AMERICAS DEVELOPMENT CONTACTS

MICHAEL DEAN
CHIEF Development OFFICER, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson
Regional Area: The Americas
Contact: +1 (763) 212-0425, mdean@carlsonrezidor.com

Michael serves as chief development officer, Americas, for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, responsible for growing the brands through franchise development and management agreements. He previously played a pivotal role in creating a construction lending program for GE Capital that resulted in significant sales growth. Prior to GE Capital, Michael served in strategic leadership roles at Saratoga Hotel Group, Intell Management & Investments and Rockgate, an international hotel management and real estate development company.

Michael holds a bachelor of science degree from the School of Hotel Management at Florida International University in Miami.

Philip M. Silberstein
EVP Development - FULL SERVICE, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson
Regional Area: The Americas
Contact: +1 (617) 928-1611, psilberstein@carlsonrezidor.com

As executive vice president of development, Americas, for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Phil Silberstein oversees the growth of franchise development and management contracts in the Americas.

Phil is a 40-year veteran within the hotel industry. He was with the ITT Sheraton Corporation from 1976 to 1992 where he served as vice president of sales and marketing for the eastern region of North America. In a previous role at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Silberstein served as vice president of development and was responsible for the expansion of the Radisson brand in the Northeast and Midwest United States. He was made a Carlson Fellow, the company's prestigious lifetime achievement award, for his outstanding work in 2004. Prior to joining Carlson, Phil served as executive vice president of development for the Sonesta Collection.

Phil is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

FRED SCHWARTZ
SVP DEVELOPMENT - MIDSCALE, AMERICAS

Brands: Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: The Americas
Contact: +1 (404) 307-4198, fschwartz@carlsonrezidor.com

Fred Schwartz is senior vice president development - midscale, for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Prior to joining Carlson Rezidor, Fred was president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) for 18 years. Prior to AAHOA, he held executive positions with Warwick Hotels, IHG, and Hyatt Hotels. Fred also managed the hotel program for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fred is a graduate of Queens College in New York, and is based in Roswell, Georgia.

Jim Baldassari
Vice President, Development, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson
Regional Area: Northeast and Midwest U.S.
Contact: +1 (508) 660-1962, jbaldassari@carlsonrezidor.com

Prior to joining Carlson Rezidor in February 2011, Jim Baldassari held director to vice president positions at a variety of hotel companies, including Hilton, Holiday Inn (now IHG) and Wyndham Hotel Group. Responsibilities included franchise sales and management agreements, as well as developing a national franchise sales team for the launch of an international hotel company. His career started in 1980 as vice president of business development for International Management Services of Boston, developing land sites for multi-use hotel, restaurant and retail spaces, as well as hotel acquisition. Jim has held Real Estate Broker’s licenses in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Jim is a graduate of Harvard College. He is based in East Walpole, Massachusetts.

GREG BURGETT
VICE PRESIDENT, Development, AmericaS

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Midwest U.S.
Contact: +1 (260) 341-5272, gburgett@carlsonrezidor.com

Greg Burgett joined Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as vice president, development, Americas. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Greg most recently served as regional vice president of development for Vantage Hospitality Group. His prior experience includes positions as franchise development director and director of franchise services for Choice Hotels International; and franchise development director for U.S. Franchise Systems and regional director of membership development for Best Western International. He also founded and served as president of Dimensional Marketing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a company he sold in 2007.

Greg brings over two decades of hotel franchising and development experience to this role and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ASHISH "ALEX" CHOPRA
Director, Development, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Southwest U.S.
Contact: +1 (916) 718-4571, achopra@carlsonrezidor.com

Ashish "Alex" Chopra brings more than 17 years of hotel franchise development and contract negotiation experience to Carlson Rezidor, with strong performance in licensing, conversions, new construction and site development. Most recently, and for more than a decade, Alex was at Choice Hotels International. His franchise background also includes development positions with Hilton, Baymont, Ramada, Days Inn and Howard Johnson.

Alex is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach and is based in Irvine, CA.

Stephen Dietrich
Director, Development, Americas

Brands: Radisson RED, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Western U.S.
Contact: +1 (480) 652-9303, sdietrich@carlsonrezidor.com

Stephen Dietrich has over 40 years of experience in the lodging industry focusing on both operations and development. Prior to joining Carlson Rezidor in June 2013, Stephen served as managing partner of Southwest Hospitality Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in hotel feasibility and appraisals. He served in the capacity of director, regional vice president and senior vice president for 13 years with Hilton Hotels, 12 years in positions of director and regional vice president with Intercontinental Hotels and seven years with Choice Hotels as director and regional vice president.

Stephen is a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He is based in Gilbert, Arizona.

PIRO HERNÁNDEZ
DIRECTOR, Development, LATIN America

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Central America, Colombia and Venezuela
Contact: +1 (305) 206-3524, phernandez@carlsonrezidor.com

Piro Hernández is director of development, Latin America for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. His responsibilities include the negotiation of agreements to expand Carlson’s presence in the region, utilizing his knowledge and connections with owners/developers and institutional investors. Prior to joining Carlson he worked for Radisson Hotels & Resorts Latin America, Pegasus Solutions, Preferred Hotel Group, including 14 years in the Travel Agency Industry leading a tour operator and corporate travel agency in Miami. 

