Vincent Cheng, Vice President
Mr. Vincent Cheng is the Vice President Friendwell Group of Companies. Since 1997, Mr. Cheng has played a crucial role in the development of new business strategies, property evaluations, and hotel operations. Mr. Cheng holds a B.S. in Accounting and MBA in Finance from New York University.
Robert R. Levinson, Lead Counsel
Mr. Levinson has been practicing attorney for more than forty years and joined Friendwell Management in 2005. Mr. Levinson is one of the most accomplished attorneys with a remarkable record as an attorney, author, and lecturer. Mr. Levinson is the Past President of the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association, the Past Chair of the Trial Lawyers Association, Past Chair of the Middlesex County Ethics Committee, and Past Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association. He is an accomplished trial attorney and commercial transaction attorney.
Diana Wei, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Wei possesses many years of diverse business experience which she bestows upon Friendwell Management, including accounting, budgeting, and treasury functions. Ms. Wei is a Certified Public Accountant. Additionally, Ms. Wei holds degree in Masters in Economics from University of Texas at Austin.
Parth Pandya, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Pandya provides Friendwell Management with in-depth knowledge of real estate financing and the financial institutions. He also involves in management and strategic planning including accounting, budgeting, and treasury functions. Mr. Pandya holds a B.S in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, NJ.
Christopher Akoury, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Akoury has over 18 years of hospitality experience. He is a proven and results driven leader that has led hotels from the General Manager level, overseeing multi-million dollar renovations, and delivering consistent results & revenue growth for ownership groups. As COO, Chris has created a management company platform for our portfolio of hotels. In doing so, he has created a culture of results focusing in sales, NOI, culture, and employee satisfaction which have driven amazing results. His most recent tenure was with Hilton Worldwide for 9 years and prior to that another 9 years with Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
Margarita Lopez, Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Lopez has over 15 years of experience in the human resources field. She is a proven leader with significant success collaborating with all levels of management to provide HR policies, strategies and tactics. Ms. Lopez’s role with MH&R utilizes these skills for employee relations, recruiting, performance management and training. She has gained her experience at reputable management companies such as Benchmark Hospitality, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, and Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
Tina Crawford, VP of Sales/Marketing & Revenue Management
Ms. Crawford has over 19 years of experience of hospitality experience. She is a proven and results driven leader that has led hotels from the Director of Sales and marketing level, delivering consistent results and Revenue growth for ownership groups. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tina will create a culture of results that focus on both sales and NOI. Her most recent tenure was with Hilton Worldwide for 19 years working with all full service and luxury brands within the United States.
Nikesh Shah, Chief Procurement Officer
Mr. Shah has over 15 years of experience with in the hospitality industry ranging from Hotel operations to holding the position of General Manager at various hotels. Mr. Shah now leads our Procurement team at Friendwell in addition to developing new relationships with vendors.
Vincent Yang, Vice President of Construction
Mr. Yang has rich experience in construction and land development over 20 years and serves as the General Manager of Friendwell Group’s Taiwan branch. He is a Certified Professional Civil Engineer and has won a variety of awards and titles in Taiwan. Mr. Yang holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering and MBA in University of Southern California.
Joe Mazza, Regional Director of Loss Prevention
Mr. Mazza joined Friendwell with over 25 years of service in Law Enforcement and Narcotics for the state of New Jersey. Joe has managed Friendwell’s Loss Prevention and Security efforts over the last 10 years. Friendwell’s Loss Prevention department proactively monitors all life safety systems and related laws for our hotels. In addition, Mr. Mazza is consistently putting new programs in place to ensure the safety and security of our guests and employees.