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Jon Blanchard

Founder and CEO

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Nicolo Rusconi

Co-founder and President

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Darrell Slomiany

Director of Development

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Clay Cheek

Vice President of Development - West Coast

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Margaux Rotter

Vice President of Development

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Eduardo Ruiz

Director of F&B

Jon Blanchard is a proven hospitality pioneer, hotelier, and market visionary with an accomplished track-record of nationally-renowned hospitality projects. Jon founded BLVD Hospitality in 2008, and after spearheading downtown Los Angeles’ first adaptive reuse hospitality project with the historic renovation of the United Artists’ Building and Theatre into the award winning Ace Hotel, Jon set his sights on the rekindled LA hospitality development renaissance. BLVD, under the vision of Blanchard, is creating and developing some of the industry’s most anticipated hospitality and real estate projects in Los Angeles and beyond.

Jon is inspired by visionaries such as Walt Disney and Howard Hughes, and he has had a lifelong passionate interest in how aviation, locomotion, and hospitality have shaped the world. He is a perfectionist and his attention to detail is one of the driving factors in BLVD’s ongoing success.

Eduardo Ruiz is the Executive Chef and partner of the acclaimed restaurant Corazon Y Miel. Eddie and team have enjoyed consecutive inclusion on Jonathan Gold’s Los Angeles Times 101 Best List, as well as Mr. Gold’s selection of Best Mexican Restaurants. The restaurant enjoyed a stunning three star review from Los Angeles magazine restaurant critic Patric Kuh, and Ruiz was honored as a semi-finalist by The James Beard Foundation for Rising Star Chef of the Year. He was most recently, awarded the esteemed honor of Zagat Los Angeles 30 Under 30. In February, 2015, Ruiz participated in the Taste of Waldorf Astoria via the Beard Foundation where he and Chef Jimmy Schmidt of Waldorf La Quinta and brought him the Audience Favorite.

In January of 2016, Chef Eduardo joined the BLVD team as Director of F&B. He oversees concepting, menu development, and operations for all internal and external BLVD F&B ventures.

Margaux Rotter has had a passion for architecture and building since a young child. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building Science. Margaux worked for a General Contractor as a Project Engineer after college; with one of her projects being BLVD’s ACE Hotel.

She coordinated the seismic retrofit and structural upgrade of the historical 1927 United Artist Theater Building. Working closely with the structural engineer and architect, Margaux’s strong problem solving and communication skills helped resolve many of the constructability and design challenges presented on ACE Hotel. Through her experience on ACE, Margaux gained a deeper appreciation for revitalization of historical buildings as well as a love for the hospitality industry. Margaux also has experience working as MEP coordinator for a 1.7 million square foot parking structure and office space located at Universal Studios Hollywood. She worked with unique trades such as pneumatic tubing and escalators, even traveling to manufacturing plants in Asia to evaluate the escalator and elevator fabrication progress. With diverse project experience in the construction industry, Margaux is a great asset to the BLVD team as a Project and Construction Manager.

Since creating houses out of Legos and Lincoln Logs as a child, Darrell Slomiany has pursued creating and building structures as part of the urban fabric. His past experience at AJ Capital Partners, Greenfield Partners, and the Public Building Commission of Chicago includes the project management for several boutique and limited service hotels, public schools, and commercial buildings. Most recently Darrell was the Head of Development for the Graduate Hotels for AJ Capital Partners. While there he oversaw the design, construction, and opening of over 900 guest rooms across the country. His venture into the boutique hotel market came as project manager for the 182 guest room Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and the 337 guest room Standard Hotel in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District. While working on the Standard Hotel, Darrell participated in the purchase and subsequent building of a 1,180 guest room limited service hotel portfolio. His experience in the public building sector includes the project management for two building additions for the Chicago Public Schools and the construction of two beach comfort stations for the Chicago Park District.

Darrell was previously a licensed architect in the State of Illinois. He was founder and owner of Slomiany Architecture where he designed 10 custom single family homes and several multi-family, multi-use, commercial, and retail buildings. Darrell was the project architect for several multi-family buildings while at DeStefano and Partners. Darrell holds a Bachelor Degree of Architectural Studies and Masters Degree of Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Nicolo Rusconi is a passion-based hospitality entrepreneur, hotelier, and brand experience architect with a portfolio that spans industries. In addition to co-founding BLVD, Nico cofounded fast-casual restaurant brand Chicas Tacos as well as the Arts District espresso bar and lounge, RVCC Intersect. He was selected for Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2016 for his creativity and vision in hospitality; he currently sits on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; and he is a founding partner in the DTLA-focused event collective, LaunchDTLA. Nicolo joined Jon in 2012 and the duo have been unstoppable ever since.

Nicolo is a passionate collector of rare and antiquarian literature, obscure desert fauna, other obscurities, and he is an avid outdoorsman and rock climber. He has lived in downtown Los Angeles for over 8 years and is an active advocate for the community. Nicolo is fundamentally inspired by creation and the journey that an idea takes from inception to introduction to the world.

Clay was previously the Design & Development Manager for Soho House in Los Angeles. Having lived most of his life in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Clay brings his Southern Hospitality to BLVD. Clay has led a variety of hospitality, multifamily, and commercial development projects over the past seven years, and prior to that he spent five years as a project manager at a global engineering firm developing government facilities & infrastructure in support of the US military. Clay graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Urban & Environmental Planning.