Laurence Geller CBE is a British-born, US-based expert in the fields of hospitality, specialised education and dementia care. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Geller Capital Partners and Innovative Aged Care.
A graduate of Ealing Technical College’s (now the University of West London) School of Catering, Laurence started his career at a hotel in Switzerland at the age of 15. He worked as a swimming-pool attendant, a cellar and barman, and a kitchen assistant before moving to London and working as a chef at the Connaught. After working his way through various other departments in major UK and international hotels, he spent time in hotel and consultancy organisations.
His career then developed rapidly, with Laurence rising through the ranks to become an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who would go on to found and lead multi-national corporations in the hospitality industry. Laurence has served as Director of Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London, Senior Vice President of Holiday Inns, Inc., and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyatt Development Corporation – where he was also the founder of Classic Residence by Hyatt (No V1) the first North American branded Senior living organisation.
Geller & Co., a gaming, tourism and lodging advisory company, and the first North American branded senior living organisation, was founded by Laurence in 1989, specialising in domestic and international hotel, corporate, and real estate development and asset management. More recently, Laurence held the position of Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a company he founded in 1997 and took public on NYSE in 2004.