FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & CEO
Alan J. Fuerstman is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Montage International, a luxury hospitality management company encompassing Montage Hotels & Resorts, Pendry Hotels, Montage Residences and management of some of the country’s premiere golf courses and clubs.
Montage Hotels & Resorts includes a collection of ultra-luxury hotels, resorts and residences including Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff and Montage Los Cabos. Pendry Hotels, a new luxury brand from Montage International, includes Pendry San Diego and Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.
Prior to founding Montage in 2002, Mr. Fuerstman was the opening vice president of hotel operations at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Previously, he served as president and managing director of The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he also oversaw The St. Regis Aspen and The St. Regis Houston, as well as all ITT Sheraton properties in Arizona. He began his distinguished career with Marriott International.
Mr. Fuerstman has been recognized with many industry accolades, including: Environmental Media Association’s “Corporate Responsibility Award” 2017, Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” 2013, “The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award” 2013, “2011 Distinguished Achievement Award” from B’nai B’rith, “One to Watch” from Virtuoso Life Magazine, “Leaders in Luxury” award from Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine and “Resort Executive of the Year” from Ypartnership, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and The University of Denver’s School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management.
Mr. Fuerstman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Gettysburg College, the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management Advisory Board, and the Resort Committee of the AH&LA.
A native of New Milford, New Jersey, Mr. Fuerstman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Jason Herthel is President and Chief Operating Officer of Montage International, and is responsible for all aspects of operations management, business development and real estate development.
Mr. Herthel has primary oversight of Montage’s experienced team of hospitality professionals in the departments of Operations, Sales & Marketing, Legal, Residential, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Golf and Acquisitions & Development and works with them to achieve business goals and deliver on the exceptional culture of service for which Montage has become renowned.
Mr. Herthel joined Montage in 2011 as the executive vice president of acquisitions, development and strategy. He was promoted in 2015 to be the first president and chief operating officer of the luxury hotel management company.
Prior to joining the company in 2011, Mr. Herthel held the position of senior vice president of project development for Viceroy Hotel Group, a position which was based in the company’s Abu Dhabi corporate office. Mr. Herthel also worked as principal & general counsel for The Setai Group, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s development of more than 1.2 million square feet of luxury residential and mixed-use hotel and resort properties in South Florida and the Caribbean. Prior to that, Mr. Herthel was an attorney with the law firm of Paul Hastings, where he was a member of the firm’s Resort, Restaurant and Recreation practice group, specializing in the transactional real estate and business needs of global hospitality clients. In 2002-2003, while an attorney at Paul Hastings, Mr. Herthel served as outside counsel to Montage in connection with the development of Montage Laguna Beach.
Mr. Herthel holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University.
CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PENDRY HOTELS
Michael Fuerstman is the Co-Founder & Creative Director of Pendry Hotels, the new luxury brand from Montage International. In this role, Mr. Fuerstman oversees the development of the brand and its execution in design, guest experience, programming, and new development.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Fuerstman was the corporate director, acquisitions and development, for Montage Hotels & Resorts, responsible for new business development and acquisition opportunities for the company. Mr. Fuerstman joined Montage Hotels & Resorts in 2009 as the residential sales operations manager at Montage Beverly Hills, where he led a team of sales associates in the strategic planning, marketing, and sales for Montage Residences Beverly Hills. Prior to joining Montage Hotels & Resorts, he was an assistant project manager with The Athens Group, a luxury resort developer, and was the co-founder of www.socialmonkey.com, one of the web’s first location-based, mobile social networking websites.
Mr. Fuerstman was honored with Boutique Design’s 2018 Up-and-Coming Hoteliers Award and HOTELS magazine recognized Mr. Fuerstman as one of its 20 Rising Star Hoteliers all 40 and under.
Mr. Fuerstman is a graduate of Tufts University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Brian Karaba is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Karaba is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, insurance, asset management, strategic planning, capital markets and investor relations for the company. Additionally, he works closely with the company’s acquisitions and developments team in identifying, evaluating and securing capital to fund Montage International’s growth strategy.
