Mark Elawadi is an international hospitality veteran with over 25 years of industry experience. His experience encompasses hotel management, project development and asset management. He also has specific experience in turnaround, contingency and crisis management, as well as financial workouts in complex situations.
Whether planning new development projects still in their infancy, or implementing revenue management strategies for established companies, Mr. Elawadi approaches each project from a value-creation and asset performance standpoint. Among his career accomplishments, he has been recognized and praised for his leadership abilities in turning around underperforming hotel assets to create successful enterprises. Additionally, his expertise in crisis management, contingency planning, and profitability planning provides an added level of management capability and strategic planning that is highly valued within the industry. He has worked on five continents.
Prior to founding GLA, Mr. Elawadi held executive positions including pre-opening, opening and operating experience with some of the finest hotel management companies worldwide. His roles have included executive positions with Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels, The Cumberland (London), Resort Properties Group (Spain), Grand Hyatt Hotel (Washington DC), as well as Renaissance and Ramada for the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Most recently, Mr. Elawadi led the development for a Luxury Resort, Spa and Marina in Turks & Caicos and a Luxury Resort and Spa Condominium project in the Dominican Republic and overseeing a portfolio of Hilton and Marriott hotels.
Mr. Elawadi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from a leading University in Cairo and he is an American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hotel Administrator. He has also successfully completed executive education and professional development programs at George Washington University.