Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Montage Hotels & Resorts
Alan J. Fuerstman is Chief Executive Officer of Montage Hotels & Resorts, a hotel and resort management company that he founded in January 2002 to serve the affluent traveler and homeowner.
Montage operates the brand’s flagship resort, the 250-room Craftsman-style Montage Laguna Beach in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California, which opened in February 2003. Ranked among the top resorts in the world and given the distinction of operating the first-ever Forbes 5 Star-rated spa, Montage Laguna Beach is a daily tribute to Mr. Fuerstman’s visionary approach to hospitality as well as his ability to select a team of outstanding executives to oversee operations.
Mr. Fuerstman opened the brand’s second hotel, the 201-room Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California in November 2008. Inspired by the Spanish Revival Architecture and Mediterranean styling prevalent in Beverly Hills, this hotel evokes timeless elegance that captures the sophisticated residential ambiance of Southern California’s glamour estates of the 1920′s and 1930′s.
The company opened its third resort, Montage Deer Valley, located in Park City, Utah in December 2010. Reminiscent of the great mountain lodges of North America, Montage Deer Valley features a refined Mountain Craftsman style to complement its majestic Wasatch Mountain setting.
Prior to launching Montage Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Fuerstman was the Vice President of Hotel Operations at Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, he served as President and Managing Director of The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was also responsible for ITT Sheraton’s Luxury Collection properties, St. Regis Aspen and St. Regis Houston, and all ITT Sheraton properties in Arizona.
In addition, Mr. Fuerstman served as General Manager of the El Conquistador Resort and Country Club in Tucson, Arizona. He began his distinguished career with Marriott International, culminating with the opening of several new properties including their flagship resort property, Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa.
Mr. Fuerstman has been recognized with many industry accolades including; “2011 Distinguished Achievement Award” from B’nai B’rith, “One to Watch” from Virtuoso Life Magazine, “Art to Life” award from Art & Living Magazine, “Leaders in Luxury” award from Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine and “Resort Executive of the Year” from Ypartnership, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and The University of Denver’s School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management.
Mr. Fuerstman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Gettysburg College, the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management’s Advisory Board, and the Resort Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
A native of New Milford, New Jersey, Mr. Fuerstman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He is married to Susan J. Fuerstman and they have four children.