Get to know our Expert team
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.
Tracy brings high growth organizational experience to Everwood, drawing from leadership roles in both the public and private hospitality sectors. Notably, Tracy grew Hersha Hospitality from 4 hotels as a private company to a Public REIT with 32 hotels. He was also President of Encore Enterprises Hospitality Division which he grew from 11 hotels to 66 hotels across 13 states. Tracy has also held prior roles as President of Brittain Resorts, and was Chief Operating Officer of a public Canadian company with 70 hotels internationally. His managed projects have totaled $683M and have included free standing restaurants, new construction, brand conversions, and extensive PIP projects primarily with Marriott and Hilton brands.
Tracy began his hospitality journey as a Night Auditor for the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA while attending Eastern Washington University. His most unique assignment was at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health which has roots as an ashram.
Matt is an accomplished hospitality leader with proven strengths in new hotel openings, renovations & repositions, guest satisfaction, revenue development and brand management. Before joining EHP, Matt spent more than a dozen years at IHG, most recently as Regional Director of New Hotel Openings. In that role, Matt was responsible for hotel openings west of the Mississippi – primarily focusing on opening IHG’s newest brand – avid. Prior to that, Matt was the first Brand Manager for Hotel Indigo and played a critical role in helping define the service culture of IHG’s first boutique brand hotel. Matt also held positions as Senior Area Manager and Regional Director of Franchise Development for Hotel Indigo during his IHG career. Matt is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV broadcasting and began his hospitality career as Room Service Manager at The Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.
A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Erika began her hotel career at the Tropicana Resort and Casino as an employee development specialist and has since logged over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with a primary focus in hotel operations. Over the years, she has served in positions including employee development and training manager, hotel manager and general manager for both Hilton and Starwood Hotels.
With over 20 years in hotel operations, management and employee relations, Susan has held several management positions. She began her career as a Sales Admin and quickly worked her way up through the ranks. She has worked and managed teams for Resorts such as Seaside Cottage Rental Agency where she was the Guest Services Manager, The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort where she oversaw operations for three front desks and transportation services on the 2,400-acre property, as well as, being certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Susan was also the Director of Front Office Operations over the Front Desk, Reservations and Rooms Controller at the Sandestin Hilton Beach Resort.
More recently, Susan has managed for brands such as LaQuinta, Holiday Inn and Best Western. As a Task Force Manager, she has been assigned to properties in need of an interim General Manager or special projects. Some of the properties included Best Western, Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hyatt Place, Doubletree and other independent hotels.
Susan’s background will enhance our team with building culture, training, mentoring and leadership, as well as operations, special projects, and hotel transitions.
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).
Elliott has over 20 years of hotel experience within operations and revenue management. He worked various front office positions at the Sheraton Buckhead Atlanta as well as the 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Elliott was recruited into a revenue analyst role at the Sheraton Atlanta and has continued to grow within the discipline. In 2015 Elliott became the Director of Revenue at the 482-room Sheraton Nashville downtown, managing the daily revenue of one of the premier hotels in one of the country’s most competitive markets. Elliott moved back home, to New Orleans, in 2017 – taking an area revenue role, directly managing the revenue of four Hampton Inns in downtown New Orleans, accounting for over 700 rooms.
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.
John brings experience in Project Management and Resort Hotel Operations from the 51-room retro motel to 500+ condotel high-rise properties. John served 24 years in the Navy retiring as Sr Chief Petty Officer, last stationed in Willow Grove, PA where he was responsible for a staff of 175, with aircraft deployed worldwide. John will be focused specifically on the asset condition and being direct support to the property maintenance staff. John’s previous role was supporting eight high-rise resorts maintenance teams ensuring daily operations and managing various projects between $30M to $300M annually.
In this role, John brings his 20 years of hospitality experience, OSHA Certifications, and Service to Country to ensure we maintain our facilities and be guest-ready at all times.
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.