Davidson Hospitality Group announces the promotion of Thom Geshay to Chief Executive Officer & President, effective January 1, 2022. Only the fifth CEO & President in the esteemed hospitality management company's nearly 50-year history, Geshay succeeds John Belden, Davidson's longest-serving CEO, who will remain actively engaged as Executive Chairman, as well as a member of Davidson's Board of Directors.
This transition in leadership is a natural progression, leveraging Geshay's long and successful career at Davidson, thus seamlessly positioning Davidson Hospitality Group for continued success in strategic development, recruitment and retention, and the ongoing purity and positioning of its portfolio. As CEO & President, Geshay will carry forward the company's direction and promise to create value, infuse heart into the business of hospitality, and deliver industry-leading services to its property owners, brands, team members and guests.
Since joining the company in 1988, Geshay has ascended through the ranks, notably being named Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and President in 2019. He has worked hand-in-hand with Belden and Davidson's highly respected leadership team to position Davidson as one of the industry's most respected, trusted and successful operating platforms. With his shared vision and relentless commitment to operational excellence, Geshay has been an important contributor in the launch of Pivot, Davidson Resorts and Davidson Restaurant Group operating verticals, as well as the refinement of the company's brand architecture, the deployment of its Global Sales Office and hybrid meetings initiative rollout earlier this year.