An industry veteran with a wealth of knowledge and passion, Cook's expertise and leadership will bring the guest experience to another level, further distinguishing the Amelia Island beach resort as the premier luxury hotel Florida's Northeast Coast. Cook most recently served as the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale where he led the luxury service experience and oversaw substantial enhancements to the property. His most recent projects there include the successful $17 Million nautically-inspired renovation of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale's guest rooms and Club Lounge, along with the launch of the sought-after dining destination, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits. Prior to his time there, Cook was the General Manager of Eden Roc Renaissance where he aided in repositioning the iconic lifestyle property following a $230 million renovation.
Cook's involvement in the community is extensive, as he has served as a board member and/or co-chair for the Broward Workshop Top 105 CEO's of Broward County; Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; City of Fort Lauderdale Chamber "Economic Advisory Council"; City of Fort Lauderdale Business Improvement District; and Broward Tourism Coalition in the past. In keeping with community even closer to home, Cook led The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale to earn the Community Footprints Award of the Year, an award presented by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company focused on social and environmental responsibility.
His proven success at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and Eden Roc Renaissance, in addition to over 35 years of experience in the industry, make him a proven leader for experience management team at Amelia Island.
Recent Appointments at Marriott
22 July 2020 — W Punta de Mita, an indigenous-inspired luxury beach resort located in Mexico's coveted Riviera Nayarit, has appointed David Gauna as General Manager. In his new role, Gauna will be responsible for overseeing daily resort operations, managing budgeting/profitability, overseeing team development, and ensuring overall guest satisfaction.