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About Campus Hotel Venture

Campus Hotel Venture GP LLC is developing plans for a hotel to be built on the campus of Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. The Hyatt Place TCU hotel will feature 150 guest rooms, a direct access rooftop bar, swimming pool and multiple-use public spaces. The hotel will have a 3,500 square foot ballroom which can be divided into smaller meeting rooms. The ballroom will provide the school with additional meeting space as well as special events such as weddings, and function space for the university and public.

A restaurant is planned for the site, adjacent to the hotel. A restaurant partner for the site has not been selected. The restaurant will have a full lunch and dinner service and outdoor dining. Catering services to the hotel will be provided by the restaurant.

The site is currently used as a parking lot bordered by McCart, Berry and Sandage Streets. The property is leased from TCU. Construction is expected to begin in June 2019. The anticipated opening of the hotel is fall of 2020. The hotel will provide the only lodging within walking distance of the TCU campus.

The hotel will serve the TCU community; including prospective and enrolled students and their families, visiting professors, visiting athletic teams, alumni as well as neighboring residential areas. The hotel is within walking distance to both the Admissions Building and Amon G. Carter stadium. The new hotel will create a large amount of foot traffic adding to the revitalization efforts on Berry Street.

Campus Hotel Venture is evaluating sites on other college campuses in the US.


Our Team

Our team combines the essential skills necessary to successfully develop a hotel: hotel experience, construction experience and real estate legal experience. The partners have been friends for many years and have been working on the TCU project for two years.


John F. Davis III

  • Twenty eight years of experience in the hotel industry
  • CEO of RoomKey, joint venture owned by Choice, Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, and Wyndham
  • CEO of BirchStreet; procurement system used by most major hotel companies
  • Chairman and CEO of Pegasus Systems ( 2/89 – 5/08):
    • Built switch that links every hotel in the world to every GDS
    • Created the worldwide clearing house for settling hotel commissions
    • First company to put a hotel on the internet and make it bookable (1994)
    • Powered hotel bookings for Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotwire
  • Lodging magazine’s Top 75 Executives in the Hotel Industry
  • Financial and Technology Professional's Hall of Fame
  • Business Travel News Hall of Fame (2016)
  • TCU Board of Trustees. (2/01 – 2/18)
  • Honorary Consul to Monaco
  • BBA - TCU

George C. Dunlap, Jr.

  • Thirty four years of experience as a Commercial Real Estate and Finance attorney.
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate, 2013
  • Member: State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Salesmanship Club of Dallas
  • Former Board Member: Highland Park Education Foundation
  • BBA - University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • JD - Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1984

Tom Sabin

  • Thirty nine years of real estate operating and development experience
  • Currently manager of GSSW Real Estate Investments, a multifamily operating and development company with 1,972 units and holds assets in Texas, Florida and Missouri. GSSW is currently working on the development of several additional projects.
  • Chairman of California Coastal Communities, a publicly traded real estate development and home building corporation. (1997 – 2008)
  • March, 1992, Thomas Sabin, Inc., with the financial backing of Great Southern Life and Southwestern Life was awarded the winning bid for the San Jacinto Savings Pilot II Portfolio. The portfolio consisted of just over 9,000 apartment units located in ten states, 535,000 square feet of garden office buildings in Texas, and 1.1 million square feet of strip center retail located in Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia.
  • President of Equity Consultants, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southmark Corp.
  • BBA - SMU