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Douglas G. Zeif

Senior VP, F&B & Asset Management Services, LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels

Doug ZeifLXR is a portfolio company of the Blackstone Group, which Doug joined in early 2005 to help develop the LXR brand. During 2008 and 2009, Doug helped with the transformation and corporate relocation of Hilton Worldwide, which also is owned by the Blackstone Group.

Prior to joining LXR, Doug spent eight years as a gastronomy and concept consultant to many multi-national companies, most notably for Darden Restaurants, Karstadt Quelle AG and Gastro-Consulting in Germany, and Grupo Zena in Spain.

For almost a dozen years in the very early stages, Doug was second in command for the Cheesecake Factory, where he was personally responsible for overseeing the development of the restaurant product line as well as the national expansion of the concept and helped take the company public in 1992.

Doug has been part of the conception, development, and operation of five national Hot Concepts award-winners during a nine-year period when he was mainly in the restaurant field.