C. A. Cataldo
As Chairman, C. A. "Bud" Cataldo is responsible for the guidance of Hostmark Hospitality Group's property operations, asset management, development and construction. An industry icon with over fifty years' experience in hospitality, Mr. Cataldo served in senior executive capacities with the Holiday Inn brand before launching an innovative hotel management firm, The Management Group, in 1975, one of the first hotel management firms to offer full-scope organizational support to every property department from the corporate office.
Mr. Cataldo's praise from the industry is earned for his focus on innovation, superior results and motivational leadership. He is renowned in the hotel and tourism industry as a visionary leader and successfully leads one of the foremost worldwide hotel management companies, Hostmark Hospitality Group. In 2007, he was instrumental in forming Shamrock-Hostmark Hotel Fund LP, a co-sponsored hotel acquisition fund with Shamrock Holdings of California. To date, $300 Million in assets have been successfully added to the fund portfolio.
As the founder of Hostmark Hospitality Group, Mr. Cataldo's vast expertise was garnered from close involvement with the development, construction, financing and opening of more than 350 hotels containing over 120,000 rooms during his illustrious career. He has served as chairman of the Greater Chicago and Illinois Hotel/Motel Associations, the Chicago Convention and Visitor's Bureau and as Director of the American Hotel/Motel Association. Mr. Cataldo was awarded the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Chairman’s Hospitality Award recognizing excellence in hospitality. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Roosevelt University’s Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality Management, as well as the Michigan State Industry Leader Award.
Robert J. Cataldo
Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer
Robert J. Cataldo, vice chairman and chief operating officer, maintains responsibility for all operations of hotels, resorts and restaurants in the company’s management portfolio and development pipeline. Mr. Cataldo also directs the company’s relationships with hotel owners, financial and institutional fund managers and hotel franchise companies.
Mr. Cataldo’s experience spans four decades and includes posts as general manager and as director of food and beverage with various branded and independent hotels, including the post of General Manager at the famed Ambassador West Hotel on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Mr. Cataldo has developed and held operational responsibility for more than 300 hotels and resorts with asset value exceeding $3 billion.
Among his many accomplishments, which include leading a dedicated executive staff at Hostmark, Mr. Cataldo's vast experience and foresight into consumer trends prompted the launch of Amalfi, Hostmark’s boutique hotel concept, as well as the company’s international expansion, creating and bringing the Hostmark hotel brand to the global market.
Known throughout the industry as having a "hands on" approach, Mr. Cataldo is a respected leader among hotel operators internationally. In 2008, Mr. Cataldo was awarded the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association's J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award in its inaugural year, recognizing enduring excellence in the hospitality industry. Mr. Cataldo serves on numerous academic and industry boards, including those of Roosevelt University’s Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality Management, as well as the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association.
Jerome F. Cataldo
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jerome F. Cataldo is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hostmark Hospitality Group, one of the largest independent hotel management firms. Mr. Cataldo's responsibilities include identifying acquisition and management contract opportunities for the company and its investment partners as well as directing the expansion of strategic business relationships with institutional owners and investment funds. He also directs the company’s relationships with real estate brokers, hotel owners, financial and institutional fund managers and hotel franchise companies, and manages the daily operation of the company's development team.
Mr. Cataldo has worked in multiple facets of the hotel industry, beginning his career in hotel operations in 1982 and joined Hostmark Hospitality Group in 1983 to lead the company’s information systems division. Subsequently, Mr. Cataldo was responsible for the operational oversight of several of the company’s hotels, and then leading the development division. Since Mr. Cataldo took the helm as Hostmark’s Executive Vice President of Development in 1997, the firm has established an international reputation, managing hotels and resorts throughout the United States and in three countries abroad. Additionally, Mr. Cataldo is a Managing Director in the Shamrock-Hostmark Hotel Fund, a co-sponsored hotel acquisition fund with Shamrock Holdings of California.
Recognized as an industry leader, Mr. Cataldo has been a speaker at major hospitality conferences and industry events and has been a recurring lecturer at Roosevelt University’s Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He also serves on the Midwest Lodging Summit Advisory Board, the Kendall College Les Roches School of Hospitality Management Advisory Board, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. Mr. Cataldo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University.
William D. Gingrich, II, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
William D. Gingrich, II, executive vice president and CFO, began his career in the hospitality industry in 1979 after successfully working with a local CPA firm and obtaining his CPA certificate. His extensive hospitality experience includes new hotel development, business development, corporate financial and tax restructuring, acting as interim president of a national franchise company, and being the Chief Operating Officer for a Denver-based hotel company.
With Hostmark Hospitality Group, he maintains oversight over financing, budgeting, tax structuring and risk management. Additionally, Mr. Gingrich governs the acquisition and development components of all Hostmark Hospitality Group ventures. He holds a degree from Western Michigan University, is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional Organizations, and is the past president of the Colorado Association of Hospitality Accountants.
