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No matter what uniform they wear, every individual on our hotel management team is an ambassador of Humanist Hospitality and embodies our visions and values. They are curators of guest experience. They are Tastemakers and Placemakers. But above all, they are humans.

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David Martin | COO

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David Martin | COO

As COO, David provides leadership and strategic vision through operational, managerial and administrative procedures.

David has enjoyed a versatile career of thirty years in hospitality, in which the past eleven years were spent in a President or COO role. His portfolio comprises several types of hospitality organizations from four star boutique hotels with Kimpton Hotels to receiverships/lender owned assets with Prism Hotels & Resorts. With a record of strategic leadership, David has been the driving force behind innovative processes to optimize productivity and create sustained growth. He has an impressive background with Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands and brings experience overseeing the operations of global businesses ranging from $300MM to $6B. Most recently, he held the position of President of Centralized Service Hotel Division for Canada-based Sunwing Travel Group, which was preceded by his role as President & COO for Wright Investments, Inc., a capacity he held for seven years. During his twelve-year tenure with Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, David led as Vice President, West Coast Operations and later Vice President, East Coast Operations while the company was undergoing its most progressive phase of development.

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Terry Daum | Vice President of Revenue Optimization

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Terry Daum | Vice President of Revenue Optimization

As the Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Terry monitors transient and group business to maximize overall hotel revenue through the development and implementation of effective inventory and room pricing.

At the age of fifteen, Terry held his first job at a small ski slope in Ohio. It was during this time that his passion for hospitality sparked, and he decided he was going to, one day, manage ski resorts of his own. As a result, he attended the University of New Hampshire where he attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. While attending UNH, Terry gained experience working in local hotels that led to an opportunity to be the Area Director of Sales for Innkeepers Hospitality, now known as Island Hospitality. His transition to South Florida was a slight turn from ski resorts; however, it was in this capacity in which he built the foundation of his success in Revenue Optimization and Sales. Terry spent the next nine years mastering various positions within Innkeepers, from General Manager to Vice President of Revenue Management. In 2005, he accepted the position of Director of Hotel Sales and Revenue Management Support with Hilton Worldwide. Terry later joined Sonesta Hotels and Resorts, and then returned to Hilton Worldwide as the Senior Director of Sales and Revenue Management.

Terry’s accomplishments include, but are not limited to: creating the inventory management, pricing, e-channel distribution, and National Account strategies for over 60 hotels generating in excess of $100M annually, directing the sales efforts and marketing budgets of 25 extended-stay and focus serviced properties representing Marriott, Hilton, and Wyndham brand partners with over $60M in annual revenues, and accounting for the top line and market share performance for the portfolio of up to 103 hotels and $410M in revenues.

When not at the office, Terry and his family enjoy taking advantage of the great outdoors, whether hiking, kayaking, or biking. He is an advocate for the Boys Scouts, an organization in which he has devoted his time and expertise as a committee chair.

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Lynn Mucciano | Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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Lynn Mucciano | Vice President of Sales and Marketing

As Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Lynn will lead Humanist’s strategic sales focus and expanding marketing initiatives with her expertise in developmental sales and marketing.

Lynn joins most recently from Maverick Hotels and Restaurants, a startup hotel and restaurant developer. Her accomplishments there included unprecedented growth - ending 2019 with nine open hotels, one destination restaurant, Offshore- Navy Pier the Guinness Book of World Records largest rooftop bar, and six hotels in the development pipeline. In addition to national brand experience with Marriott and Hilton during her tenure with TPG and Turnberry Associates, Lynn’s background includes extensive experience with mixed-use development, dedicated to restoring, improving, and reinventing historic neighborhoods in New York City’s Soho, South Beach as well as luxury retreats in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Lynn is a skilled expert in formulating winning business plans that identify opportunities for accelerated growth, and an established record for building and retaining highly motivated sales teams.

Lynn has served on many boards and committees locally and nationally including, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) serving on the Board of Directors for the Sales Special Interest Group, and as President, for the Greater South Florida Chapter. Lynn is certified in Managing Revenue, holds a Certification in Hospitality Business Acumen from HSMAI, and is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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Christian Davis | Vice President of Accounting

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Christian Davis | Vice President of Accounting

As Vice President of Accounting, Christian leads Humanist’s accounting team, overseeing the efforts of the department and providing strategic financial leadership for the growing portfolio.

Christian brings more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience in various capacities. He has led the accounting initiatives for publicly traded and privately held hospitality companies, including a private, member-owned country club and several Marriott International full-service hotels. In his most recent role as Vice President of Accounting Services for Dellisart, he was responsible for the oversight of multiple properties and ownership groups within the company’s portfolio. Christian started his professional hospitality career with Renaissance Hotels & Resorts/Marriott International in 1997, spending eight years at the property level in the roles of Assistant Controller and Director of Finance & Accounting. While with Marriott, he received many awards of recognition, including Rookie Assistant Controller of the Year, Financial Leader of the Year, and was a nominee for the J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence.

