Scott Gerber -
Principal & CEO
- Gerber Group
Scott Gerber is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of hospitality industry leader, Gerber Group. Setting out to provide an innovative nightlife experience, Gerber Group opened their first property, The Whiskey at the Paramount Hotel, in 1991. Soon after, Scott took the lead in forging a partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to develop the W Hotel brand, which now features Gerber Group venues throughout the U.S. and in select properties internationally. The partnership is widely credited for changing the landscape of the nightlife industry by creating unique, innovative venues that have re-defined the ‘hotel bar.’ Today, Scott manages the company and its full portfolio of properties and continues to re-define the hospitality industry with innovative dining concepts and bars featuring renowned beverage programs accompanied by exceptional culinary talents.
Gerber Group encompasses 11 venues under such brands as Whiskey Blue, Irvington, Kingside, The Roof and Mr. Purple. Scott oversees the company’s growth, with the most recent opening, Mr. Purple, a rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 15th floor of the new Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. In addition, Scott manages Gerber Group’s strategic partnerships with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Host Hotels & Resorts, Noble Investment Group, American Realty Capital, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, and InterContinental Hotels Group.
Scott is widely viewed as a leading entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, appearing on shows such as CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street,” Fox Business Network’s “America’s Nightly Scoreboard,” MSNBC’s “Your Business,” Food Network’s “Food Fortunes”, and most recently CBS’ “Undercover Boss”. Scott has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Market Watch, Crain’s New York Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Hotel Business, Nightclub & Bar, and Bar Business Magazine, among others.
Scott – who holds a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona – was previously a Principal at a commercial real-estate firm and represented notable clients such as Giorgio Armani, Hermes, and Dolce & Gabbana.