Hospitality Specialists


John A. Mann

John A. Mann serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for the company. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois, College of Law. He had extensive civil litigation and labor law experience, prior to entering the hospitality business with his brother.

James L. Mann

James L. Mann serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the company. He is the brother of John A. Mann and is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois, College of Law. In addition, James L. Mann became a CPA in 1972. He has extensive tax and business planning experience.

Angela Mann

Angela Mann serves as Vice President of Operations.  Ms. Mann oversees the Michigan field office, supervises the operations department and has company-wide responsibility for sales & marketing, human resources, revenue management, company programs, training, and pre-opening responsibilities for new hotels, specifically sales and marketing and operations.  She previously held other company positions, including General Manager, Director of Operations/Training, Regional Director of Operations, and Sr. Director of Operations & Revenue Enhancement.  She has multi-unit, multi-brand, area management, task force and sales experience.  Ms. Mann graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in English and Rhetoric and a minor in Spanish.

Rae Richardson

Rae Richardson serves as Vice President of Construction and Renovation. Mrs. Richardson has extensive experience in hotel construction and new hotel openings. She is one of the company’s consultants to owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and vendors for new development projects; and she serves as liaison between project associates and franchisor representatives during the development and construction process. She is responsible for all aspects of hotel construction for Hospitality Specialists, Inc., including site planning, procurement and installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment, and the selection and implementation of operating systems. In addition, Mrs. Richardson is responsible for all renovations and FF&E replacements that are completed at Hospitality Specialists, Inc. hotels.

Robb Carter

Robb Carter serves as Director of Property Support for the company.  He has on-going operational responsibilities as well as provides support specifically designed for the needs of each property.  Mr. Carter specializes in training, customer service, team-building, sales, company programs, human resources and management. He also directs the pre-opening activities of new build properties in relation to operations and sales and marketing.  He previously served the company as General Manager and Regional Director of Operations.  Mr. Carter has multi-unit, multi-brand, area management, task force and sales experience. Mr. Carter studied Hospitality Management at San Jose State University.

Jonathan Kuithe

Jonathan Kuithe serves as Regional Director of Operations and Director of Sales and Marketing for the company. After beginning his career in the industry at the age of eighteen, Mr. Kuithe has worked from line level positions in St. Louis and Chicago to roles asSales Manager, Assistant General Manager, Director of Sales, Area Director of Sales and General Manager. He has multi-unit, multi-brand, area management, task force, pre-opening, renovation, sales and full service experience. In 2017, Mr. Kuithe received the RD Musser Hotelier of the Year award from Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association, given to "a visionary owner or general manager who has maintained the highest standard of innkeeping over the expanse of their career. An innovator who has continually sought to surpass expectations by mentoring rising associate stars and developing new practices which positively impact experience." As a General Manager, he and his properties received numerous awards, ranging from Hotel of the Yearin the management company to being recognized by DoubleTree by Hilton brand for the Most Improved Market Share, along with the Crystal Cookie Award for Community CARE. He is a native of St. Louis, MO, lifelong Cardinals fan and a graduate of Elmhurst College.

Andrea Kaminsky

Andrea Kaminsky serves as a Task Force Specialist for Hospitality Specialists. She is responsible for supporting the properties on special projects, continuing education, bench management, as well as assisting in the human resources department. She has several years of management experience with both Marriott and Hilton branded hotels. Andrea has managed 2 hotels within the HSI portfolio including the Residence Inn by Marriott Holland and Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport. She attended Western Michigan University, majoring in business management.