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 2,000 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
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.

Adam Zarczynski, CHIA

Adam brings expertise in financial analysis, competitive benchmarking, market analysis, and operations. He prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Adam has analyzed many markets and hotels at from all chain-scales. Prior to his tenure at H&LA, he worked with Doradus Partners, where he evaluated several hotel investment opportunities throughout the United States, focusing on the Southeast. Prior to joining Doradus, he was a member of the opening team for a 120-room Towneplace Suites in Huntsville, Alabama. Adam has operational experience in a variety of hotels and resorts in New York and South Carolina, and the Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. Adam earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management with a concentration in Hotel Planning, Development and Operations from Niagara University. He is a registered real estate appraiser assistant in Ohio.

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.

Sharyn Arai, CHIA

Sharyn brings her expertise in financial analysis, marketing, competitive benchmarking, market analysis, and operations. She prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Prior to joining H&LA, Sharyn was the general manager and assistant general manager with hotels affiliated with Wyndham Hotels and Radisson Hotels brands in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She also operated a retail store in Hillsborough, North Carolina where she made handmade art and goods accessible to the community. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Management from Dickinson College and her Master of Arts in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Sharyn 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
Marketing Coordinator/Research Analyst

Heidi coordinates and manages 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.

Melissa Kress

Melissa manages H&LA’s daily office operations and supports our consultants by conducting research related to the hospitality industry. She has previous experience in operations and office management in her work with accounting and tradeshow firms. Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll 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.