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    Our People

    The Executive Team at Aimbridge is comprised of veteran hoteliers with a history of delivering industry-leading results. Averaging over 26 years of hospitality experience, the senior executives focus on maximizing returns to partners by utilizing a unique blend of experience, resources, and relationships.

    Executive Team

    Dave Johnson
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Dave Johnson
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Dave Johnson
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Dave Johnson oversees the management of Ambridge Hospitality’s entire portfolio consisting of approximately $5 billion in annual revenue and over 32,000 employees. Through his dedication and leadership, Aimbridge is recognized as one of the premier hotel management companies in the world, with an impressive portfolio of assets under ownership and management from Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Choice and Wyndham.

    Prior to joining Aimbridge Hospitality, Johnson spent 17 years at Wyndham International, where he helped add over 400 hotels to the Wyndham portfolio. Additionally, he served as President of Wyndham Hotels, overseeing approximately 15,000 employees and $3 billion in annual revenue.

    Johnson currently serves as a Director on the Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV-NYSE) Board as a member of The Audit & Compensation Committees, The Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Plano YMCA Board. Previously, he has served on the Strategic Hotels (NYSE: BEE) Board as a member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee from 2012 to 2016, and served as a Director of Gaylord Entertainment (GET-NYSE) from 2009-2012. Most recently, Johnson was recognized as a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year. Johnson is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics.

    Robert Burg
    President & Chief Operating Officer
    Robert Burg
    President & Chief Operating Officer

    Robert Burg
    President & Chief Operating Officer

    Robert Burg oversees all operations, sales and marketing, revenue management, owner relations and capital planning for all properties under 32 different hotel brands in the Aimbridge Hospitality portfolio. His extensive experience and industry knowledge provide the foundation for the company’s core strength of producing superior results.

    Burg has been with Aimbridge since the company’s inception in 2003, and has more than 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has served as Chief Operating Officer for more than 10 years and was named President in March 2018.

    Prior to joining Aimbridge Hospitality, Burg served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, where he managed operations of luxury, full-service, select-service and extended-stay properties. Previously, Burg was the Senior Vice President for the Summerfield Suites Brand, where he led the entire chain in operations, development and revenue for the upscale, extended-stay product.

    Burg currently serves on Hilton’s Operations Advisory Board for Embassy Suites, Marriott’s Owners Advisory Board for Sheraton Hotels, the MINA Board of Directors and Hilton’s Owner Advisory Board for All Suite Brands. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for 12 years. 

    Judy Hendrick
    Chief Financial Officer
    Judy Hendrick
    Chief Financial Officer

    Judy Hendrick
    Chief Financial Officer

    As Chief Financial Officer, Judy Hendrick oversees Aimbridge Hospitality’s debt and equity capital sourcing, acquisition structuring, hotel development and redevelopment, finance management, cash management, and real estate and partnerships. She also plays an integral role in guiding investment and business development strategies.

    Hendrick joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2008 with over 16 years of extensive experience in hospitality and banking. Previously, she served as Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Wyndham International. Additionally, she held senior loan officer positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and First Republic Bank.

    Hendrick currently serves on the American Hospitality Lodging & Association’s Women in Lodging Advisory Board, the Marriott Owners Advisory Council for Element, the Executive Committee of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Roundtable. She is a member of the American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team for “Go Red for Women”, and was the co-chair of the 2019 Go Red for Women luncheon. Hendrick is also the senior leadership team sponsor for Ambridge Hospitality’s Women Leadership Program, WLEAD.

    Her accomplishments include being a finalist for Dallas Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in 2015 and was named a BisNow DFW Power Woman in 2014. Hendrick received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas.

    Greg Moundas
    Executive Vice President – General Counsel
    Greg Moundas
    Executive Vice President – General Counsel

    Greg Moundas
    Executive Vice President – General Counsel

    As General Counsel, Greg Moundas is responsible for various legal matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and partnerships, financings, franchise agreements, litigation and day-to-day legal matters impacting Aimbridge Hospitality’s hotels and operations.

    Moundas joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2013 with over 22 years of legal experience with 15 years focused on the hospitality industry. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for JF Capital Advisors, where he handled property acquisitions and developments. In addition, Moundas was Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel – Real Estate and Finance for Wyndham International, Inc. and General Counsel for Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust, Inc.

