John BeldenPresident and Chief Executive Officer
John joined Davidson in 1989. He led the Business Development team during a period of unprecedented growth for the company, overseeing new management, acquisition and development opportunities for the company, as well as asset management and asset disposition responsibilities. Prior to Davidson, John served on the Concept Development team for Homewood Suites and later became its Director of Development - Western Region. John also worked in the Development and Market Planning Division of Holiday Corporation providing development services primarily to the Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn systems. Previous to Holiday Corporation, John worked in the Franchise/Development area of The Residence Inn Company and started his hospitality career as a hotel consultant at Laventhol and Horwath.
John currently serves on the Hilton Owner's Advisory Council, the Sheraton Owner's Advisory Council, the Executive Board of ASFONA (Association of Starwood Franchises and Owners North America), the Hyatt Full-Service Hotel Franchise Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors for Give Kids the World, and the Michigan State University Real Estate Advisory Council. He is also an Appointed Director of the HRI School at Michigan State University. John was named Michigan State University’s Industry Leader of the Year in 2010 and is being inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame later this year. John obtained a degree from the Business College at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
Steven MargolChief Investment Officer
Steven Margol joined the company in 1994. Steve oversees the growth of the company's portfolio, including investment, acquisition and disposition activity, and asset management. He is also responsible for creating and maintaining both equity and debt relationships with top-tier capital partners. Prior to Davidson, Steve was Vice President of Appraisal & Consulting with Grubb & Ellis Company, with national responsibility for hospitality industry assignments. Prior to his association with Grubb & Ellis, Steve was a hospitality industry specialist with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets'' Real Estate Investment Banking Department, and Laventhol and Horwath. Steve received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Emory University.
Patrick LupshaExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Patrick Lupsha joined the company in 2001. Prior to joining Davidson, Pat served for 16 years with Wyndham International and held a number of key positions, including that of Senior Vice President. During his tenure at Wyndham, Pat directed hotel conversions, capital projects, third-party owner relations, and revpar/profit growth. He also served as Vice President/General Manager of the Wyndham Anatole, a 1,620 room property, located in Dallas, Texas, and the Wyndham Elbow Beach Resort, a four-star beachfront resort, located in Paget, Bermuda. As Senior Vice President, Pat supervised approximately 50 Wyndham hotels. Pat is currently serving on the DoubleTree Owner Advisory Council and served three years on the Marriott Food & Beverage Advisory Board.
Thom GeshayChief Operating Officer
Thom Geshay has been in a management position with Davidson since 1987. Thom is responsible for new business activity and the growth of the company through management, ownership and development opportunities. He also oversees property dispositions, re-financings and asset management functions. His experience in the hospitality industry spans two decades during which he held a variety of property and corporate level positions in operations and business development. He began his hotel career at an early age as a bellman, working his way through the ranks and acquiring considerable expertise in virtually every aspect of hotel development and operations. He has completed over a billion dollars in acquisitions and recapitalizations, primarily single-asset and portfolio transactions, and has structured joint venture agreements, negotiated management contracts, and negotiated franchise agreements with virtually every brand. Thom held several other strategic corporate positions during his tenure with Davidson including Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to his corporate positions, he served as General Manager for several properties within the Davidson portfolio. He also spent 3 years as Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Tarsadia Hotels. Thom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Barry E. WablerExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Barry Wabler, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the company on October 1, 2012. Barry oversees the Accounting, Information Technology, and Risk Management areas, as well as aids in the strategic direction of the company. Prior to Davidson, Barry was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hotel Equities Group, an Atlanta-based hotel management and development company that underwent significant growth during his tenure. He has held a number of senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Currey & Company, Inc., an international home furnishings manufacturer and distributor and Frosty Acres Brands, Inc., a national foodservice cooperative where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenures, both companies expanded operations and increased market share. Barry began his career with Arthur Andersen, LLP where he worked with real estate, banking, and hospitality clients, including Abrams Industries, DoubleTree Hotels, and Terrace Garden Inn. Barry is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, Financial Executives Institute, American Institute of CPAs, and Cushman & Wakefield CFO Roundtable. He holds a BBA and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Crystal BeasleySenior Vice President and General Counsel
Crystal Beasley joined the company in 2007. Her primary responsibility is monitoring and overseeing the legal and contractual obligations of the company. Prior to joining Davidson, Crystal was an Associate in the Commercial Transactions and Real Estate practice group of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing Management with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she also served as the Executive Editor of the Arkansas Law Review.