Christian served eight years in the United States Army Reserve in the position of Intelligence Analyst. During these eight years, he was attached to the 3rd Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 724th Military Police Battalion. Among his recognitions, he earned the Parachutist Badge and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Primary Leadership & Development Course.

Christian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, both from Florida State University. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. Christian has held the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation since 2012.

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O'Mally Foster | Vice President of Culture & Talent Resources

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O'Mally Foster | Vice President of Culture & Talent Resources

As the Vice President of Talent Resources and Risk Management, O’Mally performs an important role in identifying new talent as Humanist continues to grow. He also supports company leaders as they assist their associates in maximizing their full potential.

O’Mally’s career began in 1996 as the regional training specialist and LP agent for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. From this position, he transitioned into the hospitality industry where he gained experience as an assistant general manager and a rooms manager. He later became the regional director of human resources for Noble-Interstate Management where he supported a portfolio of hotels that employed over 3000 associates. His ability to successfully develop and implement strategies to identify and recruit employees led him to his next position as the human resources generalist in Charleston, TN which he held for two years. The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN then offered him the position of human resources director. He spent the last three years revamping the hotel’s culture program, improving internal communications and community relations, and developing a new onboarding process. His work ethic and results earned him the Chattanoogan’s Rising Star award in 2016.

O’Mally enjoys traveling the world, reflecting his passion for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. He was born and raised in Mobile, AL, and has acquired a talent for cooking and baking. He is involved in the community through service projects such as Chattanooga Clean and Green, and he serves as a member of the local and national Society for Human Resource Management.

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Jeff Mochel | Regional Vice President of Operations

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Jeff Mochel | Regional Vice President of Operations

Jeff oversees operations for Humanist’s Greater Chattanooga properties. He works closely with the management teams at the properties in maintaining operating standards and executing daily procedures. Jeff acts as a liaison between the hotel general managers and the management company, where he is charged with not only upholding the hotel’s brand standards but also maintaining Humanist’s “hands-on” culture at the property level.

Prior to joining the organziation in 2010, Jeff worked with Jameson Inn hotels as Senior Regional Director of Operations. His duties included overseeing as many as 50 hotels in the Southeast. Jeff is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Jeff’s time in the hospitality industry has taught him to be creative in solving problems, as no two days are alike, but every day gives the opportunity to help someone, whether it be a guest, General Manager, or a coworker.

Jeff serves as the Vice President of Education on the board of the East Brainerd Chamber of Commerce. Jeff is involved with local Chattanooga schools on improvement projects as well as volunteering his time to prepare the students for interviewing, career options, and educating them on careers in hospitality. Jeff also volunteers his time with the Chattanooga Food Bank, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Toys for Tots in the Chattanooga area.

In his free time, Jeff and his wife enjoy hiking the trails of the Great Smokey Mountains and the amazing trails surrounding the Chattanooga area.

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Jan McCormick | Regional Vice President of Operations

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Jan McCormick | Regional Vice President of Operations

As Regional Vice President of Operations of Humanist’s Greater Nashville hotels, Jan works closely with the management teams to maintain operating standards and execute daily procedures.

Jan accepts his role with numerous accolades and extensive experience in revenue management, market sales, team development, and general management. He joins Vision most recently from Davidson Hotels, but his extensive background includes key positions with Benchmark Global Hospitality, Gemstone Hotels and Resorts, and Prism Hotels and Resorts. Jan’s accomplishments include being the first General Manager recognized by Bill Kimpton for the most significant financial turnaround performance of a Kimpton Hotel (Hotel Triton), being awarded the coveted Utah Best of State Award, and has been named a winner in 10 separate categories over 2 years for Zermatt Resort and Spa.

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Thomas Mischak | Regional Vice President of Operations

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Thomas Mischak | Regional Vice President of Operations

Tom Mischak joined the organization in 2015 as Regional Vice President of Operations. Tom heads Humanist’s most widespread region, with properties in Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas. Tom provides support and communication from the home office to the properties under his direction.

Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Purdue University and has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years. A self-described ‘people-person’, Tom loves taking care of the guests and building his team. Prior to joining Humanist, Tom held numerous leadership roles, including General Manager and Regional Director. During his tenure as General Manager, Tom was recognized with his previous company’s highest “Triple Platinum Award”, awarded to the manager with the highest results across the entire hotel portfolio, and also received the “Platinum Award” and Most Improved “Moving the Needle Award.”

