SHAMIN HOTELS: EXECUTIVE TEAM
PC Amin | Founder
BN Shah | Founder
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
Mark Yardis | Vice President of Operations
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.
Nick Petrone | Vice President of Food and Beverage
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 &
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.
Grayson Owen | Chief Financial Officer
Michelle Sarr | Regional Director of Operations
Sunny Amin, C.H.A | Regional Director of Operations
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
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.
Dave Dickinson, CHA Regional Director of Operations
Dave has studied accounting, completed the General Management Program at Cornell University, served as Regional Governor for Best Western Hotels, and served on the IHG Owners Association. During his decade plus employment with Briggs Hospitality, Dave’s hotel was voted top hotel in Virginia two years in a row by IHG Rewards members while he was General Manager. In his recent position as President of WNW Hospitality Management, Dave oversaw 10 hotels in the Full Service, Conference Center, and Limited Service sectors of the industry. His award winning properties were across multiple brands.
Joseph Galvan, CHA Regional Director of Operations
Certified as a General Manager for Hilton, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn. Joseph travelled extensively across the United States in various assignments, and in doing so has won several awards for performance. He is known as a champion of "Service Culture" through Trust-based leadership initiatives and cross functional collaboration. In a recent assignment, he reflagged the Doubletree Hotel Largo, MD where the team increased SALT scores dramatically and delivered superb RevPAR index gains. Joseph is also adept with orchestrating the Food & Beverage operations in full service hotels, having opened and operated restaurants within several of his hotels.
Mike Watkins, C.H.A | Area General Manager
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).