TIM HARMON, CEO, PALISADES HOSPITALITY GROUP
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.
JON SWANSON, PRESIDENT, MOANA RESTAURANT GROUP
Jon Swanson is a seasoned hospitality professional with expansive experience in managing and creating leading-edge restaurant concepts. As President of Moana Restaurant Group, Jon drives 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.
MARC QUINONES, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MOANA RESTAURANT GROUP
As Chief Operating Officer, Marc Quinones provides leadership and guidance for our Operations, Marketing, Information Technology and Human Resources teams in their support and development of our restaurants. Mr. Quinones brings to the table more than 25 years of restaurant management experience with more than 10 years of senior company leadership at Moana. A San Francisco native and Cal Berkeley alumnus, Mr. Quinones’ detailed business eye, practical application of restaurant management principles, and entrepreneurial mind-set help create a culture of long-term business success.
SKYLAR SKIKOS, PRESIDENT, LOCAL FRAMEWORK
As President of Local Framework, Skylar Skikos focuses on business development, investment underwriting, and project design and development of new hotel projects. He brings a diverse background and skill set that encompasses acquisitions, asset management, capital markets, design development and operations. Previously, Skylar served as Vice President at Fillmore Capital Partners, a real estate private equity investment firm focused on hospitality, health care and special situations. Skylar’s responsibilities included acquisitions, project design and development and asset management for Fillmore’s hospitality investments. Skylar was involved in over $1.3 billion of hospitality investments while at Fillmore, including leading the acquisition, design development, and successful entitlement of a luxury resort on the Northern California Coast, as well as structuring and overseeing a hotel portfolio development venture with a major public hotel company. Furthermore, he played a major role in the formation of Fillmore’s hotel management company, Fillmore Hospitality, which grew to manage over 2,000 hotel rooms. Skylar started his career at Keystone Realty Capital, a real estate capital markets advisory firm where he assisted in the execution of over $1 billion of debt and equity transactions. Skylar holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.
MICHAEL WISNER, PRESIDENT, LOGIS HOSPITALITY SOLUTIONS
As the co-founder and President of Logis Hospitality Solutions (LHS), Mike Wisner is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy and development of the company. Mike has been in the hospitality industry for over 33 years and is a forward-thinking executive with proven success in planning and directing financial operations and controls to improve fiscal performance, boost profits, and ensure long-range stability. Prior to founding LHS, he was Chief Financial Officer of Commune Hotels and Resorts for seven years which included Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Tommie Hotels and provided oversight of a portfolio of 37 boutique/lifestyle hotels in the US, UK and Canada.
Prior to joining Commune, Mike was Chief Financial Officer of Harbor View Holdings/Stanford Hotels Corporation for seven years which included 17 full-services hotels and five global brands – Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Radisson and Holiday Inn. He is a Certified Public Accountant, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Hospitality, Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) organization.
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, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS,
As 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
KATIE BIONDI, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES,
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.
KRISTINA MUNOZ, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS,
Kristina Munoz is the Vice President of Operations for Mosaic Hotel Group where she oversees the 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.
CHRISTINE MORAIRTY, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & PR
Christine Morairty is the corporate marketing director of Mosaic Hotel Group. In her role, Christine oversees the day-to-day execution and implementation of hotel and spa 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.
DAVE EZZO, VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOD & BEVERAGE
Dave Ezzo is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Hospitality and worked in kitchens in Massachusetts, Oakland, and San Francisco before moving to front of house. He joined Moana Restaurant Group as GM of Paragon San Francisco in 2000 and later became the GM at Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, opened El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen as GM, and was the opening GM of the Roundhouse Market and Conference Center in San Ramon.