James H. Friend
Chairman of the Board, Condor; President & CEO, Friend Development Group
Mr. Friend has been president and CEO of Friend Development Group, LLC since 1997 and has been actively involved in the hotel and real estate business for more than 25 years. Mr. Friend has extensive experience in the development process, including ground-up development, renovations, adaptive re-use and mixed-use developments. He has particular expertise developing and financing complicated real estate projects in urban and suburban areas. Mr. Friend has arranged financing for hotel and other real estate projects in excess of $500 million. He has worked closely with all major hotel brands, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, Intercontinental, Wyndham and Choice. He also has experience working with numerous luxury and independent luxury hotel brands as well as with branded and unbranded boutique hotels. Mr. Friend has partnered with major institutions, investment funds, high net worth families and significant hotel investment groups. He has advised NYSE companies, REIT’s, banks, hedge funds and privately held companies in a wide range of real estate product types, including hotels, retail, assisted living, multi-family and mixed-use development.
Mr. Friend is a graduate of Stanford University and the Northwestern University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He has served on various philanthropic boards, including the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association and currently is the chairman of the Stanford New York Alumni Board. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University.