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Our leadership lineup consists of seasoned hospitality experts with a diverse background in hotel, culinary, development, marketing, sales and revenue experience. We’re here to support your goals and bring your vision to life.

  • Todd Felsen

    Todd Felsen

    President & CEO

  • Ed Brrogan

    Ed Brogan

    Senior Vice President of Operations

  • Peter Nichols

    Chief Development Officer

  • Gail Brahmbhatt

    Gail Brahmbhatt

    Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

  • Paige Dunn

    Paige Dunn

    Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing

  • David Wheeler

    David Wheeler

    Corporate Director of Finance

  • Ken Nason

    Ken Nason

    Corporate Director of Revenue Strategy

  • Rachel Bernsten

    Rachel Berntsen

    Corporate Director of Marketing

  • Alex White

    Alex White

    Corporate Director of Human Relations

  • Joshua Golforth

    Joshua Golforth

    Financial Analyst

  • Marlise Ricker

    Marlise Ricker

    Regional Government Sales Manager

  • Karen Saybe

    Corporate Human Resources Manager

  • Kristin Forbes

    Corporate Executive Assistant

  • Lindsay Meadows

    Regional Director of Finance & Audit

Todd Felsen

People, that’s the secret to success. If our team isn’t our number one asset, we have no business expecting results… it’s that simple.

President & CEO

Todd Felsen

A hotelier with vast experience in the industry, Todd Felsen serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of OTH. OTH is an independent hotel management firm dedicated to Sotherly Hotels’ portfolio of full-service properties. He is fully committed to delivering exceptional financial results, efficient operational performance, and warm, memorable Southern hospitality. Todd brings with him a track record of building staff culture that is based on inclusion, diversity, and entrepreneurialism. He empowers his staff to deliver personalized and extraordinary, yet unscripted, elegant service to all guests. Todd leads with a team first policy which has organically evolved into his employees being treated as OTH’s #1 asset.

Prior to joining OTH, Todd served as Senior Vice President of Operations for BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, where he was responsible for 14 resort and hotel operations throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. His Felsen’s focus was rebuilding the sales organization to outperform the comp set in RevPAR as well as delivering maximum revenue potential for each hotel. He originally joined the company as General Manager of Cheyenne Mountain Resort, located in Colorado Springs. CO. Previous to this, he worked as Managing Director for The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa of Berkeley, CA.

Todd found his passion for the hospitality industry through his first job as a doorman, which he worked part-time after high school classes. From there, he relocated to several cities and Caribbean islands for a series of positions including General Manager and Hotel Manager with Doral Resort & Spa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, The Peabody Memphis, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

As a hospitality leader with a 30+ year track record, Todd takes pride in his ability to lead various types of properties toward delivering the finest guest service, achieving profitable operations, and always satisfying guests, stakeholders, and property owners alike. He has the unique ability to orchestrate outcomes and maximize synergies across diverse areas of activity; resulting in more opportunity to drive value, enhance initiatives and foster new growth.

Todd is an avid golfer, boater, and college football fan where he currently resides in Williamsburg, VA with his wife. He is incredibly honored and humbled to lead the mission and vision of OTH and is dedicated to continue the legacy that was created 57 years ago.

Ed Brrogan

Values are not simply corporate speak, they become the scaffolding to build a successful operation around.

Senior Vice President of Operations

Ed Brogan

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Ed Brogan oversees the asset management of each of our branded and soft-branded properties. Part of his responsibility is to ensure that the business functions of each property align with and support company strategy and culture. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Ed has worked with independent, branded, lifestyle, and soft-branded hotels including executive positions with Highgate and Remington Hotels. He executes with a clear vision and voice to align with his high ethical standards of discipline that value both integrity and transparency.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He

is originally from Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife Karen and three children: Ryan (23), Kennedy (21), and Maggie (16). In his time away from work, he enjoys exercising, reading, and listening to music.

Chief Development Officer

Peter Nichols

Highly experienced, accomplished results-driven senior management executive with a rare combination of a Long-View Strategist coupled with a Short-View Tactician who has the powerful understanding and commitment to lead operations, sales, marketing and investment in the hospitality industry with his leadership in restoring or developing a culture for success. As a truly operationally oriented senior executive and business partner, he has optimized both revenues and profits with a business style always focused on driving business performance to achieve ROI objectives. Demonstrated expertise include enhancing Business Development & Licensing, bringing companies to execute innovation and leading as a rainmaker to securing financing, investment, and relationships. In addition to working in the commercial real estate industry in the hospitality sector, his skill-sets include Hotel Management, Feasibility Studies, Acquisitions and Asset Management. He is a visionary with the professionalism, dedication, and integrity to make a difference. BS from Johnson and Wales University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Commercial Real Estate Analysis & Investment Certification.

Gail Brahmbhatt

Any sales team can perform for a little while, but those who endure understand the value of processes and a culture of excellence.

