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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.

ALEX ALAND
Complex Director of Food & Beverage

First introduced into hospitality management while living in the Hawaiian Islands, Mr. Aland managed Spago at the Four Seasons, worked and trained under Bev Gannon as Director of Operations and then moved back to the mainland to open, operate and direct Fearings at the Ritz Carlton Dallas. These experiences provided Alex with a broad range of knowledge on operating standards and ultimately landed him into the hands of the Hotel ZaZa brand. Joining the team in 2009 as Director of Food & Beverage Outlets for our Houston property, Alex provided his leadership skills while managing and developing the Hotel ZaZa Houston F&B program. Three years later, Mr. Aland moved back north to the Dallas property. With his relocation and new role as Director of F&B Operations, Alex helped redefine the Dallas hotel’s program all while overseeing not only the award-winning restaurant, Dragonfly – but also the banquets and catering department. With his successes for both properties and his ability to manage top revenue producing outlets, Mr. Aland was named Complex Director of Food & Beverage for Z Resorts in November of 2015. In his role as complex director, Alex manages all the operations of our multiple F&B outlets across the brand.

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.

GIANNI RIVERA
Complex Director of ZaSpa
Joining Z Resorts 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.

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.

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.