He ran the Trump Hotels. Now he’s the CEO of a Boise company

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The Trump International Hotel in Chicago, part of the group of luxury hotels owned by former President Donald Trump. Eric Danziger stepped down as CEO of Trump Hotels to become CEO of Boise’s Braintree Group, whose business includes hotel management.

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Former President Donald Trump’s top hotel executive has left the company to take over the management of a Boise-based investment and hospitality company.

Eric Danziger, 67, spent seven years running Trump Hotels before announcing his departure last week. In his new role, he will oversee Braintree Group, which has a portfolio of businesses including property investment and development; hospitality management; and venture capital investments.

“I have an enthusiasm for learning new things, and this is a unique opportunity for me to apply my skills to a broader portfolio of businesses, as well as allowing me to be closer to my family in the Boise area. “, Danziger said in an announcement. on the Braintree website.

His son, Evan Danziger, is Regional Hotel Manager at Braintree Hospitality, a subsidiary of Braintree Group.

“Eric is an industry titan,” Braintree co-founder Jason Kotter said in the announcement. “He will bring a depth and breadth of executive prowess never before seen in Treasure Valley and strengthen Braintree’s impact in communities across the West.”

Eric Danziger began his hospitality career at age 17 as a bellhop for the luxury Fairmont San Francisco. He previously served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group and Chairman of Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

Danziger joined Trump Hotels in 2015, tasked with growing the business. Instead, the company faced a shrinking portfolio as Donald Trump’s divisive politics and the coronavirus pandemic took their toll, said The New York Times, which first reported the move. from Danziger to Braintree.

Danziger did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left for Braintree on Monday.

Braintree owns and operates 14 hotels in the West, including the Hilton Garden Inn Boise Spectrum, 7699 W. Spectrum St.; a La Quinta in Twin Falls; and a Hampton Inn in Coeur d’Alene. It also operates four hotels in Oregon, as well as others in Las Vegas and Gilbert, Arizona.

Braintree operates four charter schools, Athlos Academies, in Utah, Louisiana and Minnesota.

Athlos, along with Braintree, was founded by Kotter and Ryan Van Alfen. Although neither was an educator, they found links between physical fitness, performance characteristics, and academic achievement.

Athlos Academies sells a healthy body curriculum to schools as part of a larger program to improve physical fitness, develop positive character traits, and provide a curriculum to deepen understanding.

Braintree’s headquarters are located in the former Macy’s store in downtown Boise. It shares the building at 918 W. Idaho St. with an Athlos training site.

During Danziger’s stay at Trump Hotels, the brand’s luster faded. Hotel partners in New York and Toronto paid the family to walk away and remove their name from the buildings, The New York Times reported.

The company that owned a Trump hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, filed for bankruptcy and removed the name. And the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, is up for sale.

Journalist John Sowell has worked for the Statesman since 2013, covering business and growth issues. He grew up in Emmett and graduated from the University of Oregon. If you enjoy seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.

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