David Smith - Founder
David Smith is an experienced hospitality industry investment professional and investment banker, and a recognized supporter of the growing outdoor accommodation industry. As an advisor and principal, he has structured over $1.5 billion of hospitality real estate transactions, including several of the largest equity and debt financings in the outdoor sector.
Prior to establishing Outside Capital, David was a Senior Director at Whitman Peterson, a Los Angeles-based real estate private equity firm. During his tenure at Whitman Peterson, David led the firm’s hospitality sector asset management and capital markets initiatives and, among other transactions, was responsible for the execution of an industry-first strategic programmatic, non-recourse mortgage financing for both existing and development projects on behalf of AutoCamp, the leading provider of upscale outdoor hospitality experiences in the United States.
David was previously a Senior Director at RobertDouglas, where he represented prominent investment firms and hotel brands in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia in the structuring of hospitality real estate and M&A deals. Prior to joining RobertDouglas, he worked as a credit analyst at Macquarie Group in New York City.
David is a graduate of the Master of Management in Hospitality (Real Estate) degree at Cornell University and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. He has also studied at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society, the Urban Land Institute, and serves as an advisory board member of the American Glamping Association and Saira Hospitality.