The Stonebridge Companies leadership team exemplifies Distinguished Hospitality™. Under their guidance, we have become an industry leader in hotel development and hotel management.
CEO and ChairmanCHECK BIO of Navin Dimond
Navin Dimond is the founder of Stonebridge Companies. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the company's development and investment functions. Stonebridge Companies has experienced substantial, positive growth. Mr. Dimond is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Asian American 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. In 2013 Stonebridge Companies received the coveted Marriott Partnership Circle Award, granted to Franchisees for their excellence and commitment to growth as well as dedication to their associates and guests. In 2007, Mr. Dimond received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Real Estate and Hospitality category for the Rocky Mountain Region.
As a result of his expertise and proven track record, Mr. Dimond serves in an advisory role for a wide variety of organizations. Currently, Navin serves on the Franchise Advisory Council for Hampton Inn Hotels by Hilton and Marriott's Residence Inn Advisory Board (TRIA Board). Navin has been involved with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CH&LA) for many years, serving as Chairman in 2003. In 2008 Navin was inducted into the CH&LA Hall of Fame. Mr. Dimond serves on the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture Executive Leadership Board, Cornell University's Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Hotel Administration and the Daniels College of Business Executive Advisory Board at the University of Denver.
Involvement in the local community is important to Mr. Dimond. Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Navin serves on the Foundation Board of the Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a Board Member of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (VISIT DENVER), serving as its Chairman in 2016.
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 and Construction Management from the University of Denver.
President & Managing PartnerCHECK BIO of Aly-Khan Merali
As President and Managing Partner, Aly-khan Merali leads all aspects of Stonebridge Companies' operational business including Hotel Operations, Accounting, Revenue Management, Human Resources, Risk Management, Information Technology and E-Commerce.
Mr. Merali was previously the President and Chief Financial Officer of Turnberry, a leading real estate development company that operates in the hospitality, commercial and residential markets. Mr. Merali joined Turnberry in 2013 and was a member of the Company's leadership team, where he had complete oversight responsibility for the Finance, Asset Management, Accounting, Legal, Human Resources and Information Systems departments of the Company. In addition, he directed all capital activities, investments, joint ventures and divestitures relating to Turnberry's multi-billion-dollar portfolio of retail and hospitality development projects. To date, Mr. Merali has been involved in transactions on behalf of Turnberry that total in excess of $7 billion dollars.
Mr. Merali has over 20 years of experience in real estate investing and operations. Prior to joining Turnberry, he was the Executive Vice President and Head of Acquisitions for a South Florida-based hotel investment venture with a portfolio of assets that spans North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he worked and lived internationally while maintaining leadership and, at times, ownership positions in various real estate-based companies in the United Kingdom, Canada and East Africa that included resort and hospitality properties as well as industrial and manufacturing, office and senior living assets.
Mr. Merali holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada and a master's degree with a focus in real estate finance from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Mr. Merali was a Dean's List student and the Vice President of the Associate Real Estate Chapter. He served as a member of the Cornell Hotel School's Young Advisory Council, is currently a member of the Cornell Hotel society and an active member of the Young President's Organization (YPO). Mr. Merali is also active on various brand advisory boards within the hotel space, is a member of a ULI board, and is an active supporter and participant of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Chief Investment OfficerCHECK BIO of Jim Luchars
Jim Luchars joined Stonebridge Companies in 2012. As Chief Investment Officer Jim oversees all new acquisition and development growth initiatives of the company. 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 was 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).
Chief Accounting OfficerCHECK BIO of Mark Hays
Mark Hays joined Stonebridge Companies in November 2020 as Chief Accounting Officer. He is responsible for strategic accounting operations over the entire hotel portfolio. Mark has over 35 years of hospitality experience including nearly 15 years with Two Roads Hospitality/Destination Hotels where he served as Chief Financial Officer from 2013 to 2019.
Mark was a key player in the merger between Destination Hotels and Commune Hotels, which became Two Roads Hospitality, and played a key strategic role in the successful sale of Two Roads, to Hyatt Hotels. Prior to Two Roads, Mark served as Corporate Controller and Regional Controller for Sage Hospitality from 2000 to 2005. Mark also previously served as General Manager of the Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center and Holiday Inn Garden of The Gods, with Meristar Hotels. Mark holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
General CounselCHECK BIO of Howard Pollack
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.
Senior VP, Hotel OperationsCHECK BIO of Randy Santulli
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.
VP of Capital StrategyCHECK BIO of Jason Gaede
Jason Gaede joined Stonebridge Companies in 2015. As Vice President of Capital Strategy, Jason is responsible for leading the company's debt and equity initiatives for new and existing real estate investments . Jason has over 15 years' experience in the finance industry, most recently serving over five years as Chief Investment Officer for a multi-family office with over $1B in assets.
His background and experience includes investment banking, private equity, corporate strategy and family office investing. Mr. Gaede received his Masters of Business Administration from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University earning his B.B.A. He is active in the Denver community and a member of various boards and organizations including Ace Scholarships and the Heart and Hand Center.
VP, Hotel Performance & AnalyticsCHECK BIO of Chris Cheney
Hailing from Wichita, Kansas where he attended Friends University and chased storms, Chris Cheney has been in the hospitality industry for 17 years and has held management roles in the areas of hotel operations and revenue management with independent and branded hotels. Cheney joined Stonebridge Companies in 2007 as General Manager at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Anchorage, Alaska.
He relocated with Stonebridge in 2009 to Denver, Colorado to open and operate the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek as General Manager before joining the corporate team in 2011 as Director of Revenue Management and later being promoted to serve as Vice President of Revenue Management. Cheney was recently promoted to Vice President of Hotel Performance and Analytics. Cheney is also on the Board for HSMAI Americas.