Prior to joining Montage, Mr. Karaba held the positions of treasurer and senior vice president, investor relations and corporate finance for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He was responsible for managing a global team of finance professionals and provided leadership within Hyatt’s organization in the following categories: treasury, investor relations, development finance/valuation, corporate strategy, capital strategy, and feasibility. Mr. Karaba served as a key company spokesperson to the financial community and was responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with analysts and investors. Prior to joining Hyatt Hotels, Mr. Karaba worked at Marriott International for 10 years, with the last five years spent as vice president of the lodging finance, business development and global asset management groups.
Mr. Karaba graduated summa cum laude and first in class from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. Mr. Karaba earned his CPA in 1995.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Iqbal Bashir, Executive Vice President, Finance, is responsible for the accounting and finance function for Montage International. In addition, Mr. Bashir oversees internal audit, risk management, legal administration, IT, and owner relations.
Mr. Bashir joined Montage in 2002 as part of the pre-opening team of Montage Laguna Beach. In 2004, Mr. Bashir was promoted to Vice President of Finance for the company. Before joining Montage, he served as controller/director of finance for various Marriott International brands, including The Ritz Carlton, Marriott and Renaissance. During his ten years with Marriott, Mr. Bashir acted in various financial leadership roles for openings, acquisitions, conversions and operations of various hotels/resorts including The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, The Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas, The Ritz Carlton Phoenix, Marriott Waikiki Beach, JW Marriott, Ihilani, Ko Olina, Marriott South Korea, Renaissance Los Angeles and Renaissance Long Beach. Mr. Bashir also served as a member of Marriott’s controller’s council. Before that he worked as Corporate Controller for TradeWinds, Inc., a hotel and property management firm in Los Angeles for five years. Prior to that, he was an international banking officer for Allied Bank, responsible for maintaining the bank’s currency positions and accounts with foreign banks.
Mr. Bashir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from University of Karachi and a Master of Business Administration in International Business and Finance from Northrop University in Los Angeles. He also received an executive certificate in International Banking & Finance from University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
James Bermingham, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations for the company’s hotels and resorts, including owner relations, as well as supporting culture development and sales and marketing. In addition, Mr. Bermingham oversees Montage Residences Corporation, a subsidiary of the company.
Mr. Bermingham joined Montage in 2002 as part of the pre-opening team of Montage Laguna Beach, and helped to open the hotel in 2003 as its first General Manager. Mr. Bermingham was promoted to Vice President of Operations for the company in 2008. Prior to joining Montage, Mr. Bermingham was the General Manager of the Latham Hotel and Georgetown Inn in Washington, D.C., part of the MeriStar Hotels and Resorts collection of boutique luxury properties. Before that, Mr. Bermingham was the Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, which was part of Mirage Resorts. Mr. Bermingham spent ten years with ITT Sheraton Corporation and the Luxury Collection, beginning in sales and marketing while in London, England, and eventually transferring to the United States where he ultimately became the General Manager of ITT Sheraton’s Five Diamond St. Regis Hotel in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Bermingham is an active member in his surrounding community in Orange County, California by participating with “Hearts of Montage,” a comprehensive outreach program which supports non-profit programs throughout Orange County. Mr. Bermingham has served on numerous Orange County non-profit and hospitality industry boards and committees, among them the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Ocean Institute, the Anaheim and Orange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Orange County Tourism Council.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Robin Kennedy is the Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Kennedy is responsible for spearheading all strategic business development, capital partnerships, and acquisition activities for the company, including the global expansion of the company’s portfolio of both Montage and Pendry branded hotels.
Prior to joining Montage, Ms. Kennedy was the vice president, acquisitions at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, managing opportunistic acquisition & investment transactions, and successfully delivering industry-leading total returns to shareholders. During her tenure, Pebblebrook completed the acquisition of over 24 hotels representing more than $2.5 billion dollars of total asset value. In addition, Ms. Kennedy led several high impact asset management projects on owned assets, including brand and management selection, management agreement negotiation and lease negotiations for both retail and F&B operations.
Prior to her role with Pebblebrook, Ms. Kennedy spent nine years with Marriott International, holding multiple management roles within business development and finance, including vice president, full service development. In that role, Ms. Kennedy was responsible for identifying and pursuing new business opportunities for Marriott International, including The Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Edition, Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels.
