Co-Founder & Creative Director of Pendry Hotels & Resorts
Michael Fuerstman is the Co-Founder & Creative Director of Pendry Hotels & Resorts, the new luxury brand from Montage International. In this role, Mr. Fuerstman oversees the development of the brand and its execution in design, guest experience, programming, and new development.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Fuerstman was corporate director, acquisitions and development, for Montage Hotels & Resorts, responsible for new business development and acquisition opportunities for the company. Mr. Fuerstman joined Montage Hotels & Resorts in 2009 as the residential sales operations manager at Montage Beverly Hills, where he led a team of sales associates in the strategic planning, marketing, and sales for Montage Residences Beverly Hills. Prior to joining Montage Hotels & Resorts, he was an assistant project manager with The Athens Group, a luxury resort developer, and was the co-founder of www.socialmonkey.com, one of the web’s first location-based, mobile social networking websites. Within the first year of opening, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was recognized as the #1 Hotel in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Mr. Fuerstman was also honored with Boutique Design’s 2018 Up-and-Coming Hoteliers Award and HOTELS magazine recognized Mr. Fuerstman as one of its 20 Rising Star Hoteliers all 40 and under. Pendry Hotels & Resorts was recognized by Sunset Magazine in its 2019 Travel Awards as the Hotel Brand to Watch and was awarded as #4 Best Luxury Hotel Brand by USA Today Readers’ Choice 10Best Awards 2019. Pendry Hotels & Resorts has also been recognized as one of the first hospitality brands to receive the Environmental Media Association Gold Seal for Hospitality. Mr. Fuerstman is a graduate of Tufts University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.