Meet Our Leadership Team

NEEL DESAI, Managing Principal

Neel Desai shapes the overall corporate strategic growth of LTD, specifically overseeing property management and profitability of the portfolio. He delivers organizational structure and leadership to LTD’s management team, while executing LTD’s operations and development strategies.

Mr. Desai’s expertise has garnered his inclusion on various Owners’ Advisory Councils for the hotel franchise community, including Starwood Hotels and Marriott International. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from George Mason University, and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Mr. Desai joined LTD in 1998 and has worked in all facets of hotel operations including accounting, sales and marketing, and revenue management. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Virginia Chapter. Neel is also a board member of Vistage, a CEO advisory group that pairs leading executives with seasoned CEOs who share their passion and expertise to help make their businesses better.

NEEL DESAI, Managing Principal

Neel Desai shapes the overall corporate strategic growth of LTD, specifically overseeing property management and profitability of the portfolio. He delivers organizational structure and leadership to LTD’s management team, while executing LTD’s operations and development strategies.

Mr. Desai’s expertise has garnered his inclusion on various Owners’ Advisory Councils for the hotel franchise community, including Starwood Hotels and Marriott International. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from George Mason University, and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Mr. Desai joined LTD in 1998 and has worked in all facets of hotel operations including accounting, sales and marketing, and revenue management. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Virginia Chapter. Neel is also a board member of Vistage, a CEO advisory group that pairs leading executives with seasoned CEOs who share their passion and expertise to help make their businesses better.

MALAY THAKKAR, Managing Principal

Malay Thakkar spearheads LTD’s financial administration and strategy, including the management of investor and lender relations for the company. He also oversees treasury, risk & tax functions, and analysis & compliance.

Since joining LTD in 1998, Mr. Thakkar has held key management roles within Operations and Finance & Development, making him a multi-skilled leader. His expertise is forging key strategic partnerships to foster long-term growth.

Mr. Thakkar serves on various bank boards and committees throughout the region. He holds degrees from George Washington University (MBA), Thomas Jefferson University (MS), and the College of William and Mary (BA).

MALAY THAKKAR, Managing Principal

Malay Thakkar spearheads LTD’s financial administration and strategy, including the management of investor and lender relations for the company. He also oversees treasury, risk & tax functions, and analysis & compliance.

Since joining LTD in 1998, Mr. Thakkar has held key management roles within Operations and Finance & Development, making him a multi-skilled leader. His expertise is forging key strategic partnerships to foster long-term growth.

Mr. Thakkar serves on various bank boards and committees throughout the region. He holds degrees from George Washington University (MBA), Thomas Jefferson University (MS), and the College of William and Mary (BA).

Get to know the dynamic group of people who raise the bar in hospitality management… and make us who we are.
KIMBERLY SCHLICK, Chief Operating Officer

KIMBERLY SCHLICK works closely with the Managing Principals, members of the Corporate Leadership Team, and senior leaders within the Group’s hotel portfolio. She provides strategic direction and oversight for operational, sales, and human resources functions, as well as implements LTD’s mission, core values, policies/procedures and strategic plan. Schlick has been a valued part of LTD’s leadership team since 1998, with a successful track record of goal achievement and premium market share results, and effectively developing plans and goals to promote LTD’s continued portfolio attainment and growth.

Kim began her hospitality career in 1990, after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. Prior to becoming part of the LTD family, she worked for Marriott International, holding various management positions in sales and operations for eight years.

KIMBERLY SCHLICK, Chief Operating Officer

KIMBERLY SCHLICK works closely with the Managing Principals, members of the Corporate Leadership Team, and senior leaders within the Group’s hotel portfolio. She provides strategic direction and oversight for operational, sales, and human resources functions, as well as implements LTD’s mission, core values, policies/procedures and strategic plan. Schlick has been a valued part of LTD’s leadership team since 1998, with a successful track record of goal achievement and premium market share results, and effectively developing plans and goals to promote LTD’s continued portfolio attainment and growth.

Kim began her hospitality career in 1990, after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. Prior to becoming part of the LTD family, she worked for Marriott International, holding various management positions in sales and operations for eight years.

SHOAIB AHMAD, Corporate Controller

Shoaib Ahmad Shoaib brings over twenty years of hospitality financial experience with extensive knowledge of hotel operations, corporate accounting, and asset management. He’s held Director of Finance positions for several full- service luxury and resort hotels, as well as Director of Accounting positions at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Shoaib earned his MBA in Finance and Global Business from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.

Shoaib Ahmad, Corporate Controller

Shoaib Ahmad Shoaib brings over twenty years of hospitality financial experience with extensive knowledge of hotel operations, corporate accounting, and asset management. He’s held Director of Finance positions for several full- service luxury and resort hotels, as well as Director of Accounting positions at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Shoaib earned his MBA in Finance and Global Business from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.

SAMANTHA BEAN, Corporate Director of Sales Development

Sam Bean is responsible for developing solution-based sales development approaches for large volume producing accounts, as well as implementation of portfolio-wide sales strategies.

