Our Board

  • Dan Friedkin

    Chairman


    Dan Friedkin is Chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group, a privately held and diverse consortium of businesses and investments in the automotive, entertainment, hospitality, golf and adventure industries. Among its businesses, Dan is Principal and Co-Founder of Imperative Entertainment, a multi-media production company in the entertainment industry. In 2017 Friedkin formed 30WEST, which provides capital and strategic guidance to high caliber creative projects and forward-thinking companies across popular culture. Friedkin and 30WEST have majority ownership in NEON, one of the most coveted theatrical marketing and distribution companies in the independent film space. He is Chairman and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, one of the world’s largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts, serving more than 150 dealers. He is Chairman of Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts and residences. Dan is also the owner of Diamond Creek Golf Club in North Carolina, and co-owner of Congaree in South Carolina.

    In addition to his leadership positions in business, Dan is active in U.S. and global wildlife conservation initiatives as well as various philanthropic initiatives in both aviation and education. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Chairman of the Friedkin Conservation Fund, a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, founding member of the Congaree Foundation, Chairman of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation and an active pilot in Heritage Flight airshows, team member of Project Recover and serves on the advisory board of The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in finance from Rice University.

  • Marc Watts

    Director


    Marc Watts is President of The Friedkin Group, a privately held and diverse consortium of businesses and investments in the automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure industries, including Gulf States Toyota, one of the world’s largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. Prior to joining The Friedkin Group, Mr. Watts was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner-Houston of the 700-attorney law firm of Locke Lord LLP, with over 26 years of experience in corporate and securities law, governance and related matters.

    Mr. Watts is the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Houston Branch Board of Directors as well as the 2018 Board Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership. He serves on the Board of Service Corporation International and Highland Resources, Inc. In addition, Mr. Watts is a member of various civic and community boards including The Salvation Army of Greater Houston, United Way of Greater Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation.

    Mr. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Harvard University.

  • Nick Logothetis

    Director


    Nicholas Logothetis is Executive Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Libra Group (www.libra.com), an international business group active in 35 countries across six continents and focused on six core sectors: aviation, energy, hospitality, real estate, shipping, and diversified investments. The Libra Group founded Grace Hotels whose luxury boutique properties became part of the Auberge Resorts Collection in 2018. Libra’s other hospitality interests include Aria Hotels, a niche hotel and villas management company with properties in Greece and Spain; and Elandis, a global real estate ownership and development company with a specialty in hospitality.

    Nicholas is an entrepreneur who has a lifelong passion for politics and international affairs. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and develop public-private partnerships around pressing global issues. Previously he spent several years in the media industry at the Fox News Channel and BSkyB, among others. Nicholas serves on the Board of Trustees of Rumsey Hall School and the Oxi Day Foundation.

  • Ron Nixon

    Director


    Ron co-founded The Catalyst Group, Inc. in 1990 to provide expansion capital to companies in a variety of mid-market industries. In the last 25 years, Catalyst has managed nine separate investment funds with over 100 investments in 70+ industries. Ron serves as a managing partner for Friedkin Capital Partners, which was formed in 2012 to pursue hospitality and other investments across an array of industries. Ron graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

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    Craig Reid

    President & Chief Executive Officer


    A dynamic hospitality industry leader respected for his expertise in hotel development, management and service excellence, Reid joined Auberge in January 2014, following a noteworthy career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts that spanned more than three decades. As President of Hotel Operations, Americas, his position since 2011, Reid was responsible for setting the strategic direction for Four Seasons hotels in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America, a region that spanned seven time zones. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President Operations for the Americas and in a variety of management roles at Four Seasons properties in Chicago, Boston, Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C. He began his career with The Savoy Group, London, as a management trainee. Reid is a graduate of Westminster College, London, with a diploma in Hotel Administration. He completed the Summer Management Program at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Our Advisors

  • Randolph Weisz

    Executive Advisor


    Randy joined Auberge in early 2014 as our Executive Advisor. He provides advice and direction to the Senior Management Team to help them develop and execute a strategic plan for the global expansion of Auberge. Randy previously held the position of Executive Vice President Business Administration and General Counsel at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where he was responsible for managing the worldwide business and legal affairs of the company relating to property investments and other corporate initiatives. His expertise in negotiating business and financial terms for properties and corporate investments, together with his ability to work with hotel developers and owners to achieve their financial objectives, are some of his key roles at Auberge. Randy was a member of the Management Committee of Four Seasons, responsible for running their business affairs worldwide, and was involved in all of the corporate transactions critical to the emergence of Four Seasons as a globally recognized hospitality brand. He is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Western Ontario and previously practiced corporate and commercial law as a Partner of Goodmans LLP in Toronto, Canada.

  • John Mackinnon

    Executive Advisor, Design and Construction


    John provides advice and direction to the Senior Management Team in all matters related to the innovative and efficient design of new hotel, resort and residential developments. John graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with a degree in Engineering and Management Science. Upon graduation, he was hired by Cineplex Odeon to design and construct movie theatres throughout Canada and the U.S. In 1991, John joined the City of Toronto as Director of Facility Planning, Design and Construction where he led teams of in-house architects, engineers, telecom and project managers who were responsible for all of the City’s capital construction projects and the maintenance of 600 city owned buildings. John began his career with Four Seasons in June 1997, as a Manager in the Design and Construction Department and was promoted to Director in 2001. He was then promoted to Vice President in 2003, and in 2006, he was asked to lead the department as Senior Vice President. Under John’s leadership, the department grew from a staff of 12 in 2006 to its current complement of 37 team members. As a member of the senior management team at Four Seasons, John was instrumental in helping the company grow from 35 to 95 hotels.

