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At Everwood, Amit leads the underwriting process, focuses on identifying target acquisitions and developments as well as supports asset management of the entire portfolio. Before founding EHP, Amit worked at UBS Investment Bank in New York City, advising institutional clients on IPO and secondary market transactions. After leaving UBS, Amit helped build his small family business into an enterprise that has owned and managed over $210 million in hotel assets. Amit graduated cum laude with a dual major in economics and finance from Tulane University, and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in real estate and finance. Amit is active with Columbia Business School’s Alumni organization and when he’s not flying around the country visiting Everwood properties, he can be found visiting new and exciting hotels with his 4 year old daughter in the Big Apple.
At EHP, Amit focuses on identifying debt placement opportunities, property development/redevelopment, and corporate operations. Amit has personally been involved in over $200 million of transactions, which include hotel assets within the Marriott, Hilton, La Quinta, Choice, and Wyndham franchises. Prior to Everwood, Amit was building his small family business taking on leadership roles in all aspects of operations and real estate development. During this time, Amit also helped build a series of dental practices and fast-casual franchised restaurants in the Midwest and later Co-founded AGS Private Equity, a company primarily focused on debt and preferred equity hotel investments nationally. Amit received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Indiana University with a focus in finance and real estate. While stewarding EHP, he’s found time to be an active member of his local chamber in Columbus, IN where he lives.
At EHP, Sanjay focuses on underwriting, finance, acquisitions/dispositions, and stewards our executive team at Everwood Hospitality, our hotel operations arm. Sanjay is also the co-founder of Sarona Holdings, which represents a group of companies founded by the Rama brothers. Prior to Sarona, Sanjay spent six years at JHM Hotels, his family’s company which owned and operated over 40 national hotels. At JHM, he underwrote hotel acquisition opportunities, disposed of non-strategic assets, and restructured over 50% of the portfolio. Sanjay began his career as an associate in the transaction real estate division of Ernst & Young’s Manhattan office where he performed feasibility studies, prepared annual real estate fund reports, and assessed bankruptcy risk for clients. Sanjay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College where he majored in accounting and minored in entrepreneurship and statistics. He is also a CPA (inactive) licensed in the state of Virginia and the recipient of the Alison Carol Award for Global Leadership.
At EHP, Sean manages the underwriting and due diligence of acquisition and development opportunities. He also supports asset management of the EHP portfolio. Prior to joining the company, Sean had various finance, asset management, and revenue management roles within the hospitality industry working for ownership, third-party management, and top tier brands such as Hyatt and Kimpton. Sean graduated with his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing basketball and exploring new parks and museums with his family.
Kevin has dedicated his dynamic career to creating value through focused service and efficiency in the hospitality sector. He has experience working in multiple countries as a C-level hospitality consultant. His passion for hospitality roots from his family’s hotel business in Tanzania. Under his leadership, they grew the group’s portfolio bringing the first Best Western flagged property to east Africa. His consulting group assisted owner-operated Hotels in efficiently implementing technology, revenue management principles, and outsourcing services, allowing clients to scale and grow their portfolio. He holds an MBA from Edhec Business School in France, with a focus on Family Business, he has a Master’s Certificate from Cornell School of Hotel Administration in Revenue Management and earned a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management. Kevin is also certified by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator).
Harry brings Everwood a proven record of accomplishment, achieving consistent revenue and share growth in on-property, area, regional and corporate environments. He has a depth of experience in portfolio management and leadership of Full Service, Extended Stay and Limited-Service sales, marketing & revenue management teams.
Harry’s background includes the management of and collaboration with owned, managed, and franchised properties representing brands which include Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Renaissance, Wyndham, IHG and Accor assets. In his role as a Regional Director of Sales & Marketing with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he was responsible for generating over $511M in revenue with oversight of 46 full-service franchise properties. While in this role, his team was recognized as the Topline Revenue Team of the Year for the North America division.
Harry has always had a passion for hotels and hospitality, beginning his career as a sales manager with a 202-room Holiday Inn property in Richmond, Virginia. Proving that the sky is the limit for career growth in the hospitality industry, he went on to become a National Account Director at the 2,884 room Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center before moving onto leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Melody Pleasant brings nearly twenty years of hands-on experience in hotel management, marketing, and sales. After completing her education at the University of South Carolina she joined the Marriott Corporation in Columbia, South Carolina as Sales Manager and later accepted a position as Senior Sales Manager with Embassy Suites Golf Resort in Greenville, South Carolina.
