Officials of Island Hospitality Management, announced the company surpassed all previous years' growth by adding 61 hotels to its portfolio, closing out the year with a total of 142 managed hotels. The increase nearly doubles the number of hotels under management at the close of 2013. The portfolio encompasses 18 flags within the five major brand families and two independent hotels.
The expanded company is led by a trio of EVPs, Gregg Forde, Roger Pollak and Jeff Waldt, who jointly took the helm of the company in January. Together, the leadership team has a combined tenure with the company in excess of 40 years. They are supported by Barbara Bachman, SVP accounting, Phil Cohen, SVP human resources and Michele Mainelli, SVP revenue management, all long-term Island executives who previously held VP titles.
The expanded operations team includes hotelier John Rubino, who joined Island following more than two decades with Interstate, and Tom Schneider, a multi-industry veteran who started with Marriott in 1985, as well as Drew Allison, who launched his hospitality career with Island in 2005, and Louis Dracoulis, who joined the company in 2008 as a GM. Two VPs of sales and marketing, Mark George, a two-time general manager of the year, and Kristie Crow, who joined Island in 2014, provide property-level marketing support.