Our Philosophy, “Hotel Brokerage Re-Defined,” starts with our Paramount family.
We are not like any other advisory firm in the Hospitality Industry. Our team is based on a shared passion for the Hotel Industry, an unhealthy desire to be the BEST at everything PLA touches, and a need to be successful collaboratively, not competitively.
We put our family together by recruiting the best MBA and Business School graduates, putting them through our internal Paramount training, and working as a team on every single engagement.
Contact any member of our team below and you will find the same PLA qualities in each one of them.
Sanjeev Misra is a Founder of and President of Paramount Lodging Advisors located in Chicago, Illinois. Sanjeev is responsible for general company strategies, hotel valuation analysis and business development. Sanjeev is also a principal of Atira Hotels, a firm offering hotel operations, asset management services and development supervision to the hospitality industry.
Sanjeev has also previously served in other capacities such as Director of Real Estate for JHM Hotels in Greenville, SC, managing all real estate holdings for an owner, developer and operator of 35 hotels under 14 franchise brands. He has been responsible for all phases of the development process, as well as all hotel acquisitions and dispositions.
Sanjeev received his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Sanjeev sits on the Advisory Board for the Cornell Center of Real Estate (CREF). He has also served as a Distinguished Speaker at the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell. Sanjeev has been published as the lead story for an issue of Illinois Real Estate Journal and has also published various articles for AAHOA Lodging Business and Hotel Management Magazine.
In 2014, Sanjeev was chosen as one of the best and brightest young professionals in commercial real estate by Real Estate Forum Magazine’s annual 50 Under 40 list.
Bennett Webster is a Partner in Paramount Lodging Advisors. Bennett’s focus includes disposition and acquisition advisory and investment sales for hotel assets and notes. He also routinely assists with capital markets needs – including debt/equity raise engagements. Since joining Paramount in 2010, Bennett’s transaction volume includes more than 300 hotels assets totaling over $3B in market cap.
Bennett received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Real Estate Finance and Investment from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago. He received his Bachelors of Science (BS) in Finance from Bentley University in Boston.
Brent Clemens is a Partner at Paramount Lodging Advisors. Brent specializes in the sales of individual and portfolio hotel transactions throughout the United States.
With 10+ years of hospitality experience, Brent has been involved in the sale of over 400 hotel assets totaling $2.8 billion+ and has serviced clients including Blackstone, Citizens Bank, Highgate Holdings, LNR Partners, Midland Loan Services, RLJ Lodging Trust, Rockbridge Capital, Starwood Capital, as well as numerous regional hospitality groups including Janko Hospitality, Kinseth Hospitality, Nantucket Companies, Simon Konover Company, and Witham Family Hotels.
Brent is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Adam Montufar is a Partner in Paramount Lodging Advisors. Adam has been with Paramount since the company’s formation in 2007 and established the Paramount Des Moines, IA office in 2012, which he currently oversees.
Adam has more than 16 years of hotel real estate brokerage and investment sales experience, having transacted 200+ hotel assets, portfolios, and loans across the country. Valued client relationships include Drury Hotels, G6 Hospitality/Blackstone, Starwood Capital, Highgate Holdings, Peachtree Hotel Group, Hawkeye Hotels, Midland Loan Services, LNR Partners, and KeyBank among many others.
Adam received his B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
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Michael is a Senior Managing Director with Paramount Lodging Advisors, representing the Texas market. Mike is a career hospitality professional since 1997. With close to 30 years in the hospitality business, Mike has experience in multiple facets of hospitality including hospitality ownership, operations and development.
Since 2010, Mike and his wife Hayley started Naples Hotel Group to provide Fee development and Fee Management services to companies in search expertise from ground up development to operations. Mike and his family have now successfully developed several more Upscale Limited and Select service Hotels for third party clients. Mike has gained extensive experience in site selection, design and full development of multiple Upscale limited and select service hotels. He has been intimately involved in the opening and operating of these hotels over the last 20 years. In addition, he is also a licensed broker in Florida and Texas. He offers a full-service consultation to clients who want to build a hotel portfolio from site selection to financing to daily operations.
In addition, he is also a licensed broker in Florida and Texas. He offers a full-service consultation to clients who want to build a hotel portfolio from site selection to financing to daily operations.
Rob Willard is a Managing Director with Paramount Lodging Advisors based in St. Louis, MO. Rob is a 30+ year veteran in the hospitality industry with a strong background in Hotel Operations, Ownership and overall management. He began his career in Columbus, Ohio while attending The University of Ohio State and receiving his bachelor degree in Hospitality Management in 1991. He started his hospitality career with Winegardner and Hammons in 1989 and has worked for Impac Hotels, Lodgian and B.f Saul Company, before starting his own management company in 2008.
Rob has held the title of President and Principal with three hotel companies. He is known for outstanding performance, high integrity operations and straight-forward management style. His career is marked by relentless dedication to profitability and award winning achievement at every level.
