La Corsha Hospitality Group is an Austin, Texas-based management and consulting company. The company was founded in early 2006 by 35 - year hotel industry veteran Jeff Trigger. The La Corsha name honors Trigger's two daughters, Coralee and Shannon. Trigger and his associates have an extensive background that specializes in operating luxury hotels, restoring and repositioning historic properties, and developing independent restaurants and bars. Examples of their work include downtown Austin's Driskill Hotel; Dallas’ Mansion on Turtle Creek, Hotel Adolphus, and Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa; San Antonio’s Saint Anthony Hotel; Big Spring’s Hotel Settles; and Marfa’s Hotel Saint George and La Venture Restaurant. La Corsha’s restaurant development Congress Austin, introduced the renowned 5-Star restaurant, Congress; critically acclaimed Bar Congress; and Austin’s iconic hot-spot Second Bar + Kitchen. Its most recent project is Boiler Nine Bar + Grill at the Historic Seaholm Power Plant. This adaptive reuse of the Plant’s largest Boiler was completed in July of 2016 and features three different menus, and three unique bars, on four distinct levels.
La Corsha employs over 400 people and is proud to have restored The Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa in Dallas, Texas which was named to Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” 2009, as one of the Best New Hotels, and Best New Spas in the World. La Corsha’s current consulting projects includes the redevelopment of the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas and The Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas. La Corsha is also the Food and Beverage Partner for The Archer Hotel at The Domain in Austin where they will expand their Second Bar + Kitchen concept and operate the Banquet, Catering, Pool and other Food and Beverage Services offered at this Luxury Hotel. Second Bar + Kitchen was also added as part of the expansion of the International Terminal at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport in 2016. Their Green Pastures restaurant/event venue completed a $10 million renovation and re-opened its restaurant as Mattie’s in the Spring of 2017. It is expected to add 100 guest rooms in 2020. La Corsha’s 75-Room “East Austin Hotel” is well under construction on East 6th Street, and is expected to open October, 2018.
Typically La Corsha Hospitality Group is called when developers and partners own a unique property, and desire involvement, flexibility, quality and creativity in its operations, management and development. While La Corsha has experience operating hotel brands under a franchise – it achieves particular success in operating restaurants independently, and hotels either independently or under marketing consortiums such as Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotel Group, and Historic Hotels of America. The later methodology allows property owners to control their own brand and brand standard, eliminate their “allocated” corporate expenses, and to preserve and protect the essence of what makes their properties unique.
Trigger, a native of the California wine country, has made Austin home since 1999. He began his hotel career while studying for his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at California State University, Sacramento.
He has been named to the list of “Best Hotel Managers in The World” by Leaders Magazine and listed as a “General Manager of The Year” by Business Traveler Magazine. He received the Vogel Award from The Family Gateway for “exemplary service to the community,” and the Founders Award from Communities in Schools, Dallas. Mr. Trigger is a graduate of Leadership Austin.
Trigger’s local professional, civic, cultural, and charitable leadership positions include; Chair Emeritus Positions from the following organizations: The Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, The Downtown Austin (Business) Alliance, ECHO (Ending Chronic Homelessness Organizing Committee), and First Night Austin (The City’s annual New Years Eve Party). He currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee of the Trail Foundation. Additionally he serves on the advisory board of Communities in Schools Austin, and the board of Ballet Austin, and The Long Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Trigger is a former board member of both The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Vice President, Culinary Operations
Chef David Bull, a New York native, came to Texas as soon as he could by joining Trigger at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. Chef Bull went on to win national acclaim for his work at the five-star Driskill Grill, which was named Austin’s number one restaurant for three straight years by the Austin American-Statesman and one of the top 50 hotel restaurants in the U. S. Honored as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs in 2003,” he was later nominated by the James Beard Foundation as “Best Chef in the Southwest.” Chef Bull’s numerous awards and accolades also earned him the opportunity to appear on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Texas Monthly Magazine named Bolla at The Stoneleigh, Dallas’ Best New Restaurant 2008. Bon Appétit named Congress as one of the 10 best new restaurants in America for 2011. Bull is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, 1994.
Chief Financial Officer
Rhein has lived in Texas for over 30 years and has worked professionally in hospitality accounting the entire time. His experience for the last 25 years has been exclusively with independent Four and Five Diamond luxury hotels and restaurants. He began his association with Trigger when the two worked together at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Rhein has overseen the accounting processes for multiple restoration and development projects, as well as dispositions and acquisitions.
Vice President, Operations
Walker is a native Texan with over twenty-five years experience managing the operations of award-wining luxury properties. Mr. Walker's collaboration with Trigger began with the restoration of The Driskill Hotel over 15 years ago, after his time with Four Season's Hotels and Resorts. Walker has a broad range of management experience in multiple areas of the upscale hotel and restaurant business including operations, training, sales and marketing, human resources and accounting. Mr. Walker has gained this experience in a variety of leading national markets, including Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and Palm Beach. He is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton School of Hospitality Management at the University of Houston