The Jefferson, a boutique hotel in Washington, D.C., appointed hospitality veteran David Bueno as GM of the property. In his new position, Bueno will be responsible for the daily operation and continued revenue growth for the historical hotel.
Prior to this role, Bueno oversaw culinary teams at D.C. restaurants such as Café Milano and Taberna del Alabardero, before becoming The Jefferson’s director of food-and-beverage and then its hotel manager. At The Jefferson, Bueno increased total food and beverage revenue by $3.3 million in two years, secured the Forbes Five Star rating for on-property Michelin starred restaurant Plume and maintained The Jefferson’s high TripAdvisor ranking among D.C. hotels for more than two years.
“In his growth through the hospitality ranks, David has touched all aspects of the culinary and hotel realm,” Philip Wood, former managing director at The Jefferson, said in a statement. “I’m confident that David’s unique perspective coupled with his award-winning track record will evolve our storied legacy into the future.”
Hailing from Spain, Bueno began his career in mechanical engineering. After reevaluating his professional path, he decided to transform his fascination for food and wine into a career. He first studied hospitality in Seville before earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, then followed by the general manager program at Cornell University.
“Driven by a love of food and wine, I came to the U.S. to pursue the American dream,” Bueno said in a statement. “Along this journey, I’m constantly humbled and inspired by the daily passion our staff exudes and the cherished memories our dignified guests share with us.”
Bueno, who began his hospitality career as a busboy, now leads a staff of 180 employees at The Jefferson. When he’s not at the luxury hotel, Bueno enjoys spending time with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, horseback riding, wine tasting in the countryside of Middleburg, Va., and shopping for ingredients at the local market for Sunday dinner.