Mike Schlictman is a Managing Director with Paramount Lodging Advisors based in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Paramount, Mike worked in accounting, environmental consulting, and property management. Mike focuses on individual and portfolio hotel transactions across the country with in-depth knowledge of hotel markets in the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Since 2013, Mike’s transaction volume includes more than 230 hotel assets totaling more than $1B.
Mike received his Bachelors of Science in Supply Chain Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and received his Masters of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance and Investment from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.
As a senior associate, Omari has focused select service assets on the East Coast including transactions in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Alabama
While working full time as a manager in hospitality, he began teaching at Prince George Community College and found a love for higher education through hospitality. He always makes time to mentor hospitality students through the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality for which he serves on the board of their Professional Extension. His signature workshop entitled H.e.l.p., (or Hospitality Egos Logos Pathos) has helped him reach fellow millennials and has become a sought after professional development tool at various universities and corporations. Last year, Omari hosted a workshop at the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (“NABHOOD”) annual conference. He has also been an invited speaker for Cornell University and American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Omari holds a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is an active member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Lifetime member of NABHOOD and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Omari has published articles for Hotel News Now, IHMRS Smartbrief and serves as an adjunct for Cheyney University. He was recognized by Washington DC radio station WKYS and Hotel Management Magazine as a top young professional.
Subu Thiagarajan is a Director of Paramount Lodging Advisors based in Sacramento, California.
Prior to joining Paramount, Mr. Thiagarajan worked with ‘The Russell Group’ selling gas stations in California. Mr. Thiagarajan is a seasoned Sales and Marketing professional with 10 years of extensive sales and marketing experience. He has worked in roles such as ‘West Coast Business Development Manager’ and ‘Director of Sales’ in multi-million dollar corporate companies with proven ability to drive business growth through aggressive sales, marketing and innovative business initiative to support corporate objectives.
Sean Banilivy is a Director with Paramount Lodging Advisors and focuses on both individual asset and portfolio transactions across the United States.
Prior to joining PLA in Investment Sales, Sean worked with Paramount Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of PLA, where he focused on providing customized capital solutions, including debt and equity, for institutional and private real estate investors. During his time with Paramount Capital Advisors, Sean was involved in originating over $25MM of debt on behalf of his clients.
Prior to PLA, Sean served as an Investment Sales Associate for JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group where he was focused on full-service asset across the United States. During his time with JLL, Sean worked a several high-profile transactions including the Equinox Resort & Spa in Manchester, VT, as well as the Club Quarters Portfolio in New York City. His experience also includes working for Marriott International’s Development Planning & Feasibility group and the New York Palace Hotel.
Sean earned his bachelors degree from Boston University with a degree in Hospitality Administration and has taken additional graduate courses at Cornell University.
Andrew Makhlouf is a Director with Paramount Lodging Advisors based in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Paramount Lodging Advisors, Andrew worked as an attorney representing clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions. He also has significant experience in wireless telecommunications deployment, assisting wireless infrastructure providers with all aspects of small cell deployment, wireless tower ground leases, and antenna leases. Since joining Paramount in 2019, Andrew’s transaction volume includes more than 75 hotel assets totaling more than $580MM and has serviced clients, including Blackstone, Starwood Capital, LNR Partners, Midland Loan Services, Rialto Capital Advisors, RLJ Lodging Trust, Taconic Capital, and Noble Investment Group.
Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from DePaul University, and his juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School.
Charles “Chuck” Klinkhammer is a Senior Associate with Paramount Lodging Advisors in the Fargo, North Dakota office, focusing on the hotel markets in the upper Midwest, including North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Chuck has been in the Hospitality Industry for over 45 years, spending the last ten years focusing on hotel disposition and acquisitions, including REO properties in the upper Midwest. During that time, Charles’s transactions total over 12MM.
Before Hotel Brokerage, Chuck owned Comfort Suites, Comfort Inns, and Super 8’s. Chucks’ company developed, syndicated, financed, constructed, and managed the properties for his partners. Chuck worked for Super 8 Inc. doing feasibility studies for corporate properties. He started working with the family business by assisting in franchising, developing, and constructing sixteen motels.
Lora Simpson is a senior associate broker at the Paramount Lodging Advisors Des Moines office and is focused on hotel markets in the Midwest United States and surrounding areas. Lora comes from a background in the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Paramount Lodging Advisors, she established and operated a successful catering business for a local restauranteur in Des Moines.
Suzanna Farley Aldrich
Suzanna Farley Aldrich joins Paramount Lodging Advisors as an analyst in our Montana office focusing on Buyers Brokerage – finding the appropriate hotels for clients, from the Mississippi River to the West Coast.
For the past four years Suzanna, along with her husband Mike, have operated a very successful concrete construction business headquartered in Williston, ND, the heart of the Bakkan Oil Fields.
Suzanna has owned and operated an Excavation Company, an Event Management and Catering Company, and a Residential Construction Company in Bend, Oregon.
