As Chief Operating Officer, Mike Murray is responsible for HHM's operational functions at the corporate and property levels. Mike is a 30+ year hospitality veteran with an in-depth operations expertise throughout the United States and Caribbean markets. Prior to HHM, Mike was the operations leader at Sage Hospitality Resources with responsibility for 48 hotels, $600 million in annual revenue and 6,000 associates across the United States. Mike's early years were spent operating full-service hotels, resorts, and casinos in Florida, California and the Caribbean. During a break from his college pre-law studies, Mike spent six months as the Chief Steward at the renowned Caneel Bay Resort on St. John in the USVI. That one "vacation" would cause him to pull out of that pre-law program upon his return to college and switch to a hospitality business major, leading him to where he is today.
Naveen Kakarla is HHM's President and Chief Executive Officer and serves on its Board of Directors. Naveen has worked across all disciplines since 2005, and currently spends focused time on our investment and development platform, our Independent Collection of managed hotels, finance and accounting, human resources and capital projects. He previously led our New York City operational region, our construction division, and each of our centralized shared service departments.
Prior to joining HHM, Naveen worked with a private equity firm and its portfolio companies on early stage investments and "roll ups" in various industries. He was previously a partner specializing in corporate and securities law at Jenkens & Gilchrist, and prior to that was associated with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. Naveen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College and a law degree from Cornell Law School.
Naveen is a board trustee at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System, which includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He also serves on the corporate board of the Barnes Foundation Museum and is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization.
Naveen spent equal time growing up in India, New York City, and Dallas… though he recalls the move to Texas as requiring the most agility
As Executive Vice President, Dani Elhachem leads most Operations for HHM portfolio, with over 70 hotels, ranging across all segments and asset tiers. In addition, Dani oversees the Commercial Services Team and its Marketing Studio which provides strategic marketing, branding services, e-commerce, distribution, revenue management and sales for HHM's Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Dani held positions such as Corporate Vice President of Operations at Denihan Hospitality. Dani held positions in private equity firms and publicly traded companies, as well as leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts/Westin Hotels & Resorts where he started his journey in Hospitality.
As senior vice president of operations, Ray Perez currently oversees 55 properties for HHM on the East and West Coast, as well as in Texas. With over 30 years of hotel operations experience, Ray brings a unique perspective to the hotels within his portfolio having started his hospitality career in food & beverage and sales. Before joining HHM, Ray worked extensively in hospitality operations and revenue, most recently holding the position of Vice President of Revenue for DePalma Hotel Corporation. After leading HHM's Texas and Midwest portfolios for six years, Ray was promoted in the summer of 2019 to senior vice president.
As Chief Development Officer, David leads our third party growth, investment efforts, and our asset management business. He has over 40 years of hotel industry experience, most recently as President of Northwood Hospitality, where he helped execute on investment and business plans for highly successful investments such as The Palace New York, London West Hollywood, Revere Boston, Cheeca Lodge in the Florida Keys, and Parrot Key in Key West. David started as a busboy at an independent restaurant and has been a member of two different NYSE board of directors.
As HHM's Chief Financial Officer, Shawn Tuli is responsible for leading and executing the organization's finance and investment strategy. Shawn rejoined HHM in 2014, after receiving an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He started his career at Goldman Sachs, most recently in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Investment Banking Division. Today, Shawn sits on the board of the Please Touch Museum and is an advisor to Maidbot, a hospitality robotics company. Shawn found his love for hospitality during family travels in his youth, whether on a family trip to a New Hampshire lodge or staying with relatives in London and India, he discovered that true hospitality enabled unforgettable memories.
Stephanie Esposito, Senior Vice President of Sales, has over 24 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing. Since the company's inception, Stephanie has been integral in the development of the HHM's sales organization, which she now oversees. Over the past 11 years, she has assisted in the development and implementation of company-wide sales initiatives affecting key market segments for HHM's portfolio of hotels. Stephanie began her career as an administrative assistant at the Clarion Suites in Philadelphia, an HHM hotel, and worked her way up to her current role.
As Vice President of eCommerce, James leads a team of eCommerce and hospitality digital marketing specialists to support HHM's variety of branded and independent lifestyle hotels in the digital space. A 18-year HHM veteran, James has held several Regional Director roles in Sales, Marketing and Revenue. He earned his degree from Hersha School of Hospitality Management at HACC, where he has served on the Advisory Committee for the Hospitality and Lodging program for 14 years. In the early ‘90s, James got his start in the industry as a lifeguard at a resort hotel.
As Vice President of Revenue Management, Bill Winzer is responsible for leading all the revenue management efforts for 90 branded and independent properties. Prior to joining HHM, he had worked for Marriott International for 26 years. He previously held senior regional revenue management positions in the United States, Canada and China. Bill got his start in the hospitality business as a valet car parker at the Omni Hotel in Detroit.