NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Highgate, a leading hotel management, investment and development company, announced today the appointment of Tony Machado to Head of Design. In this new role, Machado will join LUCID, Highgate’s in-house Design & Construction Studio, to oversee all aspects of design innovation and execution for the company’s growing portfolio as well as Viceroy Hotels & Resorts.

“Tony is a visionary whose work translating hotel designs into extraordinary guest experiences has earned him the highest level of respect throughout the industry,” said Arash Azarbarzin at Highgate. “As we continue to strengthen our position as a leader in hospitality design, Tony will play a critical role in driving Highgate’s success.” 

“This is an invigorating time to join Highgate, as the company is evolving and expanding in new directions that offer unlimited possibilities for creativity and innovation,” said Machado. “Whether building on the legacy of a brand like Viceroy by refining its design ethos or creating designs from the ground up for Romer Neighborhood Hotels, we will deliver best-in-class solutions across the spectrum of Highgate’s dynamic portfolio.”

Prior to joining Highgate, Machado served as Senior Vice President and Head of Design at Starwood Capital Group/SH Hotels & Resorts. Throughout his tenure with Starwood, he played a pivotal role in leading all aspects of design for the strategic growth of the 1 Hotels, Baccarat and Treehouse brands, and overseeing their expansion from a handful of U.S. hotels into a major international portfolio. Before joining SH Hotels & Resorts, Machado served as Vice President, Global Head of Design & Construction at Morgans Hotel Group (now Accor), where he played a critical role in the expansion of the Delano and Mondrian brands. His original design strategies were instrumental in translating the unique essence of the brands into diverse cultural contexts.

About Highgate
Highgate is a leading global real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing footprint in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Waikiki, London and Lisbon. www.highgate.com.

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