Suzanna studied Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at Northern Arizona University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Resort Management from Oregon State University.
Her first job out of college was to open a new hotel at Eagle Crest Resort in Central Oregon.
Eric Skipworth is an associate broker at the Paramount Lodging Advisors HQ in Chicago. He is focused on hotel markets in the Midwest United States and surrounding areas.
Eric also has a strong background in valuation work for national clients and portfolio deals and sourcing, underwriting and presenting investment deals to internal and external partners.
Prior to PLA, Eric began his career working in operations for Marriott International before transitioning into real estate consulting. Eric is a graduate of University of Kentucky and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.
Eric earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his Master’s in Real Estate from DePaul University.
Michael Sheppard is an Associate of Paramount Lodging Advisors based out of PLA’s New Mexico office and is focused on the southwestern region of the United States.
Michael has an extensive background in the brokerage and development of hotels and resorts throughout the United States and Mexico. Having spent over half his life and his entire professional career in real estate, Michael’s adept at solving problems and bringing value to every transaction he’s involved in.
Michael has completed multiple certification programs at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Additionally, Michael received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Economics and Management from the University of New Mexico.
Andrea Kaich is a Director of Operations at Paramount Lodging Advisors.
Apart from completing day-to-day operational tasks, Andrea provides vital support to the PLA brokers and researches and executes PIP Estimates. She also brings a European working culture to Paramount Family.
Andrea received her master’s degree in Applied Management at Middlesex University, UK.
June Shin is the Assistant Operations Manager with Paramount Lodging Advisors, working from PLA’S HQ in Chicago. June manages the team’s licensing requirements and assists with day-to-day operational tasks to support the PLA brokers’ needs.
June received her bachelors of science in advertising at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Asia Lam is an Investment Analyst at Paramount Lodging Advisors based in the Chicago office. She focuses on supporting the PLA team with valuing hotels and conducting market research.
With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Asia’s educational journey has been dedicated to understanding societal dynamics.
Her research background originates from collaborations with non-profits through Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). At CURL, Asia helped carry out their vision of creating innovative solutions to promote equity and opportunity in communities throughout the Chicago-land area and beyond. These efforts highlighted a wide range of issues such as homelessness, welfare reform, hunger and nutrition, and affordable housing.
Beyond academics, Asia’s multi-cultural background and proficiency in Vietnamese have equipped her with a unique set of skills that she now brings to her role as an Investment Analyst. Asia excels in conducting comprehensive research, synthesizing intricate information, and applying a sociological perspective to her analyses. This holistic approach provides insight into making well-informed decisions across a variety of investments.
Jacki Bubis is the Marketing Manager for Paramount Lodging Advisors located in Chicago.
Jacki brings with her an agency background, working with clients in various industries, supporting all of their marketing needs. She brings forward a positive attitude, passion for the industry, and a leadership mentality. With a focus on PR and Social Media strategies, Jacki works toward bringing the company’s voice forward and telling the world what the brand has to say.
Jacki graduated at the top of her class at Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications.
Hannah Tittle is the marketing assistant with Paramount Lodging Advisors, working from PLA’s HQ in Chicago. She assists the team with special projects and has an emphasis on presentation production and offering material preparation.
Hannah graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing along with a double minor in public relations and music business management.
John Pascal brings extensive experience in capital markets to his role as Managing Director of PLA’s subsidiary, Paramount Capital Advisors – a Chicago-based company that provides customized capital solutions, including debt and equity, for institutional and private real estate investors. Before joining Paramount, John served in a similar role as Principal of JMB Financial Advisors where he originated over $1 billion of capital.
Prior to JMB, John served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Brookdale Living Community, a company that provides senior housing nationwide. His experience also includes work as Co-Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Bay Management and Senior Lifestyle Corporation and served as Executive Vice President of Heitman Financial, where he was responsible for acquisition of multi-family, industrial, retail and office properties on behalf of institutional clients.
John earned a master’s degree in business from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.
Adeel Amin is a Managing Director at Paramount Capital Advisors. Working alongside Paramount Lodging, Adeel is tasked with sourcing and placing hospitality debt with banking partners nationwide.
Prior to joining Paramount, Adeel served as a Vice President of Originations for a private lending firm. In 2022 alone he sourced over $1B in capital spanning a diverse set of commercial asset classes including hospitality, multi family and light industrial. His experience also includes creating GP/LP/JV partnerships for preferred equity and debt for a variety of developments across the US.
Adeel holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana.
Tyler Cornelius is a Senior Associate with Paramount Capital Advisors focusing on sourcing the most cost-efficient capital including conventional, SBA, bridge loans and CMBS debt, to meet the financing needs of his clients.
Prior to joining PCA, Tyler worked in investment management at William Blair & Co. assisting in the day to day management and oversight of institutional investment portfolios. Prior to that, he worked in the hospitality industry as a finance and operations manager for Premier Restaurant Group.
Tyler received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University.