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Founder of Eclectic Companies

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<p class="font_8">Peter B. Cole; Founder, Eclectic Companies Peter was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin.&nbsp; Yet, he didn’t really appreciate the “Midwestern Nice”, until he moved to the East Coast, went for a run and said good morning to everyone in Central Park, only to be looked at like a crazy person. Peter is a lifelong hospitality veteran, whose eclectic sense of curiosity has led him to distinct leadership positions.&nbsp; He started his career at Marriott in the world of finance supporting the company’s M&amp;A efforts.&nbsp; His financial skills allowed him to experience various sides of the hospitality business from hotel development through operations to corporate office. Peter gained a deep understanding of the luxury industry and international operations during his time as the CFO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.&nbsp; Later, his knowledge and wealth of expertise enabled him to successfully lead the Marriott/Starwood integration as Managing Director.&nbsp; During this time he oversaw a wide array of activities, including hotel operations, organizational design, talent management, loyalty programs, system integration, financial management, and unit growth. Most recently, Peter was the CEO of Design Hotels, a highly curated portfolio of independent, design-driven hotels that function as social hubs and spaces for purposeful experiences.&nbsp; This time helped Peter deepen his belief in the power of working through a community and of curating experiences.&nbsp; Under his leadership the company launched Further, a laboratory for collaborative culture, and won a Skift Innovation award for its original Virtual Retreats. Through these experiences Peter saw an opportunity to help forward-thinking entrepreneurs capture emerging trends by leveraging his background and expertise.&nbsp; Consequently, he formed the Eclectic Companies. Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.&nbsp; He is an avid swimmer and cyclist, and he loves to travel and explore new places.&nbsp; He enjoys a strong espresso, a good glass of wine or a neat pour of bourbon while listening to an eclectic collection of music.</p>

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