David Swentor
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David Swentor

President of Real Estate

As President of Real Estate at GBX Group, David is responsible for developing and overseeing the division’s investment and risk management activities related to real estate and tax asset transactions.

Before joining GBX Group, David was President at Encore Lodging, a hotel investment group that pursues acquisition and redevelopment opportunities in the southeastern U.S. At Encore, he managed all financial deal structures, partnerships, and capital stack requirements for deal flow. Additionally, David was responsible for asset origination, 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, multi-family, and hospitality assets. His responsibilities included finding and structuring opportunities for the company and its investors and investor groups. During his tenure there, he and the company were honored by Hilton Hotels International with the 2012-13 Developer of the Year award for Outstanding Achievement. The award recognized the development of a 112-room Hampton Inn located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Earlier in his career, 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 at the University of South Carolina and was the liaison to the South Carolina Budget and Control Board for all budget and bond indebtedness matters.

David is an Advisory Committee Member of The Stitch, an initiative developed by Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. He 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.