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Z Resorts Team

OPERATIONS 

Matthew Nuss
President - Hotel Operations
Mr. Nuss is President of Hotel Operations and leads the company’s overall operations and business strategy. Under his direction, the company has generated record-setting revenues, retooled key executive functions and streamlined its organization chart as well as reprogrammed the configuration of both Hotel ZaZas.  As a result, the brand has enjoyed unprecedented growth in RevPAR, food and beverage performance, earnings, online reputation as well as guest and associate satisfaction under his leadership. 

Prior to Z Resorts, Matthew was a founding Principal and Executive Vice President of Valencia Group where he was integral to the market-leading positioning of Hotel Valencia and the evolution of the Sorella brand. Before Valencia, he enjoyed a successful 10 year career with Omni Hotels where he was named General Manager of the Year and earned the reputation as a turnaround expert for the company in such flagship hotels as the Omni Berkshire Place in midtown Manhattan, the Omni Parker House in Boston, the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta and the Omni Tucson National Resort & Spa. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas and attended graduate business school at the University of Nebraska. 

Tom DiBlasi
Complex Director of Sales
Tom DiBlasi is Complex Director of Sales.  Mr. DiBlasi started his 20 year hospitality career with Ritz-Carlton and then moved to Chicago where he worked for 15 years.  During this time, Mr. DiBlasi enjoyed considerable success in the sales discipline in an array of luxury and independent hotels, most notably as Senior Business Development Manager for the Amalfi Hotel.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.

Stephanie Herrejon
Complex Director of Human Resources
Stephanie Herrejon is the Complex Director of Human Resources and leads all facets of associate relations including recruitment and retention, employee relations, training, compensation, regulatory compliance and benefit programs.  Previously, Ms. Herrejon enjoyed a successful 10 year career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts where she was Director of Human Resources and part of the regional training team across multiple Starwood brands. 

Dan Landsberg
Complex Executive Chef
Dan Landsberg, Complex Executive Chef, joined the ZaZa team in 2011 at the helm of the kitchen for Dragonfly, housed within the Dallas property. Landsberg has recently expanded his horizon however, and implemented his creativity and leadership skills to oversee the direction of Z Resorts’ culinary programs. Chef Landsberg brings a long history in creative cuisines from some of the nation's most eclectic restaurants which include working alongside Chef Stephan Pyles to create the cuisine for his namesake restaurant, served as a founding partner for Tillman’s Roadhouse, and executive chef roles for Seventeen Seventeen and the Atrium Café to name a few. A graduate of the critically acclaimed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Landsberg is a fixture of the Dallas dining scene and actively participates in culinary and charitable events. 

John Martin
Complex Director of Revenue
John Martin is Complex Director of Revenue and manages room revenues and reservations.  Mr. Martin’s hospitality career includes many years with three luxury properties in Dallas, the Rosewood Hotel Crescent Court, Hotel Adolphus and for the past 10 years, Hotel ZaZa.  After graduating from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he attended the Professional Development Program for Hospitality Revenue Management at Cornell University. 

Laura Parsons
Complex Director of ZaSpa
Laura Parsons is the Complex Director of ZaSpa and leads spa development and operations including menu development, retail procurement, inventory management and training.  Ms. Parsons began her hospitality career at the Spa at the Bar Harbor Club in Bar Harbor, Maine and spent four years leading the RockResorts Spa at La Posada de Sante Fe, a RockResort in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A graduate of the Aveda Fredric’s Institute with licensure in Aesthetics and Nail Aesthetics, Parsons attended the University of Kentucky and sits on the International Spa Association Board of Directors.

Riley Nail
Complex Director of Public Relations and Experience
Riley Nail, Complex Director of Public Relations and Experience, oversees the daily operations of the marketing and public relations department to implement strategic marketing plans and campaigns, with a strong emphasis on brand partnerships.  Mr. Nail leads the direction and processes of the creative team to ensure branding efforts are in-line and communicated internally as well as externally. Riley began his career in hospitality at Hotel ZaZa Dallas shortly after the property opened its doors. Entering the world of ZaZa as a front desk agent, he quickly adapted to the hospitality field and the brand itself. With continued determination, Mr. Nail naturally progressed to oversee many different departments and outlets, ultimately setting the foundation for his current role. 

Travis Drake
Complex Manager of Web and Graphics
Travis Drake, the Complex Manager of Web and Graphics, leads Hotel ZaZa’s creative and design efforts while focusing on the growth and maintenance of a cohesive brand. When arriving at Hotel ZaZa in 2010, Mr. Drake led a hotel wide re-branding program and centralized ZaZa’s departmental needs for promotional, e-marketing, social media and internally-branded collateral. Travis also oversees website design and content management, as well as the hotel’s e-marketing platform. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in Communications Design from Texas State University and has been working within the creative field since 2004 focusing on graphic design, brand building and marketing.

Priscilla Walker
Complex Manager of Social Media and Marketing
Priscilla Walker, Complex Manager of Social Media and Marketing, oversees the direction and development of Hotel ZaZa’s social media efforts, campaigns and strategies. Ms. Walker also assists the daily managing processes of the brand’s eMarketing program to support the hotels emphasis of increasing revenue and exposure. Priscilla previously led the planning of social media strategies and implementation on various political campaigns. Ms. Walker successfully completed the undergraduate program in Communications, with a primary focus in Multimedia at the University of Texas.

DEVELOPMENT

Benji Homsey
President - Brand & Development
Mr. Homsey is President of Brand and Development and oversees the brand and future developments for the Hotel ZaZa and Z Resorts Management LLC.  As former Vice President/Project Manager from 2001-2006, he managed development for Hotel ZaZa Dallas, The Metropolitan Club (ZaZa Dallas Condominiums) and Hotel ZaZa Houston.  In 2007, he was named President of Z Resorts Management LLC, overseeing operations and new development opportunities for the company.  In order to grow the portfolio, he currently focuses his efforts on the brand and future developments.  Benji has a bachelor’s degree in Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate from Texas Christian University.

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 

Vincent Mennella
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mennella leads the finance team of Z Resorts to include accounting, systems and controls, banking and cash management, internal and external audit processes, risk management and information technology.  He ensures the daily integrity of the reporting function for the company.  Vincent brings a wealth of experience to the team, most recently Vice President Finance with Benchmark Hospitality International, Division Vice President Finance with Sage Hospitality Resources and Vice President-Regional Controller at Destination Hotels & Resorts.  In addition, he was Vice President of Hospitality Accounting with Wyndham International.  Vincent holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University and a masters of Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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