HB Exclusive: New president/COO at Rockbridge Hospitality

Rockbridge has appointed Tom Healy to the role of president/COO of Rockbridge Hospitality and existing operational affiliate, Bridgepoint Hospitality. He brings more than 30 years of hospitality leadership experience to this new role.

Rockbridge Hospitality and Bridgepoint Hospitality are responsible for the execution of Rockbridge’s hospitality portfolio strategy, day-to-day asset management and hotel management company oversight, integration and value creation.

“As our investments have grown and expanded into a larger, more complex hospitality portfolio, we have been looking for a leader who would not only match our passion for delivering exceptional guest experiences, but who would also care deeply about doing things the right way,” said Jim Merkel, CEO, Rockbridge. “We found that person in Tom. I am proud to call him a friend and look forward to working together to build on Rockbridge’s track record of delivering for our guests, our team and our investors.”

In his role, Healy will also support the investment group on new acquisitions and developments; and RBHD (the company’s development and construction management team) with renovations, development strategy and execution; and will work closely with our affiliated hospitality management companies.

“I am excited to join this dynamic team; a team that is led by one of the most respected and thoughtful leaders in our industry,” said Healy. “I have admired Jimmy’s approach and philosophy over the years and while doing so we have developed mutual respect and friendship. At this point in my career, what inspires me the most are authentic leaders who value people, vision and a creative and different approach to our industry. Rockbridge’s culture encompasses these beliefs, and I am truly inspired to have the opportunity to drive value by enhancing those very principles. “

Prior to joining Rockbridge, he most recently was the COO/EVP, asset management, DiamondRock Hospitality from January 2017-March 2022. Before that, he worked at Strategic Hotels and Resorts from July 2006-January 2017, as well as serving in various corporate and property operational roles for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts from 1988-2006.