Chief Executive Officer
George James Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC; which owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and Intercontinental hotels throughout the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states.
Prior to founding Chartwell Hotels, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island's largest law firm, representing both private clients and municipalities in the practice areas of land use and zoning, real estate, corporate, municipal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Tsunis' public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington Environmental Open Space Committee, and as Counsel to the Dix Hills Water District.
Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and is a member of both the Faith and Leadership 100 Endowments. Mr. Tsunis is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Order of Saint Andrew) - the highest ecclesiastical honor that can be bestowed upon a layman - and serves on its National Council. Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Board of Trustees of Friend's Academy, a member of the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Leadership Council, a Director of the Don Monti Foundation, as well as, Business Executives for National Security.
Mr. Tsunis has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Dowling College, the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce/Committee on Good Government, the Education and Assistance Corporation, and the Private Industry Council of Suffolk County. He has also been an Executive Board Member of the Coordinated Effort of the Hellenes and a member of the Board of Visitors at Touro College/Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Mr. Tsunis is the recipient of the Dowling College Presidential Medal, the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Long Island Cares, the WLIW Channel 21 Person of the Year, Long Island Business News 40 most influential people on Long Island under 40 years old, and the recipient of the Cyprus Federation's Justice for Cyprus Award, which award was personally awarded to him by President of Cyprus Christofias.
Most recently Mr. Tsunis was the honoree of the Long Island Children's Museum Annual Gala, the recipient of the Dickey Humanitarian Award from the Lycoming County United Way, and the recipient of the Israel Unity Award from the State of Israel Bonds of Central Pennsylvania chapter.
Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law. Mr. Tsunis is married to his wife Olga and they live on Long Island, New York with their three children.