Melody is responsible for conducting data analysis on property financial performance and trends, including ROI, capital expenditure and profit & lost statements. In addition, she conducts competitive and supply & demand research, and provides market analysis related to markets in which assets are located. She is also responsible for analyzing annual budgets to assist the team with establishing asset management plans, and making recommendations for improving their reporting platform. Melody has experience in relational database management system, statistical data analysis/modeling, and business reporting. Melody graduated from Cornell University with a master’s degree in Information Science, and she holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Managing Director, Asset Management
James oversees Asset Management of our investments including business plan implementation, value creation and optimization, capital management, financial planning, reporting, loan servicing and team leadership. James has over 15 years of hotel operations experience, particularly with Club Corporation, Dorchester Collection, and most recently with The Ritz-Carlton. Prior to Ohana, James held senior leadership roles with multiple brands in several unique hospitality environments, including boutique, city, resort, and international hotels. James graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Economics.
Managing Director, Investments
Franco oversees OREI’s acquisitions, lending, and capital markets activities including new investment sourcing, evaluation, and execution. Prior to joining OREI in May 2015, Franco was a Principal on the real estate acquisitions team at Blackstone in New York where his duties included underwriting and executing investments in single assets, property portfolios, distressed loans, and corporations across several property sectors including hotels. Prior to Blackstone, Franco held other positions in real estate private equity and investment banking. Franco graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and obtained his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Managing Director, Business Development
Fernando oversees the business development activities at Ohana. Prior to joining Ohana, Fernando was a Managing Partner at BTG Pactual where he served as the Global Head of Distribution for the BTG Pactual Asset Management Division. Prior to joining BTG Pactual in 2010, Fernando was a Senior Managing Director and Partner at BSE Management where he was in charge of business development and marketing. Prior to BSE, Fernando served as Executive Director in the Prime Services Division at UBS Investment Bank and also served as Vice President in the Private Client Services Division at Credit Suisse First Boston (formerly Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette). Fernando holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Associate, Asset Management
Jonathan is responsible for supporting all aspects of the asset management team. He has a breadth of experience in hospitality and real estate having worked at EY, Fulcrum Hospitality (boutique operating partner and hotel asset manager in New York City) and WanderJaunt (a short-term rental tech startup in San Francisco). Jonathan graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a BS in hotel administration and a minor in real estate.
Susie is responsible for analyzing potential debt and equity investments through building investment models, analyzing financial trends, and comparing geographic comp sets. Susie then performs due diligence and assists with executing on the acquisition and financing of new investments. Prior to joining the Ohana Investment team, Susie worked as a Financial Analyst on the Ohana Finance team. Susie passed the Level III CFA exam and is a Certified Public Accountant. Susie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and obtained her Master’s degree in Finance from EDHEC Business School in Nice, France.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris co-founded Ohana in 2009 and has served as President since inception. He is responsible for oversight of all company-related activities including the financial performance of owned operating properties, development of current and future projects, acquisitions and dispositions, and residential real estate sales. Prior to founding Ohana, Chris was an investment officer at Comprehensive Financial Management (CFM), a full-service family investment office serving two families of significant wealth. Prior to CFM, Chris held positions with another family investment office in the business strategy and development group at Gap, Inc., and as a financial analyst in the Boston and San Francisco offices of Adams, Harkness & Hill, a boutique investment bank. Chris graduated with a B.A. from Amherst College.
Vice President, Asset Management
Joe is responsible for the execution of a wide variety of asset management assignments including product and market strategy, performance monitoring and optimization, capital management, financial planning, and reporting. Joe has over 12 years of hotel finance experience with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Prior to joining Ohana, Joe held senior leadership roles with multiple brands in several hospitality environments, including convention, city, suburban, and resort hotels. Joe also has experience working in international markets, having worked in Australia and southeast Asia. Joe graduated from The University of Maryland at College Park with a BS in Finance.
Associate, Asset Management
Brandon is an all-round player that engages in aspects of Ohana’s dynamic investment activities, which have included valuation, returns analysis, strategy execution, and fundraising. Prior to OREI, Brandon spent formative years at Starwood Capital Group in Greenwich covering a variety of developments spanning multiple asset classes. In addition to valuation and analysis, he focused on the pre-opening, hotel operations and construction closeout of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the sellout of a $1 billion NYC luxury condo portfolio, and the pre-development phase of a ground-up, 42-story luxury multifamily project in Jersey City. Brandon graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a minor in Real Estate in 2016.
Vice President, Investments
Eddie is a member of OREI’s Investments team helping to analyze and oversee new equity and debt investments. Prior to joining OREI’s Investment team, Eddie was on the Investment team at CIM Group. Prior to CIM, Eddie was an investment banking analyst in the M&A group at RBS. Eddie is a member of the State Bar of California. Eddie graduated with a BS from Columbia University and obtained a JD-MBA from the Kellogg School of Management / Northwestern School of Law.