Rob Willis

Senior Vice President Design & Construction

Responsible for overseeing renovations, brand conversions, capital projects and providing support for the Investments team in the acquisition process.

Professional Experience

Rob joined HEI in 2016 from The John Hardy Group where he was the Managing Director of their New York City office.  

Prior to working for The John Hardy Group, Rob served as the VP of Architecture and Construction at Starwood Hotels and Resorts where, among other assignments, he led the Select Service A&D team and provided Architecture and Construction support for the rollout of the aloft and Element brands. 

Before joining Starwood, Rob was a Vice President of Construction at Forest City Ratner Companies where he worked on their 42nd Street Retail and Entertainment project and the New York Times Headquarters project.  Prior to joining Forest City Ratner, Rob was the Director of Construction at Prime Hospitality Corp. where he participated in the rapid growth of the AmeriSuites brand footprint. Earlier in his career Rob held a number of project management positions with McBride Enterprises working on ground up commercial development and tenant improvement projects.

Career Background

Managing Director, The John Hardy Group
Vice President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Vice President, Forest City Ratner Companies
Director, Prime Hospitality Corp.
Project Manager, McBride Enterprises

Education and Affiliations

BA English, Washington & Lee University
BS Construction, Arizona State University
MS Real Estate, New York University