In 1998 Ms. Pleasant moved to Florida and accepted a position as Senior Sales Manager for Adam’s Mark Hotels of Florida, based in Daytona Beach.
Ms. Pleasant then spent six years as Director of Sales for the Plaza Resort and Spa and the Plaza Ocean Club in Daytona Beach, where she was responsible for the sales and catering staff for both hotels, including 500 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space.
Ms. Pleasant was Director of Sales for the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa in Crystal River, Florida for two years. Her responsibilities included not only the $5.6 million guest room revenue, but the golf, marina, and spa revenues as well. She oversaw all marketing and advertising efforts for the resort.
In 2014 she joined Inner Circle Management as Corporate Director of Sale overseeing 12 full-service properties throughout the U.S.
At EHP, Olive focuses on analysis of Financial Statements and reconciliations of Balance Sheet. Prior to joining Olive worked as Corporate Director of Finance for TPG Hospitality, and Crossroads Hospitality. She also worked as Hotel Controller for Hilton Corp, Radisson, Omni Hotels, Delta Hotels and Corp. Controller for Cicero Hospitality, Crestline Hotels and Park Suites Hotels. She also has completed many task force Controller assignments for The Hermitage Hotel, Yarrow Hotel, Lexi Group, TPG, Crestline and HEI Hotels. Olive enjoys teaching and has an Orange Co. District Teacher’s Certificate and taught many hospitality classes at Mid Florida Technical College. She has HFTP status of Emeritus Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive and was past President in Orlando FL and Phoenix AZ. Olive enjoys travel both international and domestic. She volunteers in her community and is active in the Catholic Church.
Rob is responsible for all financial operations for Everwood, including financial reporting, cash management, budgeting, and auditing. He has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years at the property and corporate levels, mostly in financial management. Rob is familiar with a number of accounting systems and is a certified Train the Trainer with M3 accounting. Prior to joining Everwood Hospitality Partners, Rob worked as Corporate Controller for GL Hospitality Advisors, Buckhead America, and Pattni Lodging Group. Rob enjoys walking his dog and cheeseburgers!
Jene possess 25 years of hotel operations, accounting, and management experience. She began her career working the Front Desk at the Grosvenor Resort in Downtown Disney. Under the leadership of Robert Schamber and other industry executives, Jene held several management positions including Credit Manager, IT Manager and Controller giving her a well balanced operational accounting background.
In 2015, Jene began working for Inner Circle Hotels Management as a Corporate Task Force Controller. With Inner Circle, she was involved in Asset Management, Acquisitions and reported directly to the executive team. Jene’s specialty is financial reporting, training and team development.
With over 25 years’ experience in customer service, Rebecca began her career as a National Account Sales Manager. She increased sales for Fortune 500 companies handling interior/exterior signage for the hotel industry & outlet mall industry. She then moved on to handle new product development for plastic cards & gift cards. In this role she was responsible for all phases of development from the materials being used to national marketing of new products through new & existing distribution channels.
Rebecca began her accounting career as an office manager. In this role she was responsible for all aspects of accounting associated with a small business; AR/AP, payroll, marketing, scheduling and day to day functions of the office. Under her guidance, services & products expanded from outdoor signage to include logo development & branding, interior signage, & promotions for both digital & print applications.
Her experience in hotel operations has increased her knowledge and ability to be able to work with the General Managers on a daily basis, and work on other financial projects for the Chief Operating Officer.
Rebecca holds a BS degree in Industrial Psychology with a focus in business.
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting along with 29 years of accounting experience. She worked with Rock-Tenn, a local manufacturing company, for 12 years. Some of her duties included accounts payables and receivables, inventories, payroll processing and being the purchasing card coordinator for 15 plants. Christina was with Circle K for the last 11 years and held several positions from Treasury Administrator to Tax Accountant to Rebate Accountant.
Recently retired, Christina now provides administrative support for the corporate office with Accounting and Human Resources.