Fred Malek

Vice Chairman and Co-Founder

Fred Malek has founded, led, invested, and operated multiple companies resulting in extremely profitable sales. He is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of District Hospitality Partners: an investment company focused on investments in hospitality real estate, hospitality technology, insurance, and the data center verticals.

As a hospitality investor, Frank has led or been a part of multiple hotel investments with a total acquisition cost of approximately $2.5 billion. Sample investments include The Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.; the Annapolis Marriott in Annapolis, Maryland; the Rockville Doubletree in Rockville, Maryland; and The Rihga Royal Hotel in New York. He was also a key player in the development, ownership, and eventual sale of the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida. Fred was also a partner and played a key role in Thayer Lodging’s (with Jin Jiang Hotels of China) acquisition of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the world’s largest third-party, independent hotel manager, building the company until its sale to Kohlberg & Company.

In addition to hotel real estate, Fred has had extreme success in other hotel related verticals. Fred founded a company (TIG Global) that revolutionized hotel digital marketing and reservation systems and became the largest in the world until its sale to Micros (now Oracle Hospitality E-Commerce Services). He also co-founded and then successfully exited a hospitality reservation system company in mainland China. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Hospitality Benefits; a hospitality insurance consolidation focused on the health of hospitality employees.  Previously, Fred originated several billion dollars of real estate commercial loans with Nomura Capital, a commercial mortgage backed securities company.

Fred is also a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served in the Navy Special Operations (“SWCC”) with several tours, including a combat tour in Desert Storm. For the Naval Academy, Fred serves as a Trustee for Navy’s Sports and Scholarships and devotes time to The Naval Academy’s Rugby program which was the national collegiate champion in 2023. Fred also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.