DENVER—Jamie Sabatier, the former CEO of Two Roads Hospitality, will join other executives in residence at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. The Daniels Executive in Residence (EIR) Program exists to encourage meaningful engagement in the life of the college by senior executives whose perspectives can shape and add value to students, faculty, staff, college leadership and departments within Daniels.
Sabatier, who recently retired from his post at Two Roads Hospitality, joins 13 other executives in residence at Daniels.
“We are delighted to welcome Jamie into the Fritz Knoebel family and to have his expertise available to share with our faculty and students,” said David Corsun, director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. “I am particularly excited for Jamie to mentor students; his leadership philosophy is very much aligned with how and what we teach. Having Jamie on the team as an EIR will help our students, especially the seniors, work through this period of uncertainty successfully.”
Sabatier led Destination Hotels and Resorts through the successful merger with San Francisco-based Commune Hotels and Resorts, and rebranded the company to Two Roads Hospitality in fall 2016. Eventually, Sabatier shepherded the sale of Two Roads to Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in late 2018.
Prior to his time with Two Roads and Destination, Sabatier was a senior executive at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw multiple departments. He expanded his responsibilities into real estate investments, overseeing capital investments by Starwood in hotel and mixed-use opportunities. He eventually added W Development to his oversight responsibilities and helped to grow the brand to, at that time, one of the most successful in the lifestyle space.
“The Daniels Executive in Residence Program offers a strategic opportunity for senior executives to be involved in the life of the college,” said Bob Kumagai, executive director of Career Services at Daniels. “It also offers Daniels students, faculty and departments the opportunity to obtain an unparalleled corporate perspective on career planning, class content and curricular conversations.”