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PC Amin | Founder

After working as a Civil Engineer at the Virginia Department of Transportation, PC Amin founded Shamin Hotels by purchasing his first hotel in 1979. Since then, he has developed numerous commercial developments, assisted-living facilities, and hotels over his 35 year career. In 2001, he spearheaded the development of the Cultural Center of India, located in Richmond, VA. (a non-profit center that caters to the needs of the local community). In addition to his efforts at Shamin Hotels, PC Amin serves as Chairman of the Cultural Center of India, and sits on the board of Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation in Richmond, VA He has received many honors from the industry and the community including Hilton’s Lifetime Achievement Award and IHG Developer of the Year award. PC’s immeasurable generosity towards others and endless drive for success, are deeply rooted in the culture of Shamin Hotels today.

BN Shah | Founder

BN Shah co-founded Shamin Hotels in 1979, with his brother-in-law PC Amin, with the purchase of the company's first property in Lumberton, NC. Since then, he has concentrated on managing and expanding Shamin Hotels interests in North Carolina. Currently, BN stays active with the company by aiding the executive team with Shamin's long-term strategy and planning.

Neil Amin | Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Amin started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he advised public and private technology companies on merger and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets activities. He currently has overall responsibility for 54 hotels owned and operated by Shamin Hotels under Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels, and Hyatt brands. Additionally, Mr. Amin oversees the operations of Shamin’s Assisted Living and Dementia facilities in Virginia. During his tenure at Shamin Hotels, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Developer of the Year from Intercontinental Hotels Group and the Multi-Brand Developer of the Year, New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hilton Hotels. Mr. Amin was recognized as one of the Fifty Most InfluentialVirginians by Virginia Business in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Mr. Amin graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania,completing both his BS and MBA in Finance. He is passionate about assisting the communities where the associates of Shamin Hotels live and work and currently serves as Chairman of the board of Richmond Region Tourism and serves on the boards of the Virginia Community Development Corporation, the Better Housing Coalition, the Virginia Council on Economic Education, and the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority. Additionally, Mr. Amin serves on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the pleasure of the Governor of Virginia.

Jay Shah | Vice President of Development

Jay Shah is responsible for new property development by examining markets and searching for viable projects and provides oversight of development through to the opening of the hotel. In this role, Jay implements all hotel-operating programs and ensures maximum franchise support as well as develops Shamin's community outreach programs by getting properties involved with the local community. Jay studied Hotel-Restaurant Management and Business Administration at James Madison University and serves as Chairman of the North Carolina Hotel and Motel Association and sits on the board of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Mark Yardis | Vice President of Operations

A newcomer to our team in 2008, Mark has had a diverse background in Hotel Operations and multi-unit responsibility. Prior to joining Shamin Hotels, he oversaw a portfolio of franchised hotels in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Hilton, and Holiday Inn brands. Mark also served Omni Hotels for more than twenty years in positions of increasing responsibility, rounding out his tenure as Area Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. Mark supports senior leadership in initiatives to manage the evolution of the portfolio, and is responsible for the overall implementation of strategic goals and objectives.

Nick Petrone | Vice President of Food and Beverage

Nick joined Shamin Hotels in September, 2005 as Vice President of Food and Beverage, and Director of Professional Development. Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry, in many different capacities. Nick previously served as the Vice President of Operations for Briggs Hospitality, overseeing all operations for the Sheraton Park South Hotel, Holiday Inn Crossroads, Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, Comfort Inn Midtown, Comfort Inn Burlington, and the Radisson Hotel Richmond Historic District. He has also served as Food and Beverage Director at the Crowne Plaza River District Hotel. Nick is a graduate of Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia..

Michael Sweeney | Vice President of Design & Construction

Michael Sweeney is Vice President, Design and Construction of Shamin Hotels. He joined Shamin in 2005, bringing more than 20 years of design leadership, construction expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Michael Sweeney focuses on overall building design, construction, innovation, technology and the guest experience. Michael was instrumental in the design and construction of several Shamin properties, including the Four Diamond, Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Glen Allen, Virginia. Michael has overseen more than $230,000,000.00 in hotel construction. Before joining Shamin Hotels, Michael Sweeney served as Principal, and President of Griffey Associate, where his focus on Architecture, building, technology, and client satisfaction led to many successful projects. Michael is a Licensed Architect in several States, sailor, and avid pilot.

Grayson Owen | Chief Financial Officer

Grayson Owen joined Shamin Hotels in 2000 after previously worked for KPMG as an audit and tax supervisor, and Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex in a similar position. Grayson directs Shamin Hotels' centralized accounting department, where he is responsible for internal audit implementation, financial statement review and budget preparation. Additionally, he is involved in the evaluation of new developments and acquisitions. Grayson graduated from the University of Alabama with a Masters of Tax, and The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his CPA in 1992

Michelle Sarr | Regional Director of Operations

For the past 20 years, Michelle has held the positions of General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Rooms Division Manager, Director of Housekeeping, and Front Office Manager. Michelle joined Shamin hotels in 2004 because she felt that given her background and her role it was a perfect fit. What matters most to her is her family and she believed that joining an organization in which the culture embraces both family and profession was a rare opportunity. Michelle has since then received several awards including the prestigious PC Amin Award. She currently oversees several branded hotels. Her passion is to inspire learning individuals to unlock their potential within the hospitality industry. Michelle has an appetite for adventure, is an avid reader and has a passion for volunteering. She is equally smitten reveling in the arts and culture as she is with swimming and learning to play the piano.

