NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business has been rounding up executives on the move. Here’s a look at the industry’s most recent appointments:
JQH Promotes Nick Larsen to Corporate Director of Revenue Optimization
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) promoted Nick Larsen to corporate director of revenue optimization. With 15 years of revenue management experience at JQH, Larsen will be dedicated to the Hilton and independent brands within the company’s national portfolio. Larsen will report to Jennifer Torsleff, JQH’s senior director of revenue optimization.
Larsen has 20 years of hospitality experience and is a certified revenue management executive (CRME). Prior to his promotion, Larsen served as an area revenue manager for JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton properties in Arkansas. He joined JQH in 2002 as a revenue manager in Iowa.
Egencia Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer
Egencia, the corporate travel division of Expedia Inc., has appointed Mieke De Schepper to SVP and chief commercial officer. She will assume the role in January following the departure of SVP and CCO Christophe Peymira. She has been with Expedia since 2015.
Based in Singapore, De Schepper has been leading Expedia’s Lodging Partner Services Market Management efforts in Asia-Pacific, driving key account management relationships with hotel partners in the region and coordinating the execution of business strategy for Lodging Partner Services. She also serves as a non-executive member of the supervisory board of Trivago, an Expedia company.
Mission Capital Advisors Makes Two New Hires
Mission Capital Advisors has hired Beau Williams as director and Raymond Salameh as VP in the firm’s Debt and Equity Finance Group. Both professionals will be based in Mission’s New York City headquarters, and will be responsible for the origination, structuring and placement of commercial real estate capital on behalf of owners, investors, developers, family offices and private equity firms nationwide as well as assisting on select asset sales opportunities. Williams and Salameh will structure financing and asset sales for the firm’s clients across the hospitality, retail, office, multi-family and industrial sectors.
Prior to this position, Williams was with Meridian Capital Group, where he focused on hotel debt and equity. In his time at Meridian, Williams executed more than $200 million in hotel financings. Earlier in his career, Williams served as a director with both Wyndham Hotel Group and Northcott Hospitality.
Salameh was formerly a senior associate at HKS Capital Partners, where he focused on originating and structuring real estate capital for corporate clients, real estate developers and investors. Over the course of his career, he closed approximately $160 million of capital across several asset classes.
Olshan Properties Welcomes New Director of Finance
Olshan Properties appointed Erik DeBeukelaer as director of finance, Hotel Portfolio. DeBeukelaer, who will report both to Olshan’s head of hospitality, Ernie Catanzaro, and EVP of finance, Wayne S. Chang, will be responsible for managing property-level accounting and portfolio accounting and reporting across the company’s national portfolio of Hilton, Sheraton and Marriott-flagged hotels. In addition to these core responsibilities, he is also charged with ensuring the correct implementation of recently on-boarded business intelligence solution Profit Sword and its suite of financial reporting modules, highlighted by ProfitSage.
Prior to joining Olshan Properties, DeBeukelaer served as director of finance at Sage Hospitality. Before that he held senior finance positions at Crescent Hotels & Resorts, National Hospitality Holdings LLC, and Boykin Management Company, where he began his career in 1988. He has also provided independent, strategic consulting to Canyon Capital and Jones Lang LaSalle on a variety of high profile properties and financial projects.