Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Charlie Muller as its new VP of acquisitions and development. Muller, who joins Omni from lodging consultant Allegiant Hotel Investors, will be responsible for identifying and evaluating new acquisition and development opportunities, and assist with delivering the brand's short- and long-term expansion goals. He will report to Mike Garcia, CFO and SVP, acquisitions and development.
Prior to Allegiant, he served as a managing director for Mast Capital, Inc., a real estate investment company. Previously, he spent 15 years as COO for two of CNL Financial Group’s larger funds, including CNL Hotels & Resorts, which was the second largest hotel REIT at the time of its sale. He also oversaw CNL Lifestyle Properties, an aggregator of ski, golf, attractions, and marinas. During his time at CNL Lifestyle Properties, he worked on negotiations that led to Omni becoming the long-term operator of the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H.
Over the last 18 months, Omni has acquired six resorts from KSL Capital Partners, including Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas; Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.; Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.; and Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Ariz. Omni also became the long-term operator of The Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, and acquired the Omni Providence Hotel in Rhode Island. Lastly, the brand opened the new Omni Nashville Hotel.