Meet the brightest minds and smiles behind the Virgin Motels. As leaders within the resort improvement trade, our crew strives to shakeup the trade with each visitor expertise and every keep.

Raul Leal

CEO

Raul LealCEO

Raul leads Virgin Motels and is liable for the corporate’s total enlargement, buyer expertise and tradition. In a profession that spans 30 years, Raul has held high administration positions for Interstate Motels, Lane Motels and the Continental corporations and is without doubt one of the few hospitality trade executives that perceive each the life-style and branded inns segments. In between 1996 and 2010, Raul was President and Associate at Tecton Hospitality which owned and operated over 35 full branded inns and was named a “Most well-liked Lodge Administration Firm” by a lot of the main manufacturers. In 2002 he launched Needs Motels, a administration firm centered on the rising life-style resort section. Needs Motels had 20 award profitable trendy boutique inns positioned in city and resort areas domestically and internationally. Needs Motels was named “Finest Administration Firm of the 12 months” by Lodging Hospitality in 2008 and persistently achieved excessive ranges of REVPAR and profitability in addition to social media rankings and proprietor satisfaction.

Raul additionally serves on the Boards for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Cornell College.

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Harris White

Chief Monetary Officer

Harris WhiteChief Financial Officer

Harris is liable for the model’s monetary affect because it pertains to development investments and new administration contracts. Moreover, White helps to set the expansion agenda and description the monetary imaginative and prescient for the Virgin Motels model. Earlier than becoming a member of Virgin Motels, White held a management function at Sage Hospitality, the place he oversaw all elements of finance, accounting and expertise capabilities for Sage Hospitality’s 75 inns and 12 restaurant ideas nationwide. White has labored with a variety of established manufacturers comparable to The Wellbridge Firm, Morgan Keegan & Firm, and extra. He earned his twin Masters of Enterprise Administration in Finance and Accounting from Vanderbilt College Owen Graduate College of Administration.

Rick Colangelo

Senior Vice President of Operations

Rick ColangeloSenior Vice President of Operations

Rick is a seasoned hospitality trade veteran with a various background in branded and life-style inns. Rick assumes direct oversight duties for Virgin Motels’ current and forthcoming properties, whereas working with the company management crew on broader strategic initiatives.

Colangelo constructed his resort profession working for numerous paramount resort manufacturers within the trade, specializing within the life-style sector and facilitating over 50 new properties. Colangelo labored for Hyatt Motels Company as Senior Vice President of Discipline Operations for the model’s Two Roads Hospitality Life-style Portfolio. Previous to that Colangelo served as Govt Vice President of Operations, overseeing the gross sales, income, eating places, bars and nightlife of Two Roads Hospitality’s, Thompson and JdV portfolio of 35 inns and resorts, in addition to their 15 properties in improvement. He was additionally pivotal to the mixing of the 2 corporations, establishing high quality requirements and new gross sales and income methods and enhancements, whereas persevering with so as to add worth to current properties. Extra expertise features a 11-year tenure as Vice President of Operations for Kimpton Motels within the Northeast and Southeast the place he helped to increase the expansion of because the firm expanded into these new areas.

Doug Carrillo

Chief Advertising Officer

Doug CarrilloChief Marketing Officer

In his function Doug leads the model advertising, gross sales and income administration for Virgin Motels. Doug has greater than 30 years of expertise within the hospitality trade. His background consists of senior government degree Gross sales, Advertising and Income Administration positions with Morgan’s Motels Group, Needs Motels, and Carnival Motels and On line casino.

In his capability at Morgan Motels Group he was immediately liable for overseeing the gross sales, advertising and income administration disciplines for Delano, Shore Membership and Mondrian South Seaside. Previous to becoming a member of Morgan’s Lodge Group, Doug was Senior Vice President of Gross sales and Advertising and a accomplice at Needs Motels. All through his tenure, he developed a sturdy gross sales and advertising platform and options for e-commerce and income administration that led to important REVPAR premiums throughout the portfolio. In 2002, he co-developed Needs Motels, and helped develop the portfolio from four to 35 trendy boutique inns. In 2009 he obtained the celebrated “Adrian Award” from HSMAI for web site design and was honored as one of many “Prime Twenty 5 Gross sales & Advertising Minds”.

Doug graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Administration from Florida Worldwide College.

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Clio Knowles

Chief Individuals Individual

Clio KnowlesChief People Person

Clio Knowles is the Chief Individuals Individual for Virgin Motels, which launched its first property to nice acclaim in Chicago in 2015. Clio’s major focus has been to develop an organization tradition that focuses on the Virgin Motels model values and celebrates their folks. This incorporates not simply worker engagement and communication, but additionally focuses on the Virgin Motels objective, that everybody leaves feeling higher. Virgin Motels imagine that their teammates are the important thing to an incredible buyer expertise and imagine in recognizing and rewarding that in all teammates. Beforehand, Clio held the function of VP, International Human Assets at Kerzner Worldwide, which on the time owned and operated the Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas; Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai; Mazagan Resort in Morocco and 7 luxurious resorts globally, beneath the One&Solely model.

