Biography: Don Landry

img HOSP Tiefel Landry 170x150Don Landry, CHA, is the owner of Top Ten, an independent hospitality industry advisory company that provides networking, marketing and development services to industry suppliers and developers.

He also serves as director and chairman of the acquisition committee on the board of Hersha Hospitality Trust, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, and on the advisory boards of Unifocus, Campo Architects Revenue Performance and VOILÀ Hotel Rewards.

A 40+ year veteran of the lodging industry, Landry served as president of some of the largest hotel management, real estate and franchise companies in the world. He is the former vice chairman of the board and CEO of Sunburst Hospitality Corporation, a hotel management company with an ownership portfolio of 75 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 25 states. He was president of Choice Hotels International, a company with over 4000 franchised hotels in 30 countries. During his tenure at Choice, he launched MainStay Suites and Choice Picks food courts. Prior to Choice, Landry served as president of Manor Care’s hotel division and assisted living division.

Landry also served as chief operating officer of Richfield Hotel Management Inc. where he oversaw the operations of 171 hotels, and as president of MHM, a hotel management company that was acquired by Richfield in 1991.

Landry has been designated a certified hotel administrator by the American Hotel & Motel Association and has lectured at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard Business School, University of Michigan, Johnson and Wales University, University of New Orleans, University of Houston and Cornell University on the subjects of hotel management.

Landry is the vice-chairman of the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association and chairman of the Education Summit and also serves on the advisory board for Johnson and Wales University. He was the 1999 University of New Orleans Alumni of the Year, and a past board chairman of the International Council of Hotel Motel Management Companies. He is also a former board member of Friendly Hotels PLC, Choice Hotels Canada, the Texas Hotel Association and was president of the Dallas Hotel Association.