Welcome to the Edward Thomas Collection. Founded in 1982 by Edward and Thomas Slatkin, who follow in the footsteps of two previous generations of proud family hoteliers and continue to develop and redefine the role of successful ownership and operation of luxury hotels.
Together with President / COO Timothy DuBois and Vice-President / Controller Jon Andera, Edward and Thomas Slatkin envision a company where the acquisition, development and management of luxurious hotel properties continue to break new ground. Literally. Over the past quarter century, ETC has enjoyed one success after another by identifying opportunities in undervalued properties and transforming them into successful hotels and resorts. Their record is stellar. Each new property further secures their place among the most aggressive visionaries operating in the hospitality industry.
The most famous example of ETC's vision is Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica. It began as an abandoned, foreclosed property perched on a dicey stretch of Santa Monica beach, in the shadows of the Santa Monica pier. Purchased in 1991, ETC set out to recapture the tradition and elegance of America's historic beach resorts from the 20's and 30's and in the process completely reinvigorated a stretch of Santa Monica that now attracts more tourists and business travelers than ever before.
ETC's commitment to the beautification of Santa Monica continued with a meticulous renovation of Hotel Casa del Mar, Shutters' neighboring historic landmark building. Originally built in 1926, ETC's glorious 1999 renovation redefined the space with 129 elegant guest rooms and suites, including three magnificent two-storied penthouses. This "Grand Dame" of the Santa Monica shores evokes the mood and style of both the Italian and French Riviera. Together, Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar have forever changed the upscale hospitality landscape of Santa Monica.
Knowing instinctively the face of luxury travel is changing, the team at ETC is developing a new concept destination for the industry. It is not a hotel in the traditional sense. It will feature high tech and high touch amenities and services to keep guests comfortable and efficient while on the go, thus coining the concept as a "gotel". An ETC Gotel will embrace the comfort and convenience of hotel services in this modern age and couple it with the charm of a bed and breakfast. Go Stylish, Go Simple, Go Back... Gotel. Affordable luxury, services you will use, the way you want to use them.
Few corporate bios begin at birth but for Edward and Thomas Slatkin, born third generation hoteliers, it was their destiny. The Slatkins' grandfather and father owned and operated the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel for almost 30 years. Their grandfather also owned and operated the Vagabond Inns. Immersed in all levels of the hospitality business since they were old enough to smile and shake hands, they are experts at creating timeless, comfortable, profitable destinations. Their passion for great design and fine dining keeps their juices flowing everyday as they are constantly inventing and reinventing their brands.
Founded in 1982, The Edward Thomas Collection (ETC) continues today as one of the most successful luxury hotel development companies in the United States. Tom and Ed's strong relationship, respect for the talents of their team and grounded family values are the backbone of their success. They have an uncanny gift of identifying hotel development properties and reinvigorating struggling properties. Together with their team, they challenge the norm in dining, business services, catered events, spa experiences and the business of "sleep."
Timothy joined Edward Thomas Collection as a partner in 1987 and has been instrumental in developing key infrastructures for financial growth and corporate success. He is intimately involved in virtually every aspect of hotel operations on all Edward Thomas properties. Always with an eye on the future, Timothy plays a key role in new business development through exhaustive research and analysis for potential acquisitions and oversees all general administration.
Timothy has over thirty years of senior management experience in the hotel business, including 17 years on the top branches of Doubletree Hotels, serving as Western Division Vice-President and overseeing properties in thirteen states.
Surprisingly, he still loves the aroma of chocolate chip cookies.
Since joining the Edward Thomas Collection in 1987, Jon has built a financial infrastructure to accommodate the company's impressive growth. He's developed highly effective accounting and financial systems that have improved operations while reducing costs. With every new acquisition, Jon reorganizes financial operations to ensure ETC continues to achieve significant gains in revenue.
ETC is fortunate to have found Jon Andera, a financial force in the hospitality industry who brings over 30 years experience to his role as Vice-President/Controller/Partner after participating in pre/post openings of over 25 hotel properties across America and working with many of the best chains, such as Four Seasons and Wyndham.
Jon has an intimate understanding of virtually every aspect of hospitality spending: where and how money should be invested to acquire the very best hotel real estate, creating an atmosphere that truly wows the guests and creating valuable employment packages to secure the very best staff.