Mr. Shannon co-founded our predecessor KSL Recreation Corporation in 1992, serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded and became Chief Executive Officer of KSL Resorts in 2004 following the sale of KSL Recreation. Prior to establishing KSL Recreation, he served as President and CEO of Vail Associates, Inc. (owner of Vail and Beaver Creek resorts) in Vail, Colorado, from 1986 to 1992. He currently serves on the boards of the United States Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Vail Valley Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center and is the Chairman of the Board of Vail Health Services. He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Management in Accounting and Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. Resnick became Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of KSL Recreation in January 2001. He co-founded and became Chief Financial Officer of KSL Resorts in 2004 following the sale of KSL Recreation. From May 1996 to January 2001, he was an executive with Vail Associates, where he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, after having been Corporate Treasurer and serving in other capacities. Prior to Vail, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Ski Team Foundation, the United States Ski Team Association, Vail Mountain School and the Vail Valley Foundation. He holds a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics and Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University.
Mr. Siegel joined us in March 2005 after serving as our outside counsel since 2002. Beginning in 1995, he was a partner of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, P.C., where he served as chair of the Corporate and Securities Department and as a member of the firm's executive committee. From 1990 through 1995, he was with the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, becoming a partner in 1993. He began his legal career as an associate with Cravath Swaine & Moore in 1987. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Colorado. He holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brenan joined us in May 2005 after spending five years in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure Group of Deutsche Bank Securities. He holds a B.S. in Real Estate and Finance from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
Mr. Ege joined KSL in October 2005. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch. At Merrill he was a founding member of the Gaming and Leisure Group, and worked with clients representing a variety of travel and leisure related businesses. Before beginning his career in finance, Mr. Ege served on the legislative staff of U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in Economics (with a Concentration in Finance) and American Politics from the University of Virginia. Additionally, he is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Henrich joined us in February 2011. Previously, Craig was a Senior Managing Director of CW Capital Investments, LLC, where he led their single asset group specializing in the acquisition and management of debt investments, including high yield and mortgage backed securities, and over saw a portfolio in excess of $4.6 billion. Prior to joining CW Capital in 2006, Craig was an eleven year veteran of Deutsche Bank/RREEF and its predecessor Bankers Trust serving as Managing Director and Partner in charge of Mezzanine Investments. His primary responsibilities included his role as Fund Manager of two high yield real estate funds investing over $2.5 billion in distressed debt, mezzanine and other high yielding investments. Craig serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rumsey Hall School. Craig began his real estate career in 1988 as an Acquisition Analyst for a real estate investment company based in San Francisco. Craig has a B.S. from the University of Pacific and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Mr. McDermott joined us in July 2003, serving as Director of Acquisitions and Corporate Finance at KSL Recreation through April 2004. He served in the same position at KSL Resorts following the sale of KSL Recreation. From 1997 to 1999, he was an investment banking Analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons and from 1999 to 2001 he was an Associate at J.H. Whitney & Co. He holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mr. Newburger joined us in July 2006 having focused on the hospitality and real estate industries for twelve years. Prior to joining KSL, he was a Director at Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, focusing on lodging and leisure investment banking clients, including KSL Recreation, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Host Marriott, FelCor Lodging Trust, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, Sunstone Hotels, and Intrawest among others. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Siegel joined us in June 2006, bringing over 22 years experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining KSL Capital, he was Executive Vice President of Lowe Hospitality Group, serving as chief investment officer of its wholly-owned subsidiary Destination Hotels & Resorts, a position he held since 2003. From 1995-2003, Mr. Siegel was Managing Director Hospitality Division of Secured Capital Corp. He has also held senior positions at Reach Associates, a real estate advisory firm, and Marriott Corporation. Mr. Siegel holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
Mr. Weissmann joined KSL in March 2008. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he led Goldman's Hospitality and Gaming Practice. Prior to joining Goldman in 1998, he was an attorney in the real estate and corporate groups with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City. Mr. Weissmann began his career in 1984 as a real estate developer in the New York metropolitan area. He has a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Mr. Knox joined us in January 2007 after working as an investment banking analyst for Piper Jaffray since July 2005. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business.
