experienced hotel management executives
James M. HinesChairman
Over 25 years of Hospitality Business Experience
Read MoreHines' advisory roles have included service on the Hilton Garden Inn Owner's Advisory Counsel, consultant and panelist to the annual Barclay's International Hospitality Forum, Hunter Investment Conference, and Midwest Lodging Conference; he is also a proud supporter of the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association. Through these diverse roles, Hines provides unique perspectives on today's business environment from negotiating management contracts, to securing debt, and hiring staff, while most importantly ensuring the success of HP Hotels and its clients.With over 25 years of hospitality business experience, Hines has advised through the development or opening of 18 hotels and consulted on scores of other investments through concept, management and divestment.
Charles OswaldPresident & CEO
Over 20 Years of Hotel & Resort Experience
Read MoreIn his prior role as Vice President of Operations with Noble Investment Group, Charles operated a portfolio of upscale select-service and full-service hotels, and he successfully transitioned his portfolio through Noble's 2011 merger with Interstate Hotels & Resorts. As Vice President, Charles developed or co-authored many of the organization's key enterprise solutions used for Revenue Generation, Profit Analysis and Annual Business Planning.Charles' earlier leadership roles include that of Regional Director of Operations, General Manager, and property level management with Noble Investment Group, Winegardner & Hammons and Hyatt, where he was awarded numerous performance accolades, including "Hotel of the Year."B.S. in Business Management from the University of South Florida.
Kerry RansonChief Development Officer
Over 23 years of Hotel & Resort Experience
Kerry V. Ranson is leading the development efforts for the Company's vision to grow and further diversify the portfolio. Kerry will leverage his extensive industry experience and well as the relationships he has cultivated over the 23 years in the hotel industry to further the growth of HP Hotels' portfolio of managed properties nationwide.
Read MoreKerry has grown management firms into highly successful companies. Formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Expotel Hospitality Services, a New Orleans-based hospitality ownership management and development company, he also held the prestigious position of 2015 Chairman of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Owner's Association.Born and raised in New Orleans, Kerry's entrepreneurial spirit was evident at an early age. He began his hospitality management career in the food and beverage arena with Ruby Tuesday's restaurant chain. Kerry entered the lodging side with Mirage, opening the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi and also spent time with Wilson Hotel Management Company. In 1999, Kerry joined IHG as an Area Director, where he drove both occupancy and ADR by implementing structured revenue management systems at each of his 20-plus properties. Kerry left IHG to join the start-up team of HP Hotels and was instrumental in its founding in 2002 with six hotels, which grew to more than 35 hotels in 16 states. HP Hotels entered the TOP 100 Management Companies under his tenure.After joining Expotel Hospitality as a partner in 2010, Kerry had grown the portfolio from 10 to 22 hotels in six states and moved Expotel to a TOP 50 Management Company 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015. The work at Expotel included successfully diversifying a 5-hotel portfolio, repositioning of numerous assets resulting in quick turnarounds and high yield exits for clients. Kerry's extensive client relationships span over well-known groups such as the Laurus Corporation, Stratford Hospitality, The Berger Company & Hotel Capital, to name a few. Kerry is well recognized in the hospitality industry by both peers and industry experts.B.A. Communications from the University of New Orleans
Joseph PowersChief Financial Officer
20 Year of Financial Management Experience in Hospitality Industry
Read MorePrior to joining HP Hotels, Joseph spent fifteen years working in various hotel leadership roles, working his way up from Night Auditor, to Front Office Manager and ultimately, Controller. It is through his multi-unit and hands-on property-level experience, that Joseph gained invaluable insight toward what it takes to provide General Managers, Corporate Leadership and Financial Stakeholders with the critical information necessary to drive operational results and investment strategy, without hampering the GM's ability to service their guest. Joseph's personal philosophy is "You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." He strongly believes that having common goals with the other members of the team will help insure that everyone is working towards the same result!B.S. in Business Management from University of Alabama.