    Moundas is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Texas.

    Ian McAuley
    President, Aimbridge Hospitality Canada
    Ian McAuley
    President, Aimbridge Hospitality Canada

    Ian McAuley
    President, Aimbridge Hospitality Canada

    As President of Aimbridge Hospitality Canada, Ian McAuley is responsible for fostering new international joint venture opportunities, identifying all acquisition, management and development actives, and working in tandem with capital partners, lenders, brokers and brands.

    McAuley joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2019 with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both Canada and the United States. Previously, he was the President of American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP, Canada’s largest publicly-traded hotel company with 112 hotels located throughout the United States. Prior, McAuley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Continuum Health Care Holdings Ltd., where he led the transformation of the company by establishing new strategic direction, improving operational performance and enhancing shareholder value through a series of transactions that culminated in the final sale of the company’s assets to Welltower REIT. Additionally, McAuley was Co-founder and President of Superior Lodging Corp., one of Canada’s largest hotel developers of more than 135 limited and select-service hotel properties.

    McAuley currently sits on the Hilton Owners Advisory Counsel for Hampton Inns and has served and currently serves as the director of many boards, including the Hotel Association of Canada, Airline Hotels & Resorts Ltd., Northern Vision Properties Ltd., Hallmark Properties Ltd. And Theater Calgary.

    His career accolades include being a co-recipient of the Canadian Hotel Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a multi-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Awards. McAuley received an undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Business Administration from City University of Seattle and a specialized hospitality diploma from the Rotman Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Bill Stadler
    Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer
    Bill Stadler
    Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer

    Bill Stadler
    Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer

    As Chief Investment Officer, Bill Stadler is responsible for the management of investment portfolios, short-term and long-term investment plans and investment recommendations.

    Stadler joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2014 with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Previously, he served as an Investment Sales Specialist with HFF and Molinaro Koger for  11 years, where he represented private equity firms, REITs, global hotel companies, and high net worth companies, including Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Blackstone, Felcor Lodging Trust, RLJ Lodging Trust and Host. Additionally, Stadler served as Senior Vice President and Chief Acquisitions Officer of FelCor Lodging Trust, where he was responsible for the growth of the company from nine hotels to a portfolio of more than 200 assets with a market capitalization of greater than $3 billion.

    Stadler is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and holds a real estate license in Texas. He received a master’s degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Denison University.

    Lynne Roberts
    Executive Vice President of Capital Markets
    Lynne Roberts
    Executive Vice President of Capital Markets

    Lynne Roberts
    Executive Vice President of Capital Markets

    As Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, Lynne Roberts is responsible for overseeing the capital markets team and growing Aimbridge Hospitality’s footprint of investors with large-scale acquisition requirements in hotel real estate. Roberts has played an integral role in Aimbridge Hospitality’s growth from eight to over 850 properties.

    Roberts joined Aimbridge in 2004 with 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Previously, she served as Vice President of Development Planning with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, where she led acquisitions, new construction, management contracts and conversion analysis. Prior to Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Roberts created and directed start-up company development for an extended stay group, HomeGate Hospitality, where she contributed to the achievement of private to public company status and a successful company sale within two year of conception. Additionally, she led real estate analysis for Sheraton Suites Development in the Central United States and Canada and served as a Hospitality Consultant with Pannell Kerr Forster in Chicago.

    Roberts currently serves on the Board of Governors for the University of North Texas College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she was valedictorian of her class in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

    Jay T. Reed
    Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer
    Jay T. Reed
    Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer

    Jay T. Reed
    Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer

    As Executive Vice President – Chief Information Officer, Jay T. Reed is responsible for the architecture, optimization and administration of all systems, networks and applications.

    Reed joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2017 with over 30 years of technology experience, 16 of them spent in the hospitality industry. Previously, Reed served as Senior Vice President of Client Services for Centrada Solutions, where he played an integral role in the incredible growth of the leading managed service provider in the hospitality industry. He also served as a technology leader for Pillar Hotel and Resorts Management Company, and Wyndham and Omni hotel brands. In addition, Reed led technology for a number of companies within the Trammell Crow family of companies, including Trammell Crow Company and Trammell Crow Residential.