Tom loves spending time with his family, fishing, and visiting the beach. He is also a supporter of the Rookery Bay Reserve, which protects one of the few undisturbed mangrove estuaries left in North America.

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Andrew Freeman | Regional Director of Revenue Management

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Andrew Freeman | Regional Director of Revenue Management

As Regional Director of Revenue Management, Andrew oversees Humanist's Atlanta hotels, along with the Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington/Downtown and Courtyard by Marriott Houston NW/290 Corridor.

After graduating from American University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in History, Andrew transitioned through several positions with Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Virginia and Washington, DC. In 2013, he accepted a revenue manager position at the Marriott International Headquarters, followed by a promotion to regional revenue manager for Marriott International’s Washington, DC cluster. In his time with Marriott, Andrew managed a portfolio of 12 properties that produced $42 million in annual revenue, he surpassed the year-end budget multiple years, and he led his team to be the recipient of the President’s Circle Award. In his most recent position as a senior revenue manager for pre-openings with Marriott International, Andrew was instrumental in the opening of Humanist’s SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta/Downtown and The Edwin Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, TN.

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Kremena Matzelle |Regional Director of Revenue Management

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Kremena Matzelle |Regional Director of Revenue Management

As Regional Director of Revenue Management, Kremena oversees the day-to-day revenue management for Humanist's Nashville and Denver hotels. She identifies new opportunities, implements revenue management procedures and best practices, and ensures the properties are exceeding service levels and operational standards.

Kremena's hospitality journey began in 1999, where she worked at a destination resort in Bulgaria. Finding her passion in the hotel business, she continued to pursue her career through various positions in Operations with full-service properties such Adams Mark Hotels, Radisson, and Hilton. In 2007, she accepted the role of Revenue Manager with TMI Hospitality where she oversaw a portfolio of Marriott extended stay hotels. Her track record and performance quickly gained her two promotions where she was instrumental in developing a revenue management training program for new general managers and revenue managers. It was in this capacity that she also assisted in the opening of over twenty hotels while supporting the development of new talents within the revenue management team. In her most recent role as Revenue Strategy Director, she was responsible for the financial performance and revenue maximization for an assigned region of 45 hotels, consisting of six different brands.

While studying German at the Foreign Language School Geo Milev and International Business at the University of Economics - Varna, Kremena had the opportunity to practice five different languages and travel extensively. She now passes on her passion for traveling and exploring various cultures to her children. She is also a seasoned volunteer for the local school's International Day program. In her free time, Kremena enjoys ice-skating and camping with her husband and two sons.

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Kaylon Tuttle | Regional Director of Revenue Management

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Kaylon Tuttle | Regional Director of Revenue Management

Kaylon is responsible for the day-to-day revenue management for Humanist's East Tennessee properties. As one of the three Regional Directors, he identifies new opportunities, implements revenue management procedures and best practices, and ensures the properties are exceeding service levels and operational standards.

Kaylon accepted the Regional Director of Revenue Management position with over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, from properties in Texas to Tennessee. He joined the organization in 2012 where he has since received numerous accolades based on his revenue optimization and management skills. His leadership allowed him to transition through several positions, such as assistant general manager and dual sales manager, before being named general manager of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain in 2016. In this role, Kaylon led his team to receive a consecutive Hilton Circle of Excellence award as well as placement in the top 5% of the Hampton brand in Total Quality Service.

In his leisure time, Kaylon enjoys playing guitar and pick up soccer. He is an avid podcast listener and reader, and he enjoys wandering through any downtown with no real plan.

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Heather Brinson | Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

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Heather Brinson | Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Heather is responsible for the sales and marketing of Humanist hotels located in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina. She coordinates and supports the teams’ work to expand market share, which includes identifying potential accounts and building relationships in her region.

Heather holds a degree in Hotel Management from the University of Alabama and has more than 20 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. Heather began her career in the industry as a manager in training with the Renaissance Downtown Hotel during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Later she joined the sales team with the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as Manager of Business Travel. Heather subsequently moved up through the company to become the Director of Business Travel and later the National Sales Manager of Group Sales. Heather joined the Humanist Family in 2013 as the opening Director of Sales of the first Residence Inn in the company. In 2014, she was promoted to Regional Director of Sales & Marketing and has since made a tremendous impact in her region and within the company. Heather finds the most rewarding part about working in hospitality is coaching her team, watching them grow, and being promoted.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, and cheering on Alabama football.

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Cathy Gilbert | Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

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Cathy Gilbert | Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Cathy has had many years of multiple brand experience, starting with Wyndham International, where she was a national sales manager. Her regional experience includes brand conversions and repositioning, as well as new launches for both select service and full-service properties, working with Prism Hotels & Resorts, Highgate Hotels, and Peachtree Resorts. She received revenue management certification for both Marriott CFST and IHG Hotels while representing Gibson Hotels as their Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management. Most recently, Cathy worked with Pyramid Hotel Group on an independent, upper luxury resort in business development.

