Diverse, thoughtful, and active in the community. The hotel management company team at Real Hospitality Group shares their knowledge and experience with our hotel teams to produce memorable experiences and market leading results. Get to know the RHG team and find out why we're one of the top 15 hotel management companies in the U.S.
The most sought-after hotel management company team in the industry today.
As President and Chief Executive Office for Real Hospitality Group, Ben Seidel is forging new ground in hospitality management. Having a lifetime career and passion for the industry, Real Hospitality Group is redefining the meaning of owner relations, championing innovative guest service programs, and emphasizing community-based initiatives under Ben’s visionary leadership. In under 9 years, Real Hospitality Group has grown into one of the Top 15 US Hotel Management Companies with this focus on relationships and positive results.
In addition to leading the Real Hospitality Group team, Ben also serves as President of Marriott’s Owners Council for the Aloft brand, is a Board member of the AHLA, and is an active member of various hospitality boards and associations. Mr. Seidel has taught hospitality marketing and accounting management at the Central Connecticut State University’s school of hospitality, and is a current participant in the development of the School of Hospitality Management at the West Virginia University in Morgantown. Ben is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is CHA/CHSP certified by AHLAEI.
In his role of Chief Operating Officer, John oversees the daily management of over $350 million in Top Line Revenue and the ascent of Real Hospitality Group to the top 15 of largest US Hotel Management Companies. He delivers on the RHG pillars of reliability, efficiency, accessibility and loyalty, and builds the trust that guides our important owner relationships. John’s leadership results in our hotels maintaining top market position, high performing RGI, and maximum NOI across the portfolio.
John previously served as Regional Vice President at a renowned U.S. hospitality company managing owner relationships for high profile clients. He executed an award winning approach to his guest service scores and was recognized by Marriott for excellence in his portfolio. John was also a General Manager for Marriott and Hilton branded hotels throughout the United States over the course of his extensive career.
John is a member of the Marriott Owner’s Advisory Board and has been a featured speaker on panels for many national publications and organizations including Hotel Business and Hotel Management. He attended University of North Carolina and was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in Travel, Tourism and Commercial Recreation.
Dana has over 20 years of experience servicing the hospitality industry. She joins RHG having been with top ranked national CPA firm, CohnReznick where she was responsible for creating and growing the firm’s Hospitality Consulting Practice. Previous to this tenure, Dana served as the Chief Financial Officer of two nationally recognized, hotel operating companies.
She earned her certifications from Cornell University in Hotel Asset Management and Investment, served as president for the Washington DC chapter of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, has published several whitepapers, and moderated industry think tank panels and is a regularly featured speaker at national hospitality forums.
As Chief Investment Officer, Joe oversees all investments and major transactions for the Company, including partnership and structured debt, and he provides the same expertise to the Company’s clients. He will also participate on strategic growth initiatives and business development for the Company. Joe brings over 14 years of extensive real estate investment knowledge and experience spanning all major real estate class. Prior to RHG, Joe served as a Managing Director of Acquisitions and Capital Markets, and prior to that, as Vice President, for large real estate investment companies. His expertise has developed through various leadership roles, in which he spearheaded over $5 billion worth of real estate investment transactions, including over $2 billion in the lodging sector.
Joe received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University – State University of New York and his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. He brings a comprehensive legal background, which includes several years of service as the General Counsel for a prominent New York-based real estate group. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, and has served on multiple boards for various business associations, and currently serves as Emeritus Board Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America Manhattan Chapter and is a member of Council of Korean Americans.
As Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Simon works directly with our COO and CEO overseeing the company’s sales and marketing disciplines both at the regional and property level. Simon brings with him over 22 yrs of hospitality experience specializing in Staff development, retention, hotel repositioning and rebranding. He has worked with all major brands to include Hilton, Marriott/Starwood, Wyndham, IHG, and Hyatt representing key assets in gateway cities. Previous to his joining RHG, Simon served as the Vice President and Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for two top ten ranked management companies. He was charged with the responsibility of building a sales culture while implementing an infrastructure to support the company’s unprecedented growth in markets which included New York City, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Washington DC. During Simon’s 22-year career, he has led the sales and marketing efforts for Marriott International in London, Hilton and Millennium Hotels in New York, and for Fairmont Hotels in Bermuda.
Simon attended Crewe & Alsager college in England, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies. He is an active member in several industry related organizations and has been a featured speaker on panels for HSMAI and GBTA. Over the course of his career, his community volunteer work has helped raise awareness and funds for national organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Philabundance and RSPCA.