It was during her tenure with Marriott that Ms. Kennedy played an integral role in the launch of the Autograph Collection, from sizing the initial opportunity through to securing 12 properties for the new brand within the first year of the launch.
Ms. Kennedy graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. She went on to achieve a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Mike Paneri is the Executive Vice President of Design & Construction for Montage International. Drawing on over 30 years of experience in the development of premier resort, hotel, hospitality and leisure projects around the world, Mr. Paneri oversees all aspects of design and construction for Montage International – including Montage Hotels & Resorts properties, Pendry Hotels & Resorts, and Montage and Pendry Residences across the U.S. and beyond.
A licensed architect and seasoned corporate executive, Mr. Paneri joined Montage International from Viceroy Hotel Group, where through 14 years as senior vice president of hotel development he oversaw the design and construction of Viceroy and Urban Retreat projects worldwide, including project assessment and feasibility, programming, design and construction, procurement, business development, and operational management. Mr. Paneri also served for seven years as vice president of design & construction with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and 14 years as director and vice president of the Irvine, Calif.-based architectural firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, during which he oversaw some of WATG’s largest resort, hotel, casino, retail and entertainment projects, including The Venetian and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He got his start as a project manager and coordinator with Hill Partnership (now HPI Architecture) in Newport Beach, Calif.
Mr. Paneri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and studied land development and management at the University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed architect in California, is NCARB certified and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Gustaf Burman is the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Burman is responsible for developing and executing the technology strategy for the brand.
Prior to joining Montage in 2016, Mr. Burman was Chief Technology Officer at Morgans Hotel Group, where he was responsible for all technology, loyalty, customer relations management, and call center operations and strategy. He also led the implementation of global cloud strategy for finance and human capital management systems, developing guest- and associate-facing technology standards and developing a new loyalty program.
Preceding the above role, Mr. Burman spent 18 years in management and senior management roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., based first in Stockholm, followed by Brussels, then finally in White Plains, NY where, as senior director, global property technology, he had direct oversight of back-of-house tactical and strategic technology solutions for over 1,000 hotels around the globe.
Mr. Burman sits on the Hospitality Technology Next Generation Board of Governers.
Mr. Burman studied Political Science and Economics at Stockholm University, and studied Business Administration at Lund University.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING
Christopher Hamaway is the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Hamaway is responsible for developing and leading the overall Sales & Marketing strategy for Montage branded hotels. Additionally, he has oversight responsibilities for hotel sales, digital marketing and revenue management for all company brands, including Pendry Hotels.
Mr. Hamaway joined Montage in 2010 after serving as the senior corporate director of global sales for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where he led the team responsible for generating revenue and providing strategic sales direction for over 70 properties around the world, as well as being a founding faculty member of the Ritz-Carlton’s Leadership Institute. Before joining Ritz-Carlton, he was part of the opening team at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and served as general manager of one of the largest travel companies in the U.S.
Mr. Hamaway is on the Board of Directors, Internet Marketing Association.
Mr. Hamaway holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Finance from Florida State University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
Mandy Holloway is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Montage International. Ms. Holloway is an award-winning, global human resources and learning executive with more than 10 years of exceptional talent acquisition and management experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries. Ms. Holloway is responsible for all aspects of human resources strategy and execution, organizational planning and development, and oversees key administrative functions for the company.
Prior to Montage International, Ms. Holloway served as vice president of human resources & employee engagement at Universal Studios Hollywood, NBCUniversal in Universal City, California, where she managed operational staffing, employer branding, employee engagement, communications and team member programs. Prior to that, Ms. Holloway held various management and human resources roles in top hospitality companies around the world including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Hard Rock International in Florida, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Maryland.
Throughout her career, Ms. Holloway has been involved with several key awards and accolades including being named #1 Overall Leader, Customer Satisfaction “Upper Upscale Hotels” by Market Metrix Hospitality Index while at Hard Rock International; rated as #1 in Training Magazine’s Top 100 Training Organization Awards while at The Ritz-Carlton; and earning the Top Young Trainer Award by Training Magazine.
