Edward Hope, CEO

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Edward Hope
CEO, LH Organics

Ed graduated with a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in 1974. After several early-career successes, Ed received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. 

Ed began his career with San Francisco-based Laventhol and Horwath as a management consultant. While there, he served high profile clients including Hyatt Hotels, Holiday Inns, and Marriott Corporation.  It was Marriott that selected him to relocate to Washington DC to join an elite force that would take the company on a path from 9 owned and operated hotels to be one of the world's leading international brands. During this period Ed authored Marriott’s 10-year Hotel Development Plan, was chosen by JW "Bill" Marriott Jr. to train JW Marriott III in hotel development and managed Marriott’s Northern California development that included the 24-acre redevelopment of Yerba Buena Gardens with joint venture partner Olympia & York - featuring a 1500-room Marriott Hotel (still San Francisco’s largest building) - as well as 12 other Marriott properties including the "new" Marriott Courtyard properties in the SF Bay area.

Upon completion of his Marriott roles, Ed left to form Hope Development Corporation and begin his first venture – the 550 acre coastal resort property of Monarch Beach in Orange County, CA. Serving as President of Commercial Development for the development company from 1984-1989, Ed was responsible for 274 employees and all aspects of the development from concept and facilities planning to entitlements, financing, construction and operations.  Today, Monarch Beach is one of California’s premier coastal resorts and features St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, luxury residences, a Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Tennis and Beach Clubs, Public Parks and Office Buildings. During this period, Ed also served as a founding member of the Economic Development Commission of the City of Dana Point, California.

After selling Monarch Beach to Quintex, Ltd. in 1989, Ed provided consulting services to selected clients including the Resolution Trust Corporation and Glendale Federal Bank while pursuing an MBA in finance from The Wharton School. Wharton became Ed’s next springboard as he branched into consulting and plastics manufacturing for the rapidly growing wireless telecommunications industry from 1993-2007.

During his “Telecommunications Period,” Ed wore numerous hats. As founder and CEO of Tricom Consulting, Ed’s boutique firm setup, staffed and operated the development of AT& T’s successful entry into the CDPD base station with technical partner and manufacturer PCSI of San Diego. The success of this venture led to continued assignments in manufacturing for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Sprint, plus licensing contract negotiations with Qualcomm for its CDMA wireless technology.

During this period Ed also formed a strategic partnership and served as Executive VP of Shiledmate Robotics. Between 1993 and 1999, Shieldmate grew from  $3 - $50 million in sales and was a key manufacturer of cell phone housings for Motorola, Qualcomm, Sony and others.  

After the challenges of “dot bomb” Ed joined Motorola to help spearhead some new thinking in the arena of cell phone development and marketing. Over his five-years with Motorola, Ed performed several roles for its largest sector, the handset division. One unique role involved conducting a weekly, three-hour meeting to review the future of its technology development and handset roadmap with all Division Presidents and Motorola’s Chairman. In general, Ed was assigned to several roles that required “reconfiguration” on many levels. Some of these roles included VP of Marketing, GM of Worldwide Accessories and his final role as GM of Motorola’s Joint Venture with Google on the development of handsets using Google’s “Android” software.