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Gail Brahmbhatt

As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at OTH, Gail Brahmbhatt is responsible for guiding sales and marketing strategy for the entire OTH portfolio as well as overseeing and lending support to each property team.

Gail is both a strategic and innovative leader with extensive food and beverage knowledge, who knows how to drive revenue. She is focused on creating and improving processes while also developing high-performing sales professionals and teams.

She has spent the last 25 years based in Annapolis, Maryland, during which time she enjoyed working with several charitable organizations including but not limited to Hospice of the Chesapeake, the local SPCA, and Anne Arundel County’s Food Bank. Most recently, Gail served as a Board Member for the Anne Arundel Community College Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts program.

When she’s not in the office, Gail can most likely be found spending time with her family, which includes her husband, a principal partner in a hospitality management company, and their young daughter.

Paige Dunn

Surpassing revenue goals is fun, but it is training and mentoring team members that I’m most proud of.

Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing

Paige Dunn

As Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at OTH, Paige Dunn is responsible for establishing commercial strategies and providing leadership and support to the on-property sales teams.

In 2018, Paige founded Dunn Hospitality Strategies, a sales and marketing consultancy specializing in luxury lifestyle hotels and resorts. Prior to this she worked for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants where she was hired to oversee the launch of five hotels in Washington D.C. and went on to launch and oversee 20 additional hotels on the east coast. In 2013 she became Corporate Director of Sales for the Kimpton brand, overseeing the sales organization of over 60 hotels and on-property sales teams of 300+ associates.

Paige is an award winning, results-generating leader and growth strategist with a record of surpassing revenue goals. 

When she is not at work, she loves cooking, entertaining, and traveling with her husband of 32 years, two grown children, and two grandsons. 

David Wheeler

Like a well-oiled machine, a business must create synergy amongst its finances, accounting and tax systems.

Corporate Director of Finance

David Wheeler

As Corporate Director of Finance, David Wheeler is responsible for the Accounting and Finance discipline of the organization. His focus is on developing and executing strategies that continue to advance the company’s corporate, property accounting and finance platforms which include financial reporting, planning, tax, internal audit, and procurement.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from State University of New York College at Oswego and is a Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive. With over 35 years in the hospitality and service industry, he has dynamic experience in both primary and tertiary markets. David’s extensive finance background includes roles with organizations such as Interstate Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, Equivest Resorts, Highgate Hotels, HEI Hotels and more. Having owned and operated his own business in the service and entertainment industry, he is passionate about the importance of establishing strategic and financial goals while remaining focused on customer satisfaction.

Outside of the office, David enjoys Billiards, a good joke, spoiling his grandchildren and spending time with his wife of nearly 30 years, Heather.

Ken Nason

Vision. That’s step one, acting as a North Star to dictate the processes to get there—and if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.

Corporate Director of Revenue Strategy

Ken Nason

As Corporate Director of Revenue Strategy at OTH, Ken Nason is a forward-looking leader who implements a vision for revenue and distribution strategy for all assets.  He drives the vision, design, and direct development of the company’s revenue optimization, e-commerce, and distribution strategies. 

Ken is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, having earned a degree in Hospitality Sales & Meeting Management with a minor in Hotel & Restaurant Management.  He possesses a balanced wealth of experience in the hospitality industry with over 25 year in sales, marketing, and revenue leadership. Before joining OTH, he worked in leadership roles with independent and branded organizations such as Benchmark Global Hospitality, Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Remington Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and several others.

He believes having fun is critical to work life balance and corporate success. Originally from Boston, he is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams. (Go Sox! Go Patriots!) In his spare time, Ken is joined by his two daughters, Anna and Zoe, and his wife Jodi, as they venture on family RV camping trips, swimming, golfing, and spending time by the pool.

Rachel Bernsten

Creativity is not only how you solve problems, but also essential to every aspect of marketing that stands out and delivers.

Corporate Director of Marketing

Rachel Berntsen

As Corporate Director of Marketing at OTH, Rachel Berntsen is a creative problem solver responsible for the portfolio’s strategic marketing initiatives. She works closely with the property teams as well as partners on marketing and media strategies, content development, digital marketing, social media, branding and other unique and strategic ways to drive property awareness and revenue.

Rachel’s love for marketing came from an opportunity to live in Milan, Italy, where she worked with the marketing team for a fashion designer. Her step into hospitality happened right after college where she worked her way up through hotel operations, touching every department from the front desk to eventually becoming an Assistant General Manager for Hyatt and Marriott hotels.

Along with marketing experience in fashion and special events, Ms. Berntsen’s specialty is in luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts. She worked for Salamander Hotels & Resorts as Corporate Marketing and Communications Manager and Benchmark Hospitality as Director of Marketing. 

When she is not working, she enjoys learning new things in the kitchen, traveling to new places, finding hidden gems in Florida, and spending time with family and friends.

Alex White

A thriving organization is one where every person knows their role but is also willing to step outside it for a greater good.

