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Dennis Boyer ’63


DENNIS BOYER is a proud 1963 graduate of Army and Navy Academy and Chairman of his own firm, PrestonClarke & Company, a client company retained executive search firm specializing in the global Hospitality, Leisure & Travel Industries. He previously founded those search practices for both SpencerStuart and Heidrick & Struggles. For twelve years until 2004 Dennis was a Senior Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, Los Angeles, CA. At Heidrick & Struggles he was an active member of the larger Global Consumer Practice where he helped both Hospitality/Travel Industry clients recruit from best-of-class consumer services companies, as well as helped other Heidrick Partners identify talent within Hospitality/Travel for their consumer, industrial or technology clients. He also worked closely with the Global Real Estate Practice. Dennis has served on the Communications Committee of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

Dennis spent over 30 years in executive search, specializing in the recruitment of board, CEO and c- suite executives. He has served clients in the lodging, travel, gaming, cruise line, timeshare, attraction/ theme park, convention/visitor bureau, and restaurant industries. He has conducted assignments for large public companies, smaller private companies, high net worth families, and key investor groups such as private equity and investment banks with real estate and operating interests in these fields. He has also conducted a number of CEO searches for the nonprofit trade associations, educational entities, and destination marketing organizations whose mission serves the Hospitality/Travel Industry. His passion for art has led him to assist art museums attract new leaders to compete with other tourist attractions.

Previous to his career in executive search, Dennis spent fourteen years in the Hospitality Industry with Marriott International, Hyatt Corporation, and Westin Hotels & Resorts. He has functional hospitality indus‐ try experience in operations, marketing, and sales. Dennis opened three of the first four Marriott Hotels in California in a sales/marketing capacity.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

While Dennis has retired his for profit executive search practice, he does selectively enjoy periodic, pro bono, CEO search work and board service for nonprofits that resonate with him. Recent service includes trustee for Laguna Beach Community Foundation and vestry for St. Margaret’s Church in San Juan Capistrano. Dennis resides in Laguna Niguel, CA with his wife, Choo Choo, an interior designer.  They have two grown sons, Preston and Clarke, and two grandchildren. The Boyer Family enjoys outdoor activities, golf, travel, entertainment, art and antiques, museums, and history.