Sanjay brings world class experience and boundless optimism to his role. He manages key owner relations across the RHG portfolio as well as some of the most high-profile assets in New York City. His vast market experience has included New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. He also leads our extensive Marriott portfolio's best practice sharing program to enhance guest experience.
Sanjay champions the RHG Core Values through his leadership of the regional operations team in the New York office and drives operational excellence through evaluation, assessment, and action. Sanjay has an MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and received his bachelor's degree from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi. He also earned a Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management certification from eCornell. Sanjay is an active outreach participant for RHG's Real Cares Program. He leads fundraising contingents for ECPAT and various cancer and hunger organizations as well as volunteering his time in New Jersey community kitchens.
Ron Loman brings over 24 years in the hospitality industry, working with a wide range of property types, all of the major brand in significant markets, both domestic and internationally. As a senior member of RHG, Ron will further improve the alignment and communication of the growing regional operations teams in our Ocean City and Florida offices, including general managers and regional operations directors. He is also responsible for implementing proven strategies and best practices to elevate the guest experience, improve operational efficiency, and increase profitability across the portfolio.
Before re-joining Real Hospitality Group, he served as Senior Vice President Asset Management for a national advisory and consulting company. Ron's prior roles at RHG included Regional Vice - President Operations and Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and he has held numerous senior leadership positions during his 12-year career at other notable hospitality management companies.
Ron is a past member of the NYC & Co Hotel Advisory Committee and an active member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Hotel Management Company Executive Roundtable. He has held numerous industry designations. He has served on several industry boards, including Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, eight-year Board Member of the Convention Sales Advisory Committee – Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Advisory Committee for Carlson Hotels Worldwide. A contributing author for Hotel Management and other notable industry publications. Ron attended Valencia College and the University of Central Florida.
Responsible for the successful administration of the organization’s Human Resources function, determines and directs HR strategies to support the company goals of productive and profitable business operations. Provides leadership and focus to advance the company’s vision and culture. Drives organizational effectiveness and support for all major initiatives as set by the President and CEO.
Is the keeper of the culture and all people functions within the organization ensuring strategic planning and direction providing the organization with the best people and talent available and positioning the company as the employer of choice within the industry.
A career leader and expert in the field, Alma possesses 30+ years in Client Service Management, Manufacturing Support and Delivery Systems, Project Management, Global Communication Systems, and Human Resources. Alma holds a dual B.A. in Human Resources Performance and Organization Dynamics, and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership. She is on the HR council for the AHLA, a member of SHRM, and is active in education volunteering as a visiting business expert in classrooms for instructors at universities and local community colleges.
As Vice President of Revenue Management for Real Hospitality Group, Roy Madhok, CRME, CHIA oversees revenue management and distribution for the portfolio. Roy has overseen hotels in major markets throughout North America and has worked with brands & independents ranging in size from small boutique properties to large convention hotels. Prior to joining Real Hospitality Group, Roy was a Regional Director of Revenue for a leading hotel management company and also served as an Adjunct Professor at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration teaching both Introductory and Advanced Revenue Management courses.
Roy has been a speaker at various panels and conferences such as the HSMAI Revenue Optimization Conference, the Expedia Partner Conference, Cornell Hotel Society’s Lodging Pulse and more. In addition to speaking at events, he sat on New York City’s HSMAI Board and Revenue Management Committee driving content for the chapter’s various panels and events. Roy has also been featured in the Check-In magazine addressing risk & decision making within the discipline and has published three revenue management book chapters ranging in topics from segmentation to performance analysis within hotels. Roy’s unique perspective in revenue management stretches beyond hotels as the co-creator of a restaurant revenue management RevPASH web application, the author of two restaurant revenue management book chapters, and as a global restaurant revenue management professional.
Michael leads the development of brand concepts for a select group of independent hotels and growing hostel portfolio. He works with hotel owners, interior designers, graphic designers, branding agencies, and PR agencies to create mission/vision statements, hotel narratives, brand books, and onsite experiences at various properties.
Michael also continues to move Real Hospitality’s revenue generating initiatives into the future. He manages the portfolio’s digital footprint by overseeing all ecommerce channels, brand field marketing efforts, web content, SEO, email/promotion strategy, and paid media (SEM, re-marketing, meta sites, social). He keeps the portfolio updated on digital trends, best practices, and market disruption while developing strategies with the revenue and sales teams to ensure revpar and profit goals are met and exceeded.
Prior to rejoining Real Hospitality Group, Michael was a digital marketing manager at Starwood Hotels where he developed innovative property and regional marketing plans for the New York City and Washington, D.C. portfolio of hotels. Michael is currently a member of NYC & Company's Hospitality Committee and was formerly the co-chair of the Hospitality Committee for the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a Committee Member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Committee. A thought leader in his field, Michael’s commentary has been published throughout the New York City region.
