OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Interstate Hotels & Resorts is built on intelligence, experience, and integrity. From associates at our individual properties to our corporate boardroom, we are a team of dedicated professionals. We’re committed to making a positive difference in the hospitality industry. This is exemplified by our executive leadership, which has more than a century of combined managerial success. Our top-level team enables our clients to experience remarkable operational success and achieve significant financial growth.
Michael J. DeitemeyerPresident & Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO, Mike is leading the evolution of Interstate, bringing a fresh perspective and igniting a new strategy for unprecedented growth by bringing unrivaled talent, global expansion and innovative resources to the company’s 540-property worldwide portfolio.
Mike joined Interstate after a highly successful tenure with Omni Hotels & Resorts including 13 years as President, and prior to that helped grow the organization through management roles in operations, development, sales and finance. Under his leadership, Mike established Omni as a leading hotel brand and operator, with a reputation for delivering superior quality, award-winning service, and exceptional guest experiences.
Mike serves on Interstate’s Board of Directors, and holds highly respected board memberships with AHLA and AHLEF. He was a founding board member and served as chairman of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.
Mike is a graduate of Fitchburg State University.
Carrie McIntyreChief Financial Officer
Carrie McIntyre is Chief Financial Officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a vital position she has expertly held since August 2013. Prior, she served as executive vice president and treasurer. Carrie is responsible for oversight of the Company’s corporate and hotel accounting, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, asset management and procurement. She is highly skilled in internal audit and risk management functions. Before joining us, she was an executive with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts.
Carrie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia (Virginia Tech).
Andrew JordanChief Marketing Officer
Andrew Jordan is our Chief Marketing Officer and leads all our revenue initiatives including sales, marketing, revenue management, e-commerce and distribution. He drives peak topline results for the company’s portfolio of independent, branded, full-service and select-service hotels. Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in advertising and brand marketing. Prior to joining us, he achieved successes at Coca-Cola, Club Med, Wyndham International, Carlson Restaurants, Adeptus Health.
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Texas.
Carrie DavidCHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Carrie David is chief human resources officer for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources team, developing an exceptional organizational culture while providing tools, training, and career development for associates around the globe.
With more than 20 years of experience, Carrie has proven to be an agile leader who has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to galvanize teams across many industries including healthcare, retail, foodservice, and hospitality. Most recently she served as senior vice president of operational excellence and general manager support for Caribou Coffee and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, where she also led critical HR work streams, successfully integrating the two companies.
At Delaware North, Carrie created high performing and engaged teams and served as Head of HR of Australia and New Zealand where she acted as a change leader, transforming the culture and aligning focus of transparent communications and increasing engagement by measurable results.
Carrie completed the Advanced Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Labor Relations and Human Resource Management from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from West Virginia University.
Greg O’SteanCHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Greg O’Stean serves as Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ chief development officer. He is responsible for helping the company continue its successful expansion by driving overall business growth across the globe.
Most recently, Greg served as the chief investment officer at Loews Hotels, where he led the hotel acquisitions and development, asset management, and owner relations platforms. Previously he has held executive roles with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Piper Jaffray & Company, GE Capital and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Greg is a proven hotel industry leader, with a rich history of delivering exceptional results and an expert in leading teams to achieve extraordinary growth. Greg received a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Real Estate and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech.
Erica H. HagemanExecutive Vice President and General Counsel
Erica Hageman serves as our Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She is responsible for all legal, compliance, and risk management functions of the Company. As a member of our Executive Committee, Erica is a driving force in the execution of the Company’s global growth strategy. Prior to joining us, she was an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. She is proactive in the community as a board member with the Georgetown Hotel Lodging and Legal Summit. She is also on the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s General Counsel Committee.
Erica holds a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
James LambChief Information Officer
James Lamb is our Chief Information Officer, and is responsible for the design and delivery of innovative technical and business solutions needed to operate and grow our global hotel portfolio. Prior to joining us, James held a variety of executive-level IT positions within the hospitality industry at Hyatt and Le Méridien companies. In addition, he spent 16 years in IT leadership at EDS and Perot Systems.
