Founder & CEO
Mr. Rob McCarthy has decades of hospitality expertise. In 2016, Rob divested his founding, 10 year partnership in Chartwell Hotels LLC to create The Melan Hotel Group in November 2016 . Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Linchris Hotel Corporation, a 24-unit hotel chain and management company. In 1998, Rob opened the prestigious, 4 Diamond Inn @ MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mr. McCarthy also served as the opening General Manager and Project Manager for Sonesta International Hotels Luxor in Cairo, Egypt, a 224 room, five star hotel with six diverse dining concepts. He was the General Manager for the Flatley companies Tara hotels from 1990 to 1995.
Mr. McCarthy holds a B.S. degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts where he currently serves the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the University's Hospitality and Tourism Program and as guest lecturer.
Tim Hogan is an accomplished hospitality professional with over 30 years in the industry.
Prior to joining the Melan Hotel Group, Hogan gained extensive hospitality experience from a multi-position background that includes General Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing and VP of Sales for major brands including Hilton Hotels, Sheraton, Clarion, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inns. During this time, Hogan consistently achieved key performance initiatives, maximized operational profitability and effectiveness, while always delivering exceptional customer service.
Mr. Hogan has been recognized as an Innkeeper of the Year by NH Lodging & Restaurant Association, NH Business Review's - Excellence in Consumer Services, and Business Person of the Year by the Nashua Chamber of Commerce.
Hogan recieved his degree in Hotel Administration from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. His numerous affiliations include Rotary International where he is a Paul Harris Fellow, Co-Founder of the Nashua Education Foundation, and a Hospitality Advisory Board Member for the Nashua Community College.
Investment Banking/Asset Management
With more than 35 years of investment banking experience with a concentration in the hospitality industry, Mr. Paul Fitzpatrick has been responsible for transactions in excess of $1 billion during his career and been a principal in several significant mixed use developments in the Northeast. Up until December 2007 he was a Senior Managing Director and Founder of the Hotel Transactions Group at Cushman & Wakefield, working from C&W's World headquarters in New York City. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a Senior Managing Director at CB Richard Ellis Hotels in New York City where he represented major hotel owner/operators in facilitating purchase and sale of hotels throughout the Unites States and the placement of debt and equity.
Mr. Fitzpatrick began his Investment Banking career with Merrill Lynch where he was licensed as a securities and commodities broker. After a stint working on Corporate Private Placements, he moved into the Real Estate arena. He was the lead US player interfacing with ML's wealthy private European clients looking to make real estate investments in the US. He collaborated with Continental Bank in Chicago to create a fund for European investors interested in US agricultural land investments. As a senior member of ML Health Care Funding Group he was part of the most successful investment banking group on Wall Street in terms of total debt raised to finance hospitals and other medical related facilities throughout the US. In 1980 Fitzpatrick Associates Inc. was formed to provide personalized investment banking services to owner/developers in the hospitality industry. Mr. Fitzpatrick was the President of the Garden City Hotel Company and served as the General Manager of the Four Star Garden City Hotel located in Garden City, N.Y. during its' initial 18 months of operation.
He's a graduate of Fordham University and is active on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations.
Management Solutions/Property Development
Melan Hotel Group welcomes Brett Benzio as the Digital Marketing Director. Brett joins Melan after working for 4 years as a collegiate and prep-level basketball coach using social media and marketing techniques to recruit potential student-athletes and to create a brand for the school she was representing. A graduate of Tulane University's undergraduate business school, Brett recently graduated from Lynn University with her MBA with a focus in Media & Marketing Management. During her time at Tulane, Brett worked as an intern with the NCAA Final Four local organizing committee in its marketing and media relations departments.
Real Estate Development/Asset Manager
Jon Tamposi brings a vast career of accomplished expertise and specialized insight to Melan Hotel Group that spans over 30 years in the hospitality industry as well as commercial brokerage, development, and property management. As one of the initial owners in the opening of the 230 room, full service Clarion Hotel Nashua, he subsequently assumed the role of General Manager to oversee from an owner/operator position. During his tenure, the Clarion Hotel was twice awarded the Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International. He orchestrated the hotel's flag change and rebranding to become the city's premier Crowne Plaza Hotel Nashua, an affiliate of Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Following Mr. Tamposi's term as General Manager, he retained the position of Vice President of Sam Hospitality Corp., and continued to be keenly involved with the daily operations and management of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Through the years, he has remained actively engaged in the hospitality, business, and philanthropic communities. He is a longtime member of Rotary International and board participant on the Leadership Advisory Council of his alma mater, University of New Hampshire, Durham and Nashua Community College, Nashua, New Hampshire.
Human Resource Specialist
With in excess of 30 years of professional human resources and organizational experience, Sue brings to Melan Hotel Group expertise in all human resources generalist functions as well as from an organizational systems prospective. She has expertise in conducting organizational and human resource audits, writing policies, procedures, job descriptions and employee guidebooks, recruitment, change management, workplace issues and investigations, reorganization, management and training design and facilitation; as well as; expertise in other areas related to human resources and business.
Sue has held various human resources and training positions with Sheraton, Remington Hotel Corporation, Hawthorn Suites Hotels, and as Vice President of Human Resources for Fine Hotels and Unidine. For the past ten years, Sue has represented Bercume Associates as a Human Resources Consultant and has worked with a variety of industries including hospitality, non-profit, service, education, bio-tech, health care, banking, manufacturing, retail, and food service management.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Hotel Administrator.
On Line Distribution
Felice Kreitman is an experienced hotelier with an expertise in digital marketing. Her Hospitality degree from UMASS Amherst launched her over 30-year career in the hotel business. She has managed every aspect of hotels sales and marketing at the property and regional level with Beacon Corporation, Starwood and with the Flatley Companies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Georgia and Florida. She worked at the forefront of hospitality ecommerce for 13 years with TravelClick as the Director of Sales in New England assisting independent and branded hotels with every aspect of their online distribution and marketing strategies to drive their share of business and achieve their revenue goals. She then worked for five years as Vice President of digital strategy with Colwen Hotels overseeing all digital branding and marketing for their portfolio of Marriott, Hilton and independent hotels. As the only fully integrated hotel company in the United States, her role with Colwen was ground up, opening 13 new hotels including the first two AC Hotels by Marriott to launch in the Northeast. She also worked to reposition several hotels post renovation. Felice is a frequent hospitality school guest lecturer at UMASS Amherst and Boston University sought for her insight and expertise in branding, marketing, social media and online reputation management. A savvy and creative business woman, Felice’s digital marketing expertise and experience is unrivaled in the hospitality industry.
Sales & Marketing/Channel Distribution
Hospitality-focused branding, digital marketing, sales, revenue management and distribution advisory and services.
Seasoned hospitality sales and marketing professional with a strong background and love for hotels, hospitality, sales, distribution, digital marketing, and making money for owners. Strengths include team building, leadership, training, multi-tasking, working with associates at all levels of an organization, creativity, enthusiasm, motivating others. Respected for my trustworthiness, credibility, ethics, high standards. Self-starter. Diplomatic. Natural Curiosity.
AND Proud Adjunct Professor at Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration. Developing Leaders. Inspiring Entrepreneurs. Creating Remarkable Experiences.