President & Chief Development Officer
TPG Hotels & Resorts
Paul Sacco was appointed President of TPG Hotels & Resorts in 2016, approximately three years after joining the company as Chief Development Officer. Sacco arrived at TPG following tenured successful careers at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and more recently Pyramid Hotel Group. At Starwood, Sacco led North America Development with an aggressive expansion strategy for each of the hotel group’s nine brands in all segments.
Over nearly a decade span during which he progressed from Vice President of Development, East, to Senior Vice President of Development, North America, Sacco proved a key player in driving Starwood’s growth by 143% from 228 to 554 hotels, as well as in launching the groundbreaking brands Aloft Hotels and Element by Westin. At Pyramid, Sacco served as SVP of Development and Acquisitions for the firm, leading hotel growth activity nationally. Previously, Sacco worked in various leadership positions in global sales, operations, and development for companies such as Swissotel, US Franchise Systems and Omni Hotels. Sacco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Brown University. He lives in the greater Boston area with his wife Paula and their three children.
Chief Operations Officer
Procaccianti Companies and TPG Hotels & Resorts
Ms. Procaccianti is responsible for the overall management and performance of TPG’s national portfolio. She has been with the company since 1987 and had served in several capacities including General Manager and Regional Director. She has built a staff of experienced hospitality professionals both at the hotel and corporate levels that has been trained and instructed on the successful containment of costs through attention to controls and procedures.
Ms. Procaccianti has an unprecedented track record of generating profits by maximizing revenue through aggressive sales & marketing, revenue management, and superior guest satisfaction.
Elizabeth currently serves on the Owner Advisory Boards for Starwood Hotels and Hilton Hotels. Ms. Procaccianti is also on the Board of the Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and past board member of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association. Ms. Procaccianti is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Business.
Chief Financial Officer
TPG Hotels & Resorts
Mr. Vickowski is responsible for raising and negotiating equity and debt financing, negotiation of purchase and sale agreements in support of asset acquisition and disposition, and participating in hotel management/franchise company selection, contract negotiation, and implementing the TPG’s investment strategy and asset management of the Company’s national investment portfolio while overseeing all areas of accounting, management information systems, and the management of the Company’s investment funds valued at nearly $1 billion.
Mr. Vickowski joined the Company as Corporate Controller in 1988 and has been instrumental in growing the company into a nationally recognized hospitality organization. He has more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience which encompasses all aspects of hotel investment and ownership. He has sourced direct deals and developed creative partnerships/ownership structures, has been involved in the review of hundreds of real estate investment deals and has negotiated contracts with virtually every major hospitality brand. He has developed long standing relationships with key industry brokers and leading lenders and has completed complex purchase transactions with Met Life, Starwood, Host Marriott, Lend Lease, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hyatt, Hilton, Lowe Enterprises, Felcor Lodging, and CalPERS – the largest employee pension fund in the United States.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Vickowski worked for a real estate development company where he was responsible for financing and information technology. He also served as a member of the management team at an international architectural firm in corporate finance.
Mr. Vickowski earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island in Business with course concentrations in Finance and MIS. He is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the Hotel Asset Management Association.
Chief Investment Officer
Procaccianti Companies and TPG Hotels & Resorts
Mr. Leven is responsible for the evaluation, analysis and processing of all new acquisition opportunities for the Company. Since joining TPG in September 2002 as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Mr. Leven has helped to position TPG as one of the largest privately held hospitality management companies in the United States.
Mr. Leven was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in January 2006. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Leven worked for Hodges Ward Elliott Inc., one of the leading firms in the country focusing exclusively on hotel brokerage. Before joining Hodges Ward Elliott, Mr. Leven was one of the original employees and founders of U.S. Franchise Systems, which he joined at the Company’s inception in October 1995 as Director of Franchise Sales and Development. Mr. Leven is a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Robert J. Murray, CPA
Executive Vice President – Finance
Robert Murray is responsible for all accounting aspects of the company including hospitality, construction, development and the corporate holding company. Significant areas of responsibility also include fund and investor level accounting, corporate and development companies’ finance requirements, tax preparation and review, treasury activities as well as supervision of over 75 hotel and fund level audits and 250 tax returns.
Prior to joining the company in 2005, Mr. Murray worked at BearingPoint, Inc., an international consulting firm in the position of Director-Finance. At BearingPoint, Mr. Murray performed many different functions, including developing and supervising a global Sarbanes-Oxley policies and procedures team, supervision of international and domestic line-of-business controllers and initiated the planning and budgeting function prior to the company’s public stock offering in 2001.
Prior to BearingPoint, Mr. Murray was Senior Vice President at Fleet/Boston Financial Corporation. Mr. Murray was responsible for all corporate accounting functions including Securities and Exchange Commission and regulatory reporting, consolidations, and accounting policy reviews. Prior to joining Fleet/Boston Financial Corporation, Mr. Murray spent 10 years at Ernst & Young concentrating on large publicly held clients in the finance, private equity and manufacturing sectors.
Mr. Murray earned his Master’s Degree from Babson College in Business with a concentration in Finance. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College in Business Administration.
