Our team consists of multitalented and extraordinary individuals who aim to create memorable experiences and deliver world-class service that inspire and delight our guests and clients.
Meet the current LaTour Team below:
As the President and CEO of world famous Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Tom grew the company from one hotel to over 45 at the time of his retirement. Kimpton is one of the most highly regarded Hotel companies in the United States and outperforms on a consistent basis all other hotel companies in the deluxe sector regarding service performance. In 2008, Tom decided to return from his short retirement (six months) and launch his own personal brand of Hospitality Management of Luxury Assets. Tom named this new brand, The LaTour Signature Group, and formed a Joint Venture agreement with ResortCom International, adding not only stature and competence to ResortCom, but adding immediate depth to his fledgling organization. Since that time, LaTour Signature Group has been active in the field of seeking and acquiring management agreements for high quality properties which fit within the LaTour Brand.
Mr. Small has worked on six continents and has held key management positions at some of the world’s leading properties, with perhaps the broadest and most extensive background in the hospitality industry.
Today, he heads Tapestry Resorts and LaTour Hotels and Resorts, two of the newest and most innovative brands in the mixed use development industry.
Mr. Small’s most notable accomplishment was transforming the Shangri La Hotel Singapore into the number one hotel in the world, a title held for multiple years. At 26, he was the youngest general manager of a major San Diego hotel. From there, he served as general manager of the San Diego Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, where with 1,000 rooms and a 5,000 person banquet capacity, he doubled its profit in the first year.
He has operated hotels, resorts, safari game lodges and cruise ships. While under his management, these entities received worldwide recognition as leaders in the industry, with properties including:
A leader in the vacation ownership industry, Mr. Small has helped facilitate the growth of the industry into the reputable and profitable business it is today – one skillfully managed resort at a time. He has pioneered many of the programs that have become standards within the industry, including modernizing the vacation club concept, introducing full-service concierge programs (including Les Clef D’or) and many other services.
Previously, Mr. Small was President of International Resort Management, Senior Vice President of RCI and Chief Operating Officer of RCI Management, the most highly awarded and regarded management group in the timeshare and vacation ownership industry. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer with RCIM, he was instrumental in growing RCIM from 19 resorts to over 43, in three and a half years. Under his leadership, RCIM won 40 American Resort Development Association (ARDA) awards, and was also named as the Employer of Choice in the Timeshare Resort Industry by ARDA.
In 2002, IRM merged with Resort Communications to form ResortCom International. ResortCom International successfully provided a wide range of hospitality services. While Small remains chairman of ResortCom International, in 2009, he and his team consolidated ResortCom’s hospitality services into one brand, Tapestry Resorts.
Jeremy began his career with Zealandia Family as Assistant General Manager for Peppertree Ocean Club. From there, Jeremy advanced into the role of General Manager, serving both for Peppertree Ocean Club and Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East, and then into the position of Area Manager of Resort Operations.
Alejandro Lara studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico with Marketing diploma from the Intercontinental University and a Certification in Managerial Accounting & Finance from Cornell University Hotel School.
Before joining ResortCom, Alejandro occupied different positions in Club Regina (Raintree Vacation Club). As Commercial Project Manager, he coordinated the development of the company’s Web based commercial programs and the Offsite Direct Sales effort. Alejandro was the Operations Manager at Club Quinta Real, the time share division of Group Quinta Real, where he was responsible for the Reservation, Member Services, and Collections departments. He participated in the conceptual design, elaboration of use rules, legal structure, operations manual, reservations system, and the creation of the Owner’s Services area of the Real Estate product, “Residencias Quinta Real Acapulco” which was commercialized as a Fractional Ownership property. At Leisure Partners, he performed analyses for the development of touristic projects and was in charge of the development of business plans, and contract negotiations between owners and hotel operators.