Development Team

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Founded in 2015, SWaN Hill Top House Hotel LLC was organized out of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners in order to promote and grow the vision of bringing the Hill Top House Hotel to reality. The combined team has a diverse background in leading and growing businesses, with specific expertise in retail and consumer businesses, investments, real estate development, politics and construction. Founded in 2012, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in companies that are building engaging brands worthy of consumers’ passions in the fields of retail products and services; technology-enabled commerce and education; food and hospitality; sports and entertainment; and health and wellness. SWaN works closely with partners to invest in innovative early and growth-stage organizations headed by top-flight teams. They seek to be active and influential in the companies in which they invest, providing guidance, support, resources, and confidence to the teams. Collectively, the partners have raised more than $5 billion of institutional financing and participated in more than 150 private investments. The partners are intellectually curious, politically active and charitable in the Washington, DC and New York business communities.

SWaN & Legend Venture Partners have interests in a number of well-respected organizations, some of whom we believe could provide strategic value to the Hill Top House Hotel and the greater Harpers Ferry community. These include:

  • Airbnb
  • Anonymous Content
  • Beefsteak
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Cava
  • CustomInk
  • DuraStat
  • Founding Farmers
  • Framebridge
  • Freeman Spogli
  • Gwynnie Bee/CaaStle
  • INOVA Health System
  • José Andrés Think Food Group
  • KIND Healthy Snacks
  • La Lumiere
  • Mars Reel
  • Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • MusiCapital
  • NEW Asurion
  • Noodle Companies
  • Novak Biddle Venture Partners
  • Oaklawn Development Partners
  • One Night
  • Optoro
  • OrderGroove
  • Pinterest
  • Professional Fighter’s League
  • Real Time Cases
  • Shinola
  • Shoe’s Cup & Cork
  • Showfields
  • Sugar23
  • SV Angel
  • Team Liquid
  • UrbanStems
  • Capital One Arena
  • Washington Capitals
  • Washington Nationals
  • Washington Mystics
  • Washington Wizards
  • WTHN

These award-winning shows were produced by SWaN portfolio entities:

Cinema

  • Big Miracle
  • Spotlight
  • The Revenant
  • Worth
  • Collateral Beauty

Television

  • Schitt’s Creek
  • The Knick
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Dickinson
  • Mr. Robot
  • True Detective
  • Airbnb
  • Anonymous Content
  • Beefsteak
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Cava
  • CustomInk
  • DuraTap
  • Founding Farmers
  • Framebridge
  • Freeman Spogli
  • Gwynnie Bee/CaaStle
  • INOVA Health System
  • José Andrés Think Food Group
  • KIND Healthy Snacks
  • La Lumiere
  • Mars Reel
  • Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • MusiCapital
  • NEW Asurion
  • Noodle Companies
  • Novak Biddle Venture Partners
  • Oaklawn Development Partners
  • One Night
  • Optoro
  • OrderGroove
  • Pinterest
  • Professional Fighter’s League
  • Real Time Cases
  • Shinola
  • Shoe’s Cup & Cork
  • Showfields
  • Sugar23
  • SV Angel
  • Team Liquid
  • UrbanStems
  • Capital One Arena
  • Washington Capitals
  • Washington Nationals
  • Washington Mystics
  • Washington Wizards
  • WTHN

These award-winning shows were produced by SWaN portfolio entities:

Cinema

  • Big Miracle
  • Spotlight
  • The Revenant
  • Worth
  • Collateral Beauty

Television

  • Schitt’s Creek
  • The Knick
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Dickinson
  • Mr. Robot
  • True Detective

Evolution is an arm of Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading, global, third-party hotel management company operating branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2019, and now represents a premium portfolio of more than 1,400 branded and independent properties in 49 states and 20 countries. Aimbridge is based in Plano, Texas and has additional corporate offices in Atlanta, Calgary, Chicago, Fargo, Crystal City, Puerto Rico, San Clemente, Scottsdale and Toronto.

•1,400 hotels
•150,000+ rooms
•50,000+ associates
•20 countries globally
•$15+ Billion in managed assets •$7+ Billion in managed revenue

Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 46 offices and over 5,000 professionals.

Gensler is distinguished by an unwavering commitment to their clients’ success. Everything the firm designs, from the innovations they imagine to the value they deliver, reflects clients’ priorities.

Gensler’s talented staff offer a wealth of specialized knowledge across a wide breadth of industry sectors. Through their practice areas, they deliver specific building and project types that meet clients’ myriad of needs around the world. The firm’s collaborative, integrated approach blends the diverse knowledge of these specialties to explore new possibilities and give clients a competitive edge through fresh ideas. Gensler’s clients count on their ability to bring a deep network of resources and a highly collaborative culture to every challenge, large or small.

Think Food Group (“TFG”) is the innovative company behind José Andrés restaurants, hotels, food products, media, educational initiatives and philanthropy. TFG pursues the mission of changing the world through the power of food.

Since 1993, TFG restaurants reflect the authentic roots of each concept, and showcase José’s passion for telling the stories of a culture through food. From the intimate minibar by José Andrés, to the mobile Pepe the Food Truck, to multifaceted hotel F&B operations, TFG restaurants exceed expectations at every price point. 

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/CEO of Think Food Group.

Gettys is a family of hospitality-focused companies dedicated to creating the inspired moments that stay with guests and the defined details that enrich brands. For more than 30 years, Gettys has guided developers, operators and brands in the creation of meaningful and rewarding hospitality experiences around the world.

The Gettys companies possess a wide range of expertise, providing specialized services across the spectrum of hospitality and real estate needs.

The Mills Group is a team of creative professionals who work to improve communities through timeless, inspired design. Architects, designers, planners and historians all work together to create a sense of place for each project. The firm is committed to sustainable practices and foster community engagement in many designs.

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world using advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for clients, people and communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 92,000.

“…glance to the West and see etched against the sunset sky the Hill Top House. Solid as the rock of Gibraltar standing as of monument to Thomas S. Lovett.”
“…glance to the West and see etched against the sunset sky the Hill Top House. Solid as the rock of Gibraltar standing as of monument to Thomas S. Lovett.”

A. MERCER DANIEL

A. MERCER DANIEL

Law Librarian, Howard University