James received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
Intelligence, experience, integrity and commitment represent the essential qualities that we seek in all of our associates. From the boardroom at our corporate headquarters to the guest room of each hotel we manage, Interstate Hotels & Resorts strongly believes that people make the difference. Possessing over a century of combined experience in the industry, Interstate’s leadership team is the engine that propels our clients to realize greater success at the bottom line.
Pete SamsEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS - FULL SERVICE
Pete Sams is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ EVP of Full Service Operations, responsible for the Company’s overall operational strategy, forging strong owner relations and driving superior hotel performance for a portfolio of over 100 properties throughout North America. His portfolio represents all top lodging brands, as well as numerous independent hotels, resorts and conference centers.
Prior to joining Interstate, Pete served as a Regional Vice President at White Lodging, managing a portfolio of full-service hotels to include branded Le Méridien, Marriott, Renaissance and Hyatt Hotels. Additionally, he oversaw the opening of several ground up new-build properties. He also served as the project lead in the development of an internal labor leadership tool and process during his tenure at White Lodging.
Pete’s hospitality career began with Omni Hotels in the hotel finance department, leading to area finance and operational responsibilities. His Omni career spanned 20 productive and decorated years. Ultimately, he served multiple stints as an impactful General Manager, including running the iconic Omni Shoreham, a key asset in the portfolio. In 2009, Pete was named Omni’s General Manager of the Year.
Pete proudly served his country as a member of the US Army and is a graduate of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Peter HoffmanExecutive Vice President, Operations - Select Service
Peter Hoffman is Executive Vice President, Operations-Select Service of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, responsible for the company’s overall operations and performance of nearly 300 select-service and extended stay properties throughout the U.S.
Prior to rejoining Interstate, Peter served as Senior Vice President, Select-Service Asset Management of BRE Hotels and Resorts, a non-listed real estate investment trust. His 30-year hospitality experience includes general manager and regional director roles with First Hospitality Group. During his prior 18-year tenure with Interstate, Peter held key leadership positions, managing operations for large and complex hotel portfolios of nationally branded hotels specializing in select-service and extended stay properties. Initially serving as General Manager for a Homewood Suites in Chicago for four years, Peter was promoted to key operations roles, including in 2006 to Senior Vice President of Operations, overseeing of a team of regional operations professionals and all multi-branded, select-service properties managed by Interstate throughout the U.S.
Peter is currently a member of the Residence Inn System Standards Committee, and served on the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) Board of Directors, as Chairman of the IHLA Educational Foundation, and on the boards for International Visitors Center Chicago, River North Association Chicago and Youth Motivation Committee. Peter attended of Southern Illinois University and Northwestern Military & Naval Academy and also served on the Hospitality Education Committee for Oakton Community College.
Elie KhouryExecutive Vice President, Operations Resources
Elie Khoury is Executive Vice President, Operations Resources of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, leading Food & Beverage, Engineering, Brand Assurance and Transitions teams providing the best resources to support our managed properties. Elie will also provide a deeper operations perspective to enhance Interstate services and resources, while also continuing to oversee existing strategic hotel assets under management.
Most recently, Elie was SVP of Operations of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, overseeing a portfolio of hotels under lodging brands including Marriott, AC Hotels, Sheraton and Luxury Collection and working closely with a variety of ownership groups including REITs, private equity, pension funds, investment groups, individual investors, and institutional lenders.
Elie began his expansive hotel career in food and beverage where he was instrumental in developing several restaurant concepts. He joined Interstate in 1986 and held leadership positions in numerous operations departments subsequently holding General Manager, Area General Manager and Vice President of Operations roles. Elie served as President of the Board of the Oakland CVB (2009 to 2011). In this role, he was instrumental in working closely with the City administrators to re-brand Oakland and develop social programs to promote the downtown district.