    Reed served as a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Board and the Southern Methodist University Associate Board for MBA students. Currently, he sits on the Marriott IT Advisory Council. Reed received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Data Processing and Analysis from The University of Texas at Austin, and he received a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  

    Ann Christenson
    Executive Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer
    Ann Christenson
    Executive Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer

    Ann Christenson
    Executive Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer

    Ann Christenson joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2017 with over 20 years of human resources experience. Previously, Christenson served as the Chief People and Culture Officer for TMI Hospitality, where she oversaw all human resources processes and internal communications. Prior to TMI Hospitality, Christenson was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services for Sanford Health, an integrated health system based in North Dakota with more than 28,000 employees. Additionally, Christenson is a member of the Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Board.

    Christenson received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College and a master’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
     

    Business Development

    David Capps
    Senior Vice President of Development
    David Capps
    Senior Vice President of Development

    David Capps
    Senior Vice President of Development

    As Senior Vice President of Development, David Capps is responsible for identifying acquisition, management and development activities. He also plays an integral role in fostering new joint venture opportunities, working with capital partners, lenders, brokers and brands. 
     
    Capps joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2010 with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. During his tenure at Aimbridge, he has facilitated the acquisition of over $1B in hotel real estate value. Previously, he served as Assistant Vice President Merrill Lynch Capital, where he underwrote balance sheets and securitized loans for ground-up development, repositioning and/or acquisition of hotel and resort properties in the form of first mortgages, B-notes and mezzanine debt. Prior, Capps worked as Assistant Finance Manager for Merrill Lynch Global Banking Group, where he sourced and underwrote corporate debt and equity opportunities. Additionally, he completed the Credit Training Program at Amegy Bank in Houston. 
     
    Capps is a graduate from University of Houston, where received a Bachelor or Art in Finance from the Bauer College of Business. 
     

    Kevin Dingle
    Senior Vice President of Development
    Kevin Dingle
    Senior Vice President of Development

    Kevin Dingle
    Senior Vice President of Development

    Kevin Dingle rejoined Aimbridge in 2016 and has over 15 years experience working in financial services and real estate. Mr. Dingle is responsible for identifying acquisition, management and new development opportunities while fostering relationships with capital partners, lenders, brokers and brands.

     
    After previously working for Aimbridge from 2007-2010, Mr. Dingle was a principal of Compass Lodging Advisors, a hotel investment and asset management firm he co-founded in 2010. While at Compass, the company completed $200 million worth of acquisitions and had an asset management portfolio of 10 premium branded full and select service hotels. Mr. Dingle began his real estate career with Crow Holdings, the investment arm of the Trammell Crow Family, where he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and was involved in over $750 Million worth of acquisitions, dispositions, and refinancing.

     
    Mr. Dingle graduated with a BS from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston and has an MBA with a concentration in finance from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.  He is also a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth.

     

    Operations

    Rob Smith
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    Rob Smith
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Rob Smith
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Rob 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. Smith has overseen more than $150 million of hotel renovations and several brand repositioning projects. 

    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. 

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

    Rich Cortese
    Senior Vice President of Caribbean Operations & 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 Berge
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    Matt Berge
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Matt Berge
    Senior Vice President of 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. 

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

    Tony Maness
    Senior Vice President of 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. 
     

    Ben Perelmuter
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    Ben Perelmuter
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Ben Perelmuter
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    As Senior 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. Additionally, he serves on the Aloft Brand Franchise Advisory Committee. 

    Perelmuter joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2007 with 23 years of experience in hotel operations. Previously, he served as Assistant General Manager at the Marriott Suites Sand Key in Clearwater, Florida, where he led hotel and food and beverage operations and ranked in the top percentage of customer satisfaction and restaurant quality within the Marriott brand. 
    Perelmuter’s career with Aimbridge Hospitality began in Tampa, Florida, as General Manager of the Embassy Suites Tampa Westshore. In 2010, he transitioned to the corporate office as Regional Director of Operations and eventually made his way to Senior Vice President of Operations. 

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

    Lee Palaschak
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    Lee Palaschak
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Lee Palaschak
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations, Lee Palaschak is responsible for operations, performance, owner relations and capital planning for assigned full-service properties in the Aimbridge Hospitality portfolio.

