SHAMIN HOTELS: EXECUTIVE TEAM
PC Amin | Founder
BN Shah | Founder
Mr.Neil Amin | Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Amin started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he advised public and private technology companies on merger and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets activities. He currently has overall responsibility for 54 hotels owned and operated by Shamin Hotels under Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels, and Hyatt brands. Additionally, Mr. Amin oversees the operations of Shamin’s Assisted Living and Dementia facilities in Virginia. During his tenure at Shamin Hotels, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Developer of the Year from Intercontinental Hotels Group and the Multi-Brand Developer of the Year, New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hilton Hotels. Mr. Amin was recognized as one of the Fifty Most InfluentialVirginians by Virginia Business in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Mr. Amin graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania,completing both his BS and MBA in Finance. He is passionate about assisting the communities where the associates of Shamin Hotels live and work and currently serves as Chairman of the board of Richmond Region Tourism and serves on the boards of the Virginia Community Development Corporation, the Better Housing Coalition, the Virginia Council on Economic Education, and the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority. Additionally, Mr. Amin serves on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the pleasure of the Governor of Virginia.
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.
Diann Pearson, Regional Director of Operations
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.
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).
Matthew Gleason |Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Shamin hotels
Matthew Joined Shamin hotels in 2014 as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian 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). Prior to joining Shamin Matthew worked in the private club sector being the General Manager of the Bull and Bear Club one of Richmond’s oldest city clubs, The Director of Food and Beverage for Jefferson Lake Side Country Club, in addition to the Private Club Sector Matthew Worked with Prism Hospitality, Concord Hospitality and Omni Hotels. Recipient of the Food and Beverage Associate of the Year for Shamin hotels in 2015.