Ron M. Hadar is responsible for all legal issues with respect to hotel development, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and capital placement, contracting matters, corporate governance and asset management for Procaccianti Companies and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
Mr. Hadar joined the company from a regional real estate development firm where he enjoyed a 10 year career as General Counsel and oversaw all legal matters with respect to the acquisition, development and ownership of a variety of retail, multi-use and multi-family asset assets. Prior to his in-house role, Mr. Hadar was with the law firm Gadsby Hannah, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts where he focused on capital market transactions and corporate and real estate matters.
Mr. Hadar received his law degree from The University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1990. Mr. Hadar is admitted to practice in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island. In addition, he is a lecturer with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education on various real estate matters and a member of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and American Bar Associations.
Senior Vice President – Operations
Mr. Johnston is responsible for the day to day operational oversight of TPG’s hotel portfolio throughout the United States. In this capacity, Mr. Johnson oversees the regional support staff and multiple hotels with direct reporting lines to him. His portfolio consists of properties which operate major brands including InterContinental, Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, others. He is responsible for the financial and quality performance of all the hotels within his region.
Mr. Johnston joined TPG in August 2008 as a Regional Director of Operations for the Western Region. He earned a promotion to the position of Vice President of Operations in April 2012 and was later promoted to Senior Vice President. As a seasoned industry veteran, he joined TPG with extensive brand and operational experience which included 12 years with Marriott, 11 years with Hilton/Doubletree and five years with Red Lion Hotels. Mr. Johnston has extensive regional and national experience with TPG and previously held Director and Vice President positions with Westmont Hospitality and Boykin Hospitality.
Senior Vice President
As the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management, Ms. Anderson is responsible for all revenue management strategies, implementation, and tools for the entire TPG Hospitality portfolio of 60 hotels. Leslie leads the Regional Directors of Revenue Management, Task Force Support, and the Business Intelligence Team. She is focused on driving top line revenues, gaining market share, and developing best in class revenue management talent.
Prior to joining TPG Hospitality, Leslie spent fifteen years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in progressive roles including Vice President Global Revenue Management, Vice President Revenue Management, North America Division, Corporate Director of Revenue Management Operations, and Regional Director of Revenue Management. In addition to her strategic work with all Starwood brands, Leslie was instrumental in the launch of the Aloft and Element brands.
Prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Leslie worked for Hilton Hotels for 5 years. She started her career in hotel operations before moving into Revenue Management.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
Mr. Brown is responsible for overseeing the revenue management business intelligence department for TPG, and plays an integral part in analyzing trends and developing pricing strategies across the entire range of hotels in the portfolio. Mr. Brown joined TPG in June 2001 as Corporate Director of Revenue Management, and oversaw the creation of the Revenue Management discipline within TPG.
He has since helped to expand TPG’s hotel portfolio from 13 hotels to over 60 hotels approaching 20,000 guestrooms positioning TPG as one of the largest privately held hospitality management companies in the United States. Mr. Brown was promoted to Vice President of Revenue Management in January 2008 and in 2011 his role expanded to include oversight of TPG’s business intelligence functions.
Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Brown worked for a number of hotel companies in both Revenue Management and Operations, including MeriStar Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotel and Lane Hospitality. He has experience with many of the major brands, including Starwood, Hilton, InterContinental, Marriott and Radisson.
Mr. Brown graduated Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University.
Rick Kowaleski, CPA
Vice President – Hospitality Finance
Mr. Kowaleski is responsible for all regional accounting and financial activities supporting all hotels throughout TPG Hotels & Resorts’ national portfolio. Significant areas of responsibility include oversight of the Regional Directors of Finance, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Capital Expenditures, Sales Tax, and Procurement.
Prior to joining TPG in 2011, Mr. Kowaleski worked at InterContinental Hotels Group, in various financial positions over 25 years including Senior Vice President Finance of the Americas Division. This included supervising the financial support for the Americas franchise system (over 2,000 hotel properties) and the hotel management company consisting of over 200 properties. Mr. Kowaleski also provided financial support over InterContinental’s system funds and reservation systems.
Mr. Kowaleski earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Accounting.
Mr. Schwitzky champions all aspects of eCommerce for the TPG lodging portfolio. Oversight encompasses web content creation, search marketing and optimization, social media, online reputation management, database marketing and digital behavioral targeting. The foundation Mr. Schwitzky’s business experience is 20+ years with Westin Hotels & Resorts.
At Westin, Mr. Schwitzky directed marketing and sales at the Five-Star Arizona Biltmore and The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Additional responsibilities for Westin comprised mentoring new Directors of Sales & Marketing and consulting on various projects, including the acquisition of Turnberry Resort in Scotland and development of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Arizona. Prior to joining TPG, for nine years Mr. Schwitzky was a partner at Seattle-based Coastal Hotel Group, a third-party hospitality management company. As Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mr. Schwitzky implemented and managed customer-building, revenue-generating strategies for a collection of independent boutique hotels, lodges and resorts, as well as branding at the corporate level.
