CHAIRMAN & CEO, KESSLER COLLECTION, ORLANDO
The Kessler Collection includes nine luxury hotels with three more in the works. They are in St. Augustine; Orlando; Asheville, N.C.; Beaver Creek, Colo; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and Mountain Brook, Ala. All are members of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
Kessler got his start with a traditional hotel chain. He was the right hand of real estate developer Cecil Day when he founded Days Inn of America in 1970. Six years later at 29, Kessler was president and CEO of Days Inn.
After Days Inn sold in 1984, Kessler introduced his Kessler Enterprise, a boutique hotel company that defied the duplication of hotel chains by making each property as unique as the collectible artwork it houses.