Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of People Services, Commune Hotels & Resorts
As Executive Vice President of People Services, Greg oversees the HR, training and recruitment needs for Commune Hotels and Resorts, as well as at the individual hotel level. Playing a key role in the company’s fast-paced expansion of its JDV and Thompson hotel brands, Greg is responsible for the professional development for all employees.
Greg is also an integral member of the development team, providing the expertise and strategic planning for the people component of all merger and acquisition opportunities. In this capacity, he leverages his 20+ years of national and international experience at some of the most recognized hospitality brands in the industry.
Previous human resources positions within the hospitality industry include EVP, Human Resources for Denihan (2007 – 2013). SVP, Human Resources of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (2006 – 2007). SVP, HR Interstate Hotels and Resorts (2001 – 2006), Choice Hotels International (1999 – 2001) and Promus Hotels (1993 – 1999). Before joining the hospitality industry he gained valuable HR experience in positions with Advanced Services, Inc., an affiliate of General Electric, MCI/Telecom USA and the Navy Federal Credit Union.
Greg earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from Tulane University and Tulane University School of Law, respectively.