Prior to joining Savills Studley as Managing Director of the Hospitality Group, Mr. Baker teamed with industry veterans Marc Magazine and Dave Durbin to establish Humboldt Hospitality Advisors, LLC, a full-spectrum hospitality services firm based in McLean, VA. Previously Mr. Baker was Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer for the Barceló Crestline Corporation where he directed the business development effort of Barceló Crestline and Crestline Hotels & Resorts, including acquisitions, dispositions and asset management of 160 owned and leased hotel properties. As a member of the launch team of Playa Hotels & Resorts, a $1.2B investment fund including investors Farallon Capital Management, ADIA, Brahmin Capital, Merrill Lynch and Marathon Asset Management, Mr. Baker served as EVP & Chief Investment Officer of both entities while focusing on asset management and recruiting permanent staff for Playa.
Throughout a 35 year career, Mr. Baker has served in a number of senior management positions with Marriott International in California and NYC, Nikko Hotels International and Durbin Hotels, Inc.
Mr. Baker has served as a member of numerous organizations, including the Marriott Marketing Advisory Board, HSMAI Marketing Committee, Urban Land Institute and the National Association of College & University Business Officers. In addition he served as President, Newport Beach, CA CVB and was a board member of the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Baker earned his Bachelor degree in business administration from Michigan State University.