Clio is enthusiastic about folks and creating an setting the place teammates work exhausting but additionally have enjoyable. She is a International Skilled of Human Assets, SHRM and has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Barry College, Miami, Florida.

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Owen Deignan

Vice President of Meals & Beverage

Owen DeignanVice President of Food & Beverage

Owen Deignan, who was primarily based in Chicago, brings over 24 years of expertise to the model, and is liable for the meals & beverage operations of all Virgin Motels. Deignan works carefully with the senior management crew to develop and execute Virgin’s strategic plan to drive development and profitability within the culinary house, largely specializing in the evolution of the Commons Membership idea and creating particular person eating locations in future Virgin Motels. Previous to becoming a member of Virgin Motels Chicago, Deignan served in partnership with Jean-George as Meals & Beverage Director at PUBLIC Chicago an Ian Schrager Lodge.

Born and raised within the Chicagoland space, Deignan is a graduate of Kendall School with an AAS in Culinary Arts. After graduating from culinary faculty, Deignan moved to Colorado to pursue a profession within the Meals & Beverage trade. Deignan developed and operated 4 Burger King and 6 Qdoba franchise areas in Denver and Las Vegas, shortly after he bought his fairness within the partnership and went to work for MGM Resorts Worldwide. There, he started his journey into haute delicacies as Basic Supervisor of Fleur de Lys with Chef Hubert Keller. Later, he joined Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten as Basic Supervisor of his identify sake restaurant with MGM earlier than shifting again to his Chicago roots.

Blake Smith

Vice President of Leisure & Model Partnerships

Blake SmithVice President of Entertainment & Brand Partnerships

Blake Smith, Vice President of Leisure & Model Partnerships, oversees brand-wide leisure initiatives and partnerships, reserving expertise for the assorted venues at upcoming Virgin Motels, and organizing main music activations and cultural experiences.

Blake brings over a decade of expertise in music programming and recording to his function at Virgin Motels. He beforehand was an artist at three totally different main labels: Polygram, Island Def Jam and EMI. As a author for Common, he contributed music to a number of well-known movies and TV reveals together with Charlie’s Angels, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and CSI:NY. Most lately, Blake served as International Advertising Director of Laborious Rock Worldwide.

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David Moth

Vice President of Operations

David MothVice President of Operations

David Moth began his hospitality profession in Australia sorting linen within the basement of a resort – as a part of his highschool work expertise program – and instantly fell in love with the resort enterprise. After graduating from Ryde School in Sydney, David left Australia to broaden his horizons. That ongoing journey has had him working within the UK for Trusthouse Forte, Virgin, and Malmaison; the Caribbean the place he was Assistant Supervisor at Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Resident Supervisor at Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay, Resident Supervisor at Jalousie Plantation Resort and Spa, and Basic Supervisor of Nisbet Plantation Seaside Membership.

In 2001, David moved to america to handle the famed Tides Lodge in Miami Seaside earlier than spending over six years with Needs Motels/Belief Hospitality in a number of Basic Supervisor roles together with the Sagamore, the Strand and the Betsy inns in Miami Seaside, then turning into Vice President of Operations overseeing all inns within the Belief Hospitality portfolio till coming again to the Virgin household as VP of Operations at Virgin Motels.

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Denise Walker

Vice President of Info Expertise

Denise WalkerVice President of Information Technology

Because the Vice President of Info Expertise, Denise major focus is to supervise Virgin Motels expertise platforms for all its inns making certain brand-wide expertise innovation is supplied. A seasoned Senior International IT Chief and Operations Govt, she brings 15 years of expertise in company operations administration from a world firm. Walker has efficiently developed and led an completed, gifted crew of IT leaders and professionals to assist, evolve and rework, IT infrastructure and enterprise options one of the vital highly-recognized, manufacturers within the hospitality trade, Brookfield Hospitality.

Teddy Mayer

Vice President of Design

Teddy MayerVice President of Design

As Vice President of Design Teddy oversees the imaginative and prescient and execution for the way the Virgin Motels model involves life within the hospitality design setting. Teddy spent seven years because the senior director of design and improvement at Morgans Lodge Group the place he centered on the enlargement of the Delano, Mondrian and Hudson Lodge manufacturers. On the company aspect he started his design profession at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York the place he centered on hospitality interiors initiatives for manufacturers comparable to W Motels and Resorts, Capella and The James to call a couple of. Most lately Teddy labored for Gensler in New York because the regional director of hospitality interiors. He was liable for establishing a hospitality interiors studio and creating the regional follow. Teddy has a Masters of Structure, a Bachelor of Structure and a Bachelor of Effective Arts in Inside Design from the College of Idaho.

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Man Lindsey

Vice President of Building

Guy LindseyVice President of Construction

Man Lindsey brings in depth expertise with strategic lodging improvement and renovation initiatives to the function of Vice President of Building for Virgin Motels, the place by he’ll assist present efforts within the design space and streamline opening processes because the model continues to develop.

