Strong and reliable management is one of our trademarks.
Comprised of Noble minds and spirits, the members of our Leadership Team drive the fundamental day-to-day operations of their respective departments, each bringing to the table vast industry and departmental experience.
FINANCE & IT
Chief Accounting Officer
Janette is the Chief Accounting Officer with more than 10 years experience developing hotels. Janette is an expert in the field of accounting. Her practice focuses on designing initiatives to reduce total cost of project, financially accounting for projects as they relate to budgets and loans, identifying creative ways to protect owner’s risk, and improving outcomes for buying out projects. Her hotel experience includes 6 years in Hotel Accounting and Operations Management, 6 Years in Senior Level Hotel Accounting, and 10+ years in Development Accounting and Risk Management. Janette was named 2008 Responsibility Leader for the Hospitality Industry by Risk and Insurance Magazine.
Vice President of Finance & Business Development
Steve Sanborn has been a member of the Noble House family since 1987. Steve’s current focus is new business and growth for Noble House through management, ownership and development opportunities. In his current role he draws upon the 20+ years of knowledge accumulated from holding senior finance roles at both the property and corporate level. His most recent post was Corporate Controller. Previous to Noble House, Steve held various hotel related finance positions.
Kevin started with Noble House in 1992 as an accounts payable clerk, and then as assistant controller for The Portofino Hotel & Marina and Controller for the Shore Resort & Spa before joining the Corporate team in 2007. As Regional Controller, Kevin is responsible for overseeing all accounting, financial reporting and compliance functions for Noble House Hotels & Resorts Florida and Colorado based properties. As Assistant Director of Finance, Kevin is responsible for maintaining the corporate books as well as maintaining all property level corporate reconciliations including debt, insurance, taxes, escrow, and equity balances. Kevin also assists with the acquisitions of new properties. Mr. Falk graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Director of Internal Audit
Brad Shinn joined the Noble House team in 2016 and serves as the Director of Internal Audit. In his role, Brad performs financial and operational internal audits at each Noble House managed property at least once per year, as well as audits of certain corporate office functions.
Brad is a 20+ year veteran of the hospitality industry whose previous experience includes ClubCorp (The World Leader in Private Clubs), Ashford Hospitality Trust (a hospitality focused REIT), and La Quinta Inns. Brad is a Texas native based in Dallas and is a Certified Internal Auditor. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from the University of North Texas.
Director of Information Technology Operations
Kevin Martin has been a member of the Noble House Team since 1996. Kevin served as the IT Manager at the Adolphus Hotel in Texas before joining the Corporate team in 1998. He brings over 30 years of expertise in technology with him, including projects ranging from new acquisitions, renovations, system upgrades and new system implementations; his hands have virtually been in all infrastructures within the company. As Director of IT Operations, he is responsible for overseeing Information Technology at all Noble House properties, and continually works to keep Noble House on top of new technologies available in the hospitality industry to better serve staff and guests. Mr. Martin holds a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Electronics in Electronics Technology.
Vice President of IT Operations
Jay Robinson started with Noble House in 1992 at the SunBurst Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has held positions including Bellman, Banquet setup, Concierge, Restaurant Manager, Reservations Manager, Front Office Manager, Revenue Director, and Regional IT Director for 5 Noble House properties in Florida. Jay moved to the corporate headquarters in 2005, and currently serves as Vice President of IT Operations being responsible for all aspects of Information Technology support to properties and development projects. Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University in 1996.
Corporate Real Estate Controller
Conrad joined the Noble House corporate team in 2017. As the Corporate Real Estate Controller, he is responsible for the accounting operations, financial reporting and compliance of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Conrad is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 15 years of professional experience working with privately held companies in the hospitality, real estate and construction industry. Conrad is a native of Wyoming where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of Wyoming.
OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT
President of Operations
Don joined Noble House in 2002 as Front Office Manager of the iconic Hotel Viking in Newport, RI. After a series of transfers to 4 additional Noble House hotels over the next 15 years, Don was promoted to lead the West Coast operations team in 2018. Recently relocating to Seattle with his partner Clark and their three dogs, Don has assumed the role of President of Operations. Working closely with on-property leadership, Corporate Ops, and Noble House’s valued partners, Don’s vast experience in hotel operations unifies the entire team towards the common goal of providing for both a great guest and employment experience. An avid cyclist, in his spare time you’ll find Don in the saddle clocking thousands of miles per year on the open road.
