Donald is a Partner in Cordia Partners and Cordia Resources and joined Cordia in 2014 to help grow the Cordia Resources operations and to provide CFO consulting and advisory services to Cordia’s clients primarily in the real estate, hospitality, technology, government contracting and professional services industries.
Don has over 30 years of professional experience, including nearly 20 years as a leading hotel and real estate industry financial executive. He served as CFO and Corporate Controller of two of the nation’s largest publicly-owned hotel Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). His experience has included numerous capital market transactions, and several major corporate restructurings in addition to establishing and building several highly successful accounting and finance organizations. He has deep knowledge regarding capital raising (including IPO’s), financial reporting, effective organization structures, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning and governance. He has deep industry experience with companies in the hospitality, real estate, construction, government contracting, telecommunications and technology industries, among others.
Don’s prior experience includes having served as Corporate Controller at Host Hotels and Resorts, the largest hotel REIT in the nation. Don also served as CFO of MeriStar Hospitality, a NYSE listed hotel REIT through its sale to a fund of The Blackstone Group. He has also served as a hotel/real estate industry consultant on a variety of issues and CFO of several privately-held, private equity-backed companies. Don began his career as an audit senior manager with Deloitte, focused heavily on audit and advisory services to the aerospace and defense and telecommunications industries. Don has served as a leader for several organizations and served as President of the National Association of Real Estate Companies (NAREC) and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (current board member). Don is a CPA and he and his wife reside in Montgomery County, MD.