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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, internal layouts, architectural review, mechanical system review, 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.

Patrick Tapen

Patrick Tepen serves as a Controller for the company.  Mr. Tepen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Illinois College. He currently oversees the accounting department and Financial Statement preparation for all Hospitality Specialists, Inc. hotels.  He is also responsible for all end of month reporting.

Robb Carter

Robb Carter serves as Director of Operations/Human Resources 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, Regional Director of Operations and Director of Property Support.  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 Director of Operations/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 as Sales 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. As a General Manager, he and his properties received numerous awards, ranging from Hotel of the Year in 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 previously served the company as general manager and regional director of operations. He is a graduate of Elmhurst College.

Andrea Kaminsky

Andrea Kaminsky serves as an Operations 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 served as general manager as she managed two hotels within the HSI portfolio including the Residence Inn by Marriott Holland and Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport and as an operations task force specialist. She attended Western Michigan University, majoring in business management.

Wayne Burgher

Wayne Burgher serves as an Operations Specialist for Hospitality Specialists. Mr. Burgher’s role within the company includes basic IT Support, bench management, pre-opening and opening support, special projects, training, property auditing, human resource support, as well as being well versed in all operational aspects of each property within the Hospitality Specialists portfolio. Wayne has had several years of management experience in the hotel industry including time in both select service and full-service boutique properties throughout the United States and holds a Certified Guest Service Professional designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Wayne graduated with a degree in Hotel Management from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and serves as a professional mentor for students and graduates of the program.

Danette Howarter

Danette Howarter serves as Human Resources Specialist for Hospitality Specialists. Ms. Howarter has held positions in the accounting and operations departments over the last eight years. Her experience in payroll and accounting lead her to her current position in human resources. She supports the daily operations of the human resources department, including, but not limited to, payroll, unemployment, garnishments as well as benefits matters, such as 401K, health/vision/dental program, ACA, worker’s compensation, Cobra, etc. She assists the Director of Human Resources in the day-to-day activities in the HR Department and aids in training, tracking, trouble-shooting, reviewing, filing and reporting functions. She also handles office administration duties.