    Palaschak joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2007 as part of the Eagle merger and brought with him over 15 years of experience, working within multiple markets and hotel brands at an executive level. During his time with Aimbridge Hospitality, he has directed over $100 million of hotel repositioning and renovations, several brand changes and served as Area General Manager for Cincinnati, Regional Director of Operations for Ohio and Regional Vice President. Previously, Palaschak worked with Commonwealth Hotels, where he was the General Manager of the Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin and the Marriott Cincinnati RiverCenter. During his time at these hotels, both properties were recognized in the top 10% of the brand and exceeded brand metrics. Prior, Palaschak served as Assistant General Manager and General Manager with Winegardner & Hammons Management Company, where he successfully led 7 properties and received multiple awards for quality excellence and market share leadership.

    Palaschak currently serves on the Marriott Rooms Advisory Board of Directors and holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

    Simon Mendy
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    Simon Mendy
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Simon Mendy
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    As Senior Vice President of Operations, Simon Mendy is responsible for leading a diverse portfolio of nearly 200 hotels 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. 
     

    Wade Fischer
    Senior Vice President – Project Management
    Wade Fischer
    Senior Vice President – Project Management

    Wade Fischer
    Senior Vice President – Project Management

    Wade Fischer joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2018 with over 20 years of experience on development and project management in the hospitality industry. Previously, Fischer served as the Chief Operating Officer and partner of Brine Wells Development, where he focused on re-adapt hospitality developments. Additionally, Fischer served as the Vice President of Design and Construction at Pyramid Hotel Group, where he oversaw high profile projects from Hawaii to Florida, and as Project Director at CNL Hotels & Resorts.

    Sales and Revenue Management

    Brad Frazier
    Senior Vice President of Sales
    Brad Frazier
    Senior Vice President of Sales

    Brad Frazier
    Senior Vice President of Sales

    As Senior Vice President of Sales, Brad Frazier is responsible for the overall sales of all properties in Aimbridge Hospitality’s portfolio. During his tenure with Aimbridge Hospitality, he has served as Director of Sales, Regional Director of Sales, Regional Vice President, Senior Vice President and Senior Vice President of Select Service. 

    Frazier has been with Aimbridge Hospitality for over 15 years and has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Previously, Frazier was Corporate Director of Business Travel Sales for Omni Hotels. Additionally, he served as Director of Sales and Sales Manager for Wyndham Hotels. 

    Frazier is a member of the Global Business Travel Association and the Mississippi State University M Club, and he is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. 
     

    Jamie Grittman
    Senior Vice President of Sales, Strategy & Innovation
    Jamie Grittman
    Senior Vice President of Sales, Strategy & Innovation

    Jamie Grittman
    Senior Vice President of Sales, Strategy & Innovation

    As Senior Vice President of Sales, Strategy & Innovation, Jamie Grittman is responsible for sales and marketing efforts for all properties in Aimbridge Hospitality’s portfolio.  In addition she oversees developing and managing hotel sales and revenue objectives, implementing resources and support for RevPar growth, and recruiting and training all hotel sales and catering team members. Grittman plays a vital role in technology solutions and executing new innovative ideas to maximize hotel revenue streams.


    Grittman joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2010. Prior to her current role at Aimbridge, Grittman worked in various positions within the company that included: Task Force Sales Manager, Regional Director of Sales and Regional Vice President of Sales. 


    Prior to joining Aimbridge, Grittman served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Tampa Bay, Florida where she played an integral role in exceeding sales budgets and revenue forecasts. Additionally, Grittman has held numerous high-level sales and marketing positions including Director of Sales and Marketing at Element Omaha Midtown Crossing in Nebraska. Grittman’s career accomplishments include being named Manager of the Year in 2011 by Aimbridge Select Service, Manager of the Quarter in 2013 by Aimbridge Select Service, being a two-time President’s Club Recipient in 2011 and 2012. Grittman is a designated Global Leadership Professional through the Global Business Travel Association.