In a profession that has spanned greater than 35 years, Man has been concerned in all phases of development administration, together with inns, residential, blended use and workplace constructing initiatives. Along with serving as one of many trade’s most valued consultants, Lindsey beforehand held the place of Senior Vice President of Design & Building at Park Motels and Resorts, an organization born out of Hilton Worldwide, the place he developed and supervised the inner and exterior challenge administration and engineering crew. He additionally served as Senior Vice President of Design & Building at Sunstone Lodge Buyers, Inc., the place he labored on initiatives that embody the Marriott Wailea and Hyatt Regency San Francisco. All through his profession, Lindsey has had direct expertise with $three billion price of renovation, dialog and repositioning initiatives throughout all main manufacturers and property varieties. A graduate of Auburn College with a Bachelor of Science in Constructing Science, Lindsey will probably be primarily based in Miami, FL.

Leslie Kaminski

Vice President of Gross sales

Leslie KaminskiVice President of Sales

Leslie will probably be liable for making certain that every one gross sales alternatives are being executed and that every technique is being met. Earlier than becoming a member of Virgin Motels, Kaminski served as Vice President of International Gross sales at Two Roads Hospitality the place she oversaw a crew of gross sales administrators liable for transient gross sales and new resort enterprise improvement in 9 nations and throughout 5 life-style manufacturers. Beforehand, Kaminski served as Senior Director of International Luxurious Gross sales at Two Roads Hospitality, in addition to labored in gross sales for Vacation spot Motels, Gaylord Texan, and Hilton.

Rory Lowe

Vice President of Finance

Rory LoweVice President of Finance

Rory will work immediately with senior leaders to drive profitability at Virgin Motels and supply monetary management for all forthcoming openings. Previous to becoming a member of Virgin Motels, Rory labored for Two Roads Hospitality, the place he beforehand served as Vice President of Finance overseeing Canada and the Jap and Central United States. Previous to his years with Two Roads Hospitality, Lowe held a number of finance and meals & beverage management roles with each Kimpton Motels & Eating places and Marriott Worldwide. Lowe holds an MBA from Cornell College.

Allie Hope

Chief Growth Officer

Allie HopeChief Development Officer

Allie is liable for setting and implementing Virgin Motels’ world development technique. Allie’s major duties embody figuring out properties in key markets, and structuring transactions that work for Virgin Motels and our Proprietor/Developer companions. Previous to becoming a member of Virgin, Allie labored on acquisitions, inclinations and asset administration at Sunstone Lodge Buyers the place she was on a crew that accomplished over $1 billion of resort transactions. Allie was beforehand a accomplice at HMR Analytics, a hospitality asset administration agency primarily based in California, and a marketing consultant with PKF Consulting, one of many high advisory providers corporations within the hospitality trade. Different experiences embody resort operations with Interstate Motels and Resorts and spa improvement at Starwood Motels & Resorts. Allie is a graduate of Cornell’s College of Lodge Administration the place she obtained the Dean’s Baccalaureate Service Award, is a visitor lecturer at Cornell Lodge College Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, Columbia College and NYU, was named Southern California Actual Property “Girl of Affect” in 2007, and is the co-chair of the Dean’s Younger Advisory Board for Cornell Lodge College.

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Alex Andjel

Vice President of Growth – Europe

Alex AndjelVice President of Development - Europe

Alex oversees Virgin Motels enlargement in Europe and can work carefully with capital companions and strategic traders to accumulate new and current properties in cities throughout Europe. Hoping to accumulate two or three properties per 12 months, the model is conserving choices open, concentrating on cities from London, Paris and Rome to less-predictable areas like Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Alex’s most lately served as Vice President of Growth for YOTEL, specializing in Europe, the Center East and Asia. Previous to this, he was Director of Montpelier Motels Ltd., a hospitality funding and company finance advisory agency and Director of Growth for Bridgehouse Capital, a non-public fairness firm with complete belongings in extra of $1 billion. Extra lately, he spent 5 years with Orient-Categorical Motels Ltd. the place he managed greater than $500 million of acquisition, financing and inclinations of non-core belongings. He efficiently executed third get together resort administration agreements for OEH in London and North American (Cadogan Lodge, Durley Home and The Inn at Perry Cabin).

Thayer Thompson

Basic Counsel & VP Business

Thayer ThompsonGeneral Counsel & VP Commercial

Thayer is liable for authorized issues and aiding with strategic and industrial transactions.

From 2008 to 2015, he was the Assistant Basic Counsel at Virgin Administration USA, Inc., the company improvement and funding administration division of the Virgin Group. Thayer has served because the performing normal counsel of Virgin Motels since its 2010 inception. Earlier than Virgin Administration, he was a senior affiliate within the Company Division of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and an affiliate within the New York workplace of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Thayer is a graduate of Duke College (BA, 1996), the place he was a member of the Duke College Swim Staff, and the College of Minnesota Legislation College (JD, magna cum laude, 1999).

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