Kimpton Hotels adds two new members to its Americas development team

The Kimpton Hotel Allegro in Chicago. Photo credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants made two new additions to its growing development team, Tiffany Cooper, SVP of development and Dan Thorman, VP of development. In their respective positions, Cooper and Thorman will be responsible for the brand’s overall growth strategy and the expansion of Kimpton’s development pipeline across the Americas. They join a team led by chief development officer Allison Reid. Other recent additions to the development team include Charlotte Giovanni, VP of development and David Ruger, senior director of development.

“Tiffany and Dan will help expand our footprint at a time where demand for Kimpton’s unique boutique offering is at an all-time high,” Reid said in a statement. “Their extensive industry background and deep owner relationships will be instrumental in elevating our product and strategically strengthening our offering.” 

With more than 20 years of experience, Cooper is a veteran of the hospitality industry with a strong connection to the Kimpton brand, having started her career in sales and hotel operations for Kimpton in 1995. Cooper joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 1999, working first in hotel operations before transitioning to Starwood's real estate development group in 2005, where she grew the hotel’s portfolio throughout the Western United States. In 2016, Cooper joined Marriott International’s development team as VP of lodging development, focusing on full service and luxury hotel growth. Now, coming full circle, Cooper will be leading strategic growth initiatives for the brand including new markets, new products and development partner outreach. In addition, Cooper will oversee development activity in the Western U.S. and Latin America.

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Thorman also hails from Starwood and Marriott, spending 12 years at the company in roles ranging from development operations analyst to VP of development for the full service & luxury brands in the Eastern U.S. in his new role, Thorman will focus on expanding Kimpton’s footprint in the Northeastern US and Canada.  

Cooper has a bachelor’s degree in communications & public relations from California State University, Hayward and is currently working toward her master of business administration hospitality degree at Johnson & Wales University. She resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband and three children.

Thorman has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Lehigh University, and resides in Manhattan.