David J. Tarr - Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
David Tarr was appointed Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in September 2007. In directing the Americas Region development team for Hyatt, David oversees new hotel development, acquisition, franchise and management contract transactions for Hyatt’s full-service brands (Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz and The Unbound Collection) in North America, and all brands, including Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining Hyatt, David’s 10-year career at Marriott International included a variety of Development and Asset Management positions. His last role at Marriott was Senior Vice President of Development, overseeing the company’s full-service hotel development activity in the Eastern Region of the United States for its Marriott, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton hotel brands.
A 30-year industry veteran, David’s previous hotel real estate and development experience included tenure as a hospitality industry consultant, providing hotel market, feasibility, and appraisal advisory services to property developers, owners, and lenders, as well as corporate development with Extended Stay America. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and is based at Hyatt’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.