David J. Sangree, MAI, CPA, ISHC

David is a hotel and waterpark consultant and appraiser with expertise in the comprehensive analysis of leisure properties. He has completed studies on more than 3,000 existing and proposed hotels throughout North America across all chain-scales, including economy, full-service, extended-stay, luxury hotels and resorts, casinos, and waterpark resorts. He has also analyzed a wide range of amusements parks, ski resorts, golf courses, and conference centers. His expertise is in preparing market and feasibility studies, impact analysis, appraisals, financial analysis and performance projections, site selection, and litigation support. Since 1987, David has provided consulting services to banks, hotel companies, developers, management companies, and other parties involved in the lodging and leisure industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1984. David holds certified general real estate appraiser licenses in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Joseph Pierce, MAI
Director of Appraisal & Consulting Services

Joseph is an MAI designated appraiser and hospitality consultant. He prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, and impact studies nationally for a wide range of hospitality properties. He has extensive experience in operations and accounting in hotels and resorts. He has been a hospitality consultant and appraiser since 2003 and holds a Certified Real Estate Appraiser License in the state of Ohio. During his career he has also managed an independently-owned hotel, The Talbott Hotel in Chicago and served as a Controller for both Marriott and Renaissance Hotels. Joseph has an MBA from Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Nuresh Maredia, CHIA
Director of Appraisal & Consulting Services

Nuresh heads up our San Antonio office and travels nationally preparing appraisals, market feasibility studies, and impact studies for a wide variety of hotels, golf resorts, ski resorts, indoor and outdoor waterpark, surf parks, amusement parks, restaurants, and other leisure and hospitality properties . He has been a hospitality consultant and appraiser since 2006 and holds a Certified Real Estate Appraiser License in the state of Texas. He has a wide range of experience in operations in hotels and resorts and has studied some of the largest waterpark projects in the United States. He has held management positions at a hotel and a restaurant in Texas and has helped operate and manage four independent hotels in India. Nuresh has a Masters of Science in Hospitality Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance, both from Michigan State University. He is a practicing affiliate with the Appraisal Institute.

Stephen Szczygiel, CHIA

Stephen brings his expertise in process improvement, financial analysis, competitive benchmarking, market analysis, and operations. He prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Prior to joining H&LA, Stephen was Director of Food & Beverage with several Hilton branded properties, Assistant General Manager for XfinityLive! and spent many years in the casino industry as Manager of Food & Beverage for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Stephen has had direct P&L accountability for operations exceeding $10M+ and has facilitated Kaizen Process Improvement Seminars throughout the country during his tenure in casinos. In addition to Steve’s operational experience, he studied Culinary Arts at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, with focus on Casino Operations, and Minor in Business Administration from Drexel University. Steve is a registered real estate appraiser assistant in Ohio.

John Zangas, CHIA

John brings his expertise in project management, market analysis, and sales organization. He prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Prior to joining H&LA, John worked for nearly 30 years for Marriott Hotels & Resorts in sales and marketing, as well as in management positions at various Marriott hotels. John oversaw the successful opening of over 100 hotels in United States and Canada. He has a track record of building functional relationships between sales, operations, and construction, which was critical to his success with hotel openings. In addition, John brings excellent leadership success with on property and remote sales teams. John is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Hospitality Business. He is a registered Real Estate Appraiser Assistant in Ohio.

Chris Ballou, CHIA

Chris prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Chris has an extensive background in hospitality operations, both as General Manager for the Great Wolf Lodge and as a board member of the Convention and Visitors bureaus in both Sandusky and Traverse City. He also has a strong financial background from his time spent in financial management with Great Wolf Resorts, a Sheraton full-service hotel, and a Six Flags Amusement park. Chris holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Accounting and Business Management and Management Information Systems. He is a registered Real Estate Appraiser Assistant in Ohio

Kyle Mossman
Senior Research Analyst

Kyle conducts research related to the hospitality industry and assists with report writing. He maintains our key data and other information related to the various markets we study as part of our assignments. Kyle also reviews and edits our reports for grammar, style, and accuracy. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Otterbein College and his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Heidi Banak
Operations Manager

Heidi manages business functions and marketing efforts for H&LA. These efforts include administering H&LA’s website, email marketing, writing blog posts, responding to RFP’s, and maintaining all other marketing materials. She also supports our consultants by conducting research related to the hospitality industry. In addition, she reviews and edits our reports for grammar, style, and accuracy. Heidi received her Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University.

Michael Weber
Data and Technology Coordinator

Mike manages the technology and data functions within H&LA.  He provides support to our consulting team on all technology platforms and monitors and maintains our industry specific databases. Mike also reviews and edits our reports for grammar, style, and accuracy. His prior experience includes work as an insurance analyst and as a mathematics and statistics instructor. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Wright State University and his M.A. in Mathematics Education from Kent State University.

Joan Deegan
Research Analyst

Joan conducts research and report writing related to the hospitality industry. She also reviews and edits our reports for grammar, style, and accuracy. With a background in journalism and marketing communications, her previous work experiences include secondary research, report writing, and data analytics. Joan earned her Bachelor of Science from Ohio University.

Pamela Ciccarello

Pam holds a MA in Corporate & Strategic Communication in addition to her BA in English Language & Literature. With extensive prior experience in financial services and nonprofit administration, she manages daily business operations and financial transactions including accounts payable, vendor and supplier contracts, and professional licensing. In addition to editing proposals, marketing materials, and corporate reports, Pam designs and disseminates market research surveys and evaluates the results.