Industry Update
Appointment19 January 2021

John Schafer

Appointed Managing Director
At Hyatt Regency Houston - TX, USA

John Schafer

Hyatt Regency Houston, the premier downtown hotel for business and leisure travelers, announces the appointment of John Schafer as managing director. Schafer joins the hotel from Grand Hyatt New York, a 1,300-room hotel in Midtown Manhattan where he previously served as general manager and area vice president.

With more than 40 years of experience working with Hyatt Corporation, Schafer has served as general manager and managing director at large convention hotels throughout the country, from the Manchester Grand in San Diego and Hyatt Regency Chicago, to the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt hotels in Denver. He has led opening teams for seven different properties, and has served as hosts to presidents, heads of states, international delegations, and other political dignitaries.

Schafer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He has received distinguished recognitions throughout his career, including Hyatt's "General Manager of the Year" award in both 1997 and 2007. He also has a strong commitment to charitable, community, and civic involvement, and has served on the board of directors for several hospitality and charity organizations.

Schafer moves to Houston with his wife Sue and Springer Spaniel dog named Cosmo. In his spare time, Schafer enjoys cycling on his road bike and spending time with his three grandchildren.

School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

John Schafer (Class of 1979) is a graduate of School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business in Ithaca, New York - United States
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 20 premier brands. As of September 30, 2019, the Company's portfolio included more than 875 properties in over 60 countries across six continents.
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