David Miskit was educated at Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science. In 1981, David was hired by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager as a senior member of their management team for nightclubs and hotels. From 1981 to 1988, David served as general manager of New York’s most successful nightclubs, Studio 54 and The Palladium. In 1988, he transitioned into hotel management, becoming the opening managing director of the Royalton Hotel NYC from 1988 to 1990, Paramount Hotel from 1990 to 1994 and Delano South Beach from 1994 to 1998. These hotels were the first of their kind and created the roadmap for what eventually became known in the industry as boutique hotels. With their innovative modern designs, gracious and eager young staff, inventive food and beverage concepts, and many other transformations of the accepted status quo within the hotel industry, a new segment of savvy travelers found a refreshing and new hotel genre of choice. David also had multiproperty portfolio management oversight during his tenure with Ian Schrager Hotels of Morgans, Royalton, Paramount Hotels, Mondrian L.A., and Delano South Beach.
David retired from his role as director of KenMont KenWood in 2012, and in 2013, he founded a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit project called Small World Symphony with the mission of finding common ground among teenagers from regions of conflict around the world through the power of music and the internet. Most recently, David reunited with Ian Schrager, this time to cultivate Ian’s new PUBLIC Hotel brand at the first of its kind PUBLIC Hotel Chicago.