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SHAMIN HOTELS: EXECUTIVE TEAM

PC Amin | Founder


After working as a Civil Engineer at the Virginia Department of Transportation, PC Amin founded Shamin Hotels by purchasing his first hotel in 1979. Since then, he has developed numerous commercial developments, assisted-living facilities, and hotels over his 35 year career. In 2001, he spearheaded the development of the Cultural Center of India, located in Richmond, VA. (a non-profit center that caters to the needs of the local community). In addition to his efforts at Shamin Hotels, PC Amin serves as Chairman of the Cultural Center of India, and sits on the board of Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation in Richmond, VA He has received many honors from the industry and the community including Hilton’s Lifetime Achievement Award and IHG Developer of the Year award. PC’s immeasurable generosity towards others and endless drive for success, are deeply rooted in the culture of Shamin Hotels today.

BN Shah | Founder


BN Shah co-founded Shamin Hotels in 1979, with his brother-in-law PC Amin, with the purchase of the company's first property in Lumberton, NC. Since then, he has concentrated on managing and expanding Shamin Hotels interests in North Carolina. Currently, BN stays active with the company by aiding the executive team with Shamin's long-term strategy and planning.

Neil Amin | Chief Executive Officer

Neil Amin serves as Chief Executive Officer of Shamin Hotels.  He oversees the company’s day to day operations as well as its acquisitions, development, and financing activities.  Shamin Hotels’ real estate holdings include properties under the Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, Starwood and Hyatt brands, as well as the Brighter Living Assisted Living Facility and Sunflower Gardens Dementia Facility. Neil began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co in New York, advising technology companies on public and private mergers, acquisitions and capital market activities. He graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2000 and an MBA in 2001.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of Richmond Region Tourism and serves on the boards of The Better Housing Coalition, Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation, Virginia Community Development Corporation and the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority.  Additionally, Neil serves on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia, at the pleasure of the Governor.

Jay Shah | Vice President of Development

Jay Shah is responsible for new property development by examining markets and searching for viable projects and provides oversight of development through to the opening of the hotel. In this role, Jay implements all hotel-operating programs and ensures maximum franchise support as well as develops Shamin's community outreach programs by getting properties involved with the local community. Jay studied Hotel-Restaurant Management and Business Administration at James Madison University and serves as Chairman of the North Carolina Hotel and Motel Association and sits on the board of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Mark Yardis | Vice President of Operations
mark.yardis@shaminhotels.com

A newcomer to our team in 2008, Mark has had a diverse background in Hotel Operations and multi-unit responsibility. Prior to joining Shamin Hotels, he oversaw a portfolio of franchised hotels in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Hilton, and Holiday Inn brands. Mark also served Omni Hotels for more than twenty years in positions of increasing responsibility, rounding out his tenure as Area Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. Mark supports senior leadership in initiatives to manage the evolution of the portfolio, and is responsible for the overall implementation of strategic goals and objectives.

Grayson Owen | Chief Financial Officer


Grayson Owen joined Shamin Hotels in 2000 after previously worked for KPMG as an audit and tax supervisor, and Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex in a similar position. Grayson directs Shamin Hotels' centralized accounting department, where he is responsible for internal audit implementation, financial statement review and budget preparation. Additionally, he is involved in the evaluation of new developments and acquisitions. Grayson graduated from the University of Alabama with a Masters of Tax, and The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his CPA in 1992.

Nick Petrone | Vice President of Food and Beverage
nick@shaminhotels.com

Nick joined Shamin Hotels in September, 2005 as Vice President of Food and Beverage, and Director of Professional Development. Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry, in many different capacities. Nick previously served as the Vice President of Operations for Briggs Hospitality, overseeing all operations for the Sheraton Park South Hotel, Holiday Inn Crossroads, Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, Comfort Inn Midtown, Comfort Inn Burlington, and the Radisson Hotel Richmond Historic District. He has also served as Food and Beverage Director at the Crowne Plaza River District Hotel. Nick is a graduate of Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia..

Michael Sweeney | Vice President of Design & Construction
michael@shaminhotels.com

Michael Sweeney is Vice President, Design and Construction of Shamin Hotels. He joined Shamin in 2005, bringing more than 20 years of design leadership, construction expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Michael Sweeney focuses on overall building design, construction, innovation, technology and the guest experience. Michael was instrumental in the design and construction of several Shamin properties, including the Four Diamond, Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Glen Allen, Virginia. Michael has overseen more than $230,000,000.00 in hotel construction. Before joining Shamin Hotels, Michael Sweeney served as Principal, and President of Griffey Associate, where his focus on Architecture, building, technology, and client satisfaction led to many successful projects. Michael is a Licensed Architect in several States, sailor, and avid pilot.

