Pedro M. “Peco” Suárez
Graduate School: Cornell University
Program: Master’s in Hotel Administration with a concentration in finance, Graduated in 1996
Current Position: President of International Hospitality Enterprises and President of the Fundación de Becas para Hotelería y Turismo
With scholarship assistance Peco Suárez earned a Master’s of Management in Hospitality with a concentration in finance at Cornell University in 1996. After completing his studies, he returned to the island to work at the Wyndham El Conquistador where he was quickly promoted to Associate Director of Group Services. In 1999, Peco was named General Manager at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mt. Olive, New Jersey – the first scholarship recipient to attain General Manager status. The following year he returned to Puerto Rico as Hotel Manager at the Wyndham El San Juan, a post he held until summer 2002.
In 2002, Peco was named Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, He was instrumental in leading the island’s tourism recovery post 9/11. After leaving the Tourism Company in 2004, Peco became Managing Director of one of the largest resorts in the Caribbean, the Westin & Sheraton Grand Bahama Resorts at Our Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island.
In 2006, Peco returned to Puerto Rico as Vice President & Managing Director of International Hospitality Enterprises, He supervised the re-opening of La Concha Resort in 2007. He is currently President of International Hospitality Enterprises and was instrumental in the opening of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in October 2012 and the opening of the Best Western Plus Condado Palm in March 2013.
In addition to his role of President of the Scholarship Foundation, Peco has also served on the Boards of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association and the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau.