Serial hospitality entrepreneur with an innate ability to deliver success. Courage is the essential ingredient. His passion is seeing others succeed and he believes that the #1 purpose is to do good while doing well. Over the years he has led large corporations such as IHOP, Safeway, and most recently, Centerplate, North America’s largest event hospitality company, through rapid expansion as his 8-digit mileage account can attest. He has had the pleasure of executing many of the largest signature entertainment events on the world’s stage. While a native of the UK he has a great sense of taste (and likes all teas!). Des is an avid reader who believes you should never stop learning, and an even more avid gym rat.

Favorite Projects:

Every project is special!


I never stop learning, do what I say I am going to do, and act with integrity.

Favorite Vacation Destination:

Bora Bora

Most Admired Person:

Winston Churchill

Favorite Quote:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, what counts is having the courage to move on.” Winston Churchill