Ms. Holloway graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Hospitality/Tourism Studies from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESIDENTIAL
Tina Necrason, Senior Vice President, Residential for Montage International, is responsible for the company’s overall residential strategy and execution. In this role, Ms. Necrason works to secure new residential projects for the company, oversees the planning and HOA compliance of all residential projects and works to ensure the overall success of the sales, marketing and operational execution of the company’s branded residences business.
Prior to joining Montage in 2014, Ms. Necrason was the senior director, sales & marketing, Mainland USA/Europe for Hilton Grand Vacations. In this role, Ms. Necrason was responsible for strategy and development of new projects and sales distribution opportunities in domestic and international markets. Prior to her time with Hilton, Ms. Necrason worked as a luxury real estate advisor under Broadwing International, LLC with Ridge Capital, LLC, where she focused on the recovery of development assets. Ms. Necrason has also held the position of vice president, project sales and marketing for the Kor Group.
Ms. Necrason graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GOLF, CLUB MANAGEMENT AND RECREATION
OD Vincent is the Senior Vice President of Golf, Club Management and Recreation for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Vincent will oversee the operational execution of the company’s current golf, club and recreation programs, driving membership sales and retention, as well as guiding the strategic development of future long-term, full-service golf and club management contracts.
Mr. Vincent joined Montage from PGA TOUR, where he held senior and executive director roles for both the PowerShares QQQ Championship and the Northern Trust Open. Before that, he was senior associate athletic director for the University of Washington, where he managed sports, facilities and revenue areas for the department of athletics. Preceding the above, Mr. Vincent served as the head men’s golf coach for Duke University, UCLA and the University of Washington. Mr. Vincent received multiple conference and regional Coach of the Year honors culminating in being named the Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year.
Mr. Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, where he led the university’s golf team to the Pac-10 championship. After graduating and receiving All-American honors, Mr. Vincent became the only American golfer to qualify for the PGA European Tour and competed in the Open Championship at Muirfield. Mr. Vincent has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Palm Springs High School, The University of Washington and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Dax Acosta is the Vice President, Acquisitions & Development for Montage International. As part of the acquisitions and development team, Mr. Acosta is responsible for sourcing new acquisition and development opportunities for Montage Hotels & Resorts and Pendry Hotels.
Prior to joining Montage in 2013, Mr. Acosta held the position of development manager, Americas and Europe, for Jumeirah Group. At Jumeriah Group, he was responsible for identifying and underwriting acquisition and development opportunities in over 20 U.S. and European markets.
Mr. Acosta is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration and a concentration in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS
Kacey Bruno is the Vice President, Communications for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Bruno is responsible for creating, implementing and sustaining a strategic communications program supporting the company’s vision and business interests across both its Montage and Pendry brands. Ms. Bruno develops, executes and shapes a comprehensive public relations and communications strategy, works with the executive teams and human resources teams at both the corporate office and property levels to create internal communications, and creates and executes targeted public relations plans and social media campaigns for each of the company’s hotels and resorts. Additionally, Ms. Bruno is the editor for Montage Magazine, Pendry Magazine and montagemagazine.com.
Prior to joining Montage, Ms. Bruno was a publicist at PMK, a top entertainment public relations firm based in Los Angeles. She specialized in representation of celebrity clientele, including new and A-list talent, and developed publicity strategies and campaigns for film, television, fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
Ms. Bruno is a member of the Forbes Communications Council, Harvesters, an auxiliary group benefitting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Calif. and a member of Avenue to the Arts, an auxiliary group in support of Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, Calif.
Ms. Bruno received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising from San Diego State University and completed language studies at Leonardo Da Vinci Language School in Florence, Italy.
VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Vai Cahoon is the Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Cahoon supports the Acquisitions & Development team in the continued growth of Montage International – including both the Montage Hotels & Resorts and Pendry Hotels brands.
Ms. Cahoon joined Montage from Viceroy Hotel Group, where she most recently held the position of Director, Acquisitions & Development. Ms. Cahoon was responsible for identifying and sourcing acquisition and development opportunities in the Americas, including leading the feasibility analysis, underwriting and due diligence process. She played an integral role in the acquisition of deal opportunities for Viceroy Hotel Group, including Viceroy Chicago and Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama. Prior to this, Ms. Cahoon held several other positions within Viceroy Hotel Group including Senior Associate, Business Development and Senior Accounting & Financial Analyst.
