ZAZA HOSPITALITY, LLC TEAM
Mr. Nuss is President and Leads the company’s overall operations, business, and development 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 all 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 ZaZa Hospitality, LLC, 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.
Vice President of Human Resources
Stephanie Herrejon is the Vice President 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.
Area Director of Sales, Austin/Dallas
Karen Weaver, Area Director of Sales, leads the Sales and Catering teams at both Hotel ZaZa Austin and Dallas. Karen launched her hospitality career in 2005 and joined ZaZa Hospitality, LLC in 2007 at Hotel ZaZa Museum District. She enjoyed a successful position in group and event management at Hotel ZaZa Museum District until transferring to Hotel ZaZa Dallas. After her transfer Karen’s position shifted to sales management and she lead the sales and catering efforts at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas until she joined the pre-opening team at Hotel ZaZa Austin in 2017. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism – Public Relations from Sam Houston State University.
Area Director of Sales, Houston
Ashley Bartek started her career with Hotel ZaZa in 2009 in Catering. Ashley enjoyed considerable success executing a variety of corporate and social events at Hotel ZaZa Museum District until she joined the pre-opening team at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City in 2017 as the Associate Director of Sales. Ashley now leads the Sales and Catering teams at both Hotel ZaZa Museum District and Memorial City as the Area Director of Sales, Houston. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.
Director of ZaSpa Operations
Joining ZaZa Hospitality, LLC in December of 2015 as Complex Director of Hotel ZaZa’s notable ZaSpa’s, Gianni Rivera brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the company’s management team. Previously overseeing and directing the daily operations of esteemed spa resorts such as Omni Hotels Mokara Spa, Marenas Resort & Spa, The Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour and Hilton Hotel’s famed spa at the Conrad Miami – Rivera certainly has a keen eye for details, distinction and the ability to deliver a top-tier guest experience.
Director of Web, e-Commerce & Graphic Design
Travis Drake, the Corporate Director of Web, e-Commerce 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.
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mennella leads the finance team of ZaZa Hospitality, LLC 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.