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John C. Tolbert principal / managing director

John Tolbert brings tremendous experience in resorts, private clubs and hospitality to his position as Principal and Managing Director of Revelation Consultancy, LLC, a global business consulting firm with emphasis on Resort and Residential Real Estate, Private Clubs and Hospitality.

Early in his career, John was part of the sales team that created and launched Hyatt Resorts of Hawaii. Later, John led the team of Sales and Marketing executives in the opening of one of the most significant resort developments in the Caribbean, the El Conquistador Resort and Club, a 300 acre resort on the northeast tip of the island of Puerto Rico. He established his passion for resort real estate with the opening of Las Casitas Village, a cliff-top whole ownership villa hotel development that was the first to earn the AAA Five Diamond award in the Caribbean.

As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wayne Huizenga's Boca Resorts, Inc. (BRI), John played a key role in the success of seven iconic luxury resort hotels, six private clubs and three luxury yacht marinas. Following the sale of the public company to Blackstone, John was recruited to become President of Sales and Marketing for this hotel group and launch the LXR brand of luxury hotels. He also spent several years in Resort Operations, as Hotel Manager of the Five-Star, Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton Naples.

Throughout his career, John has been at the forefront of envisioning and creating branded residential resorts and has brought his expertise in hospitality, amenities, golf, ski, spas, marinas, and food and beverage concepts to such noted brands as Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Residences, Auberge Resorts, Rosewood Hotels and Residences, Fairmont/Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Viceroy Hotels, Resorts and Residences, Golden Door Spa, Jack Nicklaus Design Group's Clubs & Lodges, Kiawah Development Group, and St. Regis Hotels, Resorts and Residences. To complement his diverse background in the resort and private club business, he spent several years working as Executive Vice President for one of the top mixed-use real estate marketing and sales organizations, handling residential and resort development projects in Florida and the Caribbean. A noted industry expert on transforming and repositioning hospitality and real estate assets, he is a popular speaker on "Modern New Luxury."

John joined Talisker Corporation in Park City, Utah as Chief Sales, Marketing and Club Officer and launched the Talisker Club and several residential, mixed-use alpine and golf course developments in Deer Valley; Tuhaye and The Canyons .. John's team was retained by Archon Capital to oversee the sales and marketing of The Waldorf-Astoria Park City Hotel and Residences.  In 2010 John was retained by Deutsche Bank and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to aid and advise in the execution of TCOLV's celebrated Grand Opening event and New Years Eve celebrity world premier and to provide expertise on brand postioning, publicity, public relations and social media strategy for the resort hotel. Over the past 24 months alone, John has been intimately involved in the successful repositioning and sale of Paseo Caribe; Puerto Rico's first integrated mix use retail and entertainment center with three luxury residential towers. The El San Juan Hotel & Casino, Wailea Beach Marriott Hotel, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel and the New York Palace Hotel. Over $1.5 Billion in transactions. Current and past clients to the Consultancy include: Falcon Investors, Firesky Capital, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Blackstone, Northwood Investors, Caribbean Properties Group Real Estate, Summit Series, Summit Powder Mountain, Goldman Sachs, IMI living, Michael Douglas & Olympic Property Partners - Arial Sands Bermuda, and Leon - Mayer.

John's ultimate dream has been to combine his diversified experience with resorts, clubs and real estate into his own business. He launched Revelation Consultancy, LLC, which plays a key role helping developers, owners, financial institutions and management companies make crucial decisions on vision, strategy, marketing, sales, operations and organization. John and his Consultancy are uniquely effective at providing short and long-term consultation at the top level and at providing a total solution from a tactical and implementation perspective. He is one of the few to navigate and continue to be successful in distressed and opportunistic markets.

John holds an EMBA and is passionate about providing clients the ultimate experience in travel and real estate. He credits his success to his diverse background, his focus on developing and delivering the brand promise and a sound understanding of the relationship between financial institutions, developers, owners, managers, and the constituents they serve.


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