BOISE, ID–Braintree Group, an Idaho-based family of companies focused on fostering smart and sustainable community advancement and growth, announced today that Eric Danziger has been hired as Chief Executive Officer. Danziger, formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Trump Hotels, will oversee the Braintree entities in the group’s portfolio of companies including real estate investment and development; hospitality management; and venture capital investments.
“Eric is a grower of companies,” said Ryan Van Alfen, co-founder of Braintree. “We are confident in his leadership experience and proven ability to grow companies and excited by his potential to enhance the Braintree offering, not just in the hospitality industry, but in each sector Braintree is engaged in.”
Danziger, who started as a bellman at The Fairmont San Francisco at the age of 17, has served as the head of several of the industry’s leading hotel companies. He joined Trump Hotels following roles as President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels, President and Chief Operating Officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. His accomplishments as a hotelier have been recognized by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Arthur Landstreet Award- Lifetime Achievement, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Albert Kohl Award, Top 50 Leaders Hotels Middle East, Pacific Area Travel Writers Association Lifetime Contribution in Hospitality, and the Inspirational Industry Icon by SAHIC.
“I have an excitement for learning new things, and this is a unique opportunity for me to apply my skills to an expanded portfolio of businesses, as well as allow me to move closer to family in the Boise area,” said Danziger.
“Eric is a titan of industry,” said Jason Kotter, co-founder of Braintree. “He will bring a depth and breadth of executive prowess previously unseen in the Treasure Valley and further Braintree’s impact in communities across the West.”