Through all her accomplishments, Cathy says she is most proud of the number of salespeople that she has mentored to have gone on to senior sales roles within the hospitality industry. Career highlights for Cathy also include serving on the IHG General Manager Advisory Board and receiving Pyramid Hotel Group's Sales Awards for both 2018 and 2019.

Along with her husband, Roger (who is a high school science teacher), Cathy supports local schools' athletics and extracurricular activities such as 4-H and FFA. They are also involved with a Christian summer camp for teenagers in Southern Illinois and are the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren, all of which live in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

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Jenelle Hawkins | Director of Engagement, Innovation & Wellbeing

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Jenelle Hawkins | Director of Engagement, Innovation & Wellbeing

Jenelle is responsible for the management of all training initiatives, which includes maintaining and implementing Humanist’s digital training program. In addition, she designs and develops learning materials and curricula based on identified needs, ensuring that all training procedures are aligned with Humanist’s core values and business objectives.

With over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jenelle joined the organization as an expert in identifying, developing, and conducting unique training programs and professional courses. Jenelle studied Music Education at the University of Tennessee. Though she enjoyed her field of study, she was attracted to the interactive environment hospitality offered, and in 2006, she accepted a position with the Sheraton Read House Hotel, a 241 room historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, TN. Within the Read House, she transitioned to several management positions in which she facilitated numerous training sessions that enhanced company culture and best practices. Jenelle’s passion to help others become stronger workers then led her to accept her most previous position as Training and Development Manager for Stokely Hospitality Enterprises, one of East Tennessee’s largest employers in the hospitality industry.

In her free time, Jenelle enjoys working on her personal goal to complete a hike of every established trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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Brandi Paris | Sales Systems Administrator & E-Commerce Manager

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Brandi Paris | Sales Systems Administrator & E-Commerce Manager

Brandi manages the brand websites, images, and content for each hotel in Humanist's growing portfolio. She coordinates the photoshoots as each hotel completes development or renovation, and is also responsible for the hotels' TripAdvisor profiles and the partnerships with online travel agencies (OTAs).

Brandi's talents were quickly recognized when she joined the organization in 2012 with the DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga/Downtown. She accepted a series of promotions, including reservations & accounts receivable manager and operations manager for the 186-room, full-service hotel. In 2014, Brandi took on the role of sales coordinator at the Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga/Downtown in addition to her responsibilities as a reservations manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga Downtown, where she also served as the president of CARE, a committee at each DoubleTree by Hilton property that promotes teamwork, guest relations, and community outreach. As the organization continued to expand, the need for a revenue optimization & eCommerce analyst emerged, and Brandi's strong skill set made her the ideal candidate. In 2017, she accepted the new role at the Corporate Office. She has since been an asset in the revenue management team, promoting her to the role of Sales Systems Administrator and E-Commerce Manager. 

In her free time, Brandi enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her three teenage sons.

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Spencer Blake | Digital and Social Media Marketing Manager

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Spencer Blake | Digital and Social Media Marketing Manager

Spencer manages the overarching strategy of all our social media and digital marketing channels. He ensures brand consistency and consistent growth online. He also manages the email marketing efforts of our hotels and restaurants and seeks to promote brand trust and transparency in everything he does.

Spencer began his career in social media as an influencer marketer, working with hundreds of brands to create content and sell products and services online. As a freelance social media marketing consultant, Spencer worked with brands like Comedy Central and Starburst to create content and leverage influencer partnerships to promote social media campaigns.

Soon afterward, Spencer moved on to managing social media accounts in both the real estate and medical supply fields.

Spencer is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Strategic Digital Communications, and in his free time enjoys playing music, playing with his dog, and spending time with his daughter.

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Mike Willingham | Director of Corporate IT

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Mike Willingham | Director of Corporate IT

As Director of Corporate IT, Mike ensures we are connected and compliant with organizational communications, telecom and IT Infrastructure needs. Prior to joining Humanist, Mike spent the last 13 years with Benchmark Hospitality elevating in many positions from property based IT Manager to Benchmarks Director of IT, overseeing 80 hotels and resorts. Professionally Mike has been recognized by White House Communications Agency – Certificate of Appreciation (IT Support) and U.S. Army – General Kevin T. Campbell’s Office - Certificate of Appreciation (IT Support). In his spare time he is active as a Lookout Mountain Georgia Municipal Planning Commission Member and Lookout Mountain Georgia Volunteer Fighter.