Walter “J.R.” Dembiec, Jr.
Walter F. (“J.R.”) Dembiec, Jr. is Executive Vice President & General Counsel.
J.R. joined RESIDE in August 2018, to lead the firm’s expansion of strategic relationships and alliances with leading hospitality and travel organizations, focusing on leveraging RESIDE’s global footprint and capabilities to provide clients, guests and suppliers with value-added products and services while also aggressively growing the business. On the legal front, Dembiec’s responsibilities include corporate governance, risk management, compliance, intellectual property, privacy, eCommerce, M&A and related transactions helping RESIDE execute on its comprehensive long-term plan to consolidate the highly-fragmented alternative accommodations market.
Dembiec brings close to 30 years of legal and business expertise to RESIDE, joining most recently from from an international, built-for-business online travel agency (OTA), where he served, among other roles, as Managing Director & General Counsel, leading the Americas for the international business, supervising the Operations, Sales, Call Center, Real Estate, Development, Supply Chain, Legal and Human Resources functions.
Previously, Dembiec held legal and business roles of increasing responsibility with many large public, and smaller private mid-cap, companies, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Realogy Franchise Group (NYSE:RLGY), comprised of 15,000 Coldwell Banker®, Century 21®, Sotheby’s Realty® and ERA® offices in 100+ countries; Group Vice President at Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD); Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Burns International (NYSE:BOR); Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Open Hospitality®, a SaaS travel tech provider and Vice President & General Counsel for Century 21 Real Estate Corporation.
Admitted to the state and federal courts in NJ and Washington, D.C., Dembiec holds a B.S. Degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and a J.D. Degree from Seton Hall University in Newark, NJ.