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Philosophy

Performance. Expansion. Positioning.
It’s a model for growth and success that ties to yours.

san diego for hmg websiteBased in San Diego, HMG Hospitality has a keen eye on all the variables involved in the hospitality arena, we evaluate and improve each of the properties that we manage to maximize their share in the market, and their attractiveness outside of that region. Core strategies developed over the years merge with the latest in performance modules, operating efficiency and customer satisfaction. It’s a dynamic situation that’s constantly monitored and managed.

HMG’s dedicated leaders hold a combined experience that totals more than a century. With their hunger for perfection, HMG Hospitality is the ideal balance of solid experience and modern sophistication.

Allow the spirit of HMG Hospitality to show you how to achieve long-term sustainable success through environmentally responsible business practices, an optimized web presence, unbeatable marketing strategies, and superior investment management.

Leadership

Our management team represents a lot of history, and a passionate eye on the future. The HMG Hospitality team includes a diverse group of hotel professionals with an array of both domestic and international expertise. Many of our team members received formal training and education from renown hospitality programs such as the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Swiss Hotel School, Ecole Hotelière Lausanne, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. HMG Hospitality prides itself on recruiting from the top tier of hotel professionals as many current team members have served in executive positions with hotel associations, as well as, convention and visitors bureaus.

Charles W. “Jack” Giacomini, C.H.A.

Charles W. “Jack” Giacomini, C.H.A.

Chairman

Jack Giacomini is the Founder and Chair of Hotel Managers Group, LLC (HMG Hotels), now HMG Hospitality. He is an accomplished third generation hotelier with extensive experience and a strong national reputation as a successful hotel operator. He has held executive positions with the Hilton Hotels Corporation, was a Senior Vice President of Atlas Hotels, and General Manager of the 1,000 room Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. Jack’s area of expertise focuses on new projects, development and owner relations.

James Oddo

James Oddo

Senior Vice President, Operations and Marketing

Jim is a Senior Hotel Executive with over 35 years of Hotel, Tourism and Marketing Management Leadership. He has opened new construction Hotels, managed major reimagining and repositioning of major hotel assets in both the Western United States and Los Cabos, Mexico. He has served as General Manager, Division Manager, and Executive Vice President/COO for regional hospitality companies. Responsible for up to 1,100 associates and nearly $70,000,000 in annual revenues. He continues to be actively engaged in local and national tourism promotion serving on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Tourism Authority (formerly San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau) since 1992, Executive Committee member, Chair of the Audit Committee, Treasurer, Chair of both the Sales and Marketing Committees, Vice Chair of the Board and Chairperson of the Board. Since 1993, has served as President of the Mission Valley Tourism Council, representing the second largest concentration of hotel rooms in San Diego. Past Board member of the San Diego Hotel Motel Association and past Board member of the San Diego State Aztec Athletic Association. Past consultant to both the San Diego Tourism Authority and the San Diego Tourism Marketing District, (SDTMD).

Michele DeMayo, C.H.A

Michele DeMayo, C.H.A

Executive Vice President

Having established herself early on in her career, Ms. DeMayo is a veteran hotel manager and administrator. Michele has authored white pages for operational standards that are still in use today in a major hotel chain. A highly respected, well-educated and multi-cultural executive, Michele received her Masters of Science at the College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after studies at the Swiss Hotel School, Ecole Hotelière Lausanne. Michele is responsible for operations including Human Resources, Accounting, Risk Management, Transition Management and Employee Training. Michele is also responsible for all local, state and national compliance standards for all HMG Hotels and assets.

Rick A. Skinner

Rick A. Skinner

Vice President of Operations

Rick Skinner brings extensive history in hotel management to HMG Hospitality including time spent as a senior operations executive. He has played a key role in successfully building 48 properties from initial planning to opening, and in developing high-occupancy entities. During his career history, Rick was selected by senior management to oversee all company-owned and managed properties under eight franchise brands including Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, Marriott TownePlace Suites, Marriott SpringHill Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inns, and Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Rick has been responsible for full strategic planning, operations, marketing, business development, as well as profit and loss management for a portfolio of 34 focused service hotels with over 600 employees. He is experienced in establishing an effective chain of command. Educated at the University of Wyoming, his affiliations include membership in Vistage.

Joseph Zarrahy

Joseph Zarrahy

Director of Development

Joe has demonstrated talent for management of hotel operations. He has had significant interaction with clients, guests and employees. His skills include growth strategies, conscientious application of standards, policies and systems, budget and financial management, staff selection, training programs and community relations. Joe has an extensive hotel sales background after serving over fifteen years with Sheraton in numerous sales positions. He has also filled the position of General Manager for full-service hotels including Sheraton and Crowne Plaza. Joe has experience with pre-openings and repositioning hotels. He is very active in the community as a member of Rotary, Bell Gardens Human Services Association Board Member and the Sister City Program for the City of Commerce.

Emad Alwer

Emad Alwer

Vice President Full Service Hotels

Emad began his hotel career with Hilton International Hotels, London, England where he specialized in Food and Beverage operations. He has years of experience operating full service hotels focusing on high quality, maintaining high standards of guest satisfaction and service while focusing on bottom line profitability. He has extensive experience as a General Manager of Hilton, Marriott, IHG and other brand hotels while assigned to the Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego markets as a General Manager and operations analyst. During his extensive career, Emad has participated in opening new hotels, repositioning existing properties while always adding value to the asset. Emad has demonstrated commitment to achieving the job at hand and has spent the majority of his 20 year hotel career with HMG as an operations analyst, General Manager and serving as an HMG executive team specialist focusing in full service hotels.

Kerman Beriker

Kerman Beriker

Luxury Projects Director

Seasoned Hotelier, Specializing in Luxury Properties, currently providing consulting services to high quality hotel properties in the United States and Asia. After graduating with a degree in Hotel Management and Tourism from the Glion Institute for Higher Education in Glion, Switzerland, Beriker received his early experience with The Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto and went on to hold General Manager and VP Operations positions at some of the leading hotels and hotel groups of the world, including The Rosewood Hotels, The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air. At The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air, Beriker achieved Mobil 5-star status for the first time in each hotel's history. He also led the $140MM renovation and re-opening of The Beverly Hills Hotel in 1996. Beriker spent much of his career in the Beverly Hills community, where he served on various boards and civic organizations, including: President of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau; Advisory Board Member, Beverly Hills Mayor's Financial Council; Board Member, Los Angeles Convention and Visitors' Bureau; Board Member of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club. His honors included: Special Citizen of Honor, City of Beverly Hills; Citizen of the Year, City of Beverly Hills YMCA; City of Beverly Hills Kerman Beriker Day; Executive of the Year, Los Angeles Business Journal; Leader's Magazine, one of Top-10 Best Hoteliers of the World; Rotarian of the Year, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Rancho Santa Fe, CA Kerman Beriker Day.

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