    Grittman is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
     

    Frank Solano
    Senior Vice President of Revenue Management
    Frank Solano
    Senior Vice President of Revenue Management

    Frank Solano
    Senior Vice President of Revenue Management

    As Senior Vice president of Revenue Management, Frank Solano is responsible for revenue management efforts for all hotels in the Aimbridge portfolio which includes; engaging with owners, brand leaders, operation leaders and revenue managers to meet the revenue objectives while growing rev-par Index and profitability.

    Solano joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2017 with over 30 years of hospitality industry experience.  Previously, he was the Senior Asset Manager for FelCor Lodging Trust located in Dallas, where he oversaw multiple brands and engaged with management companies and brand contacts. 
    In addition, Solano served as VP Wyndham Hotels & Resorts overseeing a portfolio of luxury, and select service properties across the country.

    Currently, Solano serves on the Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton Revenue Management committees, as well as the  MDAnderson Cancer Patient and CanCare Support Patient networks in Houston Texas.
     

    Finance and IT

    Kevin Detz
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
    Kevin Detz
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

    Kevin Detz
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

    As Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Kevin Detz is responsible for Aimbridge Hospitality’s operational accounting, including financial statement preparation, accounts payable, payroll, tax compliance and internal controls for all hotels under management. 

    Detz joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2014 with over 15 years of accounting and auditing experience. Previously, he served as Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the hospitality group, where he oversaw the accounting of approximately 350 hotels, managed the audit process for hotel portfolios, and oversaw the acquisition and transition of a large public hotel REIT into the Goldman Sachs hospitality platform. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Detz was an Audit Manager for Ernst and Young, LLP, where he was involved in several public debt and equity offerings, including the lead role on an initial public offering for clients in the real estate, retail and equipment rental industries. 

    Detz graduated Magna cum Laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

    Clint Fielding
    Senior Vice President Corporate Finance and FP&A
    Clint Fielding
    Senior Vice President Corporate Finance and FP&A

    Clint Fielding
    Senior Vice President Corporate Finance and FP&A

    As Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance, Clinton Fielding is responsible for directing the development and successful implementation of all corporate accounting policies and procedures, overseeing and coordinating the annual corporate external audits, and providing overall direction and leadership for the company including strategic business development ideas. 

    Fielding joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2011 with over 9 years of accounting experience. Previously, he served as Vice President of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting with Southwest Securities, Inc., where he was responsible for directing a team of nine employees involved in the financial reporting and technical account process, and directed the development of all technical accounting policies, including the derivatives and hedging, ALLL and TDR policies. Additionally, Fielding served as Senior Associate, Audit and Advisory Services with KPMG. 

    Fielding is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration. 
     

    Mike Johnson
    Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer
    Mike Johnson
    Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer

    Mike Johnson
    Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer

    As Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer, Michael Johnson is responsible for treasury operations, cash management, expense management, short-term and long-term financial planning for corporate and managed properties, debt and equity capital sourcing, and acquisitions structuring and due diligence. 

    Johnson joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2011 with 28 years of experience in finance and accounting. Previously, he served in several mid and senior level management positions with AT&T for 13 years, including Assistant Vice President External Reporting, Executive Director Financial Planning, and Director Finance and Accounting. Additionally, he held finance and accounting positions with United Airlines, Montgomery Ward, ServiceMaster and Advocate Healthcare. 

    Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting. 
     

    John Houghton
    Senior Vice President of Business Analytics
    John Houghton
    Senior Vice President of Business Analytics

    John Houghton
    Senior Vice President of Business Analytics

    As Senior Vice President of Business Analytics, John Houghton is responsible for all hotel operational analysis, benchmarking, and budgeting/forecasting. Houghton played an integral role in the development of Horizon, Aimbridge Hospitality’s reporting tool used for performance benchmarking, budgeting/forecasting and ownership reporting. 

    Houghton joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2016 through the acquisition of Pillar Hotels & Resorts. He served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Pillar Hotels & Resorts, where he was responsible for hotel performance reporting and new business development. 

    Houghton is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. 
     

    Lance Kobza
    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
    Lance Kobza
    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    Lance Kobza
    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lance Kobza is responsible for Aimbridge Hospitality’s information technology platform with a focus on the central infrastructure and applications that support accounting, accounts payable, tax, treasury, and business analytics for corporate and hotel operations forecasting, budgeting and reporting. 

