David Parker, President and Founder
The President of DPC Hospitality, David Parker, has over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, including more than 25 years in hotel consulting and development. Prior to forming DP Consulting in 2001, Mr. Parker was employed by PKF Consulting (now CBRE Hotels) for nearly a decade, where he developed numerous methodologies for collecting market information on hotels and meeting facilities, and developed multiple modeling techniques for projecting utilization, income and expense.
In addition to opining on market conditions as a qualified hotel market consultant, Mr. Parker is also an experienced real estate developer, having completed numerous ground-up projects involving residential, retail, and hospitality uses. As a successful real estate developer, he brings a developer’s perspective to complex consulting engagements, along with the polish of an experienced consultant from a national firm.
Mr. Parker is the Past President of Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals Houston Chapter and has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Houston Conrad Hilton Hotel College. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Texas, and a licensed pilot.
Christian Abbate, Senior Vice President
With more than 15 years of professional experience in the industry, Christian has provided market and financial services for a variety of hospitality real estate projects. His areas of specialization include market and financial feasibility and valuation analysis for hotel and conference center projects, economic impact and gap analysis for numerous municipal projects, brand impact studies for multiple hotel brands and projections of hotel occupancy tax revenues for various public entities.
Prior to partnering with David Parker at DPC Hospitality, Christian served in several roles including Director at CBRE Hotels and as Vice President at PKF Consulting’s Houston office from 2007 to 2018. Preceding that, he served in management positions at Whataburger, Accor Hotels and Hilton Hotels. Christian holds a MHA from the Conrad Hilton College at the University of Houston and a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Baylor University.
Christian lives in Katy with his wife Becca and their two boys. When not working, he enjoys traveling internationally, reading and supporting the Houston Astros.
Wenyue “Wendy” Zhu is the newest addition to DP Consulting with 10 years of international hospitality experience. Ms. Zhu is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College and the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston earning her Masters of Science in Hospitality Management and an MBA. Ms. Zhu received the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Scholarship, the Conrad N. Hilton College Scholarship, as well as the Presidential Graduate Fellowship, and Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship. She completed her BA in Law at the China Institute of Industrial Relations in Beijing, China.
Prior to joining DP Consulting, Ms. Zhu interned with HVS Consulting in Beijing, conducting extensive research and analysis of market data to produce intelligence reports to guide, shape, and lead development in the hotel and real estate industry. She also assisted senior consultants by conducting research and providing advice on management contracts. She began her hospitality career as the Assistant Front Office Manager at the Jianguo Hotel Beijing where she led her staff to increase revenue during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, and was named “Best Olympics Star Employee”.
Additionally, Ms. Zhu once served as a Cultural Representative and Trainer at Epcot, Walt Disney World, speaking in front of large groups, engaging in language and cultural activities, where she was recognized as a “Great Service Fanatic”. She also interned with the Film Workshop Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong, negotiating and editing labor contracts with actors and producers.