Laura Kessler Van Til

President & COO Eastern Operations, The Kessler Collection

Laura Van Til has been an active member of the family hotel and residential development business for many years. She has first-hand experience in all phases of the development and operations processes, from site selection, concept creation, planning and zoning approvals, construction administration and opening and turnover to operations. Additionally, she has played many key roles in Food and Beverage within the company, most notably as lead of concept development and implementation of two of the most successful restaurants within the Collection.

After graduating from the Cornell Hotel School in 2001, Laura worked in a variety of roles in real estate investment and development, including construction, hotel operations, property repositioning and renovation, marketing, corporate strategy, and residential real estate sales.

She completed her MBA in finance at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Upon graduation Laura was employed with the American International Group (AIG) in the Global Real Estate Investment Group in New York, providing the underwriting and analysis of residential, retail, and hospitality investments for the US and International investment portfolio. Laura then rejoined The Kessler Collection as Director of Project Planning, in which she oversaw the opening process for new hotel and restaurant developments. She is currently the President and the Chief Operating Officer for seven Kessler properties, and focuses on the galleries, food and beverage and marketing efforts for The Kessler Collection.