Executives in the hospitality industry have taken on new roles. Here is an overview:
Waterford Appoints Brian Ehrlich Vice President, Development
Hotel management company Waterford Hotel Group has appointed Brian Ehrlich as Vice President, Development, where he will seek new business for the company, including management and investment opportunities.
A seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Ehrlich has held key positions with companies such as Ensemble Investments, Kimpton Hotels, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, Secured Capital, and Lodging and Leisure Investment Advisors. Based on the West Coast in San Francisco, he will be instrumental in the westward expansion of Waterford’s hotel footprint in the United States.
He brings a wealth of experience to Waterford, according to the company, with expertise in transaction research, market insight and underwriting in both acquisitions and new developments. In addition, Ehrlich maintains high-level relationships with the country’s leading hotel brands, developers, owners, brokers and consultants.
Jim Luchars promoted to Stonebridge Companies
Stonebridge Companies, a Denver-based owner, operator and developer, has revealed that chief investment officer Jim Luchars will step up to the role of senior advisor.
The planned transition allows Luchars to remain closely involved in the strategic direction of the company. Along with Navin C. Dimond, Founder / CEO / President, Luchars is involved in the search for a new CIO and will remain in the post until filled.
When Luchars joined Stonebridge as Chief Investment Officer, he began overseeing all acquisition and development growth initiatives for the company. Prior to joining the company, he was Director at AEW Capital Management and Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in New York.
Sonder appoints JLL’s Gilda Perez-Alvarado to board
Sonder Holdings Inc. has appointed Gilda Perez-Alvarado to its board of directors.
Perez-Alvarado is currently the Global CEO of the Hotels & Hospitality Group at JLL. She is also a member of the advisory board of Qiddiya, a Giga public investment fund project in Saudi Arabia, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and is an active member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory. Council (IREFAC).
His appointment to the board of directors of Sonder comes after the company recently announced its intention to go public through a combination with Gores Metropoulos II Inc. and is the most recent in a series of appointments to the board of administration.