Richard W. Norton – President
Rick Norton brings more than 30 years’ experience in directing, operating, managing and providing operational advisory services to the hotel and hospitality industry. Richard W. Norton is President of IPD Hospitality, Inc., overseeing the operations of the company’s hotel assets,development, real estate acquisitions and consulting services throughout the United States.
Since his first hospitality position, Richard has operated and or consulted at numerous facilities including IHG properties, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Best Western and other franchised and non franchised facilities. This includes operations and consulting for time share and condominium management. Richard was directly responsible for the construction and management of a Hyatt multi-million dollar ninety-six unit time share project in the US Virgin Islands and the operation of a one hundred forty-four unit condominium complex in Florida. He has consulted directly for investor groups for the purchase of time share facilities in the United States. During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he was responsible for the operation of 28 limited service hotels as its own independent chain.
Prior to this position, Mr. Norton was President of a nationally recognized hotel management company. Working for this company since the age of fifteen, Richard has developed his knowledge of the hospitality industry through hands on operations experience. Taking full advantage of the company’s management training programs early in his career, he was promoted to General Manager of a full service hotel at the age of 21.
Currently, Richard concentrates on sales and marketing and operations of IPD Hospitality’s portfolio of hotel, motel, restaurants and other service industry properties. Along with these responsibilities, he utilizes his many years of experience for consulting, asset management and study work for the hospitality industry.
Michael Carbonara – Vice President of Development
Michael Carbonara brings over 40 years of hospitality experience to IPD Hospitality. Michael is responsible for development by securing new hotel management contracts, with a focus on the full-service hotel segment. He began his hotel career working in various line and management positions in the food and beverage operations of resorts, 4-Star hotels and corporate hotels. Michael then transitioned to Sales and Marketing as a Director of Sales for a smaller full-service property, soon becoming the General Manager. He then went on to work for Hilton hotels for the next 17 years where he held positions across multiple disciplines, ending up as Director, Hilton Brand Performance Support Operations and Quality Assurance. Michael has a strong background in regional operations, hotel operations, service excellence, quality assurance, hotel openings and conversions, product improvement, design, renovations, sales and marketing, revenue management and food & beverage operations.
Larry Nottingham – Vice President Director of Operations and Construction
Larry is responsible for the day to day operations of the IPD Hospitality portfolio of hotels. Within his role, he develops and implements critical hotel operating strategies and oversees all capital, technical, revenue and quality-related functions. Specializing in renovations, hotel restructuring and the re-positioning of assets, Larry’s oversight and leadership has added value to hotel assets we manage. Larry drives initiatives to enhance the profitability of IPD’s assets. He is directly responsible for all of IPD Hospitality’s associates and for the operating budgets of all IPD hotels.
Jason Hayes – Regional Director Of Operations
Jason Hayes has more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry and specializes in hotel operations and revenue management. Mr. Hayes is also responsible for yield management and web optimization for the IPD Hospitality portfolio. Mr. Hayes has experience in operating hotels from a variety of brands to include Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Choice Hotels, and Wyndham, in addition to independent hotels. Prior to joining IPD Hospitality, Mr. Hayes specialized in hotel takeovers, renovations, guest service improvement projects, and task force management. Mr. Hayes earned his degree from North Carolina State University and has been involved in the hospitality industry since.
Mindy Richardson – Regional Director of Operations
Mindy Richardson is a Regional Director of Operations for IPD Hospitality. In this role, Mindy focuses on operational improvements, employee retention, guest satisfaction, and revenue growth. She works directly with owners and managers to obtain goals. Prior to this role, Mindy worked in her parent’s successful catering business until she went to college at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis– where she earned a degree in Tourism, Convention and Event Management. During college, Mindy participated as an intern in the Walt Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida. After graduation, she started her career as a Sales and Catering Coordinator while also assisting with banquet events at a full-service property. Mindy has held management positions in Sales and Catering as well as General Manager positions Iowa, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Her years of experience in hospitality has led to her success in a variety of brands to include Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham, and Choice.
Michael Cotton – Regional Director of Operations
Michael Cotten has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and specializes in hotel operations and revenue management. Mr. Cotten has experience in operating hotels from a variety of brands to include Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels, Radisson, Best Western, and Wyndham. Prior to joining IPD Hospitality, Mr. Cotten specialized in developing training programs for front desk. Having spent 2 years teaching the Hotel Management program at the Cooking Hospitality Institute of America in Chicago. Mr. Cotten has a management certificate from The American Hotel & Motel Association and a bachelors in hotel management from Kensington University in California.
Sharae Nottingham – Regional Director Of Sales and Marketing
Sharae brings over 25 years of successful hands-on experience to IPD Hospitality. As Regional Manager, she oversees a number of key assets managed by the company, including identifying efficiencies, brand strategies and driving overall profitability for the hotels in our portfolio. Sharae has amassed more than 15 years of experience prior to her current position with IPD Hospitality serving as General Manager with brands including IHG, Hilton, Choice and a number of independent hotels throughout the country.
Jeannine Tornese – Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
Jeannine Tornese is a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for IPD Hospitality, Inc. Ms. Tornese is in charge of overseeing and assisting with sales and marketing efforts for the company’s portfolio of hotels. Prior to this position, Ms. Tornese was working as a sales trainer and a quality assurance test call administrator for national hotel chains. In addition to hotel experience, Ms. Tornese has also worked as a National Sales Manager in convention center and as a Sales Manager at a convention and visitors bureau in the greater Atlanta area. Ms. Tornese graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1992 with a degree in Hotel Management and has been in the hospitality industry since.
Isaac Mazanka – Task Force Manager
Isaac Mazanka has established himself as a detail-oriented problem solver and now works in Task Force Management. Working across multiple brands such as Choice, Wyndham, and InterContinental Hotel Group, he specializes in brand standards implementation, hotel takeovers, and operation optimization. Isaac started his career with IPD Hospitality in Guest Services and now assists with task force management and the transition of new hotels added to the IPD Portfolio.
Daniel Warth – Director of Revenue Management
Danny is a career driven professional who came to IPD bringing with him 30 years of hotel industry experience. He began his hotel career in sales and was quickly promoted to general manger and then moved up a regional manager where he managed a portfolio of 36 hotels and was responsible for exceeding budget revenue and service goals. He has a strong background partnering with owners and managers to help set and achieve goals in revenue, customer relations, sales-marketing, and systems management. He has excellent organizational and analytical skills which help in managing regions through direct communication and on-site hotel consulting.
Nancy Baillie – Corporate Controller / Accounting
Nancy is an energetic disciplined individual who oversees the finances and all accounting personnel at the properties and on a corporate level. She is responsible for each month’s profit and loss statements and the tracking of accounts receivable and payable. She produces a monthly operational review that includes a fully detailed profit and loss statement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budget commentary and capital improvements updates. She received her Accounting degree from West Chester University.
Lori Bonnett – Accounting
Lori has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance in the hospitality and healthcare industries. Lori is responsible for monthly reporting such as the financial analysis, the monthly operational profit and loss statements, and balance sheets for multiple properties. In addition, Lori does budget commentary and capital improvement updates. Lori received her Associates degree from Dekalb College and furthered her education at Georgia State University.
Walter Gropp – Accounting / Administration
Walter has 7 years of experience in government and private entity accounting. Mr. Gropp is new to the hospitality industry and is responsible for accounts payables , property accounting, and reconciliations for multiple properties. Walter applies excellent analytical and technical skills that can be applies to his daily responsibilities. Mr. Gropp received his Business Management degree from Georgia Gwinnett College.