David DuncanPresidentTeam Member Since: 2018
David Duncan is President of First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG). David is a real estate investor and hotel operator who is passionate about developing unique real estate investments and hotel operating environments that delight guests and investors alike. He brings over 25 years of global operating experience managing high performing teams as a President, CFO and Managing Director in both public and private organizations and has been involved in over $10B of real estate and capital market transactions.
David joined FHG from JC Resorts, an owner/operator of coastal resort and golf properties, located in La Jolla, CA. Prior to that he was President of Denihan Hospitality Group, a private real estate owner and hotel operator which he expanded from 6 hotels in New York City into a nationally recognized hotel operator with 14 hotels operating throughout the U.S
He began his career with Ernst Young, LLC and its predecessor in Los Angeles and Boston. He also served in various executive roles as the CFO of GE Capital Real Estate Capital Markets in Stamford and New York, President, Real Estate and then CFO of Winstar Communications, Inc. in New York and Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners, LLC in New York and Chicago.
David has been frequently quoted in leading publications such as Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Lodging Magazine and other industry publications. He has also been featured as a guest on numerous television news programs and is a frequent speaker on numerous real estate and lodging industry panels. David received his B.A. from Western Michigan University located in his hometown of Kalamazoo, MI and was an adjunct professor in the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
Paul HitselbergerChief Operating OfficerTeam Member Since: 2016
Paul Hitselberger is an industry veteran with over 34 years of hospitality experience. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a major in political science, he made his start as a sous chef in Atlantic City and quickly made a name for himself as a culinary award winner. From 1984 through 1996, Paul worked with Tollman Hundley Hotels starting as a Food & Beverage manager and gradually climbing his way up the ladder. At 25, he was the youngest GM with his company and by 1996, he had been promoted to Vice President of Operations.
He went on to work with Lodgian, Inc., overseeing up to 75 properties as Vice President of Hotel Operations by the time he moved on in 2007. Until recently, Paul served at Senior Vice President of Operations at TPG Hospitality with a portfolio consisting of multiple brands including Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, Renaissance and Hilton. In his free time, he loves to travel, attend his kids’ athletic events, and spend time with his lovely wife of 31 years.