VP, Risk ManagementCHECK BIO of Matt Friend
Matt Friend serves as Vice President of Risk Management for Stonebridge Companies. He is responsible for minimizing risk to the company by leading the company's risk management strategy, negotiating insurance programs, managing claims, implementing loss prevention programs and administering contract protocols.
He has over 23 years experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving almost nine years as Director of Risk Management for Red Robin International. Mr. Friend is Past President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Board of Directors and is an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis University, College of Professional Studies in Denver, CO. Matt earned his Master's of Science in Management from Regis University and his Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) certification.
VP, Real Estate & Asset MgmtCHECK BIO of Chris Stein
Chris joined Stonebridge Companies in 2015 and serves as Vice President of Real Estate and Asset Management. He oversees the Real Estate team's acquisition and business development efforts, and in concert with our partners, plays a key role in identifying value creation opportunities, executing on underwritten business plan initiatives and capital management. Chris has an extensive hospitality background spanning 20+ years, including prior positions in hotel operations, consulting, brokerage and acquisitions/business development. Chris is a graduate of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
VP of Sales & MarketingCHECK BIO of Judy Blattert
Judy has over 25 years as a Sales & Marketing leader working in various leadership roles in full service and convention hotels, having served the last 15 years in a multi-unit VP role. Since joining Stonebridge in 2015, Judy has been responsible for overseeing the company's sales training and development that support the entire portfolio of hotels. Judy oversees sales revenue strategies that include driving top line revenue, achieving defined growth and profit targets as well as meeting market share goals. Judy also oversees sales recruiting efforts, building the sales strategy, devising sales tactics and working with the support teams to ensure success.
VP, Hotel OperationsCHECK BIO of Dave Czarnecki
Dave Czarnecki joined Stonebridge Companies in 2018 and oversees a portfolio of full service, select service and extended stay hotels. Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Czarnecki held regional portfolio management positions with Interstate Hotels, The Summit Group and the Walt Disney Company. Throughout his 39+ year career in hospitality, Czarnecki has worked nearly every position in hotels and hospitality is his passion. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Czarnecki attended Northern Illinois University and is a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He started his career in 1982 as a Bellman at a Holiday Inn when he relocated to Colorado. He has one Daughter and one Son.
VP, Hotel OperationsCHECK BIO of Jack Paul
Jack joined Stonebridge Companies in 2014 and oversees Stonebridge Companies' full, select and extended stay portfolio. Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, he was Regional Director of Operations with Expotel Hospitality LLC and RFS Hotel Investors/Flagstone Hospitality. Jack's professional career also includes multiple positions across many branded and boutique hotels where he specialized in underperforming and turn around assets. He has received General Manager of the Year honors several times throughout his career.
Jack began his career in restaurants while attending University of Florida and Palm Beach State College where he majored in Psychology. He is originally from Orlando, Florida and he and his wife have four children.
VP, Hotel OperationsCHECK BIO of Shauna Sandage
Shauna Sandage joined Stonebridge companies in 2019 and oversees a variety of their select service assets. Shauna started her career with the Summit Group in 2006 and quickly fell in love with hospitality. She worked with the Summit Group until 2011 as General Manager and was promoted to an area role after the company went public and joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts. In 2016, Shauna went to work for a startup hotel company called KWB, LLC. as their Director of Operations and Revenue Management where she helped to open their first 11 hotels.
Shauna spends a great deal of her time outside of work volunteering with Advocates for Children CASA, an organization that benefits abused and neglected children, and has served on their board of directors for seven years. Shauna's daughter, husband, and rescue dog consume the rest of her free time.
VP, Hotel OperationsCHECK BIO of Tom Sprankle
Tom joined Stonebridge Companies in 2012 as a General Manager to open the companies first dual brand hotel. Tom was promoted to his current role in 2017 and oversees a portfolio of full, select and extended stay hotels. Tom has been in the hospitality industry for 30+ years and has held multiple positions across many branded and boutique hotels.
Tom graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with his Bachelor's of Science in Hotel Administration. He is originally from Buffalo, New York and he and his wife have three children.
VP of Information SystemsCHECK BIO of Nasim Mansurov
Nasim Mansurov has over 20 years of proven top-level management experience in Information Technology, with a strong emphasis in ERP, hotel IT management, ISP management, telecommunications and infrastructure, datacenter management, project management, software development, virtualization and hosting. Currently serving as the Vice President of Information Technology, Mr. Mansurov oversees all aspects of the company's technology, current and emerging, as well as Telecom.
He is responsible for strategic evaluation of new systems that are proposed for the company and for providing technical training and support to all hotels. Mr. Mansurov fluently speaks four languages and received numerous awards and scholarships in the past. He earned his B.S. degree in Management and Marketing from University of Colorado, Boulder.
Vice President of OperationsCHECK BIO of John Chisman
John joined Stonebridge Companies in 2016 as Opening General Manager of the Residence Inn Washington, DC Capitol Hill Navy Yard. In 2019 he was promoted to Area General Manager before assuming his current role in 2021. John now oversees a portfolio of full, select and extended stay hotels.
With nearly two decades of hospitality experience, John has held several positions to include Regional General Manager Specialist, General Manager and Market Manager with Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels Group and Oakwood Worldwide. Throughout his career, John has received many awards including 2019 General Manager of the Year for the Residence Inn Brand.
John graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from Amberton University and obtained a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management from Cornell University. Additionally, John holds a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Originally from Hampton, Virginia, John now resides in Denver.