Development Team

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Founded in 2015, SWaN Hill Top 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
  • Baltimore Brigade
  • 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
  • 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 Valor
  • Washington Wizards
  • WTHN

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

Cinema

  • Spotlight
  • The Revenant

Television

  • The Knick
  • Mr. Robot
  • True Detective
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Airbnb
  • Anonymous Content
  • Baltimore Brigade
  • 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
  • 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 Valor
  • Washington Wizards
  • WTHN

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

Cinema

  • Spotlight
  • The Revenant

Television

  • The Knick
  • Mr. Robot
  • True Detective
  • 13 Reasons Why

Interstate Hotels & Resorts is a recognized leader in hotel management. Hotel owners entrust us to provide exceptional service to guests and outstanding performance results at our 500-property global portfolio of franchise branded hotels, resorts, conference centers and independent/ boutique hotels.

Our vision is to be the leading, independent, multinational hotel operator. We achieve this by creating a rewarding work experience for all of our associates, providing exceptional guest service and generating superior returns. Our shared core values, an innovative culture and commitment to serve are essential to our client’s success.

  • 500 hotels
  • 75,000 rooms
  • 30,000 associates
  • 10 countries globally
  • $10 Billion in managed assets
  • $3.5 Billion in managed revenue
  • 50 Brands Managed

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

We are distinguished by an unwavering commitment to our clients’ success. Everything we design, from the innovations we imagine to the value we deliver, reflects our clients’ priorities.

Integrating Practices for Innovation: Gensler’s talented staff offer a wealth of specialized knowledge across a wide breadth of industry sectors. Through our practice areas, we deliver specific building and project types that meet our clients’ myriad of needs around the world. Our 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 our ability to bring a deep network of resources and a highly collaborative culture to every challenge, large or small and they need us to deliver projects and services seamlessly across time zones.

Think Food Group (“TFG”) is the innovative company behind José Andrés restaurants, hotels, food products, media, educational initiatives and philanthropy. We pursue 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 in 2012 and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

Darryl Carter paused his legal career when a former home landed on the cover of Metropolitan Home magazine. There, Carter was coined “The New Traditional”. This would become the title of his first bestselling book and mark Carter as the pioneer of this design ethos. Darryl Carter, Inc. (DCI) was founded in 1997; the firm’s work routinely graces the pages of the preeminent shelter and lifestyle publications. Accolades include Architectural Digest’s AD100 top 100 designers in the world and Elle Decor’s A-List of the top 30 designers in America.

Carter has been the face of significant licensing collaborations, including Neiman Marcus, Frontgate, Thomasville, The Urban Electric Company, Benjamin Moore, and Baker Furniture. In the interim, Carter relocated his private studio, opening his own private retail venue reclaiming a pre-civil war structure received an AIA award for its innovative design. Today DCI’s portfolio spans the gamut from bespoke residential and hospitality to cutting edge tech headquarters.

The Gettys Group operates at the intersection of strategy, design and implementation, driving innovative and authentic solutions for hospitality Interior Design, Consulting, Branding and Procurement projects. No other company in the world combines these services to provide unparalleled value to the hospitality industry.

Serving clients from offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, each with its own point of view and understanding of global trends and local culture, The Gettys Group creates differentiated and desirable hospitality brands and meaningful and memorable guest experiences.

With almost 200,000 rooms in more than 900 hotels, resorts and casinos around the world, chances are at some point you’ve stayed at a project designed by The Gettys Group. That would put you in very good company: an average of 300,000 guests do every night.

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

Michael Mills founded Mills Group in 2005 and since that time we have maintained a clear focus on the design of new structures which encompass the rich architectural character of the past. Our firm is committed to a quality end product derived from experience, creativity and collaboration.

“…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