Laurence Geller, CBE
Chairman, International Churchill Society; Chairman, Geller Capital Partners

Laurence S. Geller CBE is an accomplished businessman who has led multi-national corporations in the lodging industry, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Hotels, a company he founded in 1997. Prior to Strategic Hotel Capital, L.L.C., Mr. Geller was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Geller & Co., a gaming, tourism and lodging advisory company he founded in 1989. Geller & Co. specialized in domestic and international hotel, corporate and real estate development, financing and structuring. Previously, Mr. Geller held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyatt Development Corporation, Senior Vice President of Holiday Inns, Inc. and Director of Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London. Mr. Geller is a former Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Commercial and Retail Council and has held the position of Chairman of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Mr. Geller serves on the boards of Children’s Memorial Hospital (where he serves as a member of its physical facilities sub-committee), the American Jewish Committee (where he serves as a member of the National Leadership Council) and the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. He also serves on the President’s Council of the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Mr. Geller is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Churchill Centre and serves on its Executive Committee. Mr. Geller is Ambassador for North America for the Hotel and Catering Institutional Management Association of the U.K. Mr. Geller is a graduate of Ealing Technical College’s school of hotel management and catering and in May 2011 was appointed Chancellor of West London University, the successor to Ealing Technical College. On December 31, 2011, Mr. Geller was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Mr. Geller previously served on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET) from 2002 until July 2006. Mr. Geller has over 40 years of experience in the lodging industry and has received numerous awards for his service to the lodging industry and for his civic and philanthropic endeavors.