Bradley A. Weiser
Principal, Hostmark Development
Bradley A. Weiser, Principal, Hostmark Development, is an experienced leader in the global hospitality and gaming real estate sector with an extensive portfolio of successful projects. As President and CEO of The Continental Companies, LLC, Mr. Weiser’s leadership included oversight of the acquisition of The Ritz‐Carlton Coconut Grove with its partners, the refinance of The Ritz‐Carlton Key Biscayne with its partners, the acquisition and entitlement of an 11‐acre tract in Napa California slated for a world-class luxury resort, as well as development and asset management for additional hotel/retail and casino projects. He previously served in executive roles with world-renowned New York City restaurant and nightclub Regine’s and with Carnival Hotels & Casinos.
As Chairman, President and Founder of The TANGO Group, Brad was recognized as an innovator in the restaurant industry, opening the first CAFÉ TU TU TANGO in 1991 to evoke a Spanish artist’s loft while capturing exotic flavors from around the world in small plate portions. The venture blossomed into nine restaurants in four U.S. states and Canada, which have garnered numerous awards, including national restaurant recognitions: Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concepts Award, the Visionary Award and Best Kids Menu USA.
Mr. Weiser has maintained strong ties within his communities. He is a visiting lecturer and speaker at the University of Denver’s School of Hospitality Management and at the Florida International University School of Hospitality. In addition, he serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Denver and the University of Miami Citizen’s Board. He is a graduate of the University of Denver.
Peter D. Connolly
Executive Vice President of Operations and Development
Peter D. Connolly, executive vice president of operations and development, has had a distinguished career in a variety of legal and business roles with prestigious travel and hospitality organizations. Mr. Connolly was of counsel to Jeffer, Mangel, Butler & Marmaro in its global hospitality practice, where he designed and documented hotel financial structures, including hotel condominium and traditional hotel structures, and negotiated management agreements, hotel purchase and hotel finance agreements on behalf of various developer and management company clients.
From 1982 to 2000, Connolly was with the Hyatt organization as general counsel, where he was responsible for hotel operating legal issues, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, management arrangements and owner relationships. In 1996 and 1997, Connolly ran Hyatt’s development department, and was responsible for the acquisition and/or development of a number of Hyatt properties. Connolly retired from Hyatt in 2000 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Information Officer of the company.
Mr. Connolly is a member of the bars of Illinois, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Providence College and Catholic University Law School.
L. W. (Biff) Hawkey, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Development
L.W. Biff Hawkey, Jr. brings a wealth of knowledge in real estate, law, and tax strategies to Hostmark Hospitality Group's operations and management functions. As such, Mr. Hawkey creates and oversees the design of financial restructuring opportunities, deal-sourcing, reorganization, and workout plans for clients, and has provided remarkable support and assistance to borrowers and lenders in foreclosure, bankruptcy and receivership situations.
His valuable insights have earned him notoriety within the Hospitality Industry, and he is frequently called upon by business peers as a keynote speaker. Mr. Hawkey is the accomplished author of several books, holds B.A. and J.D. degrees, and is an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he teaches hospitality development and feasibility Master’s level classes.
R. Haydn Kramer
Vice President of Operations
R. Haydn Kramer, Vice President of Operations, has over 18 years of diverse hotel experience, including more than ten years with Marriott International, Inc., in roles that utilized his talents in sales and marketing, as well as in leadership. During his tenure with Marriott as Regional Manager, he was responsible for 30 Residence Inn and Courtyard brand properties in Detroit, MI; the state of Indiana; and Atlanta, GA, and he was instrumental in the design and management of Marriott’s multi-brand sales effort in the Detroit market. Haydn was a member of the Marriott 2000 Task Force responsible for design and implementation of the model for Marriott sales worldwide, which included systems, structure and computer database design. He also served Marriott as Full Service General Manager and as Area General Manager.
In addition, Mr. Kramer has held a variety of executive positions with Concord Hospitality, including Vice President of Operations. An outstanding example of hospitality community involvement, Haydn has served in Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus in Houston, Toledo and Detroit. Mr. Kramer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California - Irvine in Planning and Public Policy with a minor in Journalism.
Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Operations
Peter Ehrenberg, Vice President of Operations, brings over 25 years of management and executive experience to the Select Group of Hotels within Hostmark Hospitality Group. The Select Group consists of branded properties located in the Midwest, which include Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Quality Inn and Super 8 hotels.
Over an eight-year period, Mr. Ehrenberg worked for Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants as Area Manager for five Hilton Garden Inns and was promoted to Vice President of Operations overseeing eleven Larkspur Landing Hotels located in the Pacific Northwest, Sacramento, California and the San Francisco South Bay area.
