Tampa, Fla. (February 25, 2020) – The Plasencia Group is pleased to announce that Douglas Mills has joined the company’s executive team as Senior Managing Director of the firm’s Development Management Consulting team, based at the company’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Drawing on his more than 30 years of design and construction management experience, Mills will oversee The Plasencia Group’s project management operations. His responsibilities include providing advisory and consulting services for ground-up development, renovations, brand conversions and repositionings, project construction and management, and capital expenditure financial reporting for hotel and resort owners, investors and developers across North America.
Prior to joining The Plasencia Group, Mills served as president of Schulte Design + Construction, based in Louisville, Kentucky. There he managed an accomplished team of project managers and support staff, completing more than 100 renovations and capital improvement projects from late 2015 to early 2020, representing hundreds of millions in capital investments. Mills’ efforts added value to multiple high-profile hotel projects, including the Westin San Francisco, the Renaissance Des Moines, and the Moxy New Orleans.
Prior to joining Schulte, Mills earned most of his career experience with Lend Lease Ltd., an international construction, development and investment firm, where he led the ground-up development of monumental projects worldwide. These included the terminal and control tower of Macau International Airport, a 2.5-million square foot office tower in Manila, a gallery wing addition of the Art Institute of Chicago, and 455 North Park Drive in Chicago—a mixed-use development including a 397-room Loews hotel and 400 residential units.
“Doug’s tremendous talent, along with the breadth of experience on complex projects and the network of professional contacts he brings to the table, will deliver immediate value to our clients’ development and renovation projects. His background lends itself to keeping owners’ interests at the forefront of each engagement. His planning, logistics and budgeting skills are second to none,” said Lou Plasencia, Chief Executive Officer of The Plasencia Group. “We’ll continue to build on our foundation of providing a valuable array of services to owners who are developing or renovating hotels and who either don’t have in-house personnel to oversee such projects or are simply at capacity with current staffing.”
“Lodging projects are the most interesting and rewarding of those I’ve worked on so far in my career,” said Doug. “I look forward to working with our clients to create and recreate spaces while adding value not only for their investment portfolios, but also for their guests.”
Mills earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, before pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the school’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.