Michael Crall has been an executive or principal for the development or construction of $5+ billion of projects in throughout the United States and in over 40 countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. He has development, construction and real estate management, executive and principal experience in development organizations, acquisitions and dispositions, general construction, project and construction management, owner representation, design and engineering management, project finance and cost management.
Projects Michael has managed and developed include luxury resorts and hotels, retail complexes, luxury custom homes and condominiums, world-class restaurants, themed entertainment, office buildings and heavy industrial facilities.
As Director of Development for Planet Hollywood International, he managed a significant portion of the company’s U.S. expansion and a worldwide development program of over 40 restaurant and retail projects while based in Singapore for three years. He was the Project Director for a finalist for the $5 billion Sentosa Island Integrated Resort in Singapore and for the 1 million square foot East Village Las Vegas retail, entertainment, and, commercial complex.
Michael managed the development and construction of the Hyatt Grand Champion Resort in Indian Wells, California and the renovations of a number of major historic hotels throughout the United States, including the first Hilton Hotel and the Hotel Thayer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He built dozens of signature restaurants and over 100 luxury homes and condominiums in Newport Beach and San Mateo, California and the award-winning Residences at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California. He was the project manager and general contractor for the Nicklaus Club (the Pasadera Country Club) in Monterey, California.
Michael has led the design and development teams for highly complex hotel and resort programs: the Mandarin Oriental Great Wall Resort, a 3,500 acre site near Beijing surrounded by 20 Km of the Great Wall of China; the Raffles Te Hapua Lodge, a 600 acre site on Lake Taupo, New Zealand; Chateau de Villepreux, King Louis XIV’s hunting lodge and estate within the Grand Park of Versailles; and the Mandarin Oriental Resort in Cambridge, England. Before turning his attention to hospitality, commercial and residential development, Michael was the project manager for over $2 billion of heavy industrial projects in the United States, Canada and Australia, including the world’s largest brewery.
Michael holds a B.A. in Archaeology and Linguistics from Cornell University and he completed graduate work in civil, combustion, environmental and structural engineering at the University of California Irvine and at California State University Long Beach.
The Shanghai Club - Shanghai, China
Grant is an expert in all aspects of the development process, including the acquisition, entitlement, project management, financing and marketing of major real estate projects. He has an enviable track record of successful projects in his career of over 35 years, during which he held senior executive positions with large development companies and was a principal in ventures of his own. Above all, he is known for the highest level of integrity that has characterized his relationships with every party to the many transactions in which he has been involved.
Grant is the co-founder, with Michael, of Rosetta Resorts, LLC, the predecessor company to Domaine Hotels and Resorts LLC. Grant was President of Ragatz Sedgwick Realty, an international commercial brokerage firm focused exclusively on the resort real estate industry. Prior to forming Ragatz Sedgwick, he was the managing partner of three development projects; a residential and mixed-use project in Savannah, GA; a resort project in Conneaut Lake, PA; and a historic building renovation (to restaurant use) in Los Gatos, CA. Grant was also an advisor to Classic Residence by Hyatt (Vi Living) on real estate and development opportunities in California.
From 1976 to 2005, Grant was President and CEO of U.S. Data Port, a founder and principal of Silicon Valley Real Estate Advisors, Inc., the President of Kimball Small Properties, founder and President of Cadham Sedgwick Properties, and the Senior Vice President for Development of the Campeau Corporation. During his tenures with these companies, Grant completed a large number of successful real estate projects that include urban and suburban office buildings, hotels and conference centers, residential and golf communities, shopping centers and business parks. Three of the business parks (Redmond, Washington; San Jose, California; Redwood City, California) became headquarters locations for three of the world’s foremost technology companies: Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Oracle.
Grant’s significant hotel projects include the Fairmont San Jose, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and the Hayes Mansion Conference Resort in San Jose, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Grant’s strong negotiating skills have resulted in several very advantageous property acquisitions and dispositions being completed under particularly competitive conditions. In addition to significant acquisition, project management, financing and leasing experience, Grant has achieved success in winning complex land use entitlements, including general plan amendments, rezoning, subdivision and development agreements. He has proven capabilities in recruiting, managing and motivating outstanding professional staff and consultants and has led both small development teams and larger, multi-office organizations.
Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Coggeshall Mansion - Los Gatos, California
John is one of the world’s most respected and well-known developers of themed restaurants, hotels and entertainment facilities. John is a leader in the design, construction and development of commercial and residential properties, and has completed some $5 billion of projects, including 700 commercial and 300 residential projects across the United States and throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. The projects included numerous restaurants and nightclubs, leisure resorts, hotels and office buildings as well as custom residential developments.
John’s responsibilities have included the entire development role, from performing conceptual and program design through feasibility studies, construction management and design management as well as general construction. John is a recognized name in the hospitality development field and an expert in the layout and constructability of restaurants and entertainment venues.
John was the Senior Vice President for Hard Rock Café and Senior Vice President for Planet Hollywood, expanding those companies’ development around the world. He was responsible for the development of virtually every Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood – well over 200 restaurants and their associated retail stores – in every major city and at every major theme park worldwide – Disney, Universal, etc. Other projects for which John has been responsible include high-rise office buildings and over 700 restaurants for clients such as General Mills, TGIF, Chilies, 3 Forks, China Grill, many boutique restaurants, and world-renowned clubs.
John graduated with a B.A. from the University of Florida with honors in structural engineering and has completed graduate studies in structural, civil and other building systems at the University of Florida.
Planet Hollywood - Orlando, Florida