We had the good fortune of connecting with Vaughn Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vaughn, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am proud to have been born and raised in Guyana, located on the north coast of South America. Guyana is the only English speaking country in the region, boasting untouched forest, powerful rivers, Atlantic coast line, and even the world’s longest free falling waterfall, Kaieteur Falls. Growing up in this vibrant landscape, and having the opportunity to spend summers near the Mahaicony and Essequibo rivers, I learned real life survival skills like fishing, hunting, swimming, building fires and how to work with nature. I also had the privilege to attend the first private school in Georgetown, where I excelled at the top of my class as well as every sport under the sun. All of these experiences instilled in me the core values of integrity, joy, peace, love, patience, ambition, innovative spirit, and above all a drive toward solutions. Basically, if you’re not giving back, or contributing a positive solution, then what are you doing?
Now that I have lived in New York City and made a home with my family in Los Angeles, I apply these life lessons to both my work and my home. My mission is to support visionary talent and ideas that expand beyond the hospitaliity world to create fair, productive and dynamic communities and environments.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started in the hotel industry as a walk-in applicant for a front desk position. At first, I intended for this to be a part time gig while I pursued a successful modeling career and my degree in political science, but I quickly realized the potential of what a career in hospitality could be. It is a fast-paced industry that constantly keeps you learning and growing minute by minute, involving new technology, trends, and basically human psychology as a whole. I moved up quickly through motivation and hard work – and had the opportunity to build and lead teams at some of the greatest hotels in New York. I credit Dream Hotel Group for providing a space where I could become the leader I am today. I was appointed General Manager of their west coast flagship here at Dream Hollywood about 2 years ago and have never felt more at home. Dream is a brand that allows people to shine and explore who they are, with the motto “It’s your Dream, we just provide the room service.” It is a place where truly anything is possible, from an afternoon in a poolside cabana, to exclusive live music performances, to encounters with our famous robot, Alfred.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love how nature is so intertwined with every neighborhood here in Los Angeles. I would spend a couple days exploring all of the hiking trails around the city, including Griffith Park, Topanga Canyon, and Solstice Canyon. While we are checking out the trails, we could eat at one of my favorite spots, The Topanga Table. We would of course spend a day steeped in luxury here at Dream Hollywood, starting in a poolside cabana on our gorgeous rooftop, catching the sunset with some refreshments at The Highlight Room, and then grabbing a table for dinner at Tao Asian Bistro. The Hollywood Bowl is another can’t miss experience, and of course a drive down the PCH to Malibu. Honestly they would probably end up needing to stay longer than just a week!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom deserves all the credit, no question. She moved to New York City at age 30 with two young children, working at least four jobs while training to be a nurse and raising my sister and I as a single mom. She worked her way up, and taught us hard working grit and perserverence, which got me to where I am today.