 

Michelle Sarr | Regional Director of Operations
michelle.sarr@shaminhotels.com


For the past 20 years, Michelle has held the positions of General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Rooms Division Manager, Director of Housekeeping, and Front Office Manager. Michelle joined Shamin hotels in 2004 because she felt that given her background and her role it was a perfect fit. What matters most to her is her family and she believed that joining an organization in which the culture embraces both family and profession was a rare opportunity. Michelle has since then received several awards including the prestigious PC Amin Award. She currently oversees several branded hotels. Her passion is to inspire learning individuals to unlock their potential within the hospitality industry. Michelle has an appetite for adventure, is an avid reader and has a passion for volunteering. She is equally smitten reveling in the arts and culture as she is with swimming and learning to play the piano.

 

Sunny Amin, C.H.A | Regional Director of Operations
sunny.amin@shaminhotels.com

Sunny Amin began his career at Shamin Hotels in 1996 when he opened the first Holiday Inn Express for the company and was the youngest General Manager (and Youngest C.H.A) in the United States. He was promoted to Regional Director of Operations in 1999. Since then, Sunny has been involved in the opening of more than 30 hotels, including: Holiday Inns, Hampton Inns, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inns, Courtyards, Residence Inns, and Comfort Suites. Sunny has also completed more than a dozen Brand Renovations for Holiday Inn Express & Hampton Inn brands. He has helped to train several General Managers, Director of Sales and Regional Directors for the company. Sunny graduated from University of Bombay, India, with a Degree in Management Accounting.

 

Suhail Arora | Regional Director of Operations
suhail@shaminhotels.com

During his dynamic career with Shamin Hotels, Suhail is the only two-time winner of the, "PC Amin Award," (the most prestigious award in our organization). After serving as an award-winning General Manager for 4 years, Suhail was promoted to Regional Director in 2006. He currently oversees the revenue management, operations and capital expenditures for Hilton, Marriott and Choice branded hotels. Suhail graduated from University of Bombay, India, with a degree in Management Accounting and Economics.

Nitin Shah | Regional Director of Operations  
nitin.shah@shaminhotels.com

During his dynamic career with Shamin Hotels, Suhail is the only two-time winner of the, "PC Amin Award," (the most prestigious award in our organization). After serving as an award-winning General Manager for 4 years, Suhail was promoted to Regional Director in 2006. He currently oversees the revenue management, operations and capital expenditures for Hilton, Marriott and Choice branded hotels. Suhail graduated from University of Bombay, India, with a degree in Management Accounting and Economics.

Mike Watkins, C.H.A | Area General Manager


Mike joined Shamin Hotels in July, 2013 as part of the purchase/conversion of the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center that was rebranded to the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian and remains the largest suburban conference center in the metro Richmond market with 237 guest rooms along with 26,000 sq ft of meeting space, including two ballrooms that will seat 700 and 450 people (2nd largest hotel in the Richmond Region behind only the Richmond Marriott). He has been with the property for 28+ years and currently has responsibility for both Hilton and IHG branded hotels. Prior to relocating to Virginia, Mike spent several years with a large real estate/resort development in Northeast Florida with responsibility for the resort side of the operation (3 golf courses, 2 food & beverage operations, tennis club, swim/fitness club and a marina). He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Accounting major and has also attended various leadership/management workshops throughout his career. Mike currently serves as the President of the Richmond Region Hospitality Association (formerly the hotel/motel association) along with being a board member/officer (Treasurer) of Richmond Region Tourism and was a former board member of the Retail Merchants Association of Richmond.

 

Leigh P. Burke | Vice President of Operations - Assisted Living
leigh.burke@shaminhotels.com

Leigh joined Shamin Hotels in 2000, as Director of Marketing, for Brighter Living Assisted Living. From there, she assumed the Administrator position in January, 2001. Leigh is responsible for the oversight of the senior communities division of Shamin Communities, including the development of new properties, and the acquisition of existing properties. Leigh graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Psychology and MS in Gerontology, specializing in psycho geriatrics. For additional information about Shamin's assisted living facilities, please visit www.brighter-living.com.

 

Eileen Lamb | Corporate Director of Human Resources eileen.lamb@shaminhotels.com

Eileen Lamb joined Shamin Hotels in 2011, with extensive experience in human resources, and 12 years directly in the hotel industry. She demonstrated great passion as Human Resources Manager at the Embassy Suites, here in Richmond, at the beginning of her career. As the Human Resources Director at the Tides Inn (Irvington, VA), she was instrumental in repositioning the resort in the market place. More recently, she was a Human Resources Consultant for a professional employer organization, and oversaw the HR function for a company in the critical power industry. Eileen’s first assignment in the hospitality industry was an internship at Walt Disney World. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Eileen has continued her development and has been SPHR certified (Senior Professional in HR).

 

 
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