Bernie MurphySenior Vice President of Business Development
Bernie Murphy joined the company in 2008. He is responsible for spearheading the company's efforts in securing third-party management contracts. Bernie joined Davidson from Pinnacle Hotels USA, a San Diego-based lodging ownership and management entity, where he was chief investment officer. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president at The Plasencia Group (TPG), a premier hospitality brokerage and consulting firm. Before his tenure with TPG, Bernie held a variety of positions over a 13-year period with Guest Quarters Suite Hotels/DoubleTree Hotels at the property, regional and corporate levels. Bernie received a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Jason RabidouxVice President - Business Development, West Coast
Jason Rabidoux joined the company in 2013. He is responsible for new business opportunities including acquisitions, new developments, and management contracts for the Western region. Prior to joining Davidson, Jason served as both an Asset Manager and most recently Director of Real Estate and Business Development for The Hotel Group (THG) based in Seattle, Washington. Before THG, Jason held positions as both an Associate and Senior Associate at HREC Investment Advisors – Hospitality Real Estate Advisors – where he led the disposition analysis, valuation and deal structure modeling for nearly $1 Billion of lodging assets. Jason is a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Finance. He is an active member of The School of Hospitality Business’ Alumni Association Appointed Board of Directors and Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Advisory Council. Jason also holds a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) accreditation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).
Ted ArpsSenior Vice President Business Development
Ted Arps joined the company in 2005. His primary responsibility is the development of new management and ownership opportunities for the company as well as disposition and asset management functions. Prior to Davidson, Ted was Director of Hotel Investments for Crow Holdings, where he managed Crow's hotel investment holdings. Prior to that, Ted spent fifteen years with Bristol Hotels and Resorts in a variety of operational and development roles finishing his career with Bristol as Senior Vice President of Operations. Ted holds a Bachelor of Hotel Administration degree from Cornell University.
Kyle BowmanVice President of Investment Management
Kyle Bowman joined Davidson Hotels & Resorts in 2014. His primary responsibility is to establish, monitor and execute investment strategies for the company’s portfolio, which are designed to maximize value for ownership. Kyle came to Davidson from InterContinental Hotels Group where he served in their Capital Investments & Transactions and Market Feasibility & Investment Analysis teams. Before IHG, Kyle was an Asset Manager with TriMont Real Estate Advisors and held various positions with PKF Consulting. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Lew LemonRegional Vice President of Operations
Lew Lemon joined Davidson in 2006. He was appointed General Manager of the Westin Annapolis prior to its opening, and stayed in that role until his promotion to Regional Vice President. He also served a short term assignment as General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown. Lew began his career in the hospitality industry in 1989 at the Sheraton City Center Hotel (now known as The Wyndham Washington) where he served as controller and then as General Manager. Lew received a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University.
Marisa SerranoRegional Vice President of Operations
Marisa Serrano joined the company in 2004 as General Manager of the Marriott Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City, Missouri. She then served as General Manager at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp in San Diego, California, before her recent promotion to Regional Vice President-Operations. Prior to joining Davidson, Marisa served in general manager positions with Adam's Mark Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Quorum Hotels and Resorts. She began her career in the hospitality industry in 1988 at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, where she served as reservations manager and then as front office manager. Marisa received a BS in Business Administration at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds certifications as a Trainer in Housekeeping Management and Trainer in Front Office Operations from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.