In addition Mr. Ehrenberg has held management & executive positions with Fairmont Hotels, Outrigger Lodging, Sunstone Hotel Properties and the CapStar Hotel Company. Mr. Ehrenberg is an accomplished executive and diverse professional who is results driven and ensures the highest standards of quality and maximum profitability.
Christine Andrews, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
As vice president of Human Resources, Christine Andrews is responsible for the direction of Hostmark's human resources/employee relations division. Ms. Andrews has previously held human resources positions at several of Hostmark’s managed properties, and while with Hostmark, has implemented many human resources programs for our client properties.
She serves on the advisory board for Kendall College and AH&LA's Training and Education Advisory Council. Christine is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management and Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers. Ms. Andrews received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she majored in Hotel Administration, and holds a Master's degree in Hospitality Management from Roosevelt University.
Brian R. Tkac
Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales
Brian Tkac, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales oversees sales, marketing and revenue management for Hostmark’s portfolio of hotels, resorts and restaurants. In this role, Mr. Tkac develops and implements initiatives that increase hotel market share, and continues to evolve Hostmark’s vision for SMART (Sales, Marketing & Revenue Team), by providing cohesive direction to deliver superior results in top-line performance. Mr. Tkac directs the firm’s international sales force, branding, communications and integrated marketing platforms including digital and social media.
Mr. Tkac has over twenty five years of sales & marketing experience in hotels and resorts, and joined Hostmark in 1994 after holding numerous executive sales and marketing positions, including corporate director of marketing and regional director of sales and marketing. In addition to these roles, Mr. Tkac has held executive positions with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, where he facilitated sales division transitions of all newly acquired hotels and resorts. He has extensive experience with Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Carlson, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Hotel Group, and the development of independent brands. Mr. Tkac holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and attended the Booth School of Business graduate marketing program at the University of Chicago. He has served on numerous advisory boards including HSMAI - Digital Marketing and Carino Hotels.
Vice President Sales & Marketing
A hospitality veteran since 1988, Ed Skapinok is recognized for his accomplishments as a sales and marketing leader with global hotel operators and independent properties alike. From 2003-2011 Ed worked for Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants as a Regional Director and Vice President of Sales for the company’s upscale, all-suites Larkspur Landing brand. In 2009, Ed was promoted to Vice President of National Sales where he designed the Key Account Management Program, set corporate market pricing strategy, and formalized the company’s RFP response initiative.
Ed has also worked as Director of Key Account Sales for InterContinental Hotels Group where he was responsible for more than $50 million in annual revenues. He employed strategic account management practices to successfully grow IHG’s share of business from the industry’s largest hotel buyers. Ed holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.
Edward F. Richter
Vice President of Sales Strategic Accounts
Edward F. Richter, Hostmark’s vice president of sales strategic accounts, is a veteran of the field, and came to Hostmark from the Hilton Corporation. As Hilton's vice president of sales and marketing, he was in charge of all sales and marketing operations for corporate-managed Hilton Hotels in the Midwest and on the East Coast, as well as being directly responsible for Hilton’s national sales offices in the same areas. He helped in the development of conference center facilities at these properties, which created a new marketing thrust for the Hilton Corporation. Since joining Hostmark in 1987 as vice president of sales and marketing, Mr. Richter's cutting edge sales concepts have established Hostmark's group sales departments as the driving force within the convention and conference center industry. His involvement for over 30 years with association and trade show markets has also helped strengthen Hostmark's position in these key sales areas.
Joseph Sammartano, CFBE
Vice President of Food & Beverage
Joseph Sammartano, CFBE, vice president of food and beverage, directs Hostmark's food and beverage operations. In this capacity, Mr. Sammartano is responsible for employee development and training as well as menu development and implementation. He also supervises the company's quality assurance program, and has designed several innovative programs and cost control initiatives that have resulted in reductions in food cost, labor cost and other expenses, while increasing quality and guest satisfaction. Mr. Sammartano also directs the company’s creative department for hotel food and beverage as well as their free-standing restaurant division.
He was instrumental in the creation of On the Bone, the company’s trademarked steak house, as well as Gary Barnett’s and Jacque Demers restaurants. Mr. Sammartano is currently developing new concepts for several recently-acquired hotels in Tampa, FL, Andover, MA, and Palm Desert, CA. Mr. Sammartano has previously held executive positions with restaurant companies, country clubs and hotel management companies and has been involved in opening numerous hotel properties and free-standing restaurants.
Corporate Director of Operations
Corporate and Regional Staff
Roy J. Myles
Corporate Director of Construction
Corporate Director of M.I.S.
Director of Purchasing
Systems Support Manager
Sales, Marketing & Revenue
Senior Regional Director of Sales & Marketing
Regional Director of Sales & Marketing
Regional Director of Revenue
Regional Director of Revenue
Area Director of Revenue
Field Marketing Manager
SMART/Business Development Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator
Corporate Director of Accounting
William W. Tracy
Accounts Payable Supervisor