Nicholas NorthamExecutive Vice President-International
Nicholas Northam is Executive Vice President-International for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for over 100 hotels in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and Russia. With more than 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nicholas plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth, leading Interstate’s senior management and support teams to provide superior returns for hotel owners. Most recently Nicholas was Interstate’s Managing Director for the UK since 2016.
Before joining Interstate Nicholas spent 10 years as Vice President of Asset Management for Realstar Hotels UK Ltd, the asset management company responsible for the LRG UK portfolio of 73 hotels under IHG management. He was directly responsible for 38 assets including the central London hotels.
Prior to this he had spent 17 years at Whitbread where he was the UK Operations Director responsible for 70+ Marriott hotels as well as having been General Manager at a number of Marriott properties.
Fernando SalazarSenior Vice President, Food & Beverage
Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage Fernando Salazar is a world-renowned and award-winning professional whose passion for gastronomy and international flair creates unique dining experience at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. His creativity incites inspiration throughout Interstate’s culinary teams, which span across 500 hotels in 10 countries worldwide. Salazar partners with legendary chefs and mixologists from across the world to bring innovative menu ideas that enhance the Interstate culinary experience.
Prior to joining the company, Salazar spread his love for food as the managing director of the prominent Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The CIA awarded him the Gold Medal of Honor for his creativity, leadership and mentoring efforts.
Salazar, who is co-founder and International Advisor of E-Spain – a company that specializes in the organization of international culinary competitions – created the International Tapas Competition for Culinary Students in 2009. In 2017, the competition evolved into the first-ever World Tapas Competition, which takes place every November in Valladolid, Spain and where 15 chefs from all over the world are invited to compete. The group also created the International Black Truffles Competition which took place in Soria, Spain in December 2017.
A frequent speaker at national and international conferences on food and beverage trends and topics, Salazar was presented in 2010 with the prestigious Silver Plate Award as Hotel Operator of the Year for his contributions to the industry. In 2014, he became the first non-Spaniard ever inducted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Spanish Gastronomy and named Universal Ambassador of the Gastronomy of Spain.
Edward J. BlumEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & ACQUISITIONS
Edward J. Blum is executive vice president, development and acquisitions for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Blum’s responsibilities include identifying acquisition and management contract opportunities and managing the company’s relationships with real estate brokers, financial and institutional fund managers, hotel franchise companies and hotel owners.
Edward’s 25-year hospitality real estate career encompasses extensive domestic and international experience in corporate and real estate finance, capital markets, real estate acquisition and development, capital formation, corporate and real estate workouts and investor and lender relations.
Prior to joining Interstate, Edward was managing director, capital markets for Molinaro Koger, an international hotel real estate advisory firm. In this role, he represented domestic and international hotel owners in structuring debt and equity financing in excess of $1 billion globally. Edward was also senior vice president of finance for Europe at Wyndham International, where he divested $300 million in non-core assets, restructured Wyndham’s European investments and directed hotel acquisition and development activities in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. He also served as chief financial officer for Grand Heritage Hotel Group; vice president of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions at Patriot American Hospitality; and as chief financial officer of the Imperial Hotel Corporation and The Cafritz Company.
Edward, a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Master of International Management degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Maryland University College.
Mark LeBlancEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & ACQUISITIONS
Mark LeBlanc is executive vice president, development and acquisitions for Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Rim Hospitality Division. Originally from Wisconsin, Mark is a senior development executive with over four decades of experience in all facets of hospitality financing, acquisitions and operations.
Prior to joining Interstate, Mark directed business development for The Rim Corporation as senior vice president of development. He joined Rim in 1994, serving in hotel management and regional operations leadership positions to division vice president. As senior vice president of development for Rim, he contributed dramatically to the company’s growth, from seven hotels in 1994 to a diverse international portfolio.
A veteran of the industry, Mark has a strong track record of sound leadership. His experience extends to numerous industry organizations, including the California Hotel Lodging Association, for which Mark has served as a board member since 2002, and the IHG Western Committee. Mark is also a member of ICSC since 2007 and AAHOA since 2008, and served as past president of the Sacramento Hotel Association.