JoAnne has been a part of the RHG team since 2010. Her experience includes supervision of multi-unit accounting services for hotel and owner portfolios, treasury management duties, coordinating credit card services, accounts payable and receivable, bank reconciliations, tax filings, and systems management.
JoAnne is a long-standing member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, which supports the local fire dept and the youth cadet program, and has held the office of Treasurer for the last 7 years. She also holds the elected position of Worcester County Points Coordinator for the Maryland State Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary since 2006.
As a Regional Director of Operations, Jim manages a portfolio of hotels that spans the entire east coast of the United States. From Florida to New York, Jim is leading service culture, profitability initiatives, owner relations, and topline revenue performance to ensure the philosophy of Real Hospitality Group is fully realized.
Jim’s previous experiences have been recognized by numerous brands and management companies. He has been awarded notable distinctions such as the Hilton Spirit Award, Marriott Most Improved GSS Award, and Hotel of the Year, in addition to being named General Manager Advisory Board Co-Chair at a national hotel management company. Jim is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management.
As a Regional Director of Operations, Tony manages a portfolio of hotels that spans the Southeast region of the United States. From Florida to Tennessee, Tony is leading service culture, profitability initiatives, owner relations and topline revenue performance to ensure the philosophy of Real Hospitality Group is fully realized.
Tony’s previous experience was spent overseeing a variety of Hilton, Marriott and IHG brands with a notable US-based operator as both a General Manager and Regional Vice President. Tony won the prestigious Connie award three years in a row, won Nebraska’s “Hotelier of the Year" three times, and received Embassy Suites “Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award.” He also served as chairperson for the FBI CAAA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics USA Games – Lincoln and participated in numerous other charitable boards throughout his career.
Melwyn’s tenure in the hospitality industry nears two decades of progressive sales, operations and fiscal experience with demonstrated results across all hotel and casino hotel departmental functions. Assuming a more pragmatic approach to day to day issues and challenges, Melwyn offers the leadership, integrity, team building, and strong interpersonal and communication skills required to excel in raising the bar in his property’s performance indices. His focus at RHG is to ensure operational efficiency improvements, revenue optimization, and hotel team mentoring.
Mr. Gomez holds dual degrees in Accounting and in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Alpina School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. Melwyn is on the Board of Hospitality and Tourism at La Guardia Community College, Long Island -Queens where he mentors young professionals into the Hospitality Industry. Prior to joining Real Hospitality Group, Melwyn served as Vice President, Hotel Operations for the one of the largest gaming companies in the world managing 5000 hotels rooms in Atlantic City. He was a Regional Director of Operations for three privately held hotel management organizations based in New York city, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA.
As Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Jeannine is focused on RHG’s growing independent & lifestyle portfolio. She is charged with managing sales associates, training, and goal setting, all while leveraging her relationships with crucial global accounts. Jeannine brings extensive luxury and lifestyle experience to RHG as well as property level sales experience from iconic brands such as Ritz Carlton, Fairmont, Peninsula and Hotel Bel Air. She has also been head of global sales and part of regional leadership for Jumeirah and Leading Hotels of the World.
Will Speidel brings an energy and enthusiasm to his region’s sales & marketing efforts. Client satisfaction and topline results are his main goals as he leads sales teams from from New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Prior to joining Real Hospitality, Will spent nine years with a prominent U.S. hotel management company where he contributed to the company’s growth from 37 to 130 assets. He has served the industry in various roles including Director of Sales, General Manager, Regional Vice President, and Vice President in various brands and management companies including Starwood, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Independents throughout the Northeast and Midwest. A graduate of Robert Morris University (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Will brings to Real Hospitality Group valuable multi-unit experience with portfolio revenues in excess of $100 million annually.
Will is active in his community volunteering and coaching for numerous local nonprofit organizations. Throughout his career he has served on various hospitality boards and associations. Will resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and 4 children.
Sara leads the RHG Florida portfolio as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing.
She began her hospitality journey as a bartender while studying psychology and decided to pursue a career where she could influence and create memorable experiences. She brings multi brand, multi market experience in sales and operations leadership roles both in the field and above property.
Sara has been recognized as a Marriott trainer and recruiter. She was awarded National Sales Leader of the Year with Marriott International and Extended Stay Leader for the Mid Atlantic region with Marriott International. Her spare time is spent as a boot camp and body combat trainer, caving, obstacle course races and engaging in non profit organizations like RMH, Habitat for Humanity, Hospitality Fights Hunger and homeless shelters.
