LuxUrban Hotels names Robert Arigo COO

LuxUrban Hotels Inc. has named hospitality industry veteran Robert Arigo as its COO, effective March 15.

Arigo, who brings 35 years of industry experience to LuxUrban, will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s hotel portfolio, with a focus on enhancing property-level operations, optimizing supply chain relationships, elevating the customer experience and pursuing ancillary revenue opportunities across the portfolio. He will be augmenting the company’s operations team to support him in this new role.

“Robert is a highly accomplished, hands-on and seasoned hotel executive who adds depth and experience to LuxUrban at an important point in our growth,” said Brian Ferdinand, chairman/co-CEO, LuxUrban. “Robert’s inspirational approach to leadership has allowed him to develop and implement financial, marketing and revenue management platforms for some of the largest and most well-known brands in our industry, and we are confident that his relationships, knowledge and know-how will support our planned expansion and evolution. LuxUrban has grown significantly over the last 18 months since our IPO, and we believe we are well-positioned to continue to expand in the years ahead. As we continue to evolve and mature, we are in the process of creating an organizational structure that more accurately reflects the company we are today and, more importantly, the company we expect to be tomorrow. The primary focus of this process is increased industry representation throughout the company, and Robert’s appointment reflects our commitment to achieving this objective.”

Arigo joins LuxUrban from M&R Hotel Management, where he served as VP beginning in 2018. Prior to this, he was senior director, operations at Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM) and COO of Widewaters Hotels. His executive experience also includes time at Highgate Hotels, Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, Crestline Hotels, Interstate Hotels Corporations and Marriott.

“I am very excited to join LuxUrban at this pivotal moment in its development,” said Arigo. “LuxUrban is pursuing a large opportunity pipeline by employing a unique business model that I believe offers great promise, and I look forward to helping the Company implement its ambitious growth strategies.”

He succeeds Jimmie Chatmon as COO. Chatmon will remain with LuxUrban in the newly created position of director, revenue management, effective March 15.

“Jimmie is an exceptional entrepreneur who has played an integral role in LuxUrban’s growth, and we are grateful that he will remain a member of the team in this vital position,” said Ferdinand.