Tapan Piplani

Tapan’s hotel management studies were completed at the world-renowned Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development in India, followed by Certification in Hotel Real Estate and Revenue Management from Cornell University (USA) & the Revenue Academy UK. His successful hotel management career has demonstrated his very strong leadership abilities, with proven expertise in managing all aspects […]

Brian McCarthy

Brian has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Educated in Ireland, he is a graduate of the Galway Hotel School. Brian spent many of his formative years with Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, including time as General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel Cardiff. He then took a change in direction and spent several […]

Kem Wilson III

Kemmons ‘Kem’ Wilson, III joined KWC in 2005 as a Principal. He is currently the President of Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partner Funds. After college Kem grew his investment experience as a research analyst for a hedge fund of funds and as a financial analyst for an investment consulting firm.  He then spent two years working […]

McLean T. Wilson

McLean T. Wilson is a principal of Kemmons Wilson Companies, and in that role he provides oversight to the company’s hotel and real estate development interests. He is President of Valor Hospitality Partners, our hotel management company based out of Atlanta, as well as the Chief Investment Officer of Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners, a hotel […]

Brandon Hatfield

Brandon has over 15 years of corporate finance, treasury and operations experience, including a principal focus over the last nine years in commercial real estate and hospitality. Prior to joining Valor Hospitality, Brandon was Senior Vice President, Finance with Dewberry Capital Corporation, where he oversaw all asset management functions and was directly involved in the […]

Julien Bergue

Originally from Mauritius, Africa, Julien has been in the hospitality industry for 20 years and has dedicated his career towards hotel project development for the past 17 years. During this time, he has been part of the development of various internationally recognized luxury hotels and mixed-use developments, which are some of the most iconic properties […]

Michael Pownall

After receiving his Hotel management degree and growing his early management career within several of the UK’s leading luxury hotels, Michael first emigrated to Cape Town in 1995, joining Southern Sun hotels.In 1998 he became General Manager of the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel, owned by Orient Express Hotels. Staying with Orient Express, Michael moved to […]

Tony Romer-Lee

Since graduating in Hotel Management, Tony held General Manager positions with several industry icons such as Singita, Cape Grace; One & Only Cape Town; and most recently, serving as CEO for the Collection by Liz McGrath, with responsibility for three Relais and Chateaux Hotels in Cape Town, South Africa. After more than 25 years in […]

Steve Cesinger

Steve Cesinger has over 35 years of experience in private equity, corporate finance, investment banking, distressed/workouts, treasury and operations, including a principal focus over the last 17 years in commercial real estate and hospitality. Since forming Valor with long-time friend and colleague Euan McGlashan, Steve has advised on client portfolio acquisitions and financings for more […]