Vice President of Rooms & Technology
Jason’s Noble House career started in 2007, and currently serves as the Corporate Director of Rooms. For 8 years, Jason provided operational leadership to LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort prior to relocating to the Noble House Corporate Office in 2015. Jason provides our properties with expertise across a broad spectrum of experience ranging from hotel operations, development & construction, Condo & HOA programs, and private club management. He also implements all brand standards across the portfolio. Jason actively works with property teams on budgets, forecasts and provides hands on support in many aspects of the hotel operation. Jason lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Mollie, and two girls Sarah and Leah.
Vice President & Regional Managing Director
With Noble House since 2001, Matt Trahan has led a dynamic team in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Based in Key West, as Vice President and Regional Managing Director, Matt has the oversight of the Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Dolphin Marina and Cottages as well as the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale and the LapLaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples. A native of South Louisiana and graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge he started his management career in the French Quarter of New Orleans. With over 25 years of hospitality management experience, Matt brings a creative flair to his operations position. Creator of the “Sandbar Sessions” at Little Palm Island, as well as “Allegro!” and several Fantasy Fest events in Key West for the Ocean Key Resort and Spa, he has helped to create “experiences” that guests enjoy about Noble House properties.
Vice President & Regional Managing Director
Marco Perry is a hospitality veteran with over 35 years of experience overseeing operational aspects of renowned hotels and resorts around the world. Perry’s first leading role was General Manager of his family’s boutique hotel in the German Bavarian Alps before going on to various management positions within hotels all over the U.S. Perry joined Noble House as General Manager at Riviera Palm Springs, a previously owned property, prior to transitioning to Managing Director of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. In his role as VP & Regional Managing Director, Perry will oversee the company’s West Coast collection. The southern California native currently resides in Naples, FL with his wife and kids.
VP, Regional Managing Director
Joining Noble House & Resorts in 2015, Tyler Barker has managed a vibrate team at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and Hotel Terra Jackson for over 11 years. A graduate of University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, Tyler moved to Jackson Hole in 2000 after moving up through the culinary ranks at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, UT. After hanging up his white jacket in 2004, Tyler worked for Vail Resorts before finding his true home at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in 2008. As his work history might indicate, Tyler enjoys skiing with his family at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, rock climbing and fly fishing.
Director of Central Reservations
Melissa joined Noble House Hotels & Resorts in November 2018 overseeing the Central Reservations office. Melissa brings passion for training, development and the highest level of customer service. With over 12 years of hotel experience from front desk to housekeeping and opening a reservations department, Melissa is leading the way to create a lifestyle department to cater to the Noble House Guests. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys tasting wine through Woodinville, WA and spending time with friends and family.
Vice President of Human Resources
A 25-year veteran of the Noble House team, Ranker has steadily climbed the ranks to her current position of vice president of human resources. In this role, she is responsible for setting the tone for the Noble House workplace, working closely with human resource directors at each property. In addition, she helps assure compliance with all local, state and Federal statutes; as well as oversees recruiting, orienting and training; and coordinates on-going development of staff. Ranker and her team also serve as social directors for associate events and activities, ranging from small ice cream socials to holiday parties for hundreds. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Louisiana State University.
Director of Great People
Jaz began her tenure with Noble House in 2001, after 13 years with Club Corporation on America and a four year venture with the Freeman Group. Originally, Jaz joined as the Corporate Director of Training, but has transitioned into her current role as the Director of Great People. Jaz implements the company’s standard core values throughout the properties and corporate office, performing orientations, various trainings, and ensuring adherence of company policy and expectation. Other key responsibilities include her title as Safety Representative for the company, and the publishing of the internal Quarterly newsletters. Jaz is a New Orleans native, and a diehard Saints fan!