Corporate Director of Human Relations

Alex White

As Corporate Director of Human Relations at OTH, Alex White manages day-to-day human resources responsibilities at the home office in Williamsburg. He provides direct support and resources to OTH’s team of on-site human resource professionals at the company’s properties in and around the south.

Alex is a graduate of Mississippi State University, having earned a degree in international business with a minor in Spanish. He has over 20 years of experience with firms like Hilton, Marriott, and Harrah’s, and he worked most recently as the Director of Human Resources at the world-renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Outside of the office, he likes to be actively involved in the community. He has served on the boards of several non-profits, including most recently a rural community health center in Oregon. Most important to him is spending quality time with his family, which includes his wife, Jackie, and their five children, Jordan, Dylan, Hayden, Kendall and Callen.

Joshua Golforth

Financial Analyst

Joshua Golforth

As a Financial Analyst for Our Town Hospitality, Joshua is responsible for overseeing the budgeting and forecasting process for the portfolio, diving into hotel analytics to help the operations team make informed decisions. Joshua oversees many of the technological applications that are utilized daily in the field and supports the overall goals of the accounting and finance discipline.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and International Business, a minor in Spanish from Elmhurst University and holds a Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). Joshua’s hospitality career began with Spire Hospitality directly out of college, where he began as a financial analyst. In 2015, he received the corporate employee of the year award and in 2016, was promoted to Senior Financial Analyst. In 2018, he was promoted to the Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis. Joshua has experience working with multiple hotels brands such as Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Hyatt, as well as Independent properties. 

Joshua is passionate about combining his knowledge of hospitality data analytics and hospitality operations to provide actionable insights which improve performance in key areas for the portfolio. 

Outside of the office, Joshua enjoys traveling the world with his significant other and spending time with his family. He also enjoys running, biking and hiking.

Marlise Ricker

Regional Government Sales Manager

Marlise Ricker

Corporate Human Resources Manager

Karen Saybe

Karen is a highly skilled, senior-level Human Resources Business Partner who brings a track record of innovative strategies that have led to positive business outcomes across the board for hospitality brands. In addition, she brings a wealth of experience in talent acquisition, ongoing performance management, team leadership, coaching, mentoring, and the nuances that come with effective payroll and compensation management. Furthermore, her bilingual fluency in Spanish helps her deploy advanced communication skills in diverse working environments —serving to facilitate high-performing cultures and teams across a property’s verticals.

Karen’s career showcases breadth and results across various brands and properties, beginning with the Capella Hotel Group in Atlanta, Georgia, where she facilitated high-volume talent management and acquisition activities. Most recently, she was the Director of Human Resources at Commonwealth Lodging Management in Norfolk, VA, where she managed all talent acquisition initiatives and performance management cycles, spearheading a COVID-19 prevention policy. Across her career, Karen exemplifies a holistic commitment to fostering talent, leadership, and world-class cultures built on core values.

Corporate Executive Assistant

Kristin Forbes

Kristin Forbes is currently the Corporate Executive Assistant at Our Town Hospitality—executing a track record of superior client experiences and overseeing the performance of administrative support teams. 

To date, she brings over twenty years of client management, organizational planning, and performance-based strategic initiatives. With keen attention to detail and management insights and analysis —she’s able to work with clients to spearhead initiatives and exercise solutions in dynamic and fast-paced business environments.

Kristin’s career spans various organizations, with a common thread of work ethic built on adaptability and execution. In 2016 she joined Riverside Health Systems as Executive Assistant & Office Manager, providing support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Leadership Team. In 2018, she joined Artcraft Management Inc. as Executive Assistant, providing administrative support to the President of Operations, VP of Operations, in addition to supporting regional and property managers in 42 locations. Before OTH, she worked with Fiduciary Edge Advisors as Chief Operations Officer where she oversaw day-to-day operations.

Kristin attended Eastern Connecticut State University and went on to graduate from the Dale Carnegie Management Program as well as the LEAD Historic Triangle Class of 2007. She is a Commissioned Notary for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has previously held CT Property and Casualty Licenses. Incredibly active in her community, Kristin also spends time volunteering her time with St. Bede’s Catholic Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Williamsburg House of Mercy.

When she isn’t at the office or out volunteering, Kristin enjoys spending time with her son Kyle and daughter Megan —as well as her new puppy, Jackson. An avid reader, she is passionate about travel and constantly challenging herself to never stop learning, with a service-first ethos.

Regional Director of Finance & Audit

Lindsay Meadows

    Highly motivated and driven Director with over 20 years of purchasing and finance expertise. Utilizing exceptional leadership and communication skills to coach, manage and motivate. Solid experience in planning, implementing, and executing strategies resulting in greater owner confidence and strengthened business results. Respected professional who embraces diversity, promotes creativity and delivers breakthrough results through expert problem solving.

    CORE COMPETENCIES

    • Strategic Planning & Procurement
    • Financial Statement Preparations
    • Effective Negotiating Skills
    • Team Relations & Accountability
    • