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    Matt Greene
    Executive Vice President Operations - Lifestyle Hotels
    Matt Greene
    Executive Vice President Operations - Lifestyle Hotels

    Matt Greene
    Executive Vice President Operations - Lifestyle Hotels

    Matt is an onion; peel back the hip, stylish veneer and he's a renaissance man who meditates regularly, and focuses on healthy living both in mind and body. He's always reading or listening to something. Books topping his list currently are: Three Essays on Universal Law: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. He believes that life is about a journey and the best things in life aren't things. And the two things he's most passionate about are his daughters Makenzie and Sydney.

    Matt enjoys working with the Evolution Hospitality team because he thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and is constantly amazed by the energy, passion and talent by which he is surrounded. He also believes you have to be able to laugh at yourself and not take yourself too seriously.


    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality, EVP Operations 2019 - Present, SVP Operations 2016 - 2019, VP Operations 2011-2016
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 2008–2011
    •    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, SVP of Morgan’s Hotels Las Vegas 2006-2008
    •    W Hotels Worldwide, Senior Director of New Builds, Acquisitions and Conversions 2005-2006
    •    Gemstone Resorts International, 2004-2005
    •    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, 2001-2003
    •    Wyndham Worldwide, 1995-2000
    •    The Phoenician Resort, 1991-1993

    Peter Hoffman
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service
    Peter Hoffman
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service

    Peter Hoffman
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service

    As Executive Vice President of Operations-Select Service, Peter Hoffman is responsible for the company’s overall operations and performance of select service and extended stay properties throughout the U.S. Peter held the Executive Vice President role for Interstate Hotels & Resorts prior to the merger with Aimbridge in October 2019.  

    Peter was also Senior Vice President, Select Service Asset Management of BRE Hotels and Resorts, a non-listed real estate investment trust.  His 30-year hospitality experience includes general manager and regional director roles with First Hospitality Group, and an 18-year tenure with Interstate where he held general manager and key executive leadership positions in operations for large and complex hotel portfolios of nationally branded hotels specializing in select service and extended stay properties.

    Peter served on the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) Board of Directors, as Chairman of the IHLA Educational Foundation, and on the boards for International Visitors Center Chicago, River North Association Chicago and Youth Motivation Committee. He attended Southern Illinois University and Northwestern Military & Naval Academy, and served on the Hospitality Education Committee for Oakton Community College.

    Elie Khouri
    Executive Vice President Operations
    Elie Khouri
    Executive Vice President Operations

    Elie Khouri
    Executive Vice President Operations

    Elie Khoury, Executive Vice President of Operations oversees a portfolio of strategic hotel assets under management and leads Food & Beverage, Engineering, Brand Assurance and Transitions hotel support teams. He served in this role at Interstate Hotels & Resort prior to the merger with Aimbridge in October 2019.

    Previously, Elie was Senior Vice President of Operations of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, overseeing a portfolio of hotels under lodging brands including Marriott, AC Hotels, Sheraton and Luxury Collection and working closely with a variety of ownership groups including REITs, private equity, pension funds, investment groups, individual investors, and institutional lenders. Elie began his expansive hotel career in food and beverage where he was instrumental in developing several restaurant concepts. He joined Interstate in 1986 and held leadership positions in numerous operations departments subsequently holding general manager, area general manager and vice president of operations roles.

    Elie served as President of the Board of the Oakland CVB (2009 to 2011). In this role, he was instrumental in working closely with the City administrators to re-brand Oakland and develop social programs to promote the downtown district.

    Simon Mendy
    Executive Vice President Operations - Extended Stay
    Simon Mendy
    Executive Vice President Operations - Extended Stay

    Simon Mendy
    Executive Vice President Operations - Extended Stay

    As Executive Vice President of Operations, Simon Mendy is responsible for leading the extended stay portfolio under Aimbridge Hospitality management. 

    Mendy joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2018 with 20 years of hospitality management experience. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Extended Stay America, where he oversaw operations of 625 hotels across 45 states and over 7,500 associates. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Training, Standards and Guest Relations, Regional Director of Operations and Director of Revenue Management during his time with Extended Stay America. Additionally, Mendy was an Adjunct Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

    Mendy is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Economics and Marketing, and a Master of Science in Finance. 

    Ben Perelmuter
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service
    Ben Perelmuter
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service

    Ben Perelmuter
    Executive Vice President Operations - Select Service

    As Executive Vice President of Operations, Ben Perelmuter is responsible for overseeing premium select service assets across all major brands, direct contact with all ownership and investment groups, and management of the team of vice presidents, directors of operations and property-based area general managers. He is also responsible for the overall performance of RevPar growth, market share penetration, financial performance, guest satisfaction, and growth of division through owner and brand relations and performance. 

    Perelmuter's Aimbridge career began as General Manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Westshore in 2007. He then progressed to a corporate Regional Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, and ultimately as Senior Vice President of Operations leading Select Service hotels. Prior to Aimbridge his hotel operations background included various food & beverage management positions at Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach. He also actively serves on the Aloft and Hyatt Select Service Brand Franchise Advisory Boards. 

    Perelmuter is a graduate of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality. 

    Rob Smith
    Executive Vice President Operations
    Rob Smith
    Executive Vice President Operations

    Rob Smith
    Executive Vice President Operations

    Rob Smith is responsible for managing all facets of full-service branded and independent hotels and resorts in the Americas and the Caribbean. Smith joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2013 with over 30 years of executive leadership in the hospitality industry, including extensive management experience in upscale, large box, full-service hotels, resorts and casinos in the United States and Caribbean. 

    Prior to joining Aimbridge Hospitality, Smith served the island of Aruba as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aruba Convention Bureau and The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, a public-private partnership with the Aruban Government. 

    In 2005, Smith was named Aruba’s Hotelier of the Year while serving as General Manager of the Westin Aruba Resort Spa and Casino. Additionally, he was nominated as Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel Association, which he served as a member of the Board of Directors for more than decade. 

    Orkun Aydin
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Orkun Aydin
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Orkun Aydin
    Senior Vice President Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations, Orkun Aydin is responsible for managing a portfolio of full-service hotels and resorts including major branded and independent properties.  Aydin has over 25 years of extensive experience in hospitality industry including executive leadership roles in full service, resort and convention properties.

    Previously, Aydin oversaw full service and resort properties as Vice President of Operations for Aimbridge since 2015. Prior to that, Orkun spent 11 years with Interstate Hotels & Resorts as a General Manager for top brands and subsequently as Area General Manager for the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa - a Walt Disney World Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton Universal Studios, and Westin Tampa Harbour Island with a combined 2,055 rooms and 161,000 sq.ft. of meeting space. Earlier in his career he held hotel operations leadership roles for KSL Resorts, Boca Resorts and Starwood.
     

    Matt Berge
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Matt Berge
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Matt Berge
    Senior Vice President Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations, Matt Berge is responsible for operations, performance, owner relations and capital planning for assigned full-service properties in Aimbridge Hospitality’s portfolio. 

    Berge joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2007 with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Previously, he held various positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for 21 years. These roles include Convention Services Manager of The Westin in Seattle, Director of Food & Beverage of The Westin Maui, Director of Operations at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, General Manager of Sheraton Suites Market Center in Dallas and General Manager of The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio. 

    Berge’s career with Aimbridge Hospitality began in Dallas, as General Manager of the DoubleTree Campbell Centre and transitioned to the corporate office in 2010, where he has held regional operations positions. 

    Berge is a graduate of Washington State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. 

    Rich Cortese
    Senior Vice President of Caribbean Operations and Development
    Rich Cortese
    Senior Vice President of Caribbean Operations and Development

    Rich Cortese
    Senior Vice President of Caribbean Operations and Development

    As Senior Vice President of Caribbean Operations & Development, Rich Cortese is responsible for identifying prime resort and luxury investment opportunities and oversight of resort hotel operations. 

    Cortese joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2019 with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry in the Caribbean region. Previously, Cortese served as Executive Vice President of Caribbean Property Group, where he had both management and asset management responsibilities of the company’s $750 million hotel portfolio that includes the Ritz Carlton San Juan, Marriott Aruba, Radisson San Juan, a Marriott Courtyard portfolio and The Normandie, an independent hotel in San Juan. Prior to his tenure with Caribbean Property Group, Cortese oversaw a number of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties throughout the Caribbean, including the most successful resorts in Puerto Rico: El San Juan, El Conquistador and Conrad Plaza. Additionally, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations of Atlantis Paradise Island and Corporate Food and Beverage Director of Hyatt Hotel Corporation. 

    The Governor of Puerto Rico appointed Cortese to serve as a member of the Puerto Rico Convention and Business Bureau, and he was chosen as Hotelier of the Year in 2014 by Puerto Rico Hotel Association, where he serves as a board member and Chairman of the Gaming Committee. Cortese is a graduate of St John’s University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

    Matt Engels
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Matt Engels
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Matt Engels
    Senior Vice President Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations, Matt Engels is responsible for managing a portfolio of full-service hotels under major franchise lodging brands. A results oriented and highly driven hospitality executive, Engels has a solid record of accomplishment over the past 30 years building high performing teams to achieve client and company objectives. 


    Engels is well versed in operations, labor relations, brand management, operating transitions, ground-up new build hotel openings, and purchase and sale transactions. His operations experience spans hotels in urban, suburban and airport markets throughout North America under brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and InterContinental, as well as independent boutique hotels.


    Previously, Engels served as Senior Vice President with Interstate Hotels & Resorts and prior to that as Executive Vice President of RIM Hospitality. His early career includes hotel culinary, food and beverage, and operations leadership roles culminating in regional operations positions with Hilton Hotel Corporation and Red Lion Hotels and Resorts. He also served as Chairperson of the Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association.
     

    Tony Maness
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Tony Maness
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Tony Maness
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Tony Maness joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2012 to lead the newly formed Channel Point Hospitality. He is responsible for the operations, revenue and profit growth of the Channel Point Hospitality business. 

    Maness has over 39 years of experience in the hospitality industry, holding various operations positions. Prior to joining Aimbridge Hospitality, Maness served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Jameson Brands at Park Management Group LLC. He began his hospitality career as a line level employee for Holiday Inn, Inc. and grew to corporate and executive level positions as Holiday Inns, Inc., Equity Inns/McNeill Hospitality Corporation, Winfield Hospitality and Jameson Inns. 

    Michelle Steffens
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Michelle Steffens
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Michelle Steffens
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Bob Sullivan
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Bob Sullivan
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Bob Sullivan
    Senior Vice President Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations-Select Service, Bob Sullivan is responsible for the operations and performance of multiple portfolios of select service and extended stay verticals.  Bob has held the Senior Vice President role for Interstate Hotels & Resorts prior to the integration with Aimbridge Hospitality in October of 2019.

    Bob was a principle and Executive Vice President for the Noble Investment Group with responsibility for overseeing the operational leadership for Noble’s hotel group.  Bob has an extensive background in all areas of hotel operations, sales, deployment and a track record of delivering return on investment.  Mr. Sullivan has led and managed operations for large and complex portfolios of nationally branded hotels and held numerous key leadership positions in various aspects of hotel operations throughout his career.  His career hospitality experience includes full and select service general management positions, corporate director of food and beverage positions as well as executive leadership positons.

    Bob has served on owner’s advisory committees for Hilton, IHG and Starwood brands as well as serving as a hospitality instructor on the continuing education and community college levels. 
     

    Liz Uber
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Liz Uber
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Liz Uber
    Senior Vice President Operations

    In her role as Senior Vice President of Operations, Liz Uber is responsible for the overall performance of a hotel portfolio of primarily select service and extended stay properties under premium lodging brands. Uber joined Aimbridge following a merger with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in October 2019. Prior to Interstate, Uber was Vice President of Asset Management for BRE Hotels and Resorts for three years. During her tenure with BRE, she oversaw 30-50 select service and full service properties, assisting with underwriting/deal assessments and driving the overall performance of her hotels.

    Uber’s career spans all disciplines in both nationally branded and independent hotels. Prior to BRE, she worked extensively in the sales and revenue management disciplines as Senior Vice President of Revenue, Sales and E-Commerce for Pillar Hotels and Resorts from 2010-2016.

    Uber has been a featured speaker at several industry conference, has written multiple articles, and served on brand owner advisory councils for Hilton and Marriott. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.