STUART R. DAMON is Managing Principal of Star Restaurant Group, LLC. He oversees accounting, finance, human resources, legal affairs and operations for the company. He is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Masters program in Hospitality Management.
Stu served thirty-three years with Marriott International. During his tenure, he was a four time General/Area General Manager, Vice President of Finance and CFO overseeing 280 hotel properties, and opening Controller and Director of Finance for the 1,900-room New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. He is credited with leading the post opening financial success of Marriott’s joint venture - Times Square Hotel Company LP, transforming Marriott’s audit and finance discipline in the 1990’s, and pioneering Marriott’s North American execution strategy. For four consecutive years, his Westfields Marriott was consistently recognized in Marriott’s top ten in hotel food and beverage satisfaction and profitability. He led Fairfax County’s hospitality industry to create Visit Fairfax, a tax funded, destination-marketing organization. He later served as secretary, treasurer and vice chairman of the organization. Stu was the recipient of numerous Marriott awards including the prestigious Food and Beverage Award of Excellence, President’s Award for financial leadership, the Mustang Award for operating leadership, North America’s Market Sales Team of the Year, and Worldwide Director of Finance of the Year. Both the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Chairman’s Award for outstanding community service. He served six years as trustee for the Unite Here Local 25 pension fund, five years as board member and executive board member for Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and five years as board member for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He holds an MBA in Finance from the Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary and a BS in Hotel Administration, Economics cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. careers.