Ms. Cahoon graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Derra Lee Edwards
VICE PRESIDENT, LEARNING
Derra Lee Edwards, Vice President, Learning, is responsible for the creation and execution of learning and development programs for all of Montage International. Ms. Edwards joined the company in 2002 as one of the original founding team members involved in the creation and development of the Montage Hotels & Resorts brand, resulting in the launch of the first location Montage Laguna Beach, in 2003.
Ms. Edwards has played a key role in the development and launch of every Montage International property to date, serving as the champion of learning and advocate for the continuous growth and development of all the associates across the growing portfolio of destinations. Ms. Edwards is accredited as the architect of both the MORES (Montage Hotel & Resorts) and Know Thyself (Pendry Hotels) instructional orientation programs.
Prior to joining Montage International, Ms. Edwards held training and organizational development positions with Bacara Resort & Spa, Wyndham International/Golden Door Spas and Carefree Resorts. Ms. Edwards has also acted as lead consultant on organizational development for the Lodge at Cordevalle, Island Outpost, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Silver Leaf and the Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.
Ms. Edwards is a certified Canfield Methodology Trainer, Success Principles and FranklinCovey Content.
Ms. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation from the University of Idaho. After graduation, Ms. Edwards continued her education at Washington State University, studying Hotel and Restaurant management.
VICE PRESIDENT, RISK MANAGEMENT
Andrew Flor is the Vice President, Corporate Insurance & Risk Management for Montage International. In this role, he is responsible for managing the insurance portfolio and risk management programs for all Montage International’s properties. Aside from procuring all lines of insurance for the company, he oversees the workers’ compensation program as well as claims and litigation management. Additionally, Mr. Flor works closely with all the properties to develop centralized goals to strategically and proactively reduce loss exposures in order to manage risk effectively.
Mr. Flor has widespread experience in enterprise risk management for large companies with multi-locations in several industries including hotels & resorts, restaurants, food & retail, food manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, and theme parks. Having started out in the hotel industry with Hilton, and later with The Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, he then entered the world of claims administration and risk management with Disney. Mr. Flor went on to serve as director of risk management for a number of companies in various industries. His past and current role has allowed him to achieve an extensive experience level in insurance placement, insurance portfolio management, workers’ compensation, claims and litigation management. Mr. Flor is active in the industry by being a member of a number of trade associations.
Mr. Flor received his Master of Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of La Verne.
Azadeh Hawkins is the Creative Director for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Hawkins works closely with a variety of different departments and disciplines, covering both the Montage Hotels & Resorts and Pendry Hotels portfolios, on development and design, shaping brand ethos, brand partnerships, and creating distinctive experiences for our guests.
Over the past few years, Ms. Hawkins has played an integral role in the launch of Pendry Hotels. While working with the company as a consultant, Ms. Hawkins has collaborated closely with Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of Pendry Hotels, on the development of the Pendry Hotels brand and guest experience standards. She has been instrumental in establishing the positioning, vision, direction, and interior design for the Pendry brand and has led marketing strategy, partnerships and more.
Prior to her consulting role with Pendry Hotels, Ms. Hawkins spent over 10 years at Viceroy Hotel Group, most recently as vice president of marketing communications and brand management. She also held roles as general manager at multiple properties including Maison 140 Beverly Hills, Chamberlain West Hollywood and Viceroy Palm Springs. More recently, she held the role as chief marketing officer for Pink Taco, a Los Angeles-based restaurant group, where she was responsible for repositioning and marketing of the brand.
Ms. Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in journalism from San Francisco State University.
VICE PRESIDENT, REVENUE MANAGEMENT
Shawn Jereb is the Vice President, Revenue Management for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Jereb is responsible for maximizing overall revenue generation and profitability at all properties under the Montage International portfolio and developing revenue strategies to position the company for continued growth and sustainability.
Mr. Jereb joins Montage with more than two decades of hospitality experience, 20 of which focused specifically on revenue management. Prior to joining Montage, Mr. Jereb spent nine years with Belmond Ltd. in London as vice president of revenue management & distribution, more than six years with Morgans Hotel Group, holding director and regional director of revenue management positions at various locations, and also held revenue management and sales roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott.
