Jonathan Knudsen, Founder and Principal of JK Hospitality Consulting, a New Yorkbased hospitality company specializing in hotel planning, operational development and management in the boutique lifestyle lodging and food & beverage verticals. Jonathan’s expertise is founded on strong business acumen, budget and forecast preparation and management, profit and loss critiquing and hotel management. Additional areas include pre and post opening services: coordination and use of public and guest room space; strategizing optimal distribution mix and pricing; sales, marketing and public relations planning; formation of strategic partnerships; reputation management; organizational structures, talent recruitment and development; succession planning; capital expense planning; information technology systems, software identification and labor relations both union and nonunion environs.
Growing up in New York, Jonathan’s passion for hospitality was rooted in a line of family-owned and operated establishments. Knowing he wanted to make this his life’s work, Jonathan enrolled in Johnson & Wales University, earning a double degree in Restaurant Management and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
Groomed by global hospitality leader Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he led multiple teams from Southern California, to the Caribbean to New York City before joining boutique hotel pioneer Morgans Hotel Group as an executive operational leader directing the renovation and operation of the iconic Hudson Hotel New York.
Jonathan has extensive industry experience bringing projects to market with hotel openings, concept development and execution. He has worked in the pre and post opening phases of properties such as W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Mondrian Soho and 1 Hotel South Beach. He also primarily serves as the Managing Director of the Merrion Row Hotel and Public House development in New York City, projected opening Summer 2017.