April 27, 2016 | Careers
OTO Development announced the addition of David Ward, formerly West Coast Vice President of Operations to their corporate headquarters. He will serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
With over 20 years of experience in hospitality, Ward has been with OTO Development since their first operating year, and also worked for predecessor company Extended Stay America (ESA). He joined ESA in 1996, initially serving as a Regional Director of Operations. Subsequently, he became Vice President of Operations, and grew to Executive Vice President of Operations. In that role, he managed operations for over 200 locations nationwide.
As COO, Ward will manage all properties in OTO’s growing portfolio. He will be responsible for leading the operations, sales, marketing, and revenue management functions for the company, and will be a critical liaison between OTO and third-party owners of hotel assets.
“David is a talented hospitality professional who has been with us from the very beginning. We’re excited to welcome him into this position,” Corry Oakes, OTO’s founding partner and CEO, remarked. “We have a lot of growth on the horizon for our managed portfolio; David’s hands-on experience with our properties, alongside his knowledge of our brands, will allow him to hit the ground running and our current momentum. Overall, he’s an outstanding asset to our company; we’re thrilled to have him step into this leadership role.”