Access Point Financial, LLC (APF), a leading direct lender focused exclusively on the hospitality industry, today announced the appointment of Ankur Shah as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Capital Markets. Ankur is assuming his new leadership role with the company upon the retirement of APF's outgoing CFO, John Patton, who held that position since 2011. Prior to accepting his most recent role, Ankur served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Capital Markets and Corporate Development. In his capacity as CFO, Ankur will be responsible for establishing, structuring and managing capital and industry relationships, overseeing corporate strategy and financial operations, and serve as a member of the company's executive committee. Ankur will be based in APF's McLean, VA office.
With over 15 years of experience in capital markets, specialty finance, commercial real estate investment and investment management, Ankur was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pike Hill Lodging, a specialty finance company focused on the hotel sector that formed a strategic alliance with APF in 2021. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of SunBridge Capital Management, a multi-strategy investment manager, where he was responsible for the sourcing, execution, and management of investments across public and private markets.
Ankur's hospitality industry experience includes a former role as Finance Manager for DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH), where he was active in over $1B of hotel investments and over $1B of equity and debt financings. Ankur's prior professional experience also includes a position as Senior Real Estate Analyst at Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH" target="_blank" data-symbol="CHH" rel="noopener">NYSE:CHH).