Born in Paris to a family of prominent real estate developers, Jacques was immersed within the hospitality industry from a young age, gaining extensive industry knowledge and experience in all aspects of the hotel development business.
Originally from Montreal, Rakel relocated to Washington, D.C. to study finance and marketing. After moving to New York, where she established Euro Capital Properties along with her husband Jacques, her discerning eye for design was put to great use. When ECP purchased The Watergate Hotel in 2010, Rakel took on the challenging task of preserving the bold design of the original building and enlisted world-renowned talent including Ron Arad and “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant to collaborate on her vision. Heading up the purchasing operation, Rakel’s unwavering attention to detail guides the careful selection of lush fabrics and finishes, unique wall coverings, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and the creation of the hotel’s signature scent. Rakel leads the marketing team at ECP in crafting brand voice and the creation of its website, sales materials and marketing collateral. Her appreciation for the sophisticated side of mid-century modern aesthetic and her dedication to developing a superior standard of service is unmatched in the luxury sector. Rakel currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and six children and is a devotee of Soul Cycle.
Prior to joining ECP in January of 2014, Tim spent 10 years at Forrester Construction, an award-winning firm that has established itself as one of the top locally owned general contractors in Metro D.C. Forrester has worked on such landmark projects as the Supreme Court, the Washington Convention Center and the National Institutes of Health, and has been recognized with more than 170 construction industry awards in its 25 years in business.