Mr. Schwitzky holds two degrees from the University of Missouri – a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Public and Community Service. Twice annually, Mr. Schwitzky returns to his alma mater as a guest lecturer for the Hospitality Management Program.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Masi is responsible for the day‐to‐day operational oversight multiple hotels throughout TPG’s national portfolio. Mr. Masi provides expanded operational direction for TPG’s newer lifestyle and resort properties. In this capacity, he oversees various brands including AC by Marriott, Renaissance, Hyatt, Pullman, Westin, and Hilton.
Joe is a thirty-year veteran of the industry serving most of his career with Interstate Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International. After serving as Interstate’s Vice President of Operations for China he returned to the states and has been carrying out special projects and assignments for Interstate domestically. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of the Coex InterContinental Hotel (Soul, South Korea). He spent over a decade with Marriott International leading properties throughout the world including JW Marriott’s in Medan, Indonesia and Hong Kong, China as well as full-service Marriott’s in San Francisco, Boca Raton and Orlando, Florida. During his initial career with Interstate he held executive leadership roles at properties in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, Missouri and Moscow, Russia. He was ultimately promoted to Regional Director of Operations where he was responsible for 22 properties and over 3,500 associates.
Joe earned Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI). On multiple occasions, he has been a graduate program guest lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as part of the opening team for the St Louis Marriott West, he received accolades for the property being awarded the “Hotel of the Year”.
Regional Vice President of Operations
Mr. Short is responsible for the day‐to‐day operational oversight of a portfolio consisting of multiple branded properties situated along the east coast / I-95 corridor. In this capacity, he oversees approximately 12 hotels of various brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott Hyatt and Wyndham and is responsible for the financial and quality performance of these Northeast hotels.
Prior to TPG, Patrick served as Area Managing Director of Operations for Kahler Hospitality Group (Rochester, MN) where he oversaw the company portfolio of hotels. Prior to this he held several roles with Wischermann Partners (Minnetonka, MN) including Vice President of Operations, Regional Director of Operations and General Manager of the following properties: the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare (Chicago, IL), the Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport (Romulus, MI) and the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury (Woodbury, MN). Patrick also worked with Kinseth Hospitality (North Liberty, Iowa) and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ) as General Manager of several properties throughout Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.
Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality & Tourism from the University of Wisconsin – Stout (Menomonie, WI) and a Masters of Business Administration from Argosy University (Eagan, MN). He is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and is General Manager certified in Hilton, Marriott and Starwood brands. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and he has held board positions with the following organizations: The Rochester Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (Rochester, MN), Kinseth Children’s Charities, Kinseth Scholarship Committee (North Liberty, Iowa) and the Holiday Inn General Manager’s Advisory Board (Atlanta, GA).
Regional Vice President of Operations
Mr. Wilson is responsible for the operational oversite and direction of properties throughout the Central and Western United States which includes hotels from Texas to California, and brands including Doubletree, Hilton, InterContinental, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin.
Prior to joining TPG Paul was with Starwood Hotels & Resort properties for fifteen years and he served most recently as the Complex General Manager of the Sheraton and Westin Birmingham Hotels (Birmingham, AL). Paul also served as General Manager of several Starwood properties including the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing (Indianapolis, IN), the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (Minneapolis, MN), the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites (Indianapolis, IN), the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington (Lexington, KY) and the Bluetree Resort by Westin (Orlando, FL).
Paul earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of South Carolina (Conway, SC) and he spent eight years in the United States Air Force earning decorations from Operation Desert Storm. During his hospitality career Paul has been responsible for a number of successes including “Best Rooms & F&B profitability in North America” and he lead the Westin Birmingham to be rated as the #5 hotel for guest loyalty within the Westin Brand. He was nominated as “General Manager of the Year” in 2013 and his properties Sales Team was nominated for “Sales Team of the Year” by Host Hotels in 2014.
Vice President of Revenue Management
Ms. Tharp focuses on developing customized revenue management strategies specifically for hotels within the TPG portfolio that are undergoing significant changes, such as brand transitions and major renovations. In addition, she oversees revenue management efforts for the new lifestyle hotels that are being added to our portfolio. Additionally, Shannon provides revenue management support to many of TPG’s Marriott branded hotels.
Shannon joined TPG Hospitality in 2010 as Area Director of Revenue Management. She was promoted to Regional Director of Revenue Management in 2012, responsible for TPG’s IHG branded portfolio and is presently responsible for the Marriott branded portfolio. She has provided our hotel teams with analytical and strategic guidance focused on growing both top line revenues and market share.
Senior Vice President – Development
There, his primary duties included sourcing new management contracts and developing new and strategic joint venture partners. Prior to Kokua, Mr. Morick held various positions in hotel management and acquisition companies, including Rim Hospitality, Hilton Worldwide, Alcor Acquisitions (a Blackstone Group subsidiary) and MeriStar Hospitality Corporation. Throughout his career, Mr. Morick has been involved in over $3 billion of hotel acquisitions and dispositions and a considerable number of hotel management agreement negotiations. Mr. Morick received his B.S. in Finance and International Business from the University of Maryland, College Park.