Kathy HoodVice President of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management
Kathy Hood joined the company in 1987 and has experienced and mastered many areas of the hospitality field. Her passion and hard work paved the way for positions of Directors of Sales and General Manager in several of Davidson’s hotels . Kathy also spent time during her career at the property level in task force opportunities supporting several of the hotels in the portfolio. Her support was focused in the areas of sales, revenue management and operations. In 2000, Kathy was promoted to Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. Her primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of sales and revenue generation for the company. Kathy takes a hands on approach with the hotel teams to ensure her leadership aligns for success in motivating and inspiring the teams to superior performance. Kathy is also an active participate on many brand advisory groups and consistently continues to strengthen relationships with brand executives. Her 26 year with the company has allowed her to touch and manage every major brand and several independent hotels. Kathy graduated from the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Dan EngleVice President of Field Sales
Dan joined the company in 2010 as Vice President-Field Sales. Dan has over 30 years of sales and marketing management experience in the hospitality industry, with over 16 years spent in senior level positions, managing nearly every major brand and a multitude of upscale independent hotels. Dan joined Davidson from Interstate Hotels & Resorts where he was Senior VP-Sales & Marketing and was also VP-Sales & Marketing with Sunstone Hotel Management who was acquired by Interstate. Prior to that, he served as Vice President-Sales and Marketing with Sunstone Hotel Properties. He served also as EVP and Chief Operating Officer for Spa Sydell, Inc., VP-Sales and Marketing with Lodgian, Inc., and several positions with Interstate Hotels Corporation. Dan is currently an active committee participant in and past member of ASAE, HSMA, MPI, and many other industry organizations. He also is an active participant in many brand advisory groups, such as the Marriott franchise marketing advisory board.
Steve KilroyVice President of Food and Beverage
Steve Kilroy joined the company in July 2006 as Corporate Director of Food & Beverage. He is responsible for directing Davidson's Food & Beverage programs, profitability, and customers' dining experiences. Prior to joining the Davidson team, he worked for Wyndham Hotels for 12 years holding several positions including Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Regional, and Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Corporate Director of Operations for Shula's Steak House, and Corporate Asset and Procurement Manager for the South Hampton Beach Resort Bermuda. Steve is originally from the Boston area and earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Ben FulwiderCorporate Director of F&B
Ben Fulwider joined Davidson in 1997 as Executive Sous Chef at the Hilton Tampa Westshore hotel. He most recently served as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton University of Florida until his promotion to Corporate Director of F&B in June 2011. While at Davidson, Ben transitioned numerous hotels, headed up standardizing corporate procedures and training, and drove one of the company's best F&B teams. In addition, he also has served as Executive Chef for the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg in Gaithersburg, MD. Prior to Davidson he served as Executive Chef at Rock Bottom Restaurants in Denver, CO; and Director of F&B for DoubleTree Wilmington, DE.
Ben is an active member of the American Culinary Federation and is a huge advocate of changing the public mindset of food and beverage in hotel restaurants.
He is a graduate of the Culinary School at Kendall College in Chicago, IL.
John KerkeslagerCorporate Executive Chef
John Kerkeslager joined Davidson in 2010. John is responsible for coordinating Davidson's culinary arts programs and profitability. Prior to joining Davidson, John was with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts where he served for 16 years holding the position of Executive Chef at various properties in the U.S. and Caribbean. John received the Executive Chef of the Year award for Hotels & Resorts and is the 2010 IACC Conference Center Executive Chef of the Year for the U.S. Before his work in hotels and resorts, John served for eight years in the U.S. Armed Forces as a Food Service Specialist at home and abroad. John earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Tim DeBruinCorporate Director of Catering and Convention Services
Tim DeBruin joined the company in 2002. His primary responsibility is overseeing the company-wide catering sales and convention service programs. Prior to joining Davidson, he was Regional Director of Catering with Wyndham International responsible for 53 hotels and resorts. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tim earned his degree in Restaurant Management form the University of Wisconsin - Stout and his degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Phillip MillerVice President of Design and Construction
Phillip Miller joined the company in 2000 and currently heads up the Design and Construction Department for Davidson. During his tenure, Phil has developed and managed over $700 million worth of projects from renovations to ground up build-out. Under his leadership, Design and Construction oversees the development, management and reporting of all new construction, renovation activities and yearly capital expenditure plans. Phil also assists the business development department with repositioning plans when involving conversions and new purchases that require renovations, and assists operations in developing and implementing special projects that produce favorable ROI. Phil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Tom RybskiSenior Director of Projects
Tom Rybski joined the company in 2008. His primary responsibilities are overseeing renovation activities and yearly capital expenditure plans for Davidson's hotel portfolio. Prior to Davidson, Tom had over 15 years of experience as an architect in Denver and San Diego, having worked on a wide variety of projects, including hotels. In addition to his past architectural experience, Tom served more than 12 years with several hotel companies including Marriott Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group and most recently with Sunstone Hotel Investors, a California based hotel REIT. Tom received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College and a Master of Science in Real Estate & Construction Management degree from the University of Denver. Tom is a licensed architect in multiple states.