Mr. Melnik joined us in September 2006. Previously, he worked as an investment banker in the Gaming and Leisure Group of Merrill Lynch. He holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business (magna cum laude) from New York University's Stern School of Business. Additionally, he is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Rohan joined us in June 2006. Previously, he was an associate with Starwood Capital Group, having worked extensively on the acquisition of Société du Louvre and Groupe Taittinger, which included a portfolio of over 800 hotels as well as extensive luxury goods holdings. Previously, he was an analyst at Shorenstein Co., LLC. Mr. Rohan holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Shaw joined us full time in September 2009 after completing his JD/MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Duke Law School (magna cum laude). While at Duke, he spent two summers with us. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration & Accounting from Washington & Lee University (magna cum laude, L.K. Johnson Scholar). Additionally, he is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Edsinger joined us in May 2016. Martin most recently worked as an Investment Manager with ARLE Capital Partners. Previously, Martin worked as an Experienced Associate Consultant with Bain & Company and an Economic Analyst with NERA Economic Consulting. Martin graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), where he holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management and an MSc in Economics and Business.
Mr. Mohapp joined us in August 2010 after working as an investment banking analyst for Citigroup. He holds a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Finance from Wake Forest University’s Wayne Calloway School of Business & Accountancy.
Ms. Yu joined us in August 2011 after working as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup in their Real Estate group. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she holds a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Blomdahl joined us in July 2013. Previously, Mr. Blomdahl was an Analyst in the Gaming and Leisure Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Blomdahl earned his B.S., summa cum laude, from the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University.
Mr. Glick joined us in August 2012 after working as an investment banking analyst at Barclays Capital. He holds an B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Jones joined us in July 2013. Previously, Mr. Jones was an Analyst in the Real Estate and Lodging group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Jones earned his B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Rohnstock joined us in March 2011 after serving as Associate General Counsel of Royal Gold, Inc. since May 2009. Prior to joining Royal Gold, Mr. Rohnstock was Senior Corporate Counsel for Newmont Mining Corporation from 2005 to 2009. He began his legal career in 2002 as an associate in the Corporate and Securities Department of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, P.C. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. He holds a J.D. from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Holy Cross.
Mr. Acierno joined us in August 2014 after working as an investment banking analyst in Citigroup's Real Estate & Lodging division. Mr. Acierno graduated Cum Laude from Williams College where he holds a B.A. in Economics.
Mr. Argibay joined us in May 2016. Previously, Mr. Argibay worked as an investment banking analyst in the Gaming and Leisure group of Guggenheim Securities. Mr. Argibay graduated from Amherst College, where he holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.
Mr. Berman joined us in June 2016 after working as an investment banking analyst in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure group. Mr. Berman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University, where he holds a B.S. in Applied Economics & Management.
Mr. Bihler joined us in March 2015 after working as an Analyst and Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking division in Frankfurt and London across various industries. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France/ Singapore, a B.B.A. in International Business from ESB Reutlingen, Germany, and a B.A. in Business Management and Finance from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.
Ms. Buckley joined us in January 2016 after working as an Analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking division in London across various industries. She holds a first class degree in Economics from University College London (UCL).
Mr. Calvano joined us in August 2016 from MORGAN STANLEY & CO. where he was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division, Real Estate Group. Mr. Calvano holds a B.A. in Finance (magna cum laude) from the Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University.
Alexandra Christenson joined us in June 2016 from the UBS Investment Bank where she was a member of the Financial Institutions Group. Ms. Christenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College where she holds a B.S. in Finance.
Mr. Heimbrock joined us in August 2015. Previously, Mr. Heimbrock was an Analyst in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Heimbrock graduated with honors from Wake Forest University with a Masters in Accounting and earned his B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Amarpreet Jhita joined us in August 2016 from the CIM Group where he was an Associate. Prior to the CIM Group, Mr. Jhita was an Associate in the Consumer/Homebuilder Group of Citigroup. Mr. Jhita holds a B.A. from the Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University.
Mr. Levinson joined us in July 2014 after working as an investment banking analyst in Citigroup's Real Estate & Lodging division. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University where he holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Whitman School of Management.
Mr. Martin joined us in November 2005 after having served as Vice President of Tax for ProLogis, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, since May 2002. Prior to joining ProLogis, Mr. Martin was a Tax Manager for Security Capital Group, which he joined in 1995. He is a CPA and holds a Masters of Accountancy and a Bachelors of Accountancy from New Mexico State University.
Mr. Testwuide joined us in June 2013 after founding his own sports training business. Mr. Testwuide is a former professional hockey player. He holds a B.A. in Real Estate/Finance from the University of Denver.
