Chairman and CEO, Rodd Hotels & Resorts (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
David Rodd has led the development and expansion of Rodd Hotels & Resorts from a single motel in Charlottetown to ten properties in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, including the region's only 5-star/AAA 4 Diamond resort. Under his leadership—characterized by business acumen, the ability to work with partners and a willingness to accept reasonable risks, and practised with respect, civility and good humour—the company has become Atlantic Canada's largest privately owned hotel and resort chain. He and his family also own and operate five Burger King franchises in Nova Scotia.
For over 30 years, David Rodd has been building on his family's long-term commitment to the tourism industry and their important contributions to its development in Prince Edward Island. That commitment took root in 1935 when his parents, Sally and Wally Rodd, built several guest cottages on their farm in Winsloe, PEI ; they built The Motel Charlottetown in West Royalty in 1954. After graduating from Prince of Wales College and Mount Allison University , David Rodd joined the business in 1966 as Vice-President of Motel Charlottetown Inc. Anticipating and reacting to the evolving demands of the province's fledgling tourism industry, he launched an era of growth and diversification—from smaller hotels/motels to larger properties, including resort and golf course complexes-that continues today. Over the years, it has been his practice to extensively reinvest profits generated back into the properties, to ensure they are always well maintained and up to date.
He has served on the boards of numerous tourism-related and other organizations, including the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Prince Edward Island Convention Bureau, the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, the Maritime Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Golf Links PEI. His tremendous contribution to the tourism industry has been recognized by formally by various awards—including the 2005 APR Media Limited Business of the Year Award - Multiple-Unit, the 2002 Premier's Award for Tourism, and the 2002 Atlantic Canada Tourism/Hospitality Entrepreneur—and informally within the tourism business community. He also values his community and gives generously to a range of community charities, both personally and through Rodd Hotels & Resorts.
David Rodd is trusted and admired, both within and beyond the tourism industry, not only for what he has accomplished, but for how he has accomplished it.