DEVELOPMENT & PURCHASING
James P. Colee
President of Development
Currently President of Development, James Colee began his career at Noble House Hotels & Resorts as an intern in 1993. Since then, James has worked his way through various development related positions over the years, with responsibilities such as analyzing prospective investments, project management and oversight, co-founding Noble House Purchasing, and managing property insurance claim losses, to name a few. In his current position, he is responsible for formulating and regulating all of the company’s capital spending in addition to the oversight of all construction; from initial due diligence to design coordination and permitting through construction to final occupancy and turnover to the hotel operations team. Furthermore, he oversees the purchasing and design operations for Noble House Purchasing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Vice President of Development
Sophia started her Noble House career in 2004 as a Development Accountant and cut her teeth in the Development world with the 2004 hurricane repairs and renovations to our affected South Florida properties. Since then she has continued to ascend through the ranks holding multiple development roles including Development Controller, Director of Purchasing, and Development & Purchasing Director. In her current role as VP of Development she is responsible for managing the portfolio’s capex budgets, overseeing all FF&E purchases and installations, bidding out new development projects, negotiating contracts with general contractors and designers, managing project budgets and schedules, coordinating design and architectural teams, among many other things. Always a team player, she is a critical part of the success of our development world with admirable aspirations towards improved communication, processes and efficiencies. Sophia graduated from USC with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Any free time she has you will find her skiing, boating, hiking, cycling, and attending Broadway musicals. Italy is at the top of her travel list.
Purchasing/Interior Design Associate
Erin Weiner joined the Noble House Development team in December of 2015 as the Purchasing/Interior Design Associate. Erin studied interior design at Harrington College of Design, and was especially drawn to the hospitality industry through her passion for creating memorable experiences for guests. In addition to interior design, Erin also assists Noble House with purchasing. She is responsible for managing vendor relationships, sourcing goods and applying thoughtful designs to the company’s various properties. In her free time, Erin enjoys arts, crafts, and a variety of pop-culture pursuits.
Vice President of Engineering
A native of Greece, Valis is the vice president of engineering for Noble House Hotels & Resorts. In this capacity, he develops and oversees preventative maintenance systems, and works to protect the value of all Noble House assets and facilities, including all buildings, property, systems and equipment. Additionally, he helps develop energy and water conservation programs, and works closely with energy vendors to select the top providers at the best prices in each community. He has worked in the Noble House engineering department for 15 years, and previously worked in the engineering department of ITT Sheraton for 23 years — working his way up the ranks from steam boiler operator to chief engineer.
MARKETING & CREATIVE
Chief Marketing & Creative Officer
A leader at the company for 12 years, Scott drives the company’s marketing strategy, creative output and brand development. As such, Scott works across several departments, overseeing the core standards for the company and guiding all marketing initiatives. Scott founded the company’s internal ad agency, which is responsible for governing the company’s creative assets, and developing all media, web, electronic and print, for the various entities and outlets. As part of the Development team, Scott oversees master planning as well as architectural and interior design. The Retail department falls under his responsibility as well, where he initiates and provides strategic direction to the operating team, and drives profitability.
Associate Creative Director
Born and raised in Michigan, Amy has called Seattle home since the mid-90s. She has held creative leadership roles at Starbucks and Mod Pizza before bringing her impressive design vision and skillset to Noble House in early 2019. She has an MFA in design from Yale University and helps lead the Noble House Creative team alongside Scott Colee. On the weekends, you will find her NOT cleaning her house but biking, hiking or paddle boarding instead. Her proudest achievement is raising two teen boys (young adults) who still think she’s cool to hang out with.
Director of Digital & Brand Marketing
Renee joined Noble House in 2018, coming from a background in hospitality operations and marketing. A graduate of San Diego State University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Renee started her hotel career with Noble House at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego back in 2008, before moving onto Omni Hotels and Resorts, Seattle-based Dawson Design Associates, Inc. and most recently, Wagstaff Worldwide Public Relations. Renee manages the company’s digital marketing content and strategy and works closely with Noble House’s creative team to support the portfolio’s marketing initiatives. Her dog Porter is a regular officemate and in her spare time, is usually found traveling, running or gardening with her fiancé (and Porter).
