Heartwood will be an independently branded property managed by Salt Hotels.
Salt Hotels sets out to integrate the designed environments, amenities, technology and quality of large urban boutique hotels with the intimate, personal service, unique character and community connections of a bed and breakfast. Guests no longer have to sacrifice exceptional service for a design led experience or vice versa, with Salt Hotels they get both and on a scale that feels intimate, connected and curated just for them.
The redefined model Salt Hotels is creating works in secondary markets currently underserved by design led properties and in primary markets lacking intimate accommodations that feel personal and exceptional. We focus our properties around the communities they inhabit and strive to give our guests a sense of place in all aspects of the guest experience.
David Bowd, CEO
Starting as a Bellman, David has worked up the ranks for Hilton & Mariott before taking his first General Management position in 2001 for Thistle Hotels. David then joined Ian Schrager as GM for St Martins Lane Hotel and soon after was promoted to Regional Vice President overseeing both London Hotels. After 6 very successful years David moved stateside to become Senior Vice President of Operations for Morgans Hotel Group overseeing the operations for 11 properties located in London, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and New York. In 2009 David re-joined Ian Schrager as Managing Director where he assisted in the creation and opening of the new PUBLIC brand. David joined Andre Balazs in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer for both the Luxury Collection and the Standard Brand, in this role David oversaw the opening of the much acclaimed Chiltern Firehouse in London.
In 2013 David founded Salt Hotels with partner Kevin O’Shea which owns and operates 5 hotels in NY, NJ and Cape Cod.
David is also a principal of DDK, the Management company in partnership with Williams Sonoma to create west elm Hotels.
Kevin O'Shea, Creative Director
Kevin started his career in corporate hotel design working for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and launching design initiatives for the newly acquired Le Meridién brand in 2006. Kevin then joined the corporate design team at Morgans Hotel Group, where he oversaw various aspects of interior design in the existing portfolio as well as for new projects.
In 2011 Kevin turned Salt House Inn into Provincetown’s most stylish hostelry with its original take on traditional colonial aesthetics, leading the property to numerous design awards and serving as the launchpad for Salt Hotels. 2014 saw the launch of Eben House in Province-town, MA, and The Chequit in Shelter Island, NY, both designed by Kevin. In 2016 Kevin, along with the creative team at Salt Hotels launched Salt Supply, the company’s signature retail concept that now has stores on Shelter Island, in Asbury Park and it’s new flagship location in Provincetown.
Jenni Loughman, COO
Jenni began her 20+ year hotel career in London with Ian Schrager Hotels in finance at both Sanderson and St Martins Lane. Jenni oversaw the management of corporate accounts and budgets for both properties. In 2002 Jenni moved to New York City to set up the finance department of the newly opened Hudson Hotel, and was later promoted to the corporate office at Morgans Hotel Group as Corporate Operations Manager. During this time Jenni also began overseeing hotel pre-openings, which led her to become the Vice President of Operations, Openings and Conversions.
In this role Jenni oversaw all aspects of openings for a dozen properties including hotels under the Mondrian brand in Miami, New York and London, the Delano Marrakesh and Las Vegas, amongst other. Jenni was responsible for contracting, budgeting, recruitment, and ensuring all aspects of MHG’s key design, brand and development aspects were executed and in place.
In her most recent role, prior to Salt Hotels, she was Senior Vice President of Operations for Morgan's Hotel Group (MHG) overseeing all aspects of the company's many domestic and international hotel openings and property conversions including future developments in Moscow, Bahamas, and Doha. Jenni was also in charge of hotel repositioning for multiple properties joining and leaving the MHG portfolio during her tenure.
Jenni joined Salt Hotels as COO in 2014.