David Israel, CHA

Senior Vice President   


As the youngest Senior Vice President in hotelAVE’s history, David Israel, CHA, is a leader in the firm’s New York practice. He currently oversees a team of associates on day‐to‐day operations and strategy to maximize the investment value of properties including independent, boutique and branded affiliations in the East Coast and Caribbean regions. He is also responsible for client relations including identifying acquisition opportunities, asset management, and consulting assignments. Since joining the firm in 2009, he has played an instrumental role in expanding the firm’s owned asset portfolio, establishing hotelAVE’s New York presence, and creating financial investment models and benchmarking tools.

David was instrumental in the formation of PostScript Hospitality and spearheaded the launch and synergistic partnership with hotelAVE, providing clients with an unprecedented full‐stop consulting and advisory, including on‐the‐ground operational services.

Prior to joining hotelAVE, Mr. Israel worked at Denihan Hospitality Group on the Acquisitions and Development team researching, underwriting, and pitching potential hotel projects. While working for PKF Hospitality Research, he developed an Excel interface based on Hotel Horizons® reports (Hotel Horizons® Multi-Market Platform) geared to assist hotel owners in tracking their portfolio and properties performance against past, present, and future market data. He also assisted in redeveloping a custom financial benchmarking tool used to index hotel P&L statements (E-Trends® in the Hotel Industry). While with Deutsch Inc., Mr. Israel assisted in the lifestyle rebranding of Westin.

As a respected thought leader, David is a frequent lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, where is sits on the Dean’s Counsel for Young Alumni and New York University. He is often quoted as an industry expert in the boutique and hotel technology space. In 2014, he was named among Hotel Management's prestigious “Thirty Under 30," recognizing the hotel industry’s top talent. Mr. Israel also is an active member of the Leadership Board of the International Luxury Hotel Association and EPAREL (Bib & Tucker).

Professional Experience

  • Denihan Hospitality Group
    Development & Acquisitions
  • PKF Hospitality Research
    Interface Builder
  • Deutsch Inc.
    Intern - Account Management & Planning (Starwood Hotels)
  • Best Western Historic Gettysburg Hotel
    Rotational Intern 

Current Board Positions

  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration: Dean's Council of Young Alumni Member
  • International Luxury Hospitality Association: Leadership Board Member
  • EPAREL (Bib & Tucker): Advisory Board Member

Designations, Affiliations and Awards

  • Hotel Management: Thirty Under 30 Award Recognition (2014)
  • AH&LA -Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
  • Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA): Member
  • Cornell Hotel Society (CHS): Member
  • Young Hospitality Investment Professionals (YHIP): Member


  • Bachelor of Science - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Presenter: The Luxury Hotel Development Landscape: Is It An Evolution Or Revolution; Does Marketing Drive Development Or Development Drive Marketing -  International Luxury Hotel Association’s INSPIRE'17 Summit (December 4, 2017)
  • Panelist: Hotel Development in a Competitive Market - International Luxury Hotel Association’s INSPIRE'17 Summit (December 4, 2017)
  • Panelist: Transition of Branded Hotel to Boutique Hotel Panel - BLLA Boutique Hotel Investment Conference (June 8, 2017)
  • Panelist: Management Agreements - What's New, What's Negotiable, What's Note, & Why - CHRIS Conference (April, 28, 2017)
  • Case Writer and Guest Lecturer: Debt Financing of Times Square Hotel  - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University (Spring 2017)
  • Guest Lecturer: Hotel Development Process – New York University (March 2017)
  • Panelist: Owning, Operating and Trends for Boutique, Lifestyle and Luxury Hotels – HAMA (Apr. 20, 2016)
  • Guest Lecturer: Hotel Development Process – New York University (February 2016)
  • Panelist: Independent Hotel Roundtable – Hotel Management Magazine (Feb. 19, 2015)
  • Panelist: Cornell Hotel Society Big Apple Update (Oct. 17, 2014)
  • Case Writer and Guest Lecturer: Rebranding Analysis of the Hotel Lola - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University (Fall 2013)