Rodney leads the sales and marketing efforts for 11 New York City hotels and represents well-known brands such as Marriott and Hyatt. While working diligently to achieve top line revenue goals for owners, he also coaches and develops his property sales leaders to be the best in the industry.
During his career, Mr. Cubberly has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as Sales Leader of the Year in 2009 and Director of Sales of the Year in 2007. Rodney is a cycling enthusiast and loves to travel around the world to experience different cultures. He also finds time to give back to the community by collaboratively working with organizations such as Human Rights Campaign and Project Helping Hands.
Melissa comes to Real Hospitality Group with 12+ years of sales experience. Before entering the Hospitality industry, she worked with luxury brands such as Bulgari, Givenchy, Cartier, and Fendi. She was a Vocal Music major at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Specialized School for the Arts (FAME School), she attended the City University of New York-Queens College where she double Majored in Psychology and Sociology and earned a prestigious Leadership Award in 2009. With such experience, she manages to effortlessly build and develop relationships with peers and clients alike. Born to immigrant parents, Melissa is fluent in Spanish and plays an active role in the international markets as well.
Melissa made her way into the Hospitality industry in 2015 and has since then worked at and overlooked Hilton, Marriott, World Hotels, and Best Western properties. Throughout this time, her drive and tenacity have helped her rapidly excel in her career, and led her to become part of the RHG team as Director of Transition Sales & Marketing.
Melissa enjoys traditional family gatherings, spending quality time with her children, visual and performing arts, and traveling.
Slyne Louissaint brings 18 years of Hospitality Human Resource experience to our team. She supports the day-to-day Human Resource operations of our Northeast portfolio and is responsible for overseeing the administration of human resource policies, practices, and systems according to RHG standards along with strategic planning of the human resource function in alignment with the RHG and our owner’s vision and mission. She is involved in the training and development of hotel department management staff as well as dealing with the many challenges of human resources and employment. She is the trainer and mentor for our in-house internship program.
Slyne has held HR Manager and Director status in both select and full service hotels. Her brand experience includes Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Wyndham and Independent Boutique Hotels. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is nearing the completion of her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources through Keller Graduate School of Management.
Slyne is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she teaches Advanced Human Resources Management to future hospitality professionals; a hospitality course designed to provide students with a broad yet comprehensive overview of the policies, practices and procedures for effectively attracting, selecting, developing and retaining quality associates in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Matthew brings a global perspective to Real Hospitality Group’s Talent Acquisition efforts. Having earned his Diploma in International Hotel Management and Le Cordon Bleu Diplome Culinaire d’Hotelier from the International College of Hotel Management, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism at the University of South Australia, graduating on the Deans Merit List.
Matthew has worked within the Housekeeping, Food and Beverage, Banqueting and Front Office departments for Park Royal Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental and Firmdale Hotels; Matthew went on to become a Senior Trainer, designing and delivering training programs for a hospitality based training provider in England. He is a member of the Association of Talent Development.
Matthew supports the RHG Human Resource function in recruiting and selection of the best talent at all levels of the organization. In his role, Matthew analyzes training needs and implements training and development programs to ensure the highest levels of service and guest satisfaction. He executes and delivers Supervision and Leadership development programs and ensures the implementation of HR practices including career development, mentorship, succession planning and recognition programs.
Matthew leads Real Hospitality Groups company-wide corporate social responsibility and community service efforts, ensuring that our initiatives support and align to RHG corporate values and priorities. He sits on the ECPAT USA Board of Advisors to raise awareness and deliver training to all associates on preventing, identifying and reacting to instances of child trafficking and exploitation within the hospitality industry. Matthew also serves in an advisory capacity for AHLA Career Development projects that include apprenticeships. youth opportunity programming, and the new, cost-free college program.
Katie oversees Real Hospitality Group’s internal audit program, training, and support related to on-property accounting functions. She also oversees the management and ownership transition process, is a property management system specialist, and boasts valuable years hotel operations experience.
She hosts monthly webinars and encourages continuous training throughout the RHG portfolio. Katie also oversees the internal audit program and works diligently with her team to implement and enforce compliance with controls relating to cash, credit cards, purchasing, labor, authorization and access levels, and inventories for all departments.
Stefan is an accomplished and experienced executive recognized for outstanding organization abilities, with a proven track record of exceeding clients’ objectives and increasing overall profitability. He began his journey in the hospitality industry at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, demonstrating outstanding skills in the planning and managing of small renovations to multibillion dollar new-build projects. A dedicated and detail-oriented leader, always putting the customers first, capable of creating effective teams, managing and solving crises, and prioritizing and delegating tasks effectively. From start to finish in record time, under budget, and without compromising quality.