Entrepreneurial, Experienced Senior Leaders

Amit Gandhi President & Chief Executive Officer

Amit Gandhi focuses on developing high-quality business strategies and plans and ensuring their alignment with M&R Hotel Management's short- and long-term objectives.

His role includes oversight of all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy. He also leads and motivates team members to advance engagement and develop a high-performing managerial team.

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’s degree at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1997, and a 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.

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.
Robert Arigo, Vice President, Operations

Robert Arigo Vice President, Operations

Robert Arigo, a 29-year hospitality veteran, is responsible for overseeing the company’s 15 managed hotels in the New York metropolitan area.

His mandate is to ensure each of M&R-managed hotel meets, if not exceeds, the high service standards set by M&R and our affiliated brands. In addition, he oversees M&R’s select portfolio of asset-managed properties, ensuring that onsite managers deliver on the owners’ expected return on investment.

He previously was senior director of operations for the New York properties of Hersha Hospitality Management, a division of Philadelphia-based Hersha Hospitality Trust. From 2010 to 2012, he was chief operating officer and asset manager for New York-based Widewaters Hotels LLC. He served as general manager of hotels in New York, Florida and Virginia from 2007 to 2010.

Arigo’s asset management experience includes senior positions from 2005 to 2007 with Capital Hotel Management and Highgate Hotels, where he had oversight of Goldman Sachs’ significant lodging portfolio.

Arigo earned a bachelor of science degree in finance at Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts. He has been recognized with multiple Hotel of the Year and Award of Excellence citations by Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hersha Hospitality Management.

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.

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.

Paul Viapiano, Regional Director, Operations

Paul Viapiano Regional Director, Operations

Paul Viapiano, a 27-year hospitality industry veteran with extensive grand-opening experience, is responsible for M&R’s seven Manhattan hotels, supporting their efforts to control costs, maintain guest satisfaction, develop employees and achieve profitability through revenue generation.

He formerly was area general manager for Sage Hospitality, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Residence Inn by Marriott World Trade Center in New York. He also had oversight of Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn hotels on Long Island and Element, Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt House hotels in New Jersey.

From 2002 to 2014, Viapiano opened and managed Marriott’s first dual-brand hotel in Manhattan, the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Central Park; the Courtyard in Montvale, New Jersey; and the Residence Inn in Saddle River, New Jersey.

Earlier in his career, Viapiano served in increasingly responsible management positions at hotels in New York and New Jersey, dating back to 1991. He earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. He holds certifications in fire safety and diversity awareness.

Christopher Beyer, Regional General Manager

Christopher Beyer Regional General Manager

Christopher Beyer, a 29-year hospitality industry veteran, oversees day-to-day operations for M&R’s nine managed hotels in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois. In addition, he serves as general manager of one of the nine, the Hilton Garden Inn, Joplin, Missouri, a position he has held since 2011. 

Prior to joining the Hilton Garden Inn, Beyer served as general manager for the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the former Baymont by Wyndham, both in Joplin. Earlier in his career, he was night auditor, guest services representative and general manager in training at the Super 8 by Wyndham, also in Joplin. 

Beyer studied accounting at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.

Brian Athas, Regional Director, Revenue Management

Brian Athas Regional Director, Revenue Management

Brian Athas, an eight-year hospitality industry veteran, is responsible for contributing to, implementing and assessing the effectiveness of M&R’s revenue management strategy in the greater New York area.

He previously was revenue strategy director for TMI Hospitality, Fargo, North Dakota, where he implemented revenue management strategies for the management company’s 40-plus hotels representing four major brands.

Prior to that, he was area director of revenue management for Waterford Hotel Group, Waterford, Connecticut, where he oversaw revenue management for hotels in Connecticut and Arkansas.

Athas earned a bachelor of science degree in hospitality and tourism management at Isenberg School of Management of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was certified as a hotel revenue manager certification by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Argy Koumas, Regional Director, Sales & Marketing

Argy Koumas Regional Director, Sales & Marketing

Argy Koumas, a 29-year hospitality industry veteran, brings in-depth experience to his role as regional director of sales & marketing, having served in key sales and marketing positions for Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, among others, during his career.

Koumas oversees the day-to-day sales and marketing efforts of eight hotels in New York, working in tandem with each hotel’s sales team.

Before joining M&R, Koumas was director of sales and marketing for the Homewood Suites by Hilton New York/Midtown Manhattan Times Square-South, NY and, prior to that, served in the same capacity for the Hilton Garden Inn New York Central Park South-Midtown West. He was director of sales and marketing at both the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Midtown East and Wyndham Hotel Times Square South. Earlier in his career, he held increasingly more senior sales and marketing roles at The Flatotel Hotel, the Crowne Plaza at the United Nations and the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza Midtown East Hotel, formerly the Regal UN Plaza Hotel, all in New York.

Koumas earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at Queens College of the City University of New York. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Sales Director of the Year Award.

Bryan Davern, Regional Director, Revenue Management

Bryan Davern Regional Director, Revenue Management

Bryan Davern, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran who has served in revenue management positions for hotels franchised by Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Radisson, among others, directs day-to-day revenue management strategy for M&R’s eight managed hotels in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois. 

Before joining M&R, Davern was regional director of revenue for Packard Hospitality Management LLC. He served RDA Management as director of revenue and front office for the Sheraton Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and regional revenue manager for the Sheraton Denver West and the former Burnsley All Suite Hotel, both in Lakewood, Colorado.

In addition, he served as assistant general manager of the Radisson Hotel Denver-Aurora in Aurora, Colorado. Early in his career, he was a front office manager or front office supervisor for a number of Colorado hotels.

Davern trained and is certified in revenue management by numerous hotel brands and graduated from Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Director of Revenue Management University.

 

Dilip Shetye Corporate Director of Accounting

Dilip Shetye, a 20-year hospitality veteran, oversees M&R’s accounting, finance, cash management, budgets, taxation, compliance and assimilation of new properties into the company.

Prior to joining M&R in 2014, he served in mid- and senior-level management positions with Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, New York; WNW Hospitality Management, Woodbury, New York; and The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, Port Jefferson, New York.

Shetye, a certified public accountant in New York and Delaware, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a master’s degree in accounting and finance at the University of Mumbai, India.

MUREKA WALCOTT CORPORATE 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.
Brenda Sabater, Director, People Support

Brenda Sabater Director, People Support

Brenda Sabater supports M&R’s diverse workforce with recruiting, staffing, leadership training and career development counseling.

She previously was talent acquisition consultant for PCM Services, a New York-based construction company, where she oversaw recruiting and orientation, among other human resources functions. Prior to that, she was an interim field human resources generalist for HMS Host Baltimore Washington International Airport – Hospitality, where she dealt with a range of employee relations issues.

Sabater earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional and Certified Diversity Recruiter.