Entrepreneurial, Experienced Senior Leaders

Amit Gandhi President & Chief Executive Officer

Amit Gandhi focuses on brand and owner relationships, development initiatives and the company’s strategic plan.

He previously served Remington Hotels, a Dallas-based management company, and Hersha Hospitality Trust, a real estate investment trust based in Philadelphia.

Gandhi earned a bachelor of pharmacy degree at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1997, and master of business administration degree at Temple University, Philadelphia, in 2001.

He earned the Certified Hotel Administrator designation from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is certified by InterContinental Hotels Group as a general manager. He is a member of the IHG Owners Association and Hotel Association of New York City.

Manish Patni Executive Vice President

Manish Patni manages capital planning and is an active participant in development initiatives.

He previously served Hersha Hospitality Trust, a real estate investment trust based in Philadelphia.

Patni earned a bachelor of pharmacy degree at St. John’s University, New York, in 1997.

He earned a Certified Hotel Administrator designation from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corp. and IHG Owners Association.

SAMIR GANDHI PRINCIPAL

Samir Gandhi is responsible for all legal issues relating to the company’s organizational needs, taxes, finances and development efforts. He has secured financing and properties valued at $1.2 billion.
 
He earned his doctorate of law and master of business administration degrees at Temple University, Philadelphia, and bachelor of science degree in real estate and finance at The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
 
He also is founding partner of Gandhi & Associates, Metuchen, N.J., which concentrates in business law, corporate law, commercial and residential real estate and civil litigation. He is a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and Business Network International.

BRIAN M. MCSHERRY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Brian M. McSherry is responsible for growing the M&R Hotel Management portfolio, bringing new hotels into the system, ensuring the performance of all managed hotels, directing the senior leadership team and serving as chief company spokesman and liaison with the company’s owners.

He is a 32-year lodging industry veteran with extensive experience working for major brands including Marriott, Hilton and Wyndham. He also served major franchisors in senior leadership roles, overseeing both full- and select-service hotels in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
 
McSherry previously was vice president, operations, for Stonebridge Companies, a hotel management company in Englewood, Colo. In that role, he oversaw the company’s properties in four states and the ground-up development of two hotels in Manhattan.
 
From 2009 to 2012, he was regional vice president for Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co., a hotel development and management company in Raleigh, N.C. He supervised the company’s largest portfolio including hotels in eight states that generated more than $125 million in annual sales.
 
McSherry came up through the ranks in food and beverage and served as general manager of hotels operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Meid Enterprises, Columbia Sussex Corp., Regal Hotels International, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide.
 
He earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel management and associate degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I., and master of business administration degree in global management at the University of Phoenix, Arizona.

JANELLE SCHWARTZ VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, MARKETING & REVENUE MANAGEMENT

Janelle Schwartz oversees sales, marketing, e-commerce, revenue management, public relations, social media and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

A 16-year hospitality veteran, she was vice president of sales and marketing for Stonebridge Companies, a hotel management company in Englewood, Colorado, from 2010 to 2012, responsible for business planning, strategic planning, creation and implementation of sales and marketing campaigns, hotel openings, rebranding, management of operating revenues and sales team leadership.

Schwartz was director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu from 2009 to 2010, overseeing the resort's sales, catering and revenue management teams and managing public relations and advertising.

Earlier in her career, she served in a variety of sales and marketing roles for Prism Hotels & Resorts, Omni Mandalay Hotel, Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza, Harrell Hospitality, Hilton Worldwide, Prime Hospitality and Richfield Hospitality Services. She also served briefly as chief talent matchmaker for Cobalt Careers, an executive recruiting firm in Montvale, New Jersey.

Schwartz earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communications at Arizona State University, Tempe, and master of business administration degree in communications at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

She is a member of the IHG Owners Association.

RON KOZINSKI VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

Ron Kozinski serves as the company’s controller and manages its treasury, investing, economic strategy, forecasting and auditing.

A 34-year finance veteran, he previously was vice president of finance for Wyndham Worldwide’s Hotel Group in Parsippany, New Jersey, where he provided technical accounting and financial reporting support to the chief financial officer and controller, supported budgeting and strategic planning and directed global mergers and acquisitions activities.

