Industry Update
Appointment27 August 2019

Saxton Sharad

Appointed Chief Operating Officer
At AJ Capital Partners in Chicago - IL, USA

Saxton Sharad

Saxton Sharad joins Graduate Hotels as Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than a decade of hospitality consulting, asset management, and operations management experience to the brand, most recently serving as the Founder and President of Post Script Hospitality and Senior Vice President at Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE). A results-driven leader, Sharad has a keen understanding of how to drive the success of hospitality projects of all scales. Prior to Post Script Hospitality and hotelAVE, Sharad additionally worked for Fulcrum Hospitality LLC and Carpedia International. During this time, he gained diverse hospitality consulting and asset management experience ranging from luxury to limited service properties both internationally and throughout the U.S. His vast hospitality experience is complemented by operations management experience at hotels including Caesars Palace, Wynn Resorts and the Intercontinental Boston. Sharad graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration.

AJ Capital Partners

AJ Capital Partners, based in Chicago, is an accomplished team of hospitality and real estate investors whose innate passion is to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. The counter-culture investors acquire, design and develop transformative real estate throughout the United States.
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