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Pete Sams

COO, Davidson Hospitality Group

Pete Sams joined Davidson Hospitality Group in December 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for driving operational excellence and profitability for the company’s portfolio of more than 65 hotels and resorts across the U.S. Functional oversight includes human resources, sales, revenue management, integrated marketing, transitions and operations strategy across all of Davidson’s operating verticals.

A hospitality industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, Pete most recently served as executive Vice President of Full-Service Operations for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. During his tenure, he was responsible for the company’s overall operational strategy, forging strong owner relations and driving superior hotel performance for a portfolio of more than 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout North America. Prior to joining Interstate, Pete served as a Regional Vice President at White Lodging, managing a portfolio of full-service hotels under Hyatt Hotels, Le Méridien, Marriott and Renaissance. Additionally, he oversaw the opening of several new construction properties and was the project lead in the development of an internal labor leadership tool and process. Pete began his hospitality career with Omni Hotels, which spanned 20 productive and decorated years, serving multiple stints as an impactful General Manager, including running the iconic Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Pete’s industry leadership includes participation on the Marriott Rooms Advisory Board, the Renaissance Advisory Board, and a member of the Hyatt Full Service Franchise COO Roundtable. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army and is a graduate of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.