Chip Conley is an American hotelier and hospitality entrepreneur, best known as the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which grew to become the second largest boutique hotel chain in the US. He started Joie de Vivre Hospitality in 1987 at age 26 and held the position of CEO for nearly 24 years. In 2010, after having created and managed 50 boutique hotels mostly in California, Conley sold his company to Geolo Capital.
In 2013, Conley became Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for Airbnb. At Airbnb, he was tasked by the three co-founders to help evolve the company into a hospitality company with more than one million hosts in 191 countries. Conley worked closely with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky as a mentor and helped to build a bridge to the travel, hotel, and real estate/development/landlord industries. He also conceived and led the annual Airbnb Open. In 2017, he transitioned to the role of Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.
We subscribe to Gary Vaynerchuk’s social media channels including You Tube and spent 26 minutes watching and listening to Gary Vaynerchuk in conversation with Chip Conley. Gary Vaynerchuk’s net personal wealth is circa $160 million. He owns various media businesses and his client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s largest and most influential businesses. He asks Chip Conley questions that really do get to the heart of the matter in running a business successfully.
- How did Chip Conley found Joie de Vivre Hospitality?
- How did he find his hotel niche?
- How did changing the decision maker map in his sales pipeline make the difference?
- How does he help run Airbnb?
- Where is the greatest diversity gap in hospitality human resources today?
- Does Chip Conley let his age (59) slow him down?
Chip Conley shares his experience of success with all those who can invest 26 minutes of their time watching and listening the video interview below, enjoy.