JAMES McGEE is an accomplished expert in hospitality development.
Experience: James spent 18 years in construction as a Director/Managing Director of various companies in the Murray & Roberts Group throughout Southern Africa. Following completion of his MBA, he moved into hotel and leisure development with Sun International. After 14 years with the group and as Head of Development, he left to join Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) as their Vice President for Africa. KHI worked exclusively for the following brands: Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles, Swiss Hotels, Delta and Movenpick. KHI withdrew from Africa and offered James a post in Asia which he declined. He then started his own consultancy practice, Prompt, in Johannesburg. During this time, he has been involved with the development of two Radisson Blu Hotels, as well as the One & Only in Cape Town. He has also worked with Accor, IHG, Holiday Inn, Starwood and Hilton Hotels. Over the years, James has undertaken 22 hotel projects from concept to opening, as well as over 100 refurbishments.
Education & Accreditations: BBuild Arts (Architecture), UPE 1974, Bsc Construction Management), UPE 1978, MBA UCT 1984. Diploma in Export Management – Institute of Export 1992. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Registered Construction Project Manager with the SACPCMP. Graduate Member of the Institute of Exporting. Accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB).
Skills & Core Competencies: James has the unique ability to manage the design, building and operating of hotels.