Davidson Hotels & Resorts names new COO

Pete Sams brings nearly 30 years of experience to his new position as chief operating officer at Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Photo credit: Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality management company with nearly 50 hotels, appointed Pete Sams chief operating officer. The position gives Sams oversight of human resources, sales, revenue management, integrated marketing, transitions and operations strategy across all branded assets, Pivot Hotels & Resorts and Davidson Restaurant Group verticals.

Sams brings nearly 30 years of experience to his new role. Most recently, he served as EVP of full-service operations at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw the company’s operational strategy for more than 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout North America. Before that, he worked as a regional VP at White Lodging. Sams began his career at Omni Hotels, where he spent 20 years and served multiple stints as general manager.

"An embodiment of our core values, Pete is natural fit within our senior leadership team,” Thom Geshay, president of Davidson Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “He is a community steward, a champion of his team members and has dared to be great in his career by pushing boundaries. We are looking forward to leveraging Pete's extensive hospitality acumen in order to optimize profitability, drive innovation and enhance the guest experience."

Davidson Hotels & Resorts operates more than 14,000 hotel guestrooms; 100 restaurants, bars and lounges; and 1.3 million square feet of meeting space across the United States.