Mr. Elliott joined KSL in October 2007 after having served as Senior Vice President Development of Walt Disney Imagineering since 2001. From 1994 until 2001, he served in various roles with the Walt Disney Company, including Vice President Development-Finance. Mr. Elliott has also held finance positions with Seacliff Partners and the Irvine Company. Mr. Elliott holds an M.B.A. from University of La Verne and a B.A. from California State University.
Mr. Traficanti rejoined KSL in May 2006 from Destination Hotels & Resorts, where he served as Vice President of Asset Management since 2004. From 2001 until 2004, Mr. Traficanti served as a Director of Finance for KSL Resorts. From 1998 until 2001, he worked in Strategic Planning and Investor Relations at Vail Resorts. Mr. Traficanti holds a Bachelors Degree from the State University of New York at Albany and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mrs. Foos joined us in May 2016 after having served as Director of Fund Accounting at Woodfield Fund Administration since 2014. Prior to Woodfield, Mrs. Foos was a Senior Audit Manager for Rothstein Kass, a financial services public accounting firm, which she joined in 2004. She is a CPA and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business.
Mr. Kennealey joined KSL Capital Partners as a Portfolio Manager in 2011 after serving as Vice President of Asset Management for Strategic Hotels & Resorts. During his five years at Strategic, he was responsible for an international portfolio of hotels located in London, Paris, Prague, Hamburg, San Diego, and Chicago. From 2003 until 2006, he was an Asset Manager at LaSalle Investment Management, overseeing a diverse portfolio of office, industrial, multifamily, and parking properties. He was also actively involved in the acquisition process, participating in the purchase of over $1 billion of real estate in the United States and Canada. Prior to LaSalle Investment Management, Mr. Kennealey held leadership positions at IBM Global Services Strategy Consulting Group and Forrester Research. Mr. Kennealey has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Gaghen joined us in September 2012. Previously, Matt was Vice President of Global Brand Management at Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he led teams across Starwood to drive brand performance and innovation. Prior to joining Starwood in 2002, Matt led Business Development at several internet startups including ImproveNet, Inc., where he was a part of the management team that took it public. Matt also worked as a strategy consultant at Braxton Associates which was acquired by Deloitte Consulting. Matt has a BA from Amherst College (magna cum laude) and an MBA from Tuck-Dartmouth.
Kenn Lee joined the Denver office as Director of Investor Relations in July 2016. Most recently, he was a Managing Director with Cheyenne Capital, a private equity fund of funds. Prior to Cheyenne Capital, Mr. Lee was with TorreyCove Capital Partners where he led the buyout investment practice and also served as a client lead. Previously, Mr. Lee established, grew and ultimately sold a retail-focused business. Prior to that, he was part of the investment teams at middle market private equity investment firm Thoma Cressey Equity Partners (now Thoma Bravo and Cressey & Co.) and another Southern California-based private equity firm. He was also an investment banker with Dain Rauscher Wessels (now RBC Capital Markets) and worked as an operations analyst at Dell Computer. Mr. Lee has a B.B.A. in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mrs. Ripmaster joined us in March 2012. Prior to KSL, she was a senior manager and founding member of the Analytics division of STR (Smith Travel Research). She was actively involved in the creation and execution of multiple STR Analytics reports, implemented by numerous international hotel companies. Prior to joining STR Analytics, Mrs. Ripmaster held several operational positions, including revenue management, with Destination Hotels & Resorts. She holds a B.A. (cum laude) from Harvard University, a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Colorado and a M.B.A. in Hotel Real Estate from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.
Mr. Shallan joined us in July 2013 from KSL Resorts, where he most recently served for nine years as Vice President & General Manager for the Hotel del Coronado. From 2001 to 2003 he was Vice President & General Manager of the Claremont Resort, which was also managed by KSL Resorts. From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Shallan served in a variety of other management positions with KSL Resorts, Westin Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Boca Resorts. Mr. Shallan holds a B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell University.
Ms. Steele joined us in January 2007 from Vail Resorts, Inc., where she served as Director of Strategic Planning since 1998. From 1996 until 1998, Ms. Steele served in various accounting roles at Vail Resorts. From 1990 until 1996, she was in the audit division of Price Waterhouse LLP. Ms. Steele holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Walker joined us in January 2008. Prior to KSL, he was Vice President-Acquisitions of HEI Hotels & Resorts, a private equity and hotel operating company, which he had joined in May 2004. Previously, Mr. Walker was a Senior Associate with HVS International, a consulting and valuation firm. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.