    Kobza joined Aimbridge Hospitality in 2016 with over 14 years of experience. Previously, Kobza served as Chief Information Officer at Pillar Hotels and Resorts, where he played an instrumental role in the effort to establish separate and standalone systems to support the management of over 235 select and full-service hotels when the company separated from Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Kobza held several IT and consulting positions at Hitachi Consulting and USAA. 

    Kobza is a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. 
     

    Evolution Hospitality

    John Murphy
    President
    John Murphy
    President

    John Murphy
    President

    JOHN MURPHY A.K.A. "MURPH".  Murph's a builder. Highly analytical, yet passionately creative, Murph enjoys proactively challenging age-old conventional thinking to improve processes and systems through innovative strategies. Murph also builds incredible human capital with a leadership style that is 50% inspiration and 50% accountability, and a belief that it's equally important to develop the person as a whole, not just as an employee.


    Balance is important in every aspect of Murph's life. He balances his obsession with enjoying great food and unique wine with his wife Heidi, with enthusiasm for working out. And results-driven and determined at work, he is equally involved in the lives of his three amazing kids and now triplet grandchildren.


    Murph's other passion is leading Evolution Hospitality's talented team, all vulnerable to each other's talents, without ego, without politics. Sarcastic and lighthearted, Murph is also the alpha dog when it comes to office teasing and pranks. "We only tease you if we love you" is Evolution's unwritten mantra, which further proves how much fun the team has doing what they do.


    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, 1999 - 2010
    •    Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 1998 - 1999
    •    Richfield Hospitality Services, 1983 - 1998

    William Loughran
    Chief Operating Officer
    William Loughran
    Chief Operating Officer

    William Loughran
    Chief Operating Officer

    A Colorado native, Will is from a dedicated family who believes in hard work, leadership and civic involvement. The oldest of three siblings, Will has been honing his leadership skills from a young age. His early experience at Culver Military Academy paved the way for his leadership style and disciplined dedication to his pursuits.


    Will selected Evolution Hospitality because he believes companies with a strong, active culture are the most successful. One of his favorite examples is New Belgium Brewing Company because they have demonstrated successful growth with thoughtful stewardship of associates, the brand and a laser focus on sustainability. Will also thinks New Belgium produces some of the most creative marketing today – as well as a great product.


    Will and his wife Sarah are dedicated adventurers, whether it’s biking, hiking or traveling. Like most new transplants they are inspired by the abundance of lemon, avocado and orange trees that seem to be everywhere in Southern California. They are excited to be able to enjoy year-round, fresh farm-to-table fruit and vegetables, as well as growing their own. Will is a proud dad to three terrific daughters who challenge and inspire him to make the world a better place.

    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality-Chief Operating Officer
        SVP, Operations, 2015-2017
    •    Richfield Hospitality, 2014-2015-President
    •    Sceptre Hospitality Resources and Richfield Hospitality, 2012-2013-SVP Sales & Revenue Strategy
    •    Sceptre Hospitality Resources, 2011 - 2012- VP Revenue Management & eCommerce Solutions
    •    Sage Hospitality, 2005 - 2011- VP Revenue
    •    Marriott International, 1988 - 2005
            - Area Director of Sales & Marketing & Hotel GM, Denver Southeast Market, 2001-2005
            - Market Director of Field Sales, 2000-2001
            - Area Director of Sales & Marketing, 1999-2000
            - Various Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management Positions, 1988-1999

    Matt Raine
    Executive Vice President Development
    Matt Raine
    Executive Vice President Development

    Matt Raine
    Executive Vice President Development

    A couple of things attracted Matt as he considered joining Evolution Hospitality. One was the opportunity to help build Evolution Hospitality. Matt enjoys playing a key role throughout the entire process that includes sourcing a deal, financing the acquisition or development, negotiating the license arrangement and management contract, and interacting with Evolution Hospitality's world-class ops team. Another reason was the obvious focus on Evolution Hospitality's unique culture. Even today, many years later, he's still amazed at the focus on culture and the human element that Evolution Hospitality has successfully maintained while experiencing significant growth. Evolution Hospitality remains what he was told it would be: a unique place with professionals who work together in extraordinary ways.