Mr. Jereb attended Portland State University where he studied business and science.
VICE PRESIDENT, LEISURE SALES
Janet Kato White is the Vice President, Leisure Sales for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Kato White serves as the primary liaison to domestic and international luxury travel providers and supports global leisure sales on behalf of the company.
With an extensive background in representing independent luxury properties, Ms. Kato White works directly with travel industry partners including Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Signature Travel Network, Ensemble Travel Group, Preferred Hotel Group, Travel Leaders Group, and Select Hotels & Resorts. She is currently serving or has served on many of these member travel advisory boards as well as participating and hosting travel advisory boards for major travel publications.
Prior to joining Montage in 2002, Ms. Kato White served as corporate director of sales for Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani in Hawaii, directing sales for the company’s iconic luxury resort on Waikiki Beach, as well as overseeing sales for the Waikiki Parc Hotel and the former Kapalua Bay Hotel. Ms. Kato White is a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts Travel Advisory Board and was nominated for the inaugural Virtuoso Best Hotel Ambassador award, representing Montage International.
Ms. Kato White holds a Bachelor of Arts in Primatology from the University of California, Berkeley.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Rick Riess is the Vice President, Operations for Montage Hotels & Resorts.
Having first joined Montage in August of 2014 as managing director of Montage Laguna Beach, Mr. Riess was then promoted in February of 2017 to vice president, Montage Hotels & Resorts, while continuing his role as managing director at Montage Laguna Beach.
A veteran hospitality executive with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Riess joined Montage from Sea Island, a luxury resort in Georgia, where he was managing director. Prior to that, Mr. Riess was president and CEO of Plumpjack Group in San Francisco, where he oversaw resorts, wineries, restaurants, retail and real estate development. Before that, he served as chief operating officer and founding partner of Auberge Resorts, where he was instrumental in the opening of numerous small luxury resorts. His wealth of experience in luxury hospitality was garnered in management at hotels, restaurants and golf clubs in Hawaii and the West Coast. Prior to joining Auberge, he spent five years as regional vice president for Grand Bay Hotels and Resorts’ Western Division overseeing The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz.; The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz.; the Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride, Colo.; and Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif.
Mr. Riess is a member of the Resort Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. In 2016, Riess was named General Manager of the Year by the California Hotel & Lodging Association for Montage Laguna Beach.
Mr. Riess attended Auburn University and currently sits on the board of directors.
VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES / LEED AP
Mark Slymen is the Vice President, Development Services, LEED AP for Montage International. In this role, Mr. Slymen is responsible for all sustainable development and operational practices for Montage International, as well as supporting the development services team of the company. His primary responsibilities include overseeing capital projects for existing assets and assisting in the opening of new properties.
During his tenure with Montage, Mr. Slymen obtained LEED accreditation and helped oversee the LEED certification process for Montage Beverly Hills, resulting in a Gold level certification and Montage Deer Valley’s LEED Silver certification.
Prior to joining Montage in 2004, Mr. Slymen was the golf course manager and superintendent at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course in Laguna Beach, and assisted in accounting and information technology support.
Mr. Slymen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance and a Master of Business Administration in General Business from the University of Oregon.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS FINANCE
Kim Sun is the Vice President, Operations Finance for Montage International. In this role, Ms. Sun provides support to the property Directors of Finance in day-to-day operational accounting issues and identifying areas of improvement. She assists in transitioning and onboarding new finance associates, preparing and reviewing hotel financials, projections and budgets.
Ms. Sun joined Montage in 2015 with over 20 years of experience in finance and hospitality, involved with opening and transitioning many new luxury hotels and resorts. Most recently, she spent eight years with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts holding various positions in multiple locations. Her most recent position with the company was corporate director of finance in Dallas, Texas where she was responsible for hotel financial reporting, performing property analysis and overseeing the annual budget process. Prior to this position, she was the regional director of finance at Rosewood Sand Hill and director of finance at San Ysidro Ranch.
Ms. Sun graduated from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She holds her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) license and is a member of Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP). Ms. Sun has a certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA).