President of Development
David Swentor is a seasoned veteran in real estate development and investment experience. As President of Development, David oversees the company’s diverse development portfolio throughout the US. David and the development team are responsible for analyzing real estate investments for GBX funds and providing investment guidance to maintain a diversified and balanced portfolio. He also manages and grows the Company’s relationships with joint venture partners and operators and is instrumental in negotiating deal term structures for these relationships.
Before joining GBX Group, David was President at Encore Lodging, a hotel investment group that pursues acquisition and redevelopment opportunities in the southeastern US. At Encore, he managed all financial deal structures, partnerships, and deal flow. Additionally, David was responsible for construction supervision and after-development management of all assets. David has also served as Senior Partner at Premiere Development Group, a commercial development organization focusing on office, multifamily, and hospitality assets. During his tenure there, he and the company were honored by Hilton Hotels International with the 2013 and 2018 Developer of the Year award for Outstanding Achievement. Both awards recognized the development of the Hampton Inn located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and The Foundry Hotel Asheville, a Curio Collection by Hilton property in North Carolina.
Earlier, David was Vice President of the Southeast Region at US Personnel, a professional employer organization performing payroll for nearly 785 companies nationwide and recording sales of over $200 million annually. David was also Corporate Controller at Fairmont Companies in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of a portfolio sector containing 23 companies with 1,450 employees. David began his career as Assistant Budget Director of the multi-campus University of South Carolina system and was their liaison to the South Carolina Budget and Control Board for all fiduciary indebtedness matters.
David is an Advisory Committee Member of The Stitch, an initiative developed by Central Atlanta Progress. He also serves on an advisory board at the University of South Carolina and previously served on the boards of the Small Business Administration’s Community Development Center, Charleston Communities in Schools, and Charleston Charitable Society.
David is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing. He also studied international trade at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.