TIM HARMON, CEO AND FOUNDER
As CEO and founder of Palisades Hospitality Group, Tim Harmon oversees all aspects of business operations and new property development for the company. With more than 40 properties in its portfolio, Tim’s passion is creating distinct, individually inspired experiences. Tim travels extensively, both in the U.S. and abroad, always looking for new trends and inspiration in design and cuisine emerging in different cultures.
Tim brings a formidable level of hotel and restaurant industry experience with nearly 20 years in the business. Before starting a career in the hospitality business, Tim practiced law for over eight years, specializing in real estate and business transactions. Tim is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
COLLEEN GRAY, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Colleen Gray is a Senior Finance Executive with over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. She is a hands on leader, having learned the hotel and restaurant industries from the ground up. She attained her certification in Public Accounting following her time with Ernst and Young, and has over 25 years’ experience in financial services. Her leadership strength, exceptional technical expertise, and attention to detail will help position PHG for successful growth in the coming years.
Colleen is a native of Maine and New Hampshire, having relocated to the Bay Area in 2002. She is an avid skier and hiker, and volunteers in her free time coaching and refereeing AYSO soccer.
LINDA SALMAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Linda Salman oversees and directs restaurant operations. She provides leadership and support to restaurant management teams in guiding them to achieve top line growth initiatives, cost management, proper practice adherence, employee relations, guest satisfaction and bottom line profitability. In addition, she evaluates, develops and implements new or improved systems and practices as well as handles purchasing, vendor management and contract review and negotiations.
Linda brings over 25 years of restaurant management experience. She is a strong believer in building team connections and unity across the company at all levels. She works to create an environment with clear expectations, open and honest communications, opportunities for growth and development and a centralized tools and resource center where managers can go to obtain information to set them up for success.
Prior to joining the company in 2001, she was an account manager for an advertising company. Linda grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati
CHRISTINE MORAIRTY, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & PR
Christine Morairty is the VP of Marketing for PHG. In her role, Christine oversees the day-to-day execution and implementation of hotel and restaurant marketing and advertising initiatives for the brand’s individual properties. Christine also drives overall brand awareness, company sales, and profitability goals. Christine has previously worked as marketing director of W Bali, the flagship property of W Hotels-Asia Pacific leading all brand and digital marketing efforts for the property while acting as the key liaison to the global team, implementing brand-amplifying initiatives and guest experience programs as well as leading creative direction for traditional and non-traditional assets. Previously, she spent eight years with Starwood Hotels Worldwide including roles as a marketing specialist, and marketing manager producing press, content and revenue-generating activations for W Hotels of New York City.
KRISTINA MUNOZ, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Kristina Munoz is the Vice President of Operations for Mosaic Hotel Group where she oversees the hotel operation of the collections’ properties in Mexico and the U.S. including openings, remodels and re-brandings. Previously, she played key roles as Corporate Director of Operations and at individual Mosaic Hotel properties as Hotel General Manager at El Dorado Hotel in Sonoma, CA and Guest Services Manager at North Block Hotel in Yountville, CA. Additional assignments over Munoz’s hospitality career, which spans more than 20 years, include Area Manager for Hospitality Staffing Solutions overseeing the states of MD, NJ, NY and PA, General Hotel Manager of multiple properties of Harbor Magic Collection in Baltimore, Front Office Manager at The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels MD, opening Assistant Manager The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary NC and other rooms management positions for luxury and Five Diamond hotels in destinations such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen Mexico.
KATIE BIONDI, VICE PRESIDENT, PEOPLE + CULTURE
Prior to joining Palisades Hospitality Group, Katie spent eleven years with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, most recently as the Director of Talent and Culture for the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, in Sonoma, CA. Katie previously served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources at The Fairmont, their flagship property in San Francisco. In addition to her work with Fairmont, Katie worked as a Recruiter for Volt Services Group, a Staffing Agency where she served as a full cycle recruiter for temporary as well as direct placement hires. Katie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She also holds the SHRM-SCP designation, a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources.
NADINE CURTIS, VICE PRESIDENT, DESIGN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
With a passion for hospitality, design and project execution, Nadine overseas and manages Palisades’ broad spectrum of development projects including construction renovations, interior specifications, and accessory curation. Nadine brings over 20 years of experience owning and operating businesses in the fields of creative direction, merchandise, marketing, interior styling and decor. Her work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, The New York Times, Rue and the San Francisco Chronicle. She holds a BA in Business and Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder.
JON SWANSON, ADVISOR AND FOUNDER
Jon Swanson is a seasoned hospitality professional with expansive experience in managing and creating leading-edge restaurant concepts. As a strategic advisor to PHG, Jon provides the vision and strategy for the collection of award-winning restaurants that MRG owns and manages. Passionate about hospitality, Jon works to elevate each concept’s offerings to create distinct, fulfilling, and memorable guest experiences.
A graduate of the University of Denver, Jon began his career by managing and opening successful restaurants and multi-unit concepts in the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Sacramento areas. In 1991, he co-founded the first Paragon Bar & Café in San Francisco’s Marina district and served as its opening General Manager. Paragon quickly expanded into multiple markets as other brands followed, forming the foundation that would become Moana Restaurant Group, a comprehensive management company specializing in developing and managing concepts from inception to all aspects of day-to-day restaurant operations.