As Chief Development Officer, Dwayne leads the execution of the company’s growth strategy in the United States by sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and executing third-party management contracts nationwide and assisting with underwriting acquisition and development opportunities for the company and its capital partners. Additionally, he will continue to build and nurture Valor’s strategic relationships with hotel ownership groups, hotel brands, asset managers, hotel brokers and the hotel investment community at large.
With over 18 years of experience in corporate hospitality, Dwayne joined Valor Hospitality Partners following senior leadership roles with Chesapeake Hospitality, Marriott International and IHG, as well as previously serving as a hospitality consultant at REVPAR International.
In addition to his role at Valor, Dwayne works as a facilitator for eCornell, Cornell University’s online learning platform, instructing classes courses within Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business (including the Nolan School of Hotel Administration) in hotel real estate investments, hotel asset management, hotel brand management and franchise negotiation, hotel owner relations, and commercial real estate. Moreover, Dwayne is a hospitality management advisory board member for the Leven School of Hospitality Management at Kennesaw State University.
Dwayne is currently completing an Executive Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University and holds a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and a Master of Entrepreneurship from The University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia. Additionally, he holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and in leisure sciences and sports management. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Dwayne currently resides in Milton, Georgia. Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling, attending concerts, beach activities, supporting the Liverpool and Hawthorn football clubs and being a foodie.