Mary PowersVice President of Human Resources
Mary Powers joined Davidson in 2012. Mary is a 20-year veteran in human resources within the hospitality industry. She most recently served as Vice President-Human Resources for Remington Hotels. Prior to Remington Hotels, she served as Vice President-Human Resources for LXR Luxury Resorts and Hotels in Dallas, TX. In addition, Mary worked for Wyndham International, holding the positions of Vice President-Employee Relations and Corporate HR; Director, Employee and Labor Relations; and Regional HR Manager. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Rodger SellersDirector of Recruiting
Rodger Sellers joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts as the Director of Recruiting in January 2013. Rodger has multiple years of expertise, building and leading Recruiting Teams, within different industries. Previously he was the Director of Talent Management at Bovis Lend Lease. Prior to Bovis Lend Lease he served as North America Recruiting Manager Hyperion Solutions / Oracle, and has held additional leadership positions for such firms as Resumix, Cap Gemini America, McDonnell Douglas and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Prior to his corporate roles, Rodger was a member of the United States Army for over 20 years, and is an active participant in the Wounded Warrior Program.
Michele SmithVice President of Hotel Accounting
Michele Smith, Vice President of Hotel Accounting - Michele joined Davidson in 2014 and brings with her twenty-three years of veteran hospitality accounting experience. With a drive focused around efficiency and effectiveness, she has the overall responsibility for accurate and timely reporting of financial results for all hotels. She is also responsible for overseeing the accounting functions for fixed assets and capital spending, and managing the internal audit department. She most recently came from Hospitality Ventures Management Group. Prior to HVMG she worked at LXR Luxury resorts and Wyndham International in various accounting roles. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Hank ArtimeVice President - Finance & Treasurer
Hank Artime joined the company in 2015. He has overall responsibility for treasury management including the movement of funds as required by hotel operations, loans and management agreements, and managing bank relationships and accounts. He is also responsible for insuring hotels have adequate operating capital through cash forecasting and overseeing accounts payable. Hank came to Davidson from The Krystal Company, a southeast QSR company, where he served as Vice President-Treasurer. Hank previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Lodgian, Inc., a public owner-operator of hotels, and as a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and a MBA in Corporate Finance from Georgia State University, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Chris LoPilatoSenior Director – Corporate Accounting
Christopher LoPilato, Senior Director - Corporate Accounting joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts on January 26, 2015. Christopher oversees Corporate Reporting and Tax Compliance, Risk Management and Insurance and Accounting for Davidson and company-related entities. Prior to Davidson, Christopher was CFO of Augusta Hospitality Management Group, a hotel management company, where he led a Chapter 11 reorganization that successfully emerged with a Court approved Plan of Reorganization.
LoPilato has held a number of senior management financial positions including CFO of Premier Hotel Corporation and Vice President &Treasurer of Dewberry Capital Corporation, a real estate development and management company. During his tenures, he was responsible for financial reporting, portfolio investments, insurance and tax compliance.
Christopher also served as Vice President of Finance and Asset Management for the hotel group of Equitable Real Estate. He closed over $80 million of hotel acquisitions and oversaw an additional $500 million of hotel refinancing transactions. As asset manager, Christopher enhanced hotel asset values for institutional investors through improved operating results and by monitoring hotel performance metrics.
Christopher began his professional career with KPMG in Boston where he worked with financial institutions, retail and manufacturing businesses. Christopher holds a Masters in Finance and Real Estate from Bentley University - McCallum Graduate School of Business and a BSBA degree - Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
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