David Gabri, chairman of Associated Luxury Hotels and 45-year hospitality industry veteran, announced he will retire effective March 1, yet will remain actively involved with the company’s board of directors. Associated Luxury Hotels is the parent company that owns and operates Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Worldhotels.
As part of the succession planning, Josh Lesnick became Associated Luxury Hotels’ president and CEO in March 2017, and he continues to oversee and advance all of the company’s business operations and subsidiaries worldwide.
Under Gabri, the company expanded its geographic sales, marketing and member services, from a staff of 14 in four national sales office locations in 2003, to a staff of 240 in 52 global sales office locations today. The organization had 60 member properties in 2003, and today it serves over 600 hotels and 210,000 rooms around the globe.
Gabri also served as the owner of ALHI since 2003, and CEO through January 2017. In January 2017, he announced the establishment of Associated Luxury Hotels as the new parent enterprise of ALHI, which also was in preparation of the company’s acquisition of Worldhotels, which happened in February 2017. Gabri then became chairman, while finalizing the selection of the new president and CEO for the enterprise.
Prior to acquiring ALHI in 2003, Gabri was executive vice president and partner of Tishman Hotel Corporation, where he served for 14 years as an asset manager. Gabri’s earlier experience includes serving as EVP and partner of Buena Vista Hospitality Group, and a six-year stint at British-based Trusthouse Forte Hotels.