SALES, REVENUE MANAGEMENT & ACQUISITIONS
President of Sales, Revenue Management & Acquisitions
Recently appointed President of Sales, Revenue Management & Acquisitions, Sean oversees the company’s sales and revenue management practices in all market segments, while continuing his focus on acquisitions and strategically expanding the company’s portfolio. Mullen previously acted as the President of Acquisitions at Noble House, following his time spent as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He first began his career with the company in 2002 at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL as the Director of Sales and Marketing and attended Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics/business. Currently, Sean resides in Seattle with his wife and four daughters.
Vice President of Sales
Veronica Kistner joined Noble House in 2016 as the Vice President of Sales. With over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing, Veronica is responsible for leading corporate-wide sales efforts, managing and mentoring property sales directors, as well as formulating strategic goals and aggressive sales plans. Her experience spans the hospitality spectrum, having held senior level positions for companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, The Regent Las Vegas (currently the JW Marriott) and with Station Casinos for both Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. Veronica, who has a contagious smile and vibrant personality, recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Las Vegas and enjoys outdoor recreation and travel.
Vice President of Revenue Management & Distribution
Darrell joined Noble House in 2004 and in his current role, leads a solutions-driven approach to revenue generation and optimization for the Noble House portfolio. For over 20 years he has held various leadership roles in hotel operations, revenue management and distribution strategy and holds a B.S. in Hospitality Administration from Lynn University. As a child Darrell traveled throughout the summer months with his family, which sparked his passion for the hospitality industry.
Corporate Director of Revenue Management
Jenny joined the Noble House family in 2016. Prior, Jenny held revenue leadership roles in the luxury independent sector in Aspen, Denver, San Francisco & Seattle including two former corporate positions. Prior to settling into her first corporate role, Jenny spent six years roaming the country as a freelance Revenue Management Consultant where she specialized in hotel transitions/openings as well as hiring, training and building a pipeline of new talent. You won’t be able to find Jenny on a weekend as she will be off on a spontaneous road-trip or roaming around a farmers’ market somewhere in Seattle.
Corporate Director of Revenue Management
Reza has been a revenue management professional since 2000, when he graduated from Cal. State Los Angeles with a BS in Electrical Engineering. A complement to his engineering background, Reza developed business skills through mentorship from the Noble House leadership team, whom he started work with in 2005. Reza later pursued an MBA with a concentration in Project Management from the University of Phoenix and spent time serving as Regional Director in Canadian Rockies overseeing Calgary, Banff, Lake Louse, Jasper & Whistler markets in Western Canada, prior to re-joining Noble House in 2017. In his current role, his analytic and business skills combine to aid in managing strategic relationships with key revenue management & distribution partners. Reza’s most precious moments are spending family time with his wife Farhan and two children Isabel & Jazib.
Corporate Director of Catering & Conference Services
Karen brings over 20 years’ experience in catering and conference services to the Corporate team, which she joined following a promotion and transition from her prior role leading the Catering and Conference Services team at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. She graduated from Florida International University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management and held numerous catering and conference services positions at notable properties throughout Florida. Marchand currently resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Chris, their daughter, Izabella, and their pup, Zoey.
Director of Travel Industry Sales
Michelle has been a part of the Noble House family for over 12 years, first based at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort and 3 time chairman club winner, and since 2009 in the role of Director of Travel Industry Sales. In her current role, Michelle covers the East Coast of the U.S. for the entire Noble House Collection and her primary focus in on the luxury travel agent market. Michelle is responsible for maintaining key partnerships, such as American Express FH&R, The Hotel Collection, Virtuoso and Signature Travel Network. Michelle is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University and is based in New Orleans, LA.
Corporate Director of Travel Industry Sales
Mauricio brings over 15 years’ experience in reservations, data entry and product development when he joined Noble House in July 2018. he first worked on projects with the revenue management team before taking on a full-time role in a corporate sales team overseeing the wholesale strategy of the West Coast collection of hotels. His responsibilities range from educating product managers and international travel agents on the collection, exhibiting at trade shows, and establishing/nurturing relationships with industry buyers to training call center staff. In his spare time, Mauricio loves to travel (cliché right?), photography, cooking and is an avid wino and tequila collector.
