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.

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.

Mr. Israel is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.  As a respected thought leader in the industry, Mr. Israel is a frequent lecturer at Cornell University and New York University. He was recently named among Hotel Management's prestigious “Thirty Under 30” for 2014.

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 

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

  • Owning, Operating, and Trends for Boutique, Lifestyle, and Luxury Hotels - HAMA (Apr. 21, 2016)
  • Independent Hotel Roundtable (Feb. 19, 2015)
  • Cornell Hotel Society Big Apple Update - Cornell University (Oct. 17, 2014)
  • Guest Speaker: Rebranding Analysis of the Hotel Lola - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University (Fall, 2013)
  • Owning, Operating and Trends for Boutique, Lifestyle and Luxury Hotels – HAMA (Apr. 20, 2016)