DALLAS, TEXAS – September 21, 2021 – Downtown Dallas’ newest luxury hotel announces Aaron Ide as the general manager of the first Thompson Hotel in Texas, located in the newly transformed iconic First National Bank building, now known as The National. Aaron’s extraordinary background includes over 20 years in luxury hospitality in a variety of roles. As General Manager, he will lead the team to create innovative programming along with exceptional service focused on enhancing the guest experience.


“We are fortunate to have Aaron join the team at Thompson Dallas,” said Philip Todd, managing general partner/owner and developer of the $460 million renovation of The National. “Aaron’s distinctive luxury background, clear vision and impressive leadership skills will play a vital role in the success of Thompson Dallas.”


Aaron has a deep passion for service that began in college at The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. He began his career at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and later joined the Four Seasons where he has spent the past 12 years in various Four Seasons locations throughout the US. Aaron is also a graduate of the General Managers Program at Cornell University and currently serves on the Alumni Board for Michigan State University.


“I am excited to join the Thompson family and to be a part of The National and this incredible project,” said Ide. “It’s an honor to work alongside a talented team to create an enhanced experience that allows guests and locals to create memories in a world-class environment. I look forward to elevating the unique personality of Thompson Dallas by highlighting the art, culture, and design as a part of our guests’ experience.”


Aaron, his wife Karie, and their three boys are outdoor enthusiasts. They love exploring new places, traveling the world, eating great cuisine and spending time together as a family. They are looking forward to living in Dallas and exploring and experiencing all that the city has to offer.