James Gildea

Swarthy / Creative / Curious mind


I was born in Berkeley, raised in Los Angeles, went to college, met my wife and started my career in New Orleans, and have lived in Washington DC for 16 years now.

I have a killer Kerouac collection and love to cook for others. I spent a few years founding a DC United supporters group (District Ultras) and making their tifo. I wish I had more time to spend over at CHAW in their darkroom, but free time that I have is better with the family so you are more likely to find us looking at stuff in the Natural History Museum. Spending time with my wife and two knuckle-headed sons is my favorite thing in the world. I especially like adding random 90’s hip-hop lyrics into my oldest’s lexicon.

  • Date of birth
    June 2nd 1980
  • Languages
    English, and learning Spanish with our son
  • Hobbies
    Photography, Cooking, Baseball
  • Website
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My career in hospitality started on a bit of a fluke, as I was an independent photographer with a darkroom set up in his apartment bathroom who was only looking for a job with health insurance when I showed up to interview at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, but like so many others in our industry, I fell in love with it. Every day was something different and crazy (especially in New Orleans), but everyone there had an uncommon desire to help others and solve problems. It was an amazing learning experience and led me to the sales world, but my skill was always the same. I can understand other peoples’ perspectives and needs and I have a desire to get people what they need.

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I had the opportunity to hire James at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and watch his career grow. James is a thorough, persistent and aggressive salesperson. He uses his humor and delivery on promises to develop customer relationships that deliver results. James also has a strong business acumen.

Iman Butler – Area Sales Leader at Marriott

In the year and a half that I have worked with James he has always shown himself to be a hardworking professional and a trustworthy teammate. His ability to sell The Ritz-Carlton as a true lifestyle brand rather than simply a one time meeting solution has been most impressive to me. Now that James has finished school and has his MBA I have no doubt that he will go onto great things in whatever area he decides to take on next.

Kate Tierney – Senior Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton


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  • Phone
    202 281-9552
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  • Address
    1509 K Street SE, Washington DC, 20003