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 Senior Managing Director and 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 $2.2B 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 Senior Managing Director and 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 300 hotel assets totaling $2.2 billion+ and has serviced clients including Blackstone, Citizens Bank, Highgate Holdings, LNR Partners, Midland Loan Services, RLJ Lodging Trust, 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 state of Illinois, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Scott Griemsmann is Senior Managing Director of the Western Region for Paramount Lodging Advisors. Mr. Griemsmann has over 19 years of experience with hotel investment sales and 27 years in real estate brokerage. During his career, Scott has served in a number of roles within the real estate industry. Scott is located in Paramount Lodging Advisors’ San Francisco office and is focused on facilitating hotel investment sales in the Western U.S.
Prior to joining PLA, Scott held Vice President positions with Cassidy Turley BT Commercial and The Plasencia Group. Scott has been involved in approximately $1billion+ in hotel transactions. He started his real estate career in the Baltimore, Maryland region as a residential/commercial investment sales associate and property manager for the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Adam Montufar is Senior Managing Director of Paramount Lodging Advisors Des Moines, a satellite office of the PLA Chicago headquarters. Adam began his brokerage career as Paramount’s first Junior Associate and now has over 10 years of hospitality-focused brokerage experience. Montufar provides disposition and acquisition advisory services, primarily in the Midwest, Southern, and Southeastern regions. Segments of expertise include limited-service, full-service and resort properties, as well as portfolio and note sales. Adam has participated in more than 100 successful hotel transactions since 2012.
Adam received his B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Burnette is a Managing Director, based out of Austin, TX, for Paramount Lodging Advisors (PLA). He joined the team in May 2017 and will be responsible for developing institutional relationships and executing hotel transactions across the chain scale in the mid-South region on the country.
Prior to PLA, Kami was a Sr. Director for Auction.com/Ten-X where he was intimately involved in growing the Private Client Group to over $1+ Billion in Commercial Real Estate transactions since he joined the firm in 2011. He focused primarily on hotels and helped develop processes for selling over $100M flagged hotels on the online platform.
Kami also held a position as Sr. Associate for LNR Partners where he underwrote over $700M of hotel assumptions and worked out 50+ non-performing hotel loans. He is a graduate from Yale University and earned an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009.
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 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 185 hotel assets totaling more than $640MM.
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 Senior Associate of Paramount Lodging Advisors based in San Francisco, 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 an Associate 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.
Mason McDavid is a Senior Associate with Paramount Lodging Advisors in the Austin, TX office. He joined the team in 2019 and executes hotel transactions across the United States with a focus in Texas and the mid-South region.
Prior to joining PLA, Mason was an Analyst at Reuveni Real Estate as well as Venture Capital Properties in New York City. Additional work experience includes positions with hotel REIT, FelCor Lodging Trust, and SpringOwl Asset Management.
Mason received his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a Minor in Real Estate in 2016 and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in 2022.
Hunter Johnson is a Senior Associate of Paramount Lodging Advisors based in SW Colorado.
Hunter has brokered, bought, sold, insured, and financed hotels. Starting as a commercial lender he managed a portfolio of over $100mm for a small regional bank. He did a quick stint in insurance and then moved into hospitality sales. In less than three years he brokered over $85mm in deals and has sold everything from small independents to IHG and Hilton products.
Hunter attended the University of California Santa Barbara and graduated Cum Laude from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Business Administration.
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.
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.
Andrew Makhlouf is an Associate Broker at the Chicago office of Paramount Lodging Advisors. 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 aspect of small cell deployment, and private landowners with wireless tower ground leases and antenna leases. Andrew has vast knowledge on all aspects of the real estate transaction process and experience representing a wide variety of clients, from individuals to businesses.
Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from DePaul University, and his juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School.
Lora Simpson is an 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.
Min Hoang is an Associate with Paramount Lodging Advisors based in Southern California. Prior to joining Paramount Lodging Advisors, Min led the asset management team at Ten-X in the marketing and disposition of commercial real estate and loan assets via online auction format for industry’s top institutional clients including private equity firms, lenders, special servicers, and brokerage firms. With over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and expertise in online auctions, Min brings an extensive and qualified track record of best-in-class transactional service and results.
Min holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California – Berkeley. He resides in Southern California with his wife and their two children.
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.
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.
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.
Matt McClellan is a Managing Director of Paramount Capital Advisors. Matt possesses over a decade of experience in the Commercial Mortgage & Investment Banking realms where he is equally vetted in the Upper Middle-Market to Bulge Bracket Capital Markets.
Matt has directly participated on Joint-Ventures with some of the largest Private Equity Firms in the United States; structured, as well as levered executions which encompass over 550 assets across 325+ transactions with a total realized valuation exceeding $8B. Most of Matt’s executions have been placed within the top 20 U.S. Metro Areas.
Matt’s relationships encompass High Net-Worth Family Offices, Life Companies, CMBS, National Balance Sheet Desks, Debt Funds, Regional Banks, the SBA, & Credit Union Networks.
He has ghost-written for major national publications and has direct hands-on decision-making experience on transactions published in the Wall Street Journal & Crain’s.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Accounting, with a Minor in Economics from DePaul University in Chicago.
In his free-time, Matt enjoys spending his time on the water, traveling, reading, and attending live entertainment.
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.