Industry execs partner for new hospitality firm

Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Miami, Carver Road Hospitality is in the process of completing late-stage deals in several domestic and international markets. Photo credit: Carver Road Hospitality

Hospitality executive Sean Christie has partnered with real estate, media and marketing executive Nelson Famadas to form Carver Road Hospitality. The venture will invest in, develop and operate lifestyle hotels, restaurants, lounges and other hospitality concepts. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Miami, the company currently is completing late-stage deals in several domestic and international markets.

“We’ve assembled a formidable team of hospitality industry professionals with decades of experience and a track record for success,” said Christie, Carver Road’s CEO. “We are all passionate about the pursuit of excellence and look forward to building a best-in-class hospitality company.”

“Our aim is to partner with world-class brands and properties to deliver discerning guests a unique hospitality experience,” said Famadas, Carver Road’s COO. “Despite recent headwinds, our like-minded executive team recognizes that the industry is resilient and the future looks promising as the customer spend returns in 2021.” 

The company's initial senior management team comprises: 

  • Francesco Lafranconi, VP of beverage and hospitality culture, founder of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service, co-founder and creator of Mr. Coco at Palms Resort Casino and formerly executive director of mixology and spirits education at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits;
  • Bryan Bass, VP of hospitality marketing, previously VP of marketing for events and nightlife, MGM Resorts International, who has marketed the launches of projects at Wynn Resorts, the Hakkasan Group, the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and the $3 billion Okada Manila project in the Philippines; and
  • Lisa Long Adler, VP of communications, a marketing and public relations executive whose independent agency LLAC has produced events and public relations campaigns for clients including MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer.

Rounding out the team are hospitality industry veterans Chelsea Rogers and Ryan Levine, with additional hires to be announced.