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Our Team 2017-11-06T21:08:47+00:00
Abdul M. SulemanPresident & CEO
Abdul M. Suleman has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry with a leading global hotel corporation, and has earned a reputation for successful hotel turnarounds where he has taken underperforming hotel properties into profitability. Mr. Suleman’s professional accomplishments include openings of new hotels and takeovers of financially challenged properties. In 1994, Mr. Suleman founded Equinox Hotels which serves in the various roles of hotel acquisition, development, management, asset management, project consulting and manage full-service hotels in major markets throughout the United States and around the world. Equinox’s focus is on continuous profitable growth and generating maximum return on investment.

Prior to forming Equinox Hotels, Mr. Suleman served in senior management positions with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for over twenty-two years. He was directly responsible for many major Hyatt Hotels. He has served on the board of directors for multiple organizations and is an active participant in numerous community activities. Mr. Suleman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. He has been an invited speaker at many prestigious hotel schools throughout the United States.

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James T. DiethrichDevelopment
James T. Diethrich is responsible for development of new properties. He brings over 20 years of experience in hotel development and renovation. As the founder and first president of Hyatt Development Corporation, Mr. Diethrich was responsible for managing the development of Hyatt Hotels throughout the United States. During his seven years with Hyatt, he oversaw the development of over $750,000,000 worth of new hotel and mixed-use projects. Mr. Diethrich departed Hyatt to form JTD & Associates, which has resulted in the development of over $300,000,000 of new properties in the Western United States.
Arnie FleischmanOperations
Arnie Fleischman has served as a manager and executive at various hotels and hospitality companies in California, Illinois, Nevada, and New York, among others. With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Fleischman was handpicked by the Pritzker family to oversee the development and eventually the management of Hyatt’s flagship property—the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago. His outstanding hospitality and sales & marketing background was noticed by Steve Wynn when he was hired to develop and operate the highly successful Golden Nugget property in Atlantic City. In addition, his marketing expertise is currently being utilized by Allied Integrated Marketing, one of the largest entertainment marketing companies in the United States.

Mr. Fleischman holds an associate degree in hotel management from New York City College of Technology. He is a member of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ravi SikandAccounting
Ravi Sikand’s extensive hospitality accounting and finance background encompasses 21 years with industry leaders such as Marriott International, Pacific Hotel Associates, Southwest Hospitality Group, The Kor Group, and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. The focus of his most recent experience has been with luxury segment hotels, restaurants, and resorts. In addition, he has worked on the condo-hotel accounting module with a special focus on homeowner association accounting needs and relationships.

Mr. Sikand also set-up and ran a successful company that focused on offering accounting and other back-office solutions to the hospitality industry. His company maintained the books for over 25 hotels and resorts. His model encompassed an integrated and customized approach to solving all of his clients’ back-office needs. At one end of the spectrum, his company’s approach was to provide clients with financial software platforms and assist them in training, implementation, and support for their organizations. At the other end of the spectrum, his company provided a business outsourcing model that managed all the clients’ back-office accounting needs. One of Mr. Sikand’s strengths is analyzing financial statements, keeping expenses in-line with revenues, and maximizing the potential earnings flow-through to the bottom-line. He is also proficient in applying GAAP/GAAS principles to auditing engagements and management reporting.

Mr. Sikand has consulted on computerizing numerous business accounting systems. He is a strategic financial planner for existing and start-up properties, specializing in turn-around and take-over situations. Mr. Sikand holds controller certifications from the University of California at Berkeley, and both a bachelor and master degree in economics from Delhi University and Varanasi University (India), respectively.

Evros StakisEuropean Development
The son of the late Sir Reo Stakis, Evros Stakis is returning to the industry he first trained in and with which his name is most closely associated. Mr. Stakis is Chairman of Equinox Stakis Hotels Ltd., a United Kingdom company focused on developing, building, owning and managing hotels in the UK and the rest of Europe working in partnership with Equinox Hospitality.
Adam SulemanExecutive Vice President
Adam Suleman’s broad hotel background brings to Equinox extensive hotel operational experience from his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ W Brand. While with Starwood, he earned numerous accolades and widespread recognition for his management style in regards to hotel guest satisfaction scores and leadership. Mr. Suleman’s hotel resume covers both union and non-union luxury properties in New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Moreover, he has been a repeat guest speaker at hospitality programs in the Bay Area such as San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.

Mr. Suleman’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Santa Clara University. Moreover, he studied International Business at Imperial College in London, England, and has completed the certificate program from Cornell University in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management. He is also a registered broker with the Department of Real Estate in California. Combining his hotel operations background with his real estate and financial knowledge, Mr. Suleman has the unique ability to identify high-potential assets, structure deals, and maximize value at the bottom-line while understanding the importance of maintaining a quality product. In the December 2014 issue of Hotel Business Magazine, Mr. Suleman was named as one of 2015’s eight rising stars in the hotel industry.

Sam SulemanExecutive Vice President
Sam Suleman has extensive experience in a number of areas of hospitality including new hotel development; new brand development; repositioning & renovation of existing hotel properties; hospitality technology; hotel operations; and food & beverage operations and concept development. Mr. Suleman has been a speaker at various hospitality, development, and design conferences in the United States and Europe. He has also served on committees with a number of global hotel companies on the development of a number of new hotel brands.

Currently, Mr. Suleman serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Board through his service with the IHG Owners Association and as a member of Hospitality Design Magazine’s Editorial Board. He has also served on the InterContinental Hotels Group OA Board of Directors, as Chairman of the IHG Technology Council, and Chairman of the Emerging Leaders Council, a hotel industry group representing next gen hotel owners 40 and under.