Suzanne Saunders. Photo: Courtesy of Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG)
HVMG Hires Suzanne Saunders
Former Hyatt executive named vp of design and construction
Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) has named Suzanne Saunders its vice president of design and construction. Saunders will be responsible for the planning and execution of new development and renovation projects, as well as capital expense planning and execution at the Atlanta-based hotel investment, ownership and management company.
Prior to joining HVMG, Saunders spent more than a decade with Hyatt Hotels Corp., most recently serving as regional vice president, project services/design and planning, Americas. During her tenure, she oversaw the development for all franchised Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Hotels and all owned properties throughout the Americas.
Saunders’ career has also includes stints as senior construction manager for Panera Bread LLC, construction manager at Jack-in-the-Box Restaurants and senior project manager with Hilton Corp.
“With more than 25 years of experience in commercial construction management in various hospitality disciplines, Suzanne is the ideal candidate to assist HVMG as we pursue additional hotel development opportunities,” says Richard Jones, senior vice president and chief operating officer, HVMG. “HVMG has a robust pipeline of design and construction projects, and I’m confident Suzanne will be instrumental in leading the company’s efforts with our renovation and new development projects.”
Currently operating 30 hotels in 16 states, the privately owned, fully-integrated hotel investment and management group specializes in repositioning underperforming hotels as well as maximizing the performance of stabilized properties. The company’s senior vice president and chief business development officer, Mary Beth Cutshall, is featured as the Exit Interview subject of Boutique Design’s January + February edition.