The RockResorts executive team has extensive knowledge and experience in every phase of luxury hotel development – from finance to operations to project management. Learn more about some of our key development executives below, and feel free to contact us to discuss potential development opportunities.



James C. O'Donnell - Vice President of Lodging Development

James C. O'Donnell
Chief Operating Officer 

James O’Donnell joined RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality (VRH) in June 2002 as Director of Finance, and then served as  Regional Director of Operations until early 2006. In his current role as Vice President of Lodging Development, O’Donnell oversees the acquisition of new management contracts and developments for RockResorts and VRH.

Before joining RockResorts, O’Donnell was an Assurance and Business Advisory Services Manager for Arthur Andersen LLP. He served in such capacity in Andersen’s Miami, Florida office from August 1993 to July 2000, and in Andersen’s Denver, Colorado office from July 2000 to June 2002. While at Andersen, O’Donnell specialized in the hospitality and real estate industries.

O'Donnell regularly speaks on industry expert panels at the American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the NYU Lodging Conference and various other IMN sponsored conferences.

O’Donnell received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in accounting, from the University of Miami (Miami, FL) in 1993. He received his MBA from the University of Miami in 2000.



Trip Riggs
Corporate Director of Finance

Trip Riggs was appointed the position of Corporate Director of Finance in 2012. He joined Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts as the Director of Lodging Development in 2011.  Mr. Riggs oversees the acquisition of new assets, developments and management contracts for Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts throughout the United States and internationally.

Previously, Mr. Riggs worked for Stonebridge Companies, a Denver-based owner and operator of hotels, managing the acquisition of lodging assets and land.  He also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Hospitality and Leisure Practice.  Mr. Riggs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, is a guest lecturer at the University of Denver’s school for Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management and sits on the Board of Trustees for Outward Bound Denver.