Corporate Director of Business Travel
Brittney joined the Noble House family in 2016 as the Travel Industry Sales Manager for The Edgewater where she achieved Chairman’s Club in 2017. In March 2019, Brittney transitioned to Corporate Director of Business Travel, where she touches the the entire Noble House collection with a primary focus on the business travel market and maintaining key partnerships. A graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougs!), Brittney is based in Seattle, WA and spends her free time wine tasting, playing with her cockapoo Jack, and watching Fixer Upper.
Corporate Director of Sales – East
Having been with Noble House since 1999, Liz started her tenure at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, and was quickly sought after by LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. Liz is now responsible for handling domestic and international wholesale accounts for the Florida collection. Liz continues her success in overseeing the contracting and positioning of the Collection with our global partners by actively attending int’l trade shows & leading trainings at top account reservation centers. For fun, Liz is an avid traveler, paddleboarder and yogie.
FOOD & BEVERAGE OPERATIONS
VP of Food and Beverage
As vice president of food and beverage for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Haas is responsible for the development, personnel management and financial operations for all Noble House food and beverage venues across the United States. Before joining Noble House in July 2000, he was the managing director of the Fireman Hospitality Group, one of the largest independent restaurant groups in New York City. He has extensive experience in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, and held executive level positions at properties ranging from The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to The Breaker’s Hotel in Palm Beach. A native of Germany, he began his career with a four-year apprenticeship at Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden, one of Europe’s top luxury hotels. Fluent in English, German and French, Haas graduated from the University of Villingen in Germany and from Cornell University in New York with degrees in Hospitality Management.
Adam Votaw proves to be a part of an exclusive union of true culinary artists. Votaw recently returned to the US from a corporate role with Rydges Hotels, where he developed multiple restaurant brands and concepts throughout Australia and New Zealand. He now rejoins Noble House as part of a handpicked team driven by Thomas Haas, Vice President of Food & Beverage, which continues development of their independent restaurant concepts, coast to coast. Votaw was the Executive Chef of Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, California, La Playa Resort & Spa in Naples, Florida, and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the Florida Keys, all owned and operated by Noble House. In 2000 and 2004 he was a James Beard House participant.
Corporate Director of Restaurants
A dynamic leader and mentor, Chris Schaefer has been promoted to Corporate Director of Restaurants for Noble House Hotels & Resorts. He is now responsible for the oversight of all food and beverage operations of Noble House’s 18-boutique hotel portfolio. Prior to his promotion, Schaefer acted as Food & Beverage Director at Riviera Palm Springs, a former Noble House property. He received a degree of the highest honors at the California School of Culinary Arts in the Le Cordon Bleu Program
LEGAL & RISK MANAGEMENT
As General Counsel, Gabe Rosenthal is responsible for all legal matters at both the corporate and hotel level. A true Washingtonian, Gabe’s legal career started at a law firm in Seattle after graduating from University of Washington School of Law. From there, Gabe moved in-house at Boeing where he held several legal positions, including serving as the company’s top lawyer for the Australia/SE Asia region, based in Sydney for 3 years. Gabe’s career has spanned multi-billion dollar corporate deals, and the rescue of a family-owned pizza joint in West Seattle.
Corporate Real Estate & Entitlement Director
Melissa joined Noble House in 2015 as Corporate Paralegal, bringing nearly 20 years of legal experience and quickly becoming an integral part of the corporate team. She transitioned to Corporate Real Estate & Entitlement Director, where she would be able to apply her skills to support Noble House’s development efforts, while continuing to manage corporate organization, financing transactions, due diligence on properties and third-party contracts. Melissa attended the University of Arkansas and El Centro College and holds a degree in Paralegal Studies. In her free time, Melissa enjoys attending the theater with friends and sailing and traveling with her husband.
Director of Risk Management
Josh joined the Noble House team as Director of Risk Management in 2019. In his role, Josh oversees the alignment of insurance programs, mitigation of insurance claims, and proactive risk control strategies with Noble House and ownership partners’ financial goals. Prior to this, Josh worked on Gap Inc’s Risk Management Team and also as an Insurance Underwriter in San Francisco, focusing on Middle Market Commercial Risks. Josh completed undergraduate studies at the California State University, Sacramento in 2006 and in his spare time he enjoys travel, cooking and skiing.