George J. Tsunis
Founder, Chair & CEO
George J. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels as well as an attorney, developer, philanthropist and public policy advisor with a strong interest at the intersection of economic and foreign affairs.
Tsunis’ Chartwell Hotels is an innovative company that owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group franchises across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Under Tsunis’ leadership, Chartwell Hotels enjoyed tremendous growth since its founding in 2005. Chartwell continues to grow, opening the first ever Generation 9 Marriott Residence Inn in Williamsport, PA and is currently restoring the historic former Huntington Town Hall building into a modern hotel, breathing a new life and vitality into a building that has been shuttered for over a decade. The firm’s focus also includes development for community renewal, which assists regions in benefitting from tourism, business travel and other investment dollars from around the nation and the world.
Prior to founding Chartwell, Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP. Tsunis’ public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington (NY) Environmental Open Space Committee and Counsel to the Dix Hills (NY) Water District.
Tsunis served as an advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Tsunis is a member of Arbor Realty Trust’s Board of Directors, the Board of Directors at Spring Bank of New York, and serves as Chairman of The Battery Park City Authority.
Additionally, Tsunis is Director of the New York Convention Center’s (Jacob Javits Center) Operating Committee and Director of the New York Convention Center’s Development Committee.
He is also a Director of the Don Monti Cancer Research Foundation, Trustee of the Hellenic Initiative and serves as the National Vice Chairman of the Hellenic American Leadership Council.
Tsunis is the former Chairman of the Nassau Health Care Corp., or NuHealth