Jason LaBargeArea Vice President - Operations
20 Years of Hospitality and Hotel Operations Experience
Read MorePrevious HP leadership roles include that of Director of Operations and General Manager where Jason drove strong financial results and cultivated strong hotel teams; many of which are still intact today. Prior to joining HP, Jason grew his career through roles as Assistant General Manager and Front Office Manager.Jason maintains a strong community leadership role as he currently serves on the Rock Hill York County, SC CVB Board of Directors, and the city of Rock Hill Tourism Commission.B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bill OliverArea Vice President - Operations
Over 30 Years in the Hospitality Industry
Bill has held a variety of leadership positions including; Area Vice President of Operations, Corporate Director of Operations and Acquisitions, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, Regional Director of Sales, Regional Director of Operations, and several General Manger positions. Has served as a Board of Director for; Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Ohio Hotel Association, Columbus Hotel Association, Columbus CVB, Philadelphia CVB, Springhill Suites Advisory, Hillsborough County Hotel Association and the Atlanta Airport South Community Improvement Board as Treasurer.
Bill led, as business unit President and global board member, Assa Abloy Hospitality North America, a security products supplier to the hospitality industry. Also, was Managing Director for North America and EMEA for a division of United Technologies.
B.S. Degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Florida.
Wendy MirandaVice President - Sales & Marketing
Over 20 years of marketing, management and sales experience
Read MorePrior to joining HP Hotels, Wendy served as General Manager and held a Regional Sales role with Panos Hotel group. Career highlights include serving on various brand sales advisory councils including currently the Hilton Garden Sales Advisory Council, prior IAHI Sales Focused Committee with IHG 2009-2012 and Choice/Cambria Conference Planning Committees in 2010-2010.B.S. In Business Administration, major in Marketing, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Stephanie AtkissonAVP of Sales & Marketing
15 years of Hotel Sales and Revenue Management Experience
Read MorePrevious HP leadership roles include that of Director of Sales where Stephanie drove strong financial results by implementing a percentage off pricing strategy and was awarded the" Director of Sales of the Year" award in 2007 and "Partner of the Year" with Visit Charlotte in 2008 and "Hospitality Partner of the Year" in 2014. As HP's Tour and Travel Market Segment Leader for five years running, Stephanie has been appointed to sit on the Marketplace Advisory Committee for the American Bus Association.B.A. Marketing, Middle Tennessee State University
Chase RollinsRegional Director of Operations
14 Years of Hospitality and Hotel Operations Experience
Chase Rollins joined HP Hotels in 2014. He brings a dynamic leadership style that is supported by extensive, hands-on knowledge of the hospitality industry. Chase's earlier career experiences in Housekeeping, Front Office, Maintenance, Sales and Food & Beverage give him intimate first-hand knowledge that is leveraged daily to drive improvements throughout all aspects of hotel operations. Under his leadership, his operations teams have consistently exceeded targeted revenue goals and maximized profitability, while delivering exceptional service scores.
Read MorePreviously, Chase was a two-time Balanced Scorecard Award Winner while serving as Area General Manager with Pillar Hotels & Resorts. He was later nominated as HP Hotels GM of the Year, for achieving impressive turnaround results following HP’s takeover of two Hilton and Starwood branded properties in the southwest. Chase’s operational background includes management of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and IHG branded hotels.Chase is a creative thinker who also enjoys staying active in his free time, playing competitive basketball and volleyball. His strong community involvement includes leading a middle school youth group and partnering with the Oklahoma City Habit for Humanity.
Richie MataRegional Director of Operations
Over 30 Years of Hospitality and Hotel Operations Experience
Read MorePreviously, Richie led the team at our award-winning Hilton Garden Inn - West Little Rock which was ranked number 7 within the entire Brand. Under his direction as GM, the Hilton Garden Inn - West Little Rock, AR won the HP "Hotel of the Year" and he was nominated for HP Hotels' "GM of the Year" award that same year. For two consecutive years, his property won HP Hotels' "Highest Service Scores" Award. Richie's operational background includes management of Omni, Starwood, Accor, IHG, Marriott, La Quinta and Hilton branded hotels.Richie is a practical, forward thinker who likes to accomplish things "faster and better than anyone else can" and thrives in a competitive environment. He stays active at the gym, loves all sports, European cars, the outdoors and the sun. He stays involved with local and state organizations that affect the daily lives of everyone.
