Shawmut West region senior director of hospitality Chris Hennessy and senior director Vincent Spataro were named 2022 Visionaries in the Los Angeles Times Commercial Real Estate: Trends, Updates and Visionaries, recognized as leaders who have helped drive the industry forward through uncharted, challenging territory. Read more about Hennessy and Spataro below to see why they were spotlighted as leaders in Southern California’s CRE market, and read their Visionary features here and here.
Hennessy’s success as a leader in hospitality construction—transforming and shaping what LA has to offer both locals and tourists alike—is due in part to his unique background. Entrenched in the Southern California hospitality industry for more than 16 years, Hennessy has worked on both the client and operations side, leveraging the two experiences to provide an approach to the construction process that not only considers all technical aspects, but the intricacies of the guest experience, as well. His intimate understanding of how hotels and restaurants need to flow and operate has made him key in Shawmut’s recent marquee projects, including Soho Warehouse, The Hoxton, DTLA, Silver Lake Pool & Inn and Nobu Hotel Palo Alto.
Spataro has led Shawmut’s West region to many firsts, from its first cross-laminated timber (CLT) project to its first ground-up building to its first performing arts center. In his role, Spataro is building and growing the West’s portfolio of commercial ground-up, tenant interior, sports venues, and retail work. His technical knowledge, presence in the market, and ability to build long-lasting relationships in a highly competitive environment are key attributes to his success—and why he’s been the leader on some of Los Angeles’ most noteworthy and innovative projects including Apple Tower Theatre, SoFi Stadium, and what will be one of the largest CLT office buildings in the city at 843 N Spring Street.