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SHAMIN HOTELS: EXECUTIVE TEAM

PC Amin | Founder

After purchasing his first property in 1979, PC Amin has developed numerous properties that include commercial developments, assisted living facilities, and hotels. Mr. Amin 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 First Capital Bank in Richmond, Va. His 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 Mr. Shah stays active with the company by aiding the executive team with Shamin's long-term strategy and planning.

 

Neil Amin | Chief Executive Officer

Neil started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he advised technology companies on public and private merger and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets activities. He currently has overall responsibility for over 35 hotels owned and operated by Shamin Hotels under Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott, Hyatt, and Starwood brands.  Additionally, Neil oversees the operations of Shamin’s Assisted Living and Dementia facilities in Hopewell, Virginia.

Neil graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School's BS/MBA Submatriculation Program.  He currently serves on the boards of Richmond Region Tourism, The Better Housing Coalition, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Foundation, First Capital Bank, 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 thirty year industry veteran, Mark Yardis most recently oversaw a portfolio of franchised hotels in the Mid-Atlantic region including Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Suites, Westin, Hilton Suites and Holiday Inn brands. Mark previously served Omni Hotels for more than twenty years in positions of increasing responsibility, rounding out his tenure as Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. Mark supports senior leadership in initiatives to manage the evolution of the brands and social culture for the overall success of Shamin’s strategic goals.

 

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

 

Sarah Garcia | Vice President of Sales & Marketing
sarah.garcia@shaminhotels.com
Sarah is the most recent member of the Shamin Hotels leadership team, joining in December, 2012 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Sarah has been in the hospitality industry for the past 17 years with experience in resorts, full and select service hotels. Sarah spent the past eight years with Noble Investment Group that merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2011. She was responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of a portfolio of hotels that included Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and Intercontinental brands. She was responsible for driving top line revenues and managed relationships between the hotel leadership teams and the different ownership entities. Sarah supports all sales and marketing efforts for the entire portfolio of Shamin Hotels.

 

Grayson Owen | Chief Financial Officer
grayson@shaminhotels.com

Grayson Owen 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.

 

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

Michael Sweeney joined Shamin Hotels in December 2005 as the Corporate Architect with more than 15 years experience in the architectural profession. Michael is a licensed architect in multiple states and a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate holder, as well as a member of the International Code Council. Michael oversees and directs all new hotel construction projects.

 

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

Sunny Amin began his career  at Shamin Hotels in August 1996. He opened the First Holiday Inn Express for the company and was the Youngest General Manager & also the Youngest C.H.A in the United States.  He was Promoted to Director of Operations in 1999.  Since then Sunny Amin has been involved in the opening  of more than 30 hotels to include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hampton Inns, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites. Sunny also has completed more than a dozen Brand Renovations for Holiday Inn Express &  Hampton Inns. Sunny also has helped to train several General Managers, Director Of Sales and Regional Managers for the company.  Sunny Amin currently overlooks Revenue, Operations, Hiring ,Training, Sales, Marketing & Capital Expenditures  for 10 Hotels to include Hilton & IHG Brands. 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. Suhail was promoted to Regional Director in 2006. He currently oversees the revenue management, operations and capital expenditure for Hilton, Marriott and Choice branded hotels. Suhail Arora graduated from University of Bombay, India with a degree in Management Accounting and Economics.

 

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

Nitin Shah became a member of Shamin Hotels in 2005. While working in the company, he also supervises revenue, hotel operations, and capital expenditures for the IHG, Choice, and Hilton brands. He was distinguished with the BN Shah award and the Outstanding award. He graduated from BVM College in India with a degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining the company, in New York, he obtained a PE license and worked in the State Department of Transportation for thirteen years.

 

Kelsey Gage | Regional Director of Operations
kelsey.gage@shaminhotels.com

Kelsey Gage rejoined Shamin Hotels in 2013 as the Regional Director of Operations for both Maryland Hilton Garden Inn properties. She has extensive hospitality experience and previously worked with Shamin Hotels as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC –Greenbelt hotel. Most recently, Gage served as the General Manager for another Hilton Garden Inn in Maryland. She has gained experience in a multitude of positions such as front desk, General Manager, Director of Sales, Regional Director of Sales, along with marketing and revenue management.

Gage earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communications from Hood College in Frederick, MD.

 

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

Leigh joined Shamin Hotels in October 2000 as Director of Marketing for Brighter Living Assisted Living and 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 within the human resources discipline and 7 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, in 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 also 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).

 

Nena Laudani | Corporate Director of Revenue Management
Nena.laudani@shaminhotels.com

Nena has served in the hospitality industry for 15 years.  Her well rounded career includes guest services, housekeeping, engineering, accounting and food and beverage with a passion for revenue management.  She most recently worked with a full service Sheraton as Director of Revenue management for 5 years.  Her experience spans a variety of full service brands such as Wyndham, IHG, Starwood, Marriott and Omni Hotels.  Nena currently oversees the company’s revenue management efforts and directly supports the Marriott, Hyatt and Starwood brands.

 

Jackie DuVal | Corporate Director of Ecommerce
jackie.duval@shaminhotels.com

Jackie joined Shamin in 2013, directing and overseeing all forms of electronic marketing.  With a background in marketing, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Strayer University with Cum Laude honors, she currently creates content in many electronic forms, including: social media, web site, email campaigns (external and internal), announcements and PR. Jackie has worked with the public for the entirety of her career, and enjoys all forms of communications and creativity.

 
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