As an award-winning, results-oriented sales and marketing professional, Sam is experienced in all areas of business development, major account sales, account management and associate training.

Sam is currently serving her second two-year term on the board for the Global Business Travel Association. She also serves as Administrator of the Communications and Social Media Committee for WINiT (Women in Travel). Sam earned her GBTA Masters Level Certification from UVA’s Darden School of Business, her Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation, and her Marriott Access Edge Coach Certification.

SAMANTHA BEAN, Corporate Director of Sales Development

Sam Bean is responsible for developing solution-based sales development approaches for large volume producing accounts, as well as implementation of portfolio-wide sales strategies.

As an award-winning, results-oriented sales and marketing professional, Sam is experienced in all areas of business development, major account sales, account management and associate training.

Sam is currently serving her second two-year term on the board for the Global Business Travel Association. She also serves as Administrator of the Communications and Social Media Committee for WINiT (Women in Travel). Sam earned her GBTA Masters Level Certification from UVA’s Darden School of Business, her Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation, and her Marriott Access Edge Coach Certification.

 

ROB SANDERS, Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Rob Sanders oversees all Revenue Management functions for LTD’s portfolio and ensures that strategies are aligned with the company’s vision and direction.

He brings over 20 years of experience in regional and sales leadership positions with premiere hospitality management companies, representing brands like Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Choice Hotels, and IHG. This exposure offers a unique ability to blend top-level client management and over-arching sales strategy with multi-brand revenue leadership.

Rob has a BS in Business Administration and has completed executive education programs with Cornell University.

ROB SANDERS, Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Rob Sanders oversees all Revenue Management functions for LTD’s portfolio and ensures that strategies are aligned with the company’s vision and direction.

He brings over 20 years of experience in regional and sales leadership positions with premiere hospitality management companies, representing brands like Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Choice Hotels, and IHG. This exposure offers a unique ability to blend top-level client management and over-arching sales strategy with multi-brand revenue leadership.

Rob has a BS in Business Administration and has completed executive education programs with Cornell University.

 

SCOTT FARRAR, Corporate Director of Operations

Scott Farrar joined LTD as the General Manager for SpringHill Suites/Norfolk and was quickly promoted to Regional Director of Operations. Currently, he holds the position of Corporate Director of Operations.

Scott has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and earned his BSBA in Finance from Longwood University. Prior to LTD, he was employed by Goldkey PHR Hotels and Resorts for 13 years and was the GM of the Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Mahi-Mah’s Seafood Restaurant.

SCOTT FARRAR, Corporate Director of Operations

Scott joined LTD as the General Manager for SpringHill Suites/Norfolk and was quickly promoted to Regional Director of Operations. Currently, he holds the position of Corporate Director of Operations.

Scott has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and earned his BSBA in Finance from Longwood University. Prior to LTD, he was employed by Goldkey PHR Hotels and Resorts for 13 years and was the GM of the Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Mahi-Mah’s Seafood Restaurant.

DENA CURRENT, Talent Acquisition Manager

Dena Current is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with business leaders across a range of disciplines in order to source, identify and recruit top candidates for our hotels and restaurants.  With multiple years of experience working in Human Resources and a concentration in the hospitality industry, she is a tremendous asset for the continuous growth of our team and company.

DENA CURRENT, Talent Acquisition Manager

Dena Current is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with business leaders across a range of disciplines in order to source, identify and recruit top candidates for our hotels and restaurants.  With multiple years of experience working in Human Resources and a concentration in the hospitality industry, she is a tremendous asset for the continuous growth of our team and company.

ROBERT NEILL, Corporate Director of Facilities

Robert Neill is responsible for overseeing the hotel portfolio facilities and maintenance. Bob’s wealth of experience includes the oversight of all capital expenditures, renovations, purchasing, and quality assurance. He has over 20 years of high-level industry experience with new hotel construction and all facets of hotel engineering. Robert was named the IHG Chief Engineer of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient of LTD’s Founders’ Award in 2016.

ROBERT NEILL, Corporate Director of Facilities

Robert Neill is responsible for overseeing the hotel portfolio facilities and maintenance. Bob’s wealth of experience includes the oversight of all capital expenditures, renovations, purchasing, and quality assurance. He has over 20 years of high-level industry experience with new hotel construction and all facets of hotel engineering. Robert was named the IHG Chief Engineer of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient of LTD’s Founders’ Award in 2016.

DIANA CREEKMORE, Employee Relations Manager

Diana Creekmore supports and fosters company values while serving as a first line resource for employment matters and minimizing employment related risks. She implements, administers, and coordinates all human resource policies, programs, and practices for assigned hotel properties. This includes benefit administration; employee relations; risk mitigation; and general administrative duties related to the operations of the Human Resources Department.

DIANA CREEKMORE, Employee Relations Manager

Diana Creekmore supports and fosters company values while serving as a first line resource for employment matters and minimizing employment related risks. She implements, administers, and coordinates all human resource policies, programs, and practices for assigned hotel properties. This includes benefit administration; employee relations; risk mitigation; and general administrative duties related to the operations of the Human Resources Department.

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