Navin C. Dimond, President and CEO
Navin Dimond is the founder of Stonebridge Companies. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, directing the company’s development, operations and investments through senior management. Under his vision and leadership, Stonebridge Companies has experienced substantial, positive growth. Mr. Dimond is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the American Asian Hotel Owners Association, the Hotelier of the Year Award from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association and the prestigious Hilton Hotels Multi-brand Developer of the Year Award. Stonebridge Companies has received numerous recognitions, including Fairfield Inn by Marriott Platinum Management Company of the Year Award. Mr. Dimond has served on numerous boards and committees. Currently, he serves on the Franchise Advisory Council for Hampton Inn Hotels by Hilton. Mr. Dimond is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned his B.A. in Business Administration and his B.S. in Construction Management. He earned his MBA in Real Estate/Construction management from the University of Denver.
Kevin Mahoney, Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Mahoney joined Stonebridge Companies in 2005 as its first Chief Operating Officer. He assumes a multi-faceted role where he is responsible for the company’s business development, hotel operations and client/investor relationships. Mr. Mahoney has extensive experience in finance, asset management and hotel/resort and conference center development. Prior to Stonebridge Companies, Mr. Mahoney served as Executive Director of Hotel Investments for the Amstar Group, Ltd., a privately held real estate investment company with significant lodging investments and previous to that was the practice leader for the Los Angeles office of Kenneth Leventhal, a prominent real estate advisory and accounting firm. Mr. Mahoney is currently a member of the Hotel Asset Management Association and is the 2005 Past President. In addition, he serves on the Fairfield Inn Advisory Counsel. Mr. Mahoney is a frequent guest speaker at industry related conferences and university lectures.
James Luchars, Chief Investment Officer
Prior to joining Stonebridge, Jim was a Principal with AEW Capital Management in the firm’s opportunity fund group. In this capacity, he led AEW’s hospitality group with responsibility for investment origination and asset management for all hotel investments in North America. He was also responsible for office, retail, residential and industrial acquisitions in Chicago, Boston and Florida. Over the course of his tenure at AEW, Mr. Luchars has been involved in over $3.0 billion in hotel and commercial real estate transactions in the United States and Europe. Mr. Luchars has over 17 years of real estate experience and six years of years of hotel operations experience. Prior to joining AEW Capital Management in 1996, he served as a senior consultant with the Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in New York City. He has also held various management positions within the hospitality industry. Mr. Luchars is a graduate of Connecticut College (B.S.) and Cornell University (M.P.S. in Hotel Management and Business).
David Womack, Chief Financial Officer
David Womack joined Stonebridge Companies as Chief Financial Officer in January 2007. Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Mr. Womack served from August 2005 to November 2007 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Champps Entertainment, Inc., a publicly held restaurant company. He started with Champps in April 2002 as its Controller. From April 1997 until April 2002, Mr. Womack served in various capacities including Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer for the Wynkoop Brewing Company. From August 1985 until April 1997, Mr. Womack worked in various accounting capacities for VICORP Restaurants, Inc., including Controller. Mr. Womack received his CPA certificate in 1993 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his B.S. degree in Finance from Colorado State University and M.S. degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Howard Pollack, General Counsel
Howard Pollack joined Stonebridge Companies in late 2010 as its General Counsel. Mr. Pollack served as outside counsel to Stonebridge Companies for the past 15 years. He is responsible for managing all legal matters relating to acquisitions, financing, development, construction and general business and corporate matters. Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Mr. Pollack spent 17 years at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck where he was a senior partner in the firm’s real estate group and co-chair of the firm’s hospitality group. He brings with him over 21 years of experience in all aspects of real estate law including acquisition, finance, development and disposition of all types of real estate assets. Mr. Pollack began his career as an associate in the real estate group at Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Pollack graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1991. He received his undergraduate degree in economics, with honors, from the University of Delaware. Mr. Pollack frequently lectures on real estate matters in Colorado and is a member of various boards and organizations including the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Outward Bound School.
Randy Santulli, Senior Vice President - Hotel Operations
Randy Santulli joined Stonebridge Companies in early 2006 where he serves as Senior Vice President-Hotel Operations. He is responsible for all aspects of the hotel portfolio including select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels. Mr. Santulli has an extensive background in food and beverage operations and has successfully repositioned numerous high volume restaurant and catering operations throughout his career. Prior to joining Stonebridge, Mr. Santulli served with Remington Hotel Corporation as Divisional Vice President-Hotel Operations, where he was involved in over 45 hotel acquisitions. He previously served with Westbrooke Hospitality Corporation as Senior Vice President-Hotel Operations. Mr. Santulli holds a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
Scott McChesney, Senior Vice President - Acquisition and Development
Scott McChesney joined Stonebridge in 2008. As Senior Vice President of Acquisition and Development, Scott oversees hotel development, acquisitions, funding, and new business opportunities. Prior to joining Stonebridge, Mr. McChesney was Vice President of RD Olson Development where he was instrumental in growing the company into Southern California’s 20th largest developer in 2007. Mr. McChesney also worked with The Walt Disney Company where he was Director of Development/Acquisitions for their Imagineering division. He also spent one year in Disney’s Corporate Strategic Planning group. At the Pepsi-Cola Corporation/Taco Bell, he was Senior Manager of Development where he analyzed and approved or disapproved the development of proposed fast food sites, approving over $300 million in development capital. Mr. McChesney, who has two years of investment banking experience, holds an MBA from USC and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Scot Cameron, Vice President - Development and Construction
Scot Cameron joined Stonebridge Companies in 2011 as its Vice President of Development and Construction providing an additional layer of oversight for the numerous, complex development projects under construction at any given time. Prior to joining Stonebridge, Mr. Cameron served multiple roles at Sage Hospitality, a privately held hospitality development and management company, from 2007 to 2011 focusing on project growth development, asset management, complex physical due diligence as well as strategic dispositions and finance while working closely with the Board of Directors. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Cameron worked closely with the executive team coordinating the growth of Magnolia Hotels from one urban, historic hotel to four while overseeing the majority of construction, development and financing through many roles and most recent as Vice President of Development and Finance. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Real Estate & Finance from the Graaskamp Center, and Marketing.
Cindi Ruff, Vice President - Human Resources
Cindi Ruff joined Stonebridge Companies in April, 2008 and serves as Vice President of Human Resources. In her role she serves as the primary resource for all aspects of human resources management and provides strategic direction and support in the administration of all human resources functions. Ms. Ruff has over 15 years of experience in the customer service industry and over 10 years as an HR professional. Before joining Stonebridge, she worked for gaming companies as the Corporate Director of Human Resources and the Senior Director of Human Resources. Ms. Ruff attended Baylor University where she earned her B.A. in Business and the University of Denver where she earned her M.B.A.. She holds the designations of Senior Professional of Human Resources, Global Professional in Human Resources and Certified Compensation Professional.
Leslye Diener, Vice President - Risk Management
Leslye Diener joined Stonebridge Companies in 2002 and serves as Vice President of Risk Management. In her role, she is responsible for minimizing risk to the company at all levels. Under the leadership of Ms. Diener, the company has implemented safety and security standards for hotels and the corporate office, enhanced insurance coverage and established protocols for claim outcome management and contract administration. Leslye is passionate about preventing claims and personally visits hotels to provide training and facilitate compliance. Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Ms. Diener served as Director of Risk Management for the United Artists Theater Circuit. She has over 20 years experience in the property/casualty insurance industry in various management positions. Her responsibilities included loss control, claims, sales, marketing, underwriting and training. Ms. Diener serves as an officer and board member of the Rocky Mountain Risk & Insurance Management Society.