Sunny Amin, C.H.A | Regional Director of Operations

Sunny Amin began his career at Shamin Hotels in 1996 when he opened the first Holiday Inn Express for the company and was the youngest General Manager (and Youngest C.H.A) in the United States. He was promoted to Regional Director of Operations in 1999. Since then, Sunny has been involved in the opening of more than 30 hotels, including: Holiday Inns, Hampton Inns, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inns, Courtyards, Residence Inns, and Comfort Suites. Sunny has also completed more than a dozen Brand Renovations for Holiday Inn Express & Hampton Inn brands. He has helped to train several General Managers, Director of Sales and Regional Directors for the company. Sunny graduated from University of Bombay, India, with a Degree in Management Accounting.

Suhail Arora | Regional Director of Operations

During his dynamic career with Shamin Hotels, Suhail is the only two-time winner of the, "PC Amin Award," (the most prestigious award in our organization). After serving as an award-winning General Manager for 4 years, Suhail was promoted to Regional Director in 2006. He currently oversees the revenue management, operations and capital expenditures for Hilton, Marriott and Choice branded hotels. Suhail graduated from University of Bombay, India, with a degree in Management Accounting and Economics.

Diann Pearson, Regional Director of Operations
Diann has mastered multiple hotel brands during her career in hospitality. Most recently, Diann served as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Brandermill where she achieved superb revenue growth and balanced high volume with high guest scores. Diann has a passion for our craft, and is fully engaged with her team, her customers, perpetually seeking out new opportunities to grow the business. She provided enthusiastic support and passionate presentations in our TOP culture roll out to over 2,000 associates during the past year which is transforming the company. Diann worked her way up through the ranks and is yet another example of an internal promotion to a deserving associate.

Joseph Galvan, CHA Regional Director of Operations

Certified as a General Manager for Hilton, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn. Joseph travelled extensively across the United States in various assignments, and in doing so has won several awards for performance. He is known as a champion of "Service Culture" through Trust-based leadership initiatives and cross functional collaboration. In a recent assignment, he reflagged the Doubletree Hotel Largo, MD where the team increased SALT scores dramatically and delivered superb RevPAR index gains. Joseph is also adept with orchestrating the Food & Beverage operations in full service hotels, having opened and operated restaurants within several of his hotels. 

Craig Stechman | Vice President Sales & Marketing

Craig is responsible for the top line revenue performance for Shamin’s portfolio of over 56 quality hotels consisting of Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG and Choice Hotels brands.
Stechman has over 30 years of hospitality sales leadership experience and has previously held SVP and VP of Sales positions with Dimension Development, Windsor Capital Group and Hersha Hospitality Management. 
Craig is a native of Pennsylvania where he started his career in hospitality with Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company. He has also served Choice Hotels as National Sales Director.
Craig has extensive experience in hotel development, acquisitions, sales, marketing and public relations. He has trained hundreds of hotel salespeople and his most gratifying moments are to see associates he has worked with advance in their careers and continue to experience success.
Stechman has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management with Penn State University and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY.

Eileen Lamb | Corporate Director of Human Resources

Eileen Lamb joined Shamin Hotels in 2011, with extensive experience in human resources, and 12 years directly in the hotel industry. She demonstrated great passion as Human Resources Manager at the Embassy Suites, here in Richmond, at the beginning of her career. As the Human Resources Director at the Tides Inn (Irvington, VA), she was instrumental in repositioning the resort in the market place. More recently, she was a Human Resources Consultant for a professional employer organization, and oversaw the HR function for a company in the critical power industry. Eileen’s first assignment in the hospitality industry was an internship at Walt Disney World. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Eileen has continued her development and has been SPHR certified (Senior Professional in HR).

Matthew Gleason |Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Shamin hotels

 Matthew Joined Shamin hotels in 2014 as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian the largest suburban conference center in the metro Richmond market with 237 guest rooms along with 26,000 sq ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms that will seat 700 and 450 people (2nd largest hotel in the Richmond Region behind only the Richmond Marriott). Prior to joining Shamin Matthew worked in the private club sector being the General Manager of the Bull and Bear Club one of Richmond’s oldest city clubs, The Director of Food and Beverage for Jefferson Lake Side Country Club, in addition to the Private Club Sector Matthew Worked with Prism Hospitality, Concord Hospitality and Omni Hotels. Recipient of the Food and Beverage Associate of the Year for Shamin hotels in 2015.

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