Leading hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has launched Davidson Resorts, a sophisticated operating division focused entirely on the unique skill set necessary to effectively manage distinctive resorts. Specializing in complex, high-touch assets, the portfolio will be comprised of large-scale, highly-activated p roperties with multiple food & beverage outlets, retail, leisure activities like golf, spa, ski, water sports and more. At the helm will be resort and luxury industry specialist Steve Contos, who has been appointed executive vice president of Davidson Resorts. In this leadership role, he will lead a collaborative team of resort experts that have been ensconced in the space and truly understand the nuances of the resort market and the guest journey to include recreational activations and resort programming, spa, retail, membership clubs, and the management of complex revenue streams.
Prior to joining the Davidson team, Steve Contos served as a senior vice president at Marriott International, overseeing all hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and the luxury resort portfolio in Latin America. During his tenure, he was responsible for 78 hotels and resorts across 12 brands and under his operational oversight, a number of properties earned prestigious award and accolade recognition, ranging from Forbes 5-Star designations to Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. Previously, Steve was the area vice president of the Americas Southern and Eastern regions, focused on a premium portfolio of hotels in Florida and Louisiana, which included some of the largest and most important Marriott resorts. He has held a myriad of positions within the hospitality industry, serving as genera l manager at five different properties, including the famed Orlando Grande Lakes Resort complex featuring a 1,000-room JW Marriott and a 564-room Ritz Carlton. Steve rose through the ranks of food & beverage operations, banquets and catering, ultimately becoming hotel manager of the Marriott Orlando World Resort, which was the largest resort asset in the Marriott system at the time.