ATLANTA, GA - Officials of theHospitality Asset Managers Association (“HAMA”) today announced their new board of directors for 2022.
"2022 looks to be an interesting and exciting year for asset management and HAMA, and I’m particularly pleased to begin my term with this very dynamic board. My main goals are to grow our organization to include a larger, more diverse membership and become a stronger voice for ownership within the industry,” said Matthew Arrants, HAMA’s newly appointed president. “Working with the board, I hope to make HAMA a greater advocate for hoteliers by identifying and focusing on causes that are important to all owners and asset managers. This includes building on our relationship with the AHLA and promoting diversity within the organization. Perhaps most importantly, I will promote and celebrate our entire membership, particularly our board members, as exemplars of what hotel asset management has to offer and what benefits they bring to the table.”
Appointed at the group’s semi-annual conference, the new members include:
- Matthew Arrants, The Arrants Company, CHAM – President
- Derrick Yee, WhyHotel, CHAM – Vice-President
- Sarah Gulla, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, CHAM – Education Chair
- Chad Sorensen, CHMWarnick, CHAM – Membership Chair
- Kerry Gaber, Host Hotels & Resorts – Treasurer
- Justin Epps, BARINGS – Marketing Chair
- Elizabeth Lloyd, Ashford Hospitality Trust – Industry Chair
- David Danieli, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust – International Chair
- Larry Trabulsi, CHMWarnick, CHAM – 2021 President
- Dina Winder, Highgate – At-Large Board Member
- Carly Thorp, McWhinney – At-Large Board Member
A 30-plus year hospitality veteran, new HAMA president Matthew Arrants is principal at The Arrants Company, a hotel asset management and investment firm. An active member of the HAMA organization since 2012, he holds the CHAM (Certified Hotel Asset Manager) designation, the only advanced certification available to accomplished hotel asset management professionals. Prior to founding the Arrants Company, he served in multiple, increasingly important positions at Pinnacle Advisory Group, culminating in executive vice-president. Previously, Arrants served in management roles at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and the Lodge at Koele. He received his Master of Professional Studies in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Hartwick College.
“I’m fortunate to be supported by a very strong board that includes industry leaders including WhyHotel Vice-President Derrick Yee from Whyhotels, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Senior Vice-President Sarah Gulla as education chair and CHMWarnick COO Chad Sorensen as secretary,” Arrants added. “These individuals all have a keen understanding of the industry writ large and asset management in particular. Working with them, I hope to help further ownership’s interests within the industry and promote the important role that hotel asset managers play.”
HAMA members are involved in asset management, acquisition, financing and disposition of hotels and resorts and are directly responsible for making decisions concerning capital investments, renovations, asset repositioning, operational policies and management selection. The association's mission is to, "Further the knowledge and skills of our members, facilitate peer relationships, and serve as the collective voice of members and hospitality asset owners." Its U.S. members represent more than 3,500 hotels and resorts across every major brand, accounting for 775,000 hotel rooms, 250,000 employees, $40 billion in annual revenue and $3 billion in capital expenditures. The organization boasts an additional 245 international affiliate members, as well.