JCF Board Member
Pete Zudyk comes to us with over 30 years of Sales & Marketing experience in the hotel industry. He has worked in positions ranging from property-level roles to corporate roles, with independent and branded hotels.
He has varied experience creating hotel brands:
- W Hotels – responsible for being an integral participant in creating the brand from property level marketing efforts
- Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos – converted an existing brand (Hard Rock Café) to ensure the overall brand equity was maintained yet made sense for the hotel and casino division
- Me by Melia – directly responsible for the creation and communication of this high-profile brand, making an emotional connection with its consumer base
Pete has opened 11 hotels in his career, either from a property level or corporate position. Five of the hotels in his hometown Chicago, (W Chicago City Center, W Chicago Lakeshore, Hard Rock hotel Chicago, Hotel Blake and most recently the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. Six of the hotels were international properties, (Me Madrid, Me Barcelona, Me Cancun, Me Cabo, Gran Melia Seville and the Grand Melia Tenerife.
Pete has been in a relationship with his husband for 28 years. They have a 10 year old little girl named Ruby, (a cute Miniature Pinscher). They built a home in Ukrainian Village 18 years ago and vacation annually in a treehouse in southern Illinois, (the true definition of glamping).