David Miskit’s Professional Experience

David Miskit, Hospitality Industry Professional

David Miskit, Hospitality Industry Professional

Raised in Great Neck, NY, David Miskit was educated at Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. His parents owned and operated one of America’s premier residential summer children’s camps – Camp Waziyatah for girls, in Harrison, Maine. Spending his summers at camp, David worked his way up from Certified Swim Instructor to Director of Waterfront Sports, eventually becoming the camp’s Associate Director following his college graduation. During his years as the camp’s Associate Director, David Miskit also developed New York City’s largest and most prestigious junior tennis program at the East River Tennis Club.

In 1981 David Miskit was hired by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager as a senior member of their management team for nightclubs and hotels.  From 1981 to 1988 David served as General Manager of New York’s most successful nightclubs, Studio 54 and The Palladium. Overseeing all aspects of operations of these legendary nightclubs David Miskit also developed an expertise as a Director of Special Events with credits including: the MTV Music Video Awards / Club MTV television series / CBS TV New Year’s Eve extravaganza / Vanity Fair Magazine Anniversary Celebrations / Universal Studios Orlando press launch and gala featuring Steven Spielberg / Donald Trump’s celebration at Trump Towers for his book publication of “The Art of the Deal” / Cher’s premier party for her perfume Uninhibited / theBurger King Concert series at Palladium NYC / and the Actor’s Playhouse Color of Money benefit event hosted by Tom Cruise and Paul Newman.  In 1988 David Miskit transitioned into hotel management receiving his hotel training under the tutelage of Four Season’s Hotels veteran executive Jerry Inzerillo and later adding to his hotel and hospitality education through the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. David quickly rose through the ranks becoming General Manager of the Royalton Hotel NYC (’88 – ’90), Paramount Hotel NYC (’90 – ’94) and Delano Hotel and Resort, Miami Beach (’94 – ’98). These renowned hotels were the first of their kind and created the roadmap for what eventually became known in the industry as “Boutique” hotels. David also served as the multi-property portfolio Managing Director for Morgans Hotel Group aka Ian Schrager Hotels with oversight of Morgans, Royalton, and Paramount hotels NYC; Mondrian Los Angeles; and Delano Miami Beach.

In 1998 David Miskit returned to the residential summer children’s summer camp industry as Director and owner of KenMont and KenWood Camps located in Kent, Connecticut.  Applying the professional hospitality practices, standards and strategies learned during his hotel career, as well as re-defining the market niche of prospective camp families, David took these camps from a registration of 200 eight week campers to a registration of 900 four week campers and drove the tuition rate to a #1 ranking in the U.S.A. Kenmont and Kenwood are recognized as America’s premier summer children’s camps.

In 2013 David Miskit founded a 501c3 Not for Profit project called Small World Symphony with the mission of finding common ground between teenagers from regions of conflict around the world through the power of music and the internet. This project is in its infancy and with the help of members of the music industry as well as embassies and consulates worldwide, David looks forward to seeing this much needed vehicle begin to lay the groundwork for peace between teenagers at the grass roots level.