David Duncan is President of First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG). David is a real estate investor and hotel operator who is passionate about developing unique real estate investments and hotel operating environments that delight guests and investors alike. He brings over 25 years of global operating experience managing high performing teams as a President, CFO and Managing Director in both public and private organizations and has been involved in over $10B of real estate and capital market transactions.
David joined FHG from JC Resorts, an owner/operator of coastal resort and golf properties, located in La Jolla, CA. Prior to that he was President of Denihan Hospitality Group, a private real estate owner and hotel operator which he expanded from 6 hotels in New York City into a nationally recognized hotel operator with 14 hotels operating throughout the U.S
He began his career with Ernst Young, LLC and its predecessor in Los Angeles and Boston. He also served in various executive roles as the CFO of GE Capital Real Estate Capital Markets in Stamford and New York, President, Real Estate and then CFO of Winstar Communications, Inc. in New York and Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners, LLC in New York and Chicago.
David has been frequently quoted in leading publications such as Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Lodging Magazine and other industry publications. He has also been featured as a guest on numerous television news programs and is a frequent speaker on numerous real estate and lodging industry panels. David received his B.A. from Western Michigan University located in his hometown of Kalamazoo, MI and was an adjunct professor in the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.