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AKA appoints Scott Walsh as the EVP of asset, design & development
AKA Hotels + Hotel Residences has appointed Scott Walsh as its new executive vice president of asset, design and development.
Walsh’s appointment comes at a pivotal point for AKA, as the brand executes its strategic growth plan introducing new properties and undertaking new projects. Walsh will oversee the renovation and transformation plans for existing AKA properties, as well as managing new ground-up developments involving construction, financing and lender relations.
An accomplished real estate and development executive with more than two decades of experience, Walsh will be responsible for sourcing new projects, participating in raising capital, as well as developing strategic business models for new and existing property assets. Walsh will oversee the projects from inception to completion, ensuring they are on time, on budget and aligned with AKA’s business objectives. Walsh will be based in New York City, working alongside Larry Korman, CEO of AKA and the greater leadership team.
Prior to joining AKA, Scott served as a project director at Lendlease, an international construction and real estate company. Walsh earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his Master of Science in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University. Walsh was a member of the real estate board of New York and served as a senior member on the city’s Rent Guidelines Board. In his spare time, Walsh’s most cherished personal achievement has been the restoration of a 200+-year-old farm in the Hudson Valley. Walsh is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Long Island City waterfront community, The Isamu Noguchi Museum and The Trevor Project.
Walsh held previous roles at Forest City Ratner Companies, TF Cornerstone, Rockrose Development Corp. and Arthur Andersen.