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Author: Homi Vazifdar

Homi Vazifdar is CEO and Managing Partner of the Canyon Group, a boutique private equity company, based in Larkspur, California just of north San Francisco. The Canyon Group, which was co-founded by Vazifdar in 2005, owns and/or develops ultra-luxury resorts in exotic destinations around the world. The Company currently owns assets in North America, Latin America, Mexico and the South Pacific. The Canyon Group’s resorts are managed by marquis brands such as Amanresorts, Six Senses, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Under Vazifdar’s leadership, many of the Canyon Group’s ultra-luxury assets have achieved high global accolades and are considered the “Best in Class” with extraordinarily high occupancies and rates. With over 40 years of experience, Vazifdar has “touched” almost every aspect of lodging. Prior to co-founding Canyon, he was the Global Head of Lodging for Banc of America Securities (BAS); where he either led or participated in over $7.0 billion in notable M&A, equity and debt transactions. Prior to that Vazifdar was the CEO of Bent Severin Associates a full-service design company that boasted a portfolio of some of the most marquis designs in the world of hospitality spanning 4 continents. Before that Vazifdar was the Chief Operating Officer of Feiler Bros. International where he began his career in lodging spearheading the turn-key construction and renovation of some of the most famous hotels in the United States. Vazifdar prides himself with being a serial entrepreneur. He possesses the proverbial “golden rolodex” and has endeared himself to a vast lodging fraternity around the world. His unyielding passion for the hospitality industry makes him a frequent speaker at lodging and tourism conferences around the world.

In the July edition of the Founder Series, Homi Vazifdar shares how