LuxUrban, Omni Hotels, OTO Development, LivAway name new execs

LuxUrban, Omni Hotels, OTO Development and LivAway Suites have all named several executives within their companies this week. 

LuxUrban Hotels

LuxUrban Hotels has named hotel and hospitality industry veteran Robert Arigo as its chief operating officer, effective March 15. Arigo, who brings 35 years of industry experience to LuxUrban, will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s hotel portfolio, with a focus on enhancing property-level operations, optimizing supply chain relationships, elevating the customer experience, and pursuing ancillary revenue opportunities across the company’s portfolio. Arigo will be augmenting the company’s operations team to support him in this new role.

“Robert is a highly accomplished, hands-on, and seasoned hotel executive who adds depth and experience to LuxUrban at an important point in our growth,” said Brian Ferdinand, chairman and co-CEO of the company. “Robert’s inspirational approach to leadership has allowed him to develop and implement financial, marketing, and revenue management platforms for some of the largest and most well-known brands in our industry and we are confident that his relationships, knowledge, and know-how will support our planned expansion and evolution. LuxUrban has grown significantly over the last 18 months since our IPO, and we believe we are well-positioned to continue to expand in the years ahead. As we continue to evolve and mature, we are in the process of creating an organizational structure that more accurately reflects the company we are today and, more importantly, the company we expect to be tomorrow. The primary focus of this process is increased industry representation throughout the company, and Robert’s appointment reflects our commitment to achieving this objective. We welcome Robert to LuxUrban and are excited to begin our work together.”

Arigo joins LuxUrban from M&R Hotel Management, which provides hospitality development, turnaround and management services to a portfolio of hotels throughout the United States, where he served as vice president beginning in 2018. Prior to this, Arigo was senior director of operations at Hersha Hospitality Management. Prior to joining HHM, Arigo served as the COO of Widewaters Hotels. Arigo’s executive experience also includes Highgate Hotels, Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, Crestline Hotels, Interstate Hotels Corporations, and Marriott.

Arigo succeeds Jimmie Chatmon as COO. Mr. Chatmon will remain with LuxUrban in the newly created position of director of revenue management.

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts appoints Trip Riggs as its new CFO, reporting to President Kurt Alexander. Riggs will oversee the company's finance and accounting functions and play a vital role in driving performance and growth within the executive leadership team.

"Trip has a demonstrated track record of leading high performing teams that support the business in generating best in class returns," Alexander said. "We are excited to have him on the team, and we believe his expertise will allow Omni to further strengthen our unique owner-operator-brand position in the industry."

Trip Riggs joins Omni Hotels & Resorts after serving as co-president and CFO at Balfour Senior Living in Louisville, Colo. In this role, he led enterprise-wide financial performance and the new development pipeline. Riggs' expertise also extends to his prior roles as divisional CFO for both hospitality and real estate at Vail Resorts and in development and portfolio management at Stonebridge Companies.

OTO Development

Eric Monteiro has joined OTO Development as corporate director of marketing and digital strategies, bringing more than 20 years of experience, including significant time in the hospitality sector. Monteiro will guide the company’s digital marketing, creative services and public relations teams.

“The quality of OTO’s property portfolio and the company’s commitment to practice an inspiring set of guiding principles sets it apart,” Monteiro said. “It’s very powerful and I am excited to be part of that.”

LivAway Suites

LivAway Suites adds Jeremy Raymond as its general legal counsel. Raymond has 15 years of corporate and real estate legal experience in both private practice and in-house counsel roles. For the past 10 years, Raymond has represented local and regional real estate development companies, including a regional developer of extended-stay properties. Over the past two years, Raymond has been instrumental in successfully managing LivAway Suites' franchise registrations and LivAway Suites' various trademark registrations.

As LivAway Suites' general legal counsel, Raymond will be responsible for providing general legal advice and guidance to the company, handling all in-house legal documentation and communications, including company contracts, analyzing legal risks, managing franchising documents and compliance, and advising on other legal issues as they arise. LivAway Suites anticipates outside franchising efforts to ramp up later this year, and Raymond will be actively involved in franchisor/franchisee relationships, compliance and overall franchising efforts.