121 MIDDLE, an urban inn
121 Middle St. , Portland, ME
Dan's background encompasses over 35 years of experience in hotel management includes Stouffer, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott brands. Dan's experience shows exceptional strengths in the areas of financial controls, sales and marketing, and food and beverage. Operations for which Dan is responsible typically have strong operational margins and lead the market in terms of occupancy and rate. Managing from an owner's perspective has brought inherent strengths to the forefront of the businesses he operates resulting in tightly controlled and profitable businesses.
Bryan joined Corporex in 2020 as Managing Director of Corporex’ s two hotel companies, Commonwealth Hotels, Inc and the Commonwealth Collection Inc. Prior to joining the Company, he spent over 35 years as an executive in the hospitality industry. Most recently Bryan was the Chief Operating Officer on Northwest Indiana based White Lodging. During his tenure as COO, he successfully led the company to double its revenues and profits in a six year period. Prior to White Lodging Bryan served as the Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations for Hyatt Hotels, where he successfully led the development and launching of the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands for Hyatt. Mr. Hayes has also served on various advisory councils for Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. He has served on the Strategic Alliance Council of Purdue Universities Hospitality department and the Business Advisory Board of Edinboro University School of Business. He is a graduate of Edinboro University’s School of Business with a degree in Business Administration.
Brian drives success through mutually successful partnerships with our owners and our hotels. He contributed to the success of Hilton Hotels Corporation, GE Capital, and Winston Hotels with over 30 years of experience in all facets of the hospitality business in the areas of development, finance, and operations. Brian brings the perspective of a management company, owner, and national brand to bear on the unique business opportunities available in difficult market conditions. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
Jennifer joined Commonwealth as the Vice President of Operations at Commonwealth Hotel Collection, LLC. affiliated with Commonwealth Hotels, LLC. and Corporex November of 2020. Prior to joining the company, she spent 25 years in the hospitality industry. Most recently Jennifer was a Vice President of Operations at Winegardner and Hammons/Pyramid Hotels. During her tenure at Winegardner and Hammons she oversaw multiple full service hotels, opened and transitioned several hotels into the company. Porter’s experience spans lifestyle, all-suite and conference style hotels in urban, suburban, airport and resort locations across the country. She was influential in growing the revenues, ensuring excellent customer satisfaction, and developing the leadership team. Prior to her Vice President of Operations role, she was the General Manager of multiple full service hotels with Marriott, Hilton and IHG. She is a graduate from Kent State University with a degree in Business Administration.
In this capacity, Gordy supervises the day to day operations of our full service hotels. He has over 30 years experience in hotel and restaurant management. Gordy's strengths lie in his knowledge of the detailed aspects of operational systems and procedures. His track record is outstanding in all areas of sales, marketing, revenue, cost controls and food & beverage management. Gordy's general management experience includes Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and private business clubs. His in-depth knowledge and attention to detail contributes greatly to our team.
Paul brings over 35 years of experience in all aspects of the hospitality business ranging from luxury five star resorts both in the United States and overseas, Disney, Hilton, Choice and Marriott brands. His operational expertise is key to establishing and managing a system of internal controls that consistently produce higher returns for owners. Integration of systems and the use of technology is a critical component of timely and accurate financial reporting and analysis. Working with owners to find and structure profitable hotel investments with the appropriate debt and equity.
Denise is a 20+ year hospitality professional. Denise oversees the company’s operational functions to ensure the company continues to achieve high end results for our investors. Her main responsibilities include driving revenue, improving guest service, increasing profitability while maintaining various franchise standards. Denise’s experience spans all areas of hotel management including revenue management, sales, pre-openings and food and beverage. Prior to joining Commonwealth Hotels, Tempco was director of brand performance support with Hilton Worldwide supporting the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Tempco is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition with specialization in hotel, restaurant and travel administration.
As an accomplished certified professional in human resources, Kim has over 23+ years of HR leadership experience with Commonwealth Hotels. Areas of responsibility include building a culture committed to excellence, organizational development and training, performance management, succession planning, benefits and compensation, and recruitment. Kim, along with the human resources team strive to ensure that Commonwealth Hotels continues to be the employer of choice.
Jenny is a 30+ year hospitality industry professional. Jenny has worked with Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott for 10+ years in full service and select service environments. Jenny has proven outstanding performance in leadership, training of new managers, mentoring, sales and is certified with her CRME and CDHM. Jenny also oversees sales teams in day-to-day sales, marketing and revenue management. She holds a BS in BA from Thomas More College.
Barbara has over twenty years of hospitality experience with local and national hotels. In her role she is responsible for overseeing all marketing and sales opportunities for the entire Commonwealth Collection portfolio nationwide. Gurren brings experience in many areas of hotel management to Commonwealth Collection, including food and beverage management, marketing, sales and daily operations. Most recently, Gurren was the Director of Sales & Marketing for 21c. Gurren is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH with a B.A. in Economics and International Political Science.
Debbie has over 25 years of accounting experience, 17 of which have been with Commonwealth Hotels. Debbie has extensive experience with both full and select service hotels for multiple brands. Debbie works with developing best practices for our team in the preparation of financial statements and reporting, as well as supporting our hotels' management staff in areas of financial planning and budgeting.
Linda has over 35 years of experience in both public and private corporate accounting. Linda oversees financial reporting & analysis, accounts payable, internal audit, cash management and financial controls. Prior to joining Commonwealth Hotels, Linda was Vice President, Accounting for Macy’s, Inc. She brings extensive experience in leading teams and implementing best practices. Linda holds a BBA, Accounting from Adelphi University and is a Certified Public Accountant and active member of the AICPA.
Lisa has 22+ years of purchasing experience with Commonwealth Hotels working directly with architects, designers, general contractors, as well as brand design and construction teams, providing turnkey services. Lisa, along with the purchasing team, facilitates all aspects of budgets, procurement, delivery, installation and final budget reconciliation for each project while maintaining the highest level of quality with superior financial results.