Senior Vice President-Operations
In his current role, Clay is responsible for hotel operations for all Chicago properties, as well as Sales and Marketing, Revenue Management and Human Resources company-wide. Clay has over 25 years in the hospitality industry, beginning his career with Hyatt Hotel Corporation. He worked a variety of positions in both the Rooms and Food and Beverage divisions in ten hotels throughout the United States. Clay has been Director of Food and Beverage at six different Hyatt Hotels, including the largest food and beverage operation in Hyatt, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which achieved nearly $70 million in F&B sales under his leadership.
Clay has worked as General Manager in three hotels, the most recent being the Allerton Hotel on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. During his tenure, the Allerton was voted one of the "Best Places to Work" by its associates and the Chicago Tribune. Clay was also nominated for "GM of the Year--Downtown Chicago" by the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association in 2011. Clay is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.