Our Team

G. Christopher Smith

Partner & CEO

James Cole

Partner, Asset Management

Franco Famularo

Partner, Investments

Fernando Lamas

Partner, Business Development

Hannah Kim

Sr. Analyst, Investments and Asset Management

Jonathan Loke

Associate, Investments and Asset Management

Susie Ng

Senior Associate, Investments and Asset Management

Joe Ward

Vice President, Investments and Asset Management

Brandon Yeh

Associate, Investments and Asset Management

Eddie Yu

Vice President, Investments and Asset Management

G. Christopher Smith

Partner & CEO

Chris founded Ohana in 2009 and is responsible for the oversight of the investment, asset management, development, and finance functions of the firm. Prior to 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, worked in the Business Strategy and Development group at Gap, Inc. Chris began his career as a financial analyst at Adams, Harkness & Hill, a boutique investment bank serving emerging growth companies. Chris is a member of the Golden Gate Chapter of YPO, Urban Land Institute, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and an active supporter of Special Olympics. Chris graduated from Amherst College.

James Cole

Partner, Asset Management

James leads the Asset Management team, who’s focus is on business plan implementation, value creation and optimization, capital management, financial planning, and reporting across the entire equity and credit portfolio. James also oversees the loan servicing within the credit portfolio. James has over 15 years of hotel operations experience, particularly with Club Corporation, Dorchester Collection, and most recently with The Ritz-Carlton where he held the title of General Manager. 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.

Franco Famularo

Partner, Investments

Franco oversees Ohana’s acquisitions, lending, and capital markets activities including new investment sourcing, evaluation, and execution. Prior to joining Ohana 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.

Fernando Lamas

Partner, 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.

Hannah Kim

Sr. Analyst, Investments and Asset Management

Hannah is involved in the valuations, financial reporting, market research, returns analysis, and internal technology initiatives for existing investments. Prior to joining Ohana, Hannah was an Associate at WeWork, where she focused on real estate underwriting and business development strategy. Prior to WeWork, Hannah was an Analyst in the Acquisitions team at Beacon Capital Partners where her duties included underwriting and leading financial due diligence on new investments in the Los Angeles market, as well as assisting in asset management activities in dispositions, financing, capital management, and investor reporting. Hannah graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University with a BS in Hotel Administration.

Jonathan Loke

Associate, Investments and 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 Ng

Senior Associate, Investments and Asset Management

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.

Joe Ward

Vice President, Investments and 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.

Brandon Yeh

Associate, Investments and 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.

Eddie Yu

Vice President, Investments and Asset Management

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.