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 CFO, 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 Offficer

KIMBERLY SCHLICK works closely with the CFO, 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.

Alex Lombardo, Chief Financial Officer

ALEX LOMBARDO brings both his finance and development experience over multiple hotel and resort companies to assist LTD as it further develops its portfolio of hotels. Alex will work closely with the operations teams in bringing the best finance practices and innovative ideas to continue to deliver higher associate satisfaction levels which will result in high customer satisfaction. Alex has multiple years of finance and business development expertise generating significant new asset value and revenue growth.  Prior to joining LTD, his most recent position was the CFO for Two Bit Circus. 

Alex Lombardo, Chief Financial Officer

ALEX LOMBARDO brings both his finance and development experience over multiple hotel and resort companies to assist LTD as it further develops its portfolio of hotels. Alex will work closely with the operations teams in bringing the best finance practices and innovative ideas to continue to deliver higher associate satisfaction levels which will result in high customer satisfaction. Alex has multiple years of finance and business development expertise generating significant new asset value and revenue growth.  Prior to joining LTD, his most recent position was the CFO for Two Bit Circus.

HILLARY ECKARDT, Counsel

Hillary Eckardt oversees the legal affairs of LTD, including employee relations, contractual obligations, and compliance. Hillary has a diverse background, including working as a business analyst for a Fortune 500 Company and practicing management-side employment law in California, where she focused on defending against claims of discrimination and harassment.

Hillary earned her JD from Loyola Law School with honors, and she is a member of the Order of the Coif. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

HILLARY ECKARDT, Counsel

Hillary Eckardt oversees the legal affairs of LTD, including employee relations, contractual obligations, and compliance. Hillary has a diverse background, including working as a business analyst for a Fortune 500 Company and practicing management-side employment law in California, where she focused on defending against claims of discrimination and harassment.

Hillary earned her JD from Loyola Law School with honors, and she is a member of the Order of the Coif. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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 is continuing 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 is continuing executive education programs with Cornell University.

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.

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. 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. 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.

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