CHARLES W. “JACK” GIACOMINI. C. H. A.
Jack Giacomini is the Founder and Chair of Hotel Managers Group, LLC (HMG Hotels) which has successfully managed over eighty properties. He is an accomplished third generation hotelier with extensive experience and a strong national reputation as a successful hotel operator. He has held executive positions with the Hilton Hotels Corporation (including operations, marketing and management), was a senior Vice President of Atlas Hotels, and General Manager of the 1,000 room Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Jack has vast experience in hotel development, renovation, feasibility, destination analysis and is known as a creative innovator and team builder. He mainly focuses on new projects, development and hotel performance matters for HMG Hotels. He has served numerous trade organizations as President or Chair and currently serves on the boards of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lodging Industry Association and several community organizations. Jack has been married to Sheila since high school and enjoys life with three grown daughters and six grandchildren. He resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
JOEL BIGGS, C.H.A.
Joel Biggs is President, Co founder and CEO of Hotel Managers Group, and a seasoned hotelier with 35 years experience in the industry. Joel is recognized as a leading professional having founded and/or served as President and Board Member of numerous Hospitality Associations and Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Joel has served as Chairman of the Board of the California Hotel & Lodging Association as well as a Director of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In addition to his contributions to the Hotel Industry, as an expert in overall hotel operations, Joel has managed multiple full service and convention properties throughout the Western United States and is an experienced Franchise operator. Joel is responsible for growing Hotel Managers Group into a leading regional hotel management company encompassing multiple franchise brands as well as boutique and independent hotel properties.
MICHELE DEMAYO, C.H.A
Michele DeMayo, Executive Vice President of Hotel Managers Group is listed in the “Who's Who” in the Hospitality Industry. Having established herself early on in the hospitality industry in her career, she is a veteran Hotel Manager and Administrator. Michele has authored white pages for operational standards still in use in a major hotel chain today. A highly respected, well educated and multi-cultural executive, Michele received her Masters of Science at the College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas after studies at the Swiss Hotel School, Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne. Michele is the Executive Administrator of Hotel Managers Group and is responsible for all operational key areas including Human Resources, Accounting, Risk Management, Transition management and Employee Training. Michele is also responsible for all Local, State and National Compliance standards for all HMG Hotels and assets. Michele is passionate about life and travel and spends her free time researching travel trends and exotic vacations including archaeological and culinary vacations.
Jerry Gruber, Vice President of Operations has successfully managed and/or operated Full-Service Convention Hotels and Destination Resorts for more than two decades. Jerry Gruber’s expertise as a hotelier has taken him from Hawaii to Missouri and then back again from Utah to California. Jerry Gruber is an energetic innovator with a passion for affecting positive growth in revenue from sales, food and beverage and convention service departments alike. Jerry has repositioned many properties large and small and counts among his biggest accomplishments, the turnaround of a 75,000 square foot convention facility as well as numerous Hilton Brand Properties. Jerry is credited with extraordinary patience and meticulous attention to detail which he attributes to his professional success, having rescued from default a Hilton Property most recently through increased revenues of $2,000,000 most of which went straight to the bottom line. With extensive experience in sales, food and beverage, as well as general hotel management, Jerry has worked with all of the major franchisors as well as successful independent hotel properties. He resides in Del Mar California and is the father of one daughter.
Yolanda Bender is Vice President Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management. Yolanda's background in the hospitality industry is extensive, including time spent with Campbell Lodging where she oversaw sales teams for a portfolio of 14 national brands including Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott TownePlace Suites, Marriott Springhill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express. Ms. Bender has a 20 year track record of implementing successful sales and marketing strategies in various industries including industrial distribution, the emerging meal assembly concept and hospitality. She is a valuable asset to HMG Hotels because of her experience at Hilton, Marriott and Starwood properties, including the opening of the Embassy Suites Los Angeles-Glendale as Director of Sales and Marketing. Her strengths include business development, team building and market analysis. She travels to HMG Hotels properties to implement robust outreach plans. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, from the University of Southern California has helped Yolanda bring the hotels she works with to their optimal potential. She completed post-graduate course work in Business Management at Pepperdine University, which helps her approach to marketing be shaped by solid business principles.