From 2005 to 2006, Kozinski was worldwide controller for McCann Healthcare Worldwide, a division of Interpublic Group, where he directed accounting and financial reporting related to 15 businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia. During that time, he led a five-year restatement project and compliance efforts and participated in mergers and acquisitions.

Kozinski served Degussa Corp., representing the North American division of Degussa AG (now Evonik Industries), a global chemicals company, in Parsippany from 1993 to 2004, initially as director of financial reporting and later as vice president, accounting. His responsibilities included financial reporting, accounting policy, technical accounting and mergers and acquisitions efforts.
 
Earlier in his career, he was audit manager and divisional controller for IMO Industries Inc., a diversified manufacturer. Kozinski began his financial career at KPMG LLP, where he served a variety of the firm’s clients during 11 years, leaving as senior audit manager.
 
Kozinski, a certified public accountant, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

ANTHONY CIRILLO VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION

Anthony Cirillo is responsible for overseeing the life-safety, maintenance and engineering needs of  the company's portfolio and serving as pre-opening liaison with contractors, suppliers, engineers, architects, designers and permitting agencies involved in the construction of hotels entering the M&R system and renovation of hotels already in the system.
 
Prior to joining M&R Hotel Management in 2014, he served AvalonBay Communities for two years as engineering director for New York and New Jersey and construction director for New York City. In the latter role, he oversaw a portfolio of high-rise and midrise residential buildings.

From 2009 to 2010 he was executive director of operations for MGM Electric in Brooklyn, New York.  He was director of construction and engineering for Morgans Hotel Group in New York from 2007 to 2009. Over the course of his 35-year career, he also served Hartz Mountain Development in New Jersey, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in New York, the Saddle Brook Marriott in New Jersey, Elite Contracting and Maintenance in New Jersey and National Electric Corporation in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Cirillo, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, studied real estate and is certified in fire safety, HVAC technology, pool operation, and electrical theory and wiring. He holds a Black Seal boiler operator license and Six Sigma certification and is a member of the Hotel, Motel and Engineering Association.

SAYED ALAM VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Sayed Alam, a 27-year hospitality industry veteran, is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the company’s hotels and ensuring they meet, if not exceed, the high service standards set by both M&R and its affiliated brands.

Alam, a 26-year hospitality industry veteran, previously served Montreal-based Lixi Hotels Group as regional vice president of operations, overseeing nine hotels, including brands of Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and the former Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Prior to that, he was area director of operations for Lixi, district manager for Le’Tap Hospitality Group and general manager of hotels in New York, Boston and Connecticut.

Alam earned bachelor and masters of business administration degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. He earned the Certified Hotel Administrator designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Institution; general manager brand certifications for Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Best Western; and Starwood Executive Training Certification for Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton hotel brands.

JIGS GANDHI CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF PROCUREMENT AND IT SERVICES

Jigs Gandhi is responsible for acquiring M&R’s goods and services, sourcing vendors, negotiating contracts, overseeing technology services and managing new projects.

A 15-year lodging industry veteran, Gandhi started his M&R career in 2003 as a front office manager. He served as a property-level manager from 2005-2008 and was promoted to regional general manager. In 2013, he was named regional director of operations. Two years later, he was appointed to his current position.

Gandhi earned bachelor of commerce and bachelor of business administration degrees at the University of Mumbai, India, and a diploma in financial management at NMIMS University, Mumbai. He earned a Certified Hotel Administrator certification through the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He holds general manager certifications from Wyndham Hotel Group, Choice Hotels International, Best Western International and InterContinental Hotels Group.

MUREKA WALCOTT DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Mureka Walcott is responsible for recruiting, orientation, supporting existing staff, annual performance reviews, coordinating benefits and managing employment insurance.

An 11-year hospitality industry veteran, Walcott previously was area human resources manager for the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Midtown East and Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square, both in New York, from 2013-2014. From 2008-2013, she was market human resources manager at the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel in Rutherford, New Jersey, where she earlier was an accounting manager. Prior to that, she served in two capacities at the Saddle Brook Marriott, Saddle Brook, New Jersey; front office manager; and accounts receivable manager.

Walcott earned a degree in hospitality management from Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. She is certified to train serving alcohol with care and safe food handling.