    Matt is also passionate about travel because he feels getting on the road for any reason provides an education unlike any other and overall life benefits that are invaluable. He and his wife Maria will regularly hit the road with their four kids for sporting events or R&R (where Matt will often sneak into area hotels that Evolution Hospitality may one day manage).

    •    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present
    •    Exec. VP, Investments & Business Development
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, 2010
    •    Sr. VP, Business Development
    •    Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, 2009 - 2010
    •    Sr. VP of Development
    •    Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 1998 - 2008
    •    VP, Development-West, 2005 - 2008
    •    Sr. Director of Development, 2003 - 2005
    •    Director of Corp. Finance, 2001 – 2003
    •    Manager of Corp. Finance, 1998 – 2000
     

    Mark Lewis
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Mark Lewis
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Mark Lewis
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Mark grew up on a farm in the Midwest. As a youngster, he was expected to help with the chores and was molded by the values and work ethic his parents instilled in him from an early age. Those Midwestern values are still very much evident today. In Mark's opinion, hard work never goes unrewarded, and no job is ever completely done.


    Opportunities to personally grow, and mentoring and developing others are two reasons Mark enjoys working at Evolution Hospitality. Spending every day with people you admire and trust and never having to look back or second guess yourself are two more.


    Mark is married to Kim, and they have one smart and beautiful daughter, Ariel, who is currently in grad school in Seattle working on her masters. Mark's other passions are the mountains, woods, streams and everything that comes from being one with nature. He is an avid and effective hunter and being dropped into the wilds of Alaska for two weeks with nothing more than a backpack for survival is Mark's idea of fun. It's also the genesis of his nickname "Sniper." Blend that image with some of Mark's amazing homemade fig jelly or salsa created with fruit harvested from his garden, or pictures of his roses, to understand what an interesting and complex person he is.

     

    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality, 2011- Present- SVP, Operations
         - VP, Operations, 2013-2017
         - Reg. Director, Operations, 2011 - 2013
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, 2005 - 2011- Reg. Director, Operations
    •    Marriott International, 1982 - 2005

    Scott Roby
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Scott Roby
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Scott Roby
    Senior Vice President Operations

    At age 12, Scott determined he wanted to help people experience their dream vacations. Clipboard in hand, he would accompany his dad on trips and get behind the scenes at huge hotels, making notes on how to run a hotel when he was in charge. This early passion led to an undergraduate degree at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Initially, Scott focused on the strategic position of optimizing demand as he pursued a career in revenue management. Wanting to expand his impact beyond that of driving topline revenue, Scott shifted to a role on the Operations team and now oversees the T2 portfolio as well as Evolution’s preopening hotel efforts.


    Outside of travel, there are things Scott is passionate about that are beyond his control. Name any sport and Scott will detail stats of his favorite team. His goal is to spark this same passion for competitive sports in his four daughters and son, providing them with the life lesson of what it's like to be an avid fan of something. Scott also finds healing and rejuvenation in the ocean and beach, hiking and camping, and most recently, road cycling. It's in the simple things he finds most pleasure, including causes that are important to him and his family, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Children’s Alopecia Project.


    EXPERIENCE
    •    Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present- SVP, Operations
       - VP, Revenue Management, 2011 - 2017
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, 2005 - 2010- VP, Revenue Management
    •    La Costa Resort & Spa, 2003-2005- Director of Revenue Management
    •    Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 2001- 2003- Area Director of Revenue Management
    •    Hilton San Diego Resort, 1999-2001- Director of Revenue Management

    Matt Greene
    Senior Vice President Operations
    Matt Greene
    Senior Vice President Operations

    Matt Greene
    Senior Vice President Operations

    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 something. Books topping his list currently are: Three Essays on Universal Law: The Laws of Karma, Will, and Love and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. 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, 2011 - Present- SVP, Operations
         - VP, Operations, 2011-2016
    •    Tarsadia Hotels, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 2008–2011
    •    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, 2006-2008
    •    W Hotels Worldwide, 2005-2006
    •    Gemstone Resorts International, 2004-2005
    •    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, 2001-2003
    •    Wyndham Worldwide, 1995-2000
    •    The Phoenician Resort, 1991-1993