Nena LaudaniCorporate Director - Revenue Management
18 years of experience in Revenue Management
Read MoreNena joined the hospitality industry in 1997 assisting in the opening of the first Wyndam property in Richmond, Virginia. She has specialized in revenue management for Wyndham, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Choice and Hilton brands. Her market experience spans to airport, downtown, suburb and corporate dense areas.Studied nursing at Richmond Memorial Hospital and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jason ErvinRegional Director of Revenue Management
15 years in the Hotel Industry
Read MoreThis is constantly applied in his personal life, as well as the professional realm. Community involvement, aviation, traveling, spending time with friends, family and his dog are but a few of the hobbies that he like to delve into while out of the office.Brand experience includes IHG, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Wyndham, Starwood, Carlson and independent properties. Jason has managed a diverse class of assets ranging from independent, boutique, select and full service from 12 to 400 rooms.
Jerome PhilippsRegional Director of Revenue Management
15 years of experience in Operations, Sales, & Revenue Management
Read MoreJerome's brand experience includes Marriott, Hyatt, Best Western, and Hilton as well as independent properties within the timeshare industry. His range of markets includes downtown-convention, historic-upscale, suburban, select and full service properties.Now in Dallas, TX, Jerome has worked personally in various geographic markets such as Indiana, Ohio, and South Florida. While with the Hilton Corporate Revenue Team, Jerome worked with properties in markets around the country.
Charles "Cary" L. Tew Jr.Director -Human Resources
With almost 20 years of experience, Cary began his career in Human Resources in 1996 as Human Resources Manager at a regional Professional Employment Organization with over 5,000 employees. After completing his certification in Professional Human Resources Management in 1998, Cary became Director of Loss Control Management before becoming a partner in First Response, Inc. in 2002.
Read MoreAt First Response, he provided consultation services in all areas of HR including training, creating HR policies and procedures, negotiating contracts, negotiating benefit plans, reviewing benefit plans, training for HR management, workplace investigations, mediation, recruiting, administering benefits, overseeing disciplinary action, developing franchise programs, conducting background searches, managing HR records and providing assistance to management at all levels in various industries. Specifically, he focused in providing specialized training programs to companies under the supervision of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and investigating the complaints of employees from small companies to Fortune 500 clients.After working with HP Hotel Management since 2002, Cary joined the Company as an employee in 2009, focusing his Human Resources talents on the clients of HP Hotel Management. Cary continues working as the Director of Human Resources and providing ongoing direction and support to our hotels.Major in Business with a minor in Art, University of Alabama
Neva LongCorporate Director of Human Resources
20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Read MoreNeva's prior roles include that of Regional Director of Human Resources for Noble Investment Group, and Area Human Resource Director with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where she was responsible for recruitment of General Managers and Directors of Sales, implemented strategic management practices, developed training programs, engaged in mentoring and was an expert in conflict resolution. She further managed benefit programs, and achieved significant reduction in EEOC and Worker's Compensation claims across her portfolio.Throughout her career, Neva has impacted organizational culture, and stabilized employee engagement - before, during and after acquisitions. Her genuine, personalized approach has fostered reduction in turnover and outstanding employee engagement. Neva's successes in these areas have contributed to the operating team's ability to achieve superior guest satisfaction and returns for our hotels and their investors.
David HornerSenior Corporate Controller
15 years of experience in Hotel Operations and Accounting
Read MoreBecause of his fondness for numbers David moved to Birmingham Alabama to take the Controller's position at the Ramada Inn - Birmingham Airport in early 1997. David held this position until the hotel was closed for renovation in mid- 2003, when he started with HP Hotels.
Ashley SheffieldCorporate Controller
15 years of experience in Accounting and Hotel Operations
Read MoreAfter moving to Valdosta, GA and working as a front office manager and controller for a Holiday Inn, Ashley began working as a Task Force Controller for Lodging Corporation. She joined the HP Hotels family in 2007 as an assistant general manager at a Holiday Inn in Birmingham, AL. In 2010, Ashley accepted the position of property Corporate Controller and began working for HP Hotels.
Steven PerlmanAccounts Payable Manager
20 years of experience in Accounting, Public Relations and Administration
Read MoreA few years ago, Steven moved back to Birmingham and is enjoying spending time with family and having a real autumn for a change. Steven is also an accomplished freelance writer, having written for NBC, Pax-TV, and syndicated radio stations across the country. He also teaches piano, finally putting that Bachelor of Science in Music Education to some use.BA from University of Alabama