating division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, is one of the industries preeminent hotel operators, specializing in branded and independent full-service and upscale urban select-service hotels.