Piro has more than 20 years of experience in the hotel and travel industry with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hospitality Management at Florida International University. Piro is based in Miami, Florida.

B.H. Horn
Director, Development, Americas

Brands: Radisson RED, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Southeast U.S.
Contact: +1 (770) 392-0006, bhorn@carlsonrezidor.com

Before joining Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in October 2003, B.H. served as regional vice president for Prime Hospitality developing their proprietary brands of AmeriSuites and Wellsley Inn & Suites in the Southeastern United States. He also worked in franchise sales for Wyndham Hotel Group, promoting a multitude of hotel brands in the Southeast region of the United States as a director and in the Midwest region as regional vice president.

B.H. is a graduate of Valdosta State University. He is based in Marietta, Georgia.

Roland Mouly
Vice President, Development, AmericaS

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Latin America, Mexico and The Caribbean
Contact: +1 (305) 607-1010, rmouly@carlsonrezidor.com

Roland Mouly has served as a vice president of development, Americas, for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group since June 1996, overseeing all development activities in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. His duties encompass negotiating and structuring agreements to expand Carlson Rezidor’s presence in the region (today over 50 hotels).

Roland is a graduate of Arizona State University and Universite des Sciences Sociales Toulouse, France, where he obtained an MBA in Finance and a Master of Economics. He is fluent in Spanish, French and proficient in Portuguese. Roland is based in Miami, Florida.

Kevin O’Neil
Director, Development, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Mid-Atlantic U.S.
Contact: +1 (303) 263-2762, koneil@carlsonrezidor.com

Kevin O’Neil is a 18-year hospitality industry veteran who joined Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in August 2014. Previously, Kevin was regional director of franchise sales for Wyndham Hotel Group working with both new construction and conversion projects. Before that, he served as regional director of franchise sales for Choice Hotels International and U.S. Franchise Systems.

A licensed real estate broker, Kevin has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Boston and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kevin is based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

W. DAVID OLIVER
VICE PRESIDENT, Development, CANADA

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Canada
Contact: +1 (647) 295-1813, doliver@carlsonrezidor.com

W. David Oliver rejoined Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as vice president of development in November 2016 and will lead our key strategic growth initiatives across all brands in Canada. He has an extensive background in franchising and a proven track record in business development. David most recently served as senior vice president of asset management and capital planning for Dundee 360 Real Estate Corporation in Toronto, and has also held development positions with Wyndham Worldwide and Starwood Hotels in Canada.

David is a graduate of University Nevada, Las Vegas, with a degree in Tourism, Hotel and Casino Management, and is based in Toronto, Ontario.

Ruth A. Ormsby
Vice President, Development, Americas

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson
Regional Area: Western U.S.
Contact: +1 (714) 369-2680, rormsby@carlsonrezidor.com

Prior to Ruth Ormsby joining Carlson Rezidor in April 2005, she was director of development for Regent Hotels International (a former division of Carlson), expanding the portfolio in North, Central and South America. In the 1990’s, Ormsby worked for Red Roof Inns, helping launch and successfully grow their franchise program by creating sales and development materials and building their national franchise sales team. Before that, Ruth held various hotel development, real estate acquisition and market analysis positions with Choice Hotels, Holiday Inns (now IHG) and The Robert P. Warmington Company.

Ruth has a Master of Professional Studies degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and is based in Huntington Harbour, California.

Sean J. Shannon
Vice President, Development

Brands: Radisson RED, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: Midwest U.S.
Contact: +1 (612) 877-1816, sshannon@carlsonrezidor.com

Sean J. Shannon, C.H.A., brings much hotel development experience to the midwest as he handled brand development in all Canadian provinces as vice president February 2011 through December 2015. Sean joined Carlson Rezidor in December 2006, and served as vice president of operations and senior regional director of operations overseeing 90 Radisson hotels in Canada and the western United States. Prior to joining Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Sean was managing director of Illinois Hospitality, a hospitality management firm operating hotels and restaurants. With over 29 years of hospitality experience, he has also operated and managed hotels in Denver, Boulder, Detroit and Atlanta.

Sean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a Certified Hotel Administrator from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

GERARDO VALDÉS MINGRAMM
DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT, mÉXICO

Brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Regional Area: México
Contact: +52 155 4848 0044, gvaldes@carlsonrezidor.com

Gerardo Valdés joined Carlson Rezidor as director of development for México. His focus is to expand Carlson's global presence in México in all segments by negotiating franchise and management agreements.

Gerardo brings to Carlson over seven years of experience in development and finance in the hospitality industry with companies such as Grupo Posadas, GE Capital and American Express. Gerardo is a graduate from Universidad de las Americas with a degree in International Relations. He also holds a Finance and 101 Certificate respectively from Universidad Iberoamericana and the CCIM Institute. He is fluent in Spanish and English with some knowledge of Portuguese.