SHAMIN HOTELS: EXECUTIVE TEAM
PC Amin | Founder
BN Shah | Founder
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 now has overall responsibility for over 30 hotels under the Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott and Choice brands. Neil graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School's BS/MBA Submatriculation Program. He serves on the boards of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Better Housing Coalition, and First Capital Bank.
Jay Shah | Vice President of Development
Mark Yardis | Vice President of Operations
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 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
Grayson Owen | Chief Financial Officer
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 &
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 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
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 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.
Rich Lingenfelter | Regional Director of Operations
Rich is based in Washington, DC and oversees Hilton, Marriott, & Starwood branded hotels for Shamin. Prior to joining Shamin Hotels, Rich was a General Manager for OTO Development for five years. He was responsible for the opening of two new-build hotels while with OTO, the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier and the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol, which is the flagship property for OTO. Rich’s hospitality management career spans 14 years and includes involvement in several hotel openings as well as management roles with Hilton, Hyatt, & Intercontinental Hotels Group. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, & Institutional Management from Penn State University in University Park, PA. He also serves on advisory boards for the Hilton Garden Inn brand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).