KSL Resorts hires new western US development chief

by | 04 Nov 2022 | Appointments, People

KSL Resorts, KSL Capital Partners’ independent management company, has named its new development leader for the west of the USA.

Longtime hospitality industry professional Thatcher Dilley has become the firm’s senior vice president, development west.

Capital planning head

In this newly created role, Dilley is charged with overseeing all capital planning and development for the company’s western properties.

With more than 25 years of experience as a developer and general contractor in the hospitality industry, Dilley was most recently senior vice president of construction and development for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and has held similar high-level roles with JMA Ventures, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Morgans Hotel Group, Harrah’s Entertainment and Mandalay Development.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in construction management from Colorado State University.

Complex development capability

According to Scott Dalecio, president and chief executive officer of KSL Resorts, which invests in and manages resorts, hotels and clubs, Dilley is a highly skilled hospitality development professional and is especially adept at managing complex development of multi-million to billion-dollar projects.

Dalecio further commented: “He has successfully completed over $7 billion of developments, including the renovation or new build of over 13,000 hotel rooms. With his considerable design and construction expertise, Thatcher is a valuable addition to our team. His innovative approach will be critical as we continue to expand and develop resort experiences that align with ever-evolving guest demand to create compelling products.”

Recent acquisitions

The company recently acquired the 124-key Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach, an Autograph Collection hotel, in Pismo Beach, California, and 96-key Marram in Montauk, New York, and has plans to grow the portfolio to more than 20 assets by 2025.

The group’s investment firm, KSL Capital Partners, is currently bankrolling several European developments including a pair of edyn properties, Locke de Santa Joanna Lisbon in the Portuguese capital and Locke Zurich in Switzerland. The investor is also involved in two Beaumier Hotels & Resorts projects in Bern, Switzerland: Hotel Belvedere and Wengener Hof.

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