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James M. Hines, Chairman at HP Hotels

James M. Hines

Chairman
"The recognition by our investors of the performance of the brands is very rewarding. As a management company, we have to produce results, and the relationships of trust and respect built between the brand support teams and my corporate staff help us achieve those results."
Over 25 years of Hospitality Business Experience
 
Mike Hines founded HP Hotels in 2002 with the vision of creating a hotel management company that provides more than just management, "I wanted to build a company committed to the development of successful, long-term relationships." Over the course of the last decade, Hines has emerged as an industry leader and trusted advisor. 
 
Hines' 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.
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HP Hotels - Charles Oswald, President & CEO

Charles Oswald

President & CEO
"A best-in-class management company can turn a good investment, into a Great Investment Return."
Over 20 Years of Hotel & Resort Experience
 
As President & CEO, Charles Oswald is responsible for the company vision, business development, and day to day operational execution at HP. With over 20 years of hotel and resort experience that includes Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and independents, he is knowledgeable in all phases of hotel operations from concept and opening, to managing the processes of budget, revenue planning, daily execution and long term financial planning. 
 
In 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.
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Kerry Ranson, Partner at HP Hotels

Kerry Ranson

Chief Development Officer
"Consistency developed through systems execution is the groundwork for any successful venture."
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. 
 
Kerry 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
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Joseph Powers, Chief Financial Officer at HP Hotels

Joseph Powers

Chief Financial Officer
"You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. I strongly believe that having common goals with the other members of the team will help insure that everyone is working towards the same result!"
20 Year of Financial Management Experience in Hospitality Industry
 
Joe Powers is an original founder of HP Hotels, having joined the company in 2002. As Chief Financial Officer and Partner, Joseph is responsible for all functions of finance, accounting, tax, reporting, treasury, risk management, information technology and legal/compliance. With over 20 years of financial management experience in the hospitality industry, Joe has extensive experience in acquisitions, loan restructurings and cash flow management. 
 
Prior 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.
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Jason LaBarge, Area Vice President - Operations at HP Hotels

Jason LaBarge

Area Vice President - Operations
"When you strive for success on a daily basis through training and accountability, you can achieve the desired results to be Best in Class!"
20 Years of Hospitality and Hotel Operations Experience
 
Jason LaBarge brings over 16 years of successful hands-on experience to HP Hotels. As Area Vice President of Operations, he is responsible for the day-to-day support and oversight of a region of upscale, select service hotels based in the Charlotte, NC market. Jason supports hotel strategy in the areas of operations, human resources, financial success, and superior service; working with such premium brands as Omni, Hyatt, Hilton, Choice and Independent hotels.Jason's hotels have consistently been atop the company's Balanced Scorecard and have won several company awards including Hotel of the Year, GM of the Year, and Director of Sales of the Year. 
 
Previous 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
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HP Hotels - Bill Oliver, Area Vice President - Operations

Bill Oliver

Area Vice President - Operations
"Leaders inspire, excite, forge 100% commitment and mobilize the team to deliver exceptional results"
Over 30 Years in the Hospitality Industry
 
During his hospitality career, Bill has developed extensive experience across a wide range of hotel segments, markets, brands and positions. As a hands on leader, he specializes in sales, operations and turnaround efforts with over 30 years of successful results identifying key strategic opportunities and driving tactical execution to improve top line sales and profits for companies ranging from start-ups to over $120 million in revenue. Brands include Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Choice, Crowne Plaza, Independents, and Casino operations. 
 
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.
 
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Wendy Miranda, Vice President - Sales & Marketing at HP Hotels

Wendy Miranda

Vice President - Sales & Marketing
"The culture in our company is what drives our success. It's for everyone, not just the sales persons. Everyone from the corporate level to every associate is a Sales Person. We are no better than the belief in our product and our customer's trust in us."
Over 20 years of marketing, management and sales experience
 
Wendy Miranda has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2006. She oversees the strategy and execution of the entire portfolio's sales and marketing efforts, focusing on top line revenue goals, proactive strategic planning, creative marketing initiatives and growth and development of our sales talent. With over 15 years of multi-unit management experience, Wendy has an extensive background with development of sales teams affiliated with Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental, Choice and Independent hotels as well as new build openings, numerous acquisitions and transitions. 
 
Prior 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
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Stephanie Atkisson, Area Vice President - Sales at HP Hotels

Stephanie Atkisson

AVP of Sales & Marketing
"The number one key to success in today's environment of sales, is speed. The first person to deliver the most valuable information to the customer or prospect first, win's the deal."
15 years of Hotel Sales and Revenue Management Experience
 
Stephanie Atkisson leads the Sales & Marketing initiatives for HP's mid-Atlantic region, based in Charlotte, NC. Well known for her creative marketing and revenue management expertise, Stephanie has an established track record of developing high performance teams that maintain market leader positions. Stephanie has extensive hands-on experience with the Hilton, IHG, and Choice processes and systems. Her expertise lies in sales and marketing plan development, RFP negotiation and qualification processes, market analysis, regional advertising, event and project planning and talent acquisition. Stephanie's hotels have consistently been revenue leaders and have won various company awards including Hotel of the Year, Director of Sales of the Year, and Sales Manager of the Year. 
 
Previous 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
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HP Hotels - Chase Rollins, Regional Director of Operations

Chase Rollins

Regional Director of Operations
"The cornerstones of successful leadership are established in Integrity."
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. 
 
Previously, 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.
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Richie Mata, Regional Director of Operations at HP Hotels

Richie Mata

Regional Director of Operations
"Success in Hospitality is dependent on the consistent delivery of unparalleled service that ultimately translates into loyal and happy guests"
Over 30 Years of Hospitality and Hotel Operations Experience
 
Richie Mata is the Regional Director of Operations
 
Richie Mata joined HP Hotels in 2013. He brings a high level of energy, motivation and inspiration to any Hotel operation. Richie's career progression from line level positions to various levels of hotel management has allowed him to be able to effectively communicate critical goals to operators. Heavily exposed to Food and Beverage operations, Richie evaluates operations in a systems approach and relies on his vast and wide range of situational experiences to correct, improve and strengthen processes. Under his leadership, his teams have consistently delivered exceptional service, allowing them to exceed targeted revenue goals and maximize profitability. 
 
Previously, 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.      
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HP Hotels - Nena Laudani, Corporate Director - Revenue Management

Nena Laudani

Corporate Director - Revenue Management
"Embrace change and be proactive to stay ahead of the curve and competitors."
18 years of experience in Revenue Management
 
Nena Laudani is Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Revenue Strategies Solutions, a company of HP Hotels. RSS was started in 2010 offering full remote Revenue Management support and direction of over 20 hotels that HP Hotels manages as well as hotels contracted solely for Revenue Management. RSS focuses on short and long term controls to ensure that revenue is maximized on every potential room night sold while maintaining competitive rate strategies for steady RevPar growth. Nena and her team work hand in hand with the General Managers and Directors of Sales and HP's corporate sales team to keep full lines of communication open on all market specific events and to ensure all booking segments and channels are maximized at all times. 
 
Nena 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.
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HP Hotels - Jason Ervin, Regional Director of Revenue Management

Jason Ervin

Regional Director of Revenue Management
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out"
~ Dr. Suess
15 years in the Hotel Industry
 
Raised in the Hoosier State, Jason went to school and began his career in Bloomington, IN. Initially what started as a summer job at a hotel, led to a passionate career in the hospitality field.
 
He has over 15 years in the hotel industry with a history of successful hospitality experience in hotel revenue management, revenue maximization, yield management, sales and guest satisfaction. He has the ability to lead by example to proactively implement creative and innovative revenue management strategies by thinking outside of the box. 
 
This 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.
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HP Hotels - Jerome Philipps, Regional Director of Revenue Management

Jerome Philipps

Regional Director of Revenue Management
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."
15 years of experience in Operations, Sales, & Revenue Management
 
As Regional Director of Revenue Management for HP Hotels, Jerome Philipps oversees the revenue strategy for a portfolio of hotels in the Eastern and Central US. Hailing from Indiana, Jerome started his career in hospitality early working at a hotel for his first job and has been in the industry ever since.
 
His 15 years of experience includes leading teams within Operations, Sales, and Revenue Management as well as experience with renovation and pre-opening. This breadth of experience allows him to easily connect with property teams and build positive and productive relationships. 
 
Jerome'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.
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HP Hotels - Charles Cary L. Tew, Jr.Director -Human Resources

Charles "Cary" L. Tew Jr.

Director -Human Resources
"Control your own destiny or someone else will." ~ Jack Welch
 
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. 
 
At 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
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HP Hotels - Chase Rollins Regional Director of Pperations

Neva Long

Corporate Director of Human Resources
"Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers." Stephen R. Covey
20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry.
 
As Corporate Director of Human Resources, Neva Long leverages 20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. Her background includes Raffles Hotel & Resorts, Marriott, Starwood, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Noble Investment Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. 
 
Neva'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.
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HP Hotels - David Horner, Senior Corporate Controller

David Horner

Senior Corporate Controller
"Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile."
~ Gary Ryan Blair - Author "100 Day Challenge"
15 years of experience in Hotel Operations and Accounting
 
David Horner is Senior Corporate Controller based in Birmingham, Alabama at corporate headquarters. David started his career in the Hospitality industry over 15 years ago as a Night Auditor for a full service resort hotel in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Since then he has worked in a variety of Guest Service positions, including Guest Service Manager for a full service Ramada Inn located in Pensacola, Florida. 
 
Because 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.
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HP Hotels - Ashley Sheffield, Corporate Controller

Ashley Sheffield

Corporate Controller
"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take"
15 years of experience in Accounting and Hotel Operations
 
Ashley Sheffield is a Corporate Controller based in Birmingham, Alabama at corporate headquarters. Originally from Bakersfield, CA, Ashley began working in the hospitality industry as a night auditor at the Embassy Suites in Birmingham, AL. 
 
After 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.
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Steven Perlman, Accounts Payable Manager at HP Hotels

Steven Perlman

Accounts Payable Manager
"I believe in treating each customer as if they are my most important client, and I take pride in backing that up with the service that I provide."
20 years of experience in Accounting, Public Relations and Administration
 
Steven Perlman is the Account Payable Manager based in Birmingham, Alabama at corporate headquarters.
 
A native of Birmingham, AL, Steven has worked in corporate settings for over 20 years. He began his career working in public relations for RCA Records in New York then moved to Los Angeles where he worked in Finance for Paramount Pictures Corporation, followed by a stint at Warner Bros. where he worked in Business Affairs. He also served as a script analyst for several small independent studios. 
 
A 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
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