Our People

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    Craig Reid

    President & Chief Executive Officer


    A dynamic hospitality industry leader respected for his expertise in hotel development, management and service excellence, Reid joined Auberge in January 2014, following a noteworthy career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts that spanned more than three decades. As President of Hotel Operations, Americas, his position since 2011, Reid was responsible for setting the strategic direction for Four Seasons hotels in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America, a region that spanned seven time zones. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President Operations for the Americas and in a variety of management roles at Four Seasons properties in Chicago, Boston, Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C. He began his career with The Savoy Group, London, as a management trainee. Reid is a graduate of Westminster College, London, with a diploma in Hotel Administration. He completed the Summer Management Program at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

  • Amy Brandt

    Chief Financial Officer


    Amy is directly responsible for all financial activities, including financial reporting and management, treasury and balance sheet financing, insurance and risk management, tax planning, as well as information systems and technology. Amy was previously at Belmond, where she was Vice President, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations based out of the London and New York offices. Prior to Belmond, Amy worked for Kerzner International in a number of financial capacities, most recently serving as Kerzner’s Vice President, Treasury.

  • Michael Minchin

    Chief Marketing Officer


    With more than 30 years of experience leading global teams for major brands in the hotel, residential, restaurant, spirits and automotive industries, Mike brings extensive marketing, brand management and sales expertise to Auberge. Before joining Auberge, he spent 11 years at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President of Marketing. There, he was responsible for the global marketing, distribution and revenue management efforts that contributed to the company's sales growth across a portfolio of almost 100 hotels in over 40 countries. Prior to joining Auberge Resorts Collection, Minchin was Director of Marketing at CARA Operations Ltd., Toronto, the number-one casual dining restaurant company in Canada. As Vice President of Marketing for Corby Distilleries Ltd., he helped to grow market share and create some of the fastest- growing spirits brands in Canada. At Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines in the U.K.,Minchin developed the global brand strategies that grew premium brands, including Maker's Mark Bourbon and Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch. Earlier in his career, Minchin led the U.S. automotive advertising accounts for Acura as Vice President, Management Supervisor at Ketchum, Los Angeles. Minchin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.

  • Richard Arnold

    Chief Development Officer


    Richard brings extensive hospitality acquisition and development experience as he leads the Auberge Resorts Collection growth strategy. Richard oversees a team that identifies, negotiates, and secures all growth opportunities, including new construction, conversions, expansions, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Auberge Resorts Collection, Richard was a Partner and Managing Director at Kadenwood Partners, a London based real-estate investment, capital advisory, and asset management firm focused on the luxury hotel, residential, and mixed-use property sectors. Prior to Kadenwood, Richard served as Vice President, Worldwide Development at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for sourcing and securing new growth opportunities on a global basis. In addition, he focused on strategic transactions, special situations, and identifying development capital and partners for Four Seasons. Richard has previously held roles with PKF Consulting and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration with a focus on Real Estate Finance from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Hotel Development Council.

  • Shan Kanagasingham

    Senior Vice President, Operations


    Shan Kanagasingham brings over 20 years of global luxury hospitality experience to Auberge Resorts Collection. Her vast knowledge of the hospitality industry, motivational leadership, passion for excellence has led to her latest role as Senior Vice President, Operations. Prior to joining Auberge Resorts, Shan oversaw operations across 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, where she played an integral role launching both brands in 2015. Shan also served as the General Manager of The Surrey Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux in New York City in 2011 and was instrumental in positioning this asset as "Best Hotel In New York City" by Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast. Before moving to New York, Shan was the Area General Manager for Viceroy Hotel Group in Miami, which included Viceroy Miami and The Tides South Beach. Shan's experience in the luxury sphere also includes being the Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Director of Rooms at Raffles L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, California, and various senior management positions in Sales & Marketing and Conference Services with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. After attending the prestigious Ecole Le Roches, part of the Swiss Hotel Association, Shan received a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management. Shan lives in New York City and is a native of Malaysia.

  • Kemper Hyers

    Chief Creative Officer


    Kemper oversees creative direction for the brand and all aspects of design with a goal to further strengthen Auberge Resorts Collection's position as the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels in the world. Previously, Kemper was Head of Design at Starwood Capital Group, a global private equity firm, where he was a leader in all aspects of design with a focus on the creation of new hotel brands including the recently launched 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels. Prior experience includes Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

  • Milet Lukey

    Vice President of Talent & Culture


    Milet brings 30 years of Human Resources experience to the Auberge team with previous roles at Ritz-Carlton, Dorchester Collection, and most recently SH Group, where she played a key role in the start-up of both the Baccarat and 1 Hotels brands. Milet attended The University of the Philippines and speaks Tagalog and conversational Spanish.

  • Jennifer Alexy

    Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing


    Jennifer leads our global sales organization and advises the hotel teams on optimizing their sales and marketing efforts. Her hospitality career spans over 20 years with the last 15 years dedicated to the luxury market. Prior to Auberge, Jennifer was Vice President of Sales at Marriott’s Luxury Division, responsible for 34 hotels and resorts across seven brands. Previously, Jennifer served as Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Western Region. Jennifer’s career began with Hyatt Hotels in Sales and Marketing following her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Virginia and a Masters in Hospitality from The University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College