HOUSTON– Hyatt Regency Houston, the premier downtown hotel for business and leisure travelers, announces the appointment of John Schafer as managing director. Schafer joins the hotel from Grand Hyatt New York, a 1,300-room hotel in Midtown Manhattan where he previously served as general manager and area vice president.
“I am thrilled to join the incredible team at Hyatt Regency Houston,” said John Schafer, managing director of Hyatt Regency Houston. “This hotel is uniquely situated near the city’s premier attractions, the convention center, and the city’s Central Business District, making it an ideal destination for leisure, business and group travelers alike. As the hotel embarks on a new chapter following a full renovation, I am excited to help lead the hotel into a successful 2021, while establishing roots in such a vibrant and exciting destination as Houston.”
With more than 40 years of experience working with Hyatt Corporation, Schafer has served as general manager and managing director at large convention hotels throughout the country, from the Manchester Grand in San Diego and Hyatt Regency Chicago, to the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt hotels in Denver. He has led opening teams for seven different properties, and has served as hosts to presidents, heads of states, international delegations, and other political dignitaries.
Schafer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He has received distinguished recognitions throughout his career, including Hyatt’s “General Manager of the Year” award in both 1997 and 2007. He also has a strong commitment to charitable, community, and civic involvement, and has served on the board of directors for several hospitality and charity organizations.
Schafer moves to Houston with his wife Sue and Springer Spaniel dog named Cosmo. In his spare time, Schafer enjoys cycling on his road bike and spending time with his three grandchildren.