Laurence S. Geller CBE is Chairman, Geller Capital, a luxury hotel investment and management firm he founded in 2014. Since its inception the firm has acquired two luxury hotel properties and built a third which opened in 2016. The firm also has an asset management arm which advises on and manages several hotel assets in the U.S. Mr. Geller has built a forward-looking hospitality investment company that acquires or builds assets that rapidly can be shaped into best-in-class performance. Demonstration of this is the construction and opening of the Chicago Conrad Hilton in 2016; acquisition and remodel of the Washington D.C. Marriott Georgetown; and the acquisition and strategic relaunch of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago currently underway.
Mr. Geller has a distinguished career of serving top-performing hospitality companies such as Hyatt Development Corporation, Holiday Inns, Inc. and Grand Metropolitan Hotels in senior leadership positions. Most recently he was president and chief executive officer of Strategic Hotel Capital, a publicly-traded company he founded in 1997. He built Strategic into a REIT comprised of 21 luxury hotel properties located in four countries. Strategic was fully valued when new owner Anbang, a Chinese real estate investment company, purchased the assets for $6 billion.
Mr. Geller is a dedicated philanthropist and public servant for many institutions in his native U.K. and adopted U.S. Among his many civic and professional interests, he is one of the founders of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and an active board member of Choose Chicago. He is Chairman of the international Churchill Foundation which includes London’s Churchill Museum and War Rooms and many organizations. In 2016 The University of West London renamed its hospitality school The London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism to honor his decades-long support.