Don LiExecutive Vice President and Head of Asia Investment
Don Li is Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Investment Group of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, spearheading the company’s overall growth of its Asia Investment division and leading the group’s efforts assisting foreign owners with U.S. and European hotel acquisitions, developing re-positioning strategies, brand selection, renovations and the ongoing day-to-day management of their assets. To date, this rapidly growing division consists of nearly 50-hotel portfolio with 13,000 rooms and 30 unique capital partners.
Prior to Interstate, Don was COO of Rim Hospitality and prior to that, CEO of Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China), leading an elite team to develop the next generation of luxury hotels characterized by Swiss quality, beauty and efficiency in greater China. While with Swiss International, Don signed eight luxury landmark hotels in the region with one hotel opened in Xiamen which was the RevPAR and revenue leader in the Province.
Earlier in his career, Don was Regional Vice President of Development of Wyndham Hotel Group International, responsible for the expansion of six Wyndham brands in China, Japan and Mongolia. He was a key contributor to the exponential growth of the Wyndham brands in North Asia and personally signed approximately 10,000 rooms, enabling Wyndham’s growth as the largest foreign hotel group in China.
Don graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a Master in Organizational Development and is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA).
Aaron GreenmanEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT - EMEA
Aaron Greenman, based in Brussels, Belgium, is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ executive vice president of acquisitions and development for Europe, responsible for growing the portfolio of managed hotels for all European regions including Russia/CIS.
Aaron joined Interstate in fall 2007 as head of development in India, in addition to his responsibilities as COO with the company’s joint venture partner there. In 2010, he was promoted to senior vice president of acquisitions and development for Europe, working closely with his European colleagues to build on the company’s platform in the region. At the time, Interstate had 10 hotels throughout Europe and presence in several countries. During his tenure, Interstate has added approximately 100 management agreements in Europe, and today the company has nearly 80 hotels and over 12,000 rooms under management, in addition to 12 hotels in the pipeline, making Europe one of Interstate’s fastest growing regions.
Prior to joining Interstate, Aaron was managing director for AFEX Group in Nairobi, Kenya, responsible for a company with 600 employees with operations throughout East Africa, and earlier was a senior manager in Ernst and Young LLP’s real estate advisory services practice, based in Boston, New York and Miami. He earned a Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.
For more information about Interstate’s international operations, please visit www.interstatehotels.co.uk.
Bill DellerEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HOTEL FINANCE - NORTH AMERICA
Bill Deller is Executive Vice President of Hotel Finance-North America for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Bill has extensive experience in hotel finance with all hospitality brands and independent hotels covering a wide variety of ownership groups ranging from private equity, pension funds, public and private REITs and public/private partnerships.
Bill first joined the company in 1991 after six years with independent development and construction companies and spent seven years as Director of Finance with hotels in Syracuse, Albany, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In 1998, he joined Starwood Hotels and Resorts serving in corporate regional finance roles covering all areas of the United States and Canada for 13 years. In 2011, he rejoined Interstate as Senior Vice President of Hotel Finance responsible for oversight of Company’s hotel accounting in the United States, and was subsequently named Executive Vice President in 2015.
Bill holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Fox School at Temple University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Darren BrennenExecutive Vice President of International Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Darren Brennen is Executive Vice President of International Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and he is responsible for hotel finance in Russia, the United Kingdom and Europe. In his role, Darren oversees the company’s financial and accounting functions for all hotels across these regions in addition to corporate branch offices in Moscow, Glasgow and Amsterdam. He joined Interstate in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Hotel Finance and has been a key force in driving growth in Europe since.
Darren started his hotel career as a financial analyst with Forte UK, before becoming a property Director of Finance in Moscow, Beijing and Prague with Radisson and Marriott International. From 2005, he was the Area Finance Director for Marriott International based in Frankfurt, Germany, covering 35 hotels in Western Europe.
For more information about Interstate’s international operations, please visit www.interstatehotels.co.uk.