BLLA Board of Advisors & Committees

Key leaders in the Boutique Community who are dedicating their time to advocate and support the global Boutique Hospitality Industry.

Frances Kiradjian

Board of Advisors, Education Committee, Membership Committee, Technology Committee

Founder & CEO BLLA

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Ariela Kiradjian

Board of Advisors, Education Committee, Membership Committee, Technology Committee

Partner & COO, BLLA

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Atit Jariwala

Board of Advisors, Education Committee

CEO, Bridgeton Holdings

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Carolyn Schneider

Board of Advisors, Education Committee

Co-Founder, Casetta Group

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Samantha Ahuja

Board of Advisors, Education Committee

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

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David Bowd

Board of Advisors, Membership Committee

Founder, Salt Hotels

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Andy Azzarello

Education Committee

Risk and Insurance Advisor, Lockton

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Nile Tuzun

Board of Advisors, Education Committee

Founder, Studio Nilebrand

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Maya Mallick

Board of Advisors, Membership Committee

Owner, The Culver Hotel

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Cara Federici

Education Committee

Founder, tech theory group & The Madison Melle Agency

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Max Waitt

Membership Committee

Co-Founder, Orli La Jolla

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Mallory Studer

Membership Committee

General Manager, Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel

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Mandy Murry

Education Committee

Chief Experience Officer | Founder, Hospitality Concierge

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Larry Spelts

Membership Committee

President, Lodging and Lifestyle Adventures, The Indigo Road

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David Goldstone

Technology Committee

Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, World Cinema

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Caryl Helsel

Technology Committee

Founder & CEO, Dragonfly Strategists

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Alex Kirkwood

Membership Committee

Founder & CEO, Kirkwood Collection

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Munisa Komilova

Membership Committee

Director of Sales & Marketing, Khan Properties Group

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Kurt Bjorkman

Membership Committee

COO, The Ranch at Laguna Beach

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Suzi DeAngelis

Membership Committee

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Walker Hotels

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Past BLLA Board of Advisors

Amber Asher

CEO, Standard International

Dean Porter Andrews

Principal Owner, Easton Porter Group

Dee Patel

Managing Director, The Hermitage Hotel

Eric Jafari

Chief Development Officer, edyn

Hilda Delgado

Chief Financial Officer, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Jayson Seidman

Founder & Managing Partner, Sandstone

Jennifer Barnwell

President, Curator Hotel & Resort Collection

Jim McPartlin

Chief People Officer, Highgate

Jorgan von Stiening

President, Palisociety

Mo Ali

Chief Revenue Officer, Selfbook

Omar Palacios

CFO, COO, Geolo Capital

Phil Hospod

Founder & CEO, Dovetail + Co

Rami Zeidan

Founder & CEO, Life House

Vaughn Davis

GM, Dream Hollywood

Paula Argento

Managing Director, Argento Hospitality Group

Bruce Baltin

Partner, CBRE

Kim Bardoul

Principal, Highland Group

Alan Barmaper

Principal, Alan Barmaper Consultants

David Beedie

Travel Consultant, Ovation Corporate Travel

Marc Bichet

CMO, GCP Hospitality (GAW Capital Group)

Joel Brand

Mng. Director, Western RE Practice, Crystal & Company

Johanne Brierre


Larry Broughton

President & CEO, Broughton Hotels

Jeff Bullied

VP, Restoration Hardware Contract

Melinda Bush

Principal, HRW Holdings LLC

Aileen Canta

President, A F Canta, Inc

Becka Chester

Principal, Becka Chester Hospitality Design Specialist, LLC

Pedro Colaco

CEO & Director, Guest-Centric

Glenn Colorassi

Principal, Colorassi Spa & Wellness Consulting

Ronit Copeland

CEO, Copeland Ltd. Hospitality Consulting By Design

Ed Curry

President, Duxianna

Brian DeLowe

President & Co-Founder, Proper Hospitality & The Kor Group

Tim Dixon


Joe Dolce

Executive Vice President, Venture Programs, Inc.

Lana Dubovik Boissier

Principal, Hospitality Atelier

John deC. Evans

President & CEO, Trilogy Group of Companies & Opus Hotels

Sarah Evans

Partner, J Public Relations

Jonathan Falik

CEO, JF Capital Advisors

Andrew Fay

President, The GETTYS Group

Marjorie Feltus-Hawkins

Principal, Feltus Hawkins Design, LLC

Michelle Finn

President, Hospitality Media Group

Theresa Gonzales

Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, Blakely New York Hotel  - BD HOTELS

Craig Greenburg

President, 21C Museum Hotels

Stuart Greif

Vice President & General Manager, JD Power & Associates

Mark Harmon

CEO, Auberge Resorts

Leigh Hitz

CEO, Magnolia Hotels / Stout Street Hospitality

Cees Houweling

Principal, Hospitality Consulting

Joe Hyman

President & CEO, Vizergy

Tom Ito

Hospitality Practice Leader & Principal, Gensler

Fred J. Kleisner

Board Member - various, Independent Advisor

Edward Kaen

Owner, The Keating Hotel

John Keeling

EVP, Valencia Group

Kim Kessler

Founder, KIPR

Tom Latour

Chairman, Latour Signature Group

Niki Leondakis

CEO, Equinox

Carlos Lopes

Principal & Managing Director, KARAS Hotels

Filipe Machez

V.P. North America, Guest-Centric

Yasmine Mahmoudieh

Owner, Mahmoudieh Concepts

Guy Maisnik

Vice Chair, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM

Nelson Migdal

Principal Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Ram Mohan

Principal, GroupRevMax

Patrick Mullinix

President & CEO, Vista Hotels, Inns & Suites

Barry Nakano

Director of Business Development, PacRim Marketing Group, Inc.

Jay Newman

COO, Athens Group

Offer Nissenbaum

Managing Director, Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills

Robert W. Nolan, Jr.

President / CEO, Customer Direct, LLC

Shane O'Flaherty

National Director Hospitality & Travel, Microsoft

Paula Oblen

CEO, Hotelements

Mark Pratt

Senior VP, Leo A Daly Architects

Greg Remeikis

Partner, CohnReznick

Stephen Robbins

President, Principia Hospitality

Edie Rodriguez


Darlene Rondeau

Marketing Director, Leonardo

John Russell

Principal & CEO, Campus Brands

Jay Schwartz

CEO, Ideawork

James Shaffer

Executive Vice President, SUITELIFE Underwriting Managers

Ken Springer

Principal, Terrain Hospitality

Max Starkov

CEO, HEBS Digital

Ingrid Summerfield

President & COO, Ingrid Summerfield Hospitality

Robert Swade

CEO, Grace Hotels

Michael Tall

COO, Charlestowne Hotels

Chris King

Chief Development Officer, Salamander Hotels + Resorts

Nelson Veiga

VP Americas, Vindicia

Christophe Vielle

Managing Director & Co-Founder, GCP Hospitality

Donny Weber

AIA, Vice President, Weber Group

John Welty

Practice Leader, SUITELIFE Underwriting Managers

Brad Wilson

President, Ace Hotel Group/Atelier Ace

Irina Zavina

VP, Global Development & Strategy, Gansevoort Hotel Group