The Executive Team at Aimbridge is comprised of veteran hoteliers with a history of delivering industry-leading results. Averaging over 26 years of hospitality experience, the senior executives focus on maximizing returns to partners by utilizing a unique blend of experience, resources, and relationships.
David Martinez has over 25 years of professional experience including 17 years focused on hospitality and real estate. David was appointed to his current role with Aimbridge in January of 2016 following the company’s acquisition of both Evolution Hospitality and Pillar Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he has led the company’s integration of the three groups. He also leads the company’s strategic initiatives, which includes further growth and expansion through company acquisitions and mergers.
Prior to joining Aimbridge, David was a principal at Evolution Hospitality where he served in a business development function, as well as acting general counsel, and led the company through a successful transaction with Aimbridge in 2015. From 2009-2012, David was a partner and managing director of a middle-market, regional investment bank. Prior to that, he served briefly as EVP Business Development for Tarsadia Hotels, the company from which Evolution was ultimately created. Before that, David served for ten years as a senior acquisitions & development executive for Starwood Hotels & Resorts where his responsibilities included leading the company’s international expansion, real estate joint ventures and investment transactions, St. Regis growth, and development projects in the mixed-use/resort/vacation ownership space. Prior to Starwood, David served as Director of Business Planning for ITT Sheraton Corporation at the time it was acquired by Starwood in 1997.
In the early 90s, David was engaged in private legal practice with a national law firm, and prior to that, he spent four years in operations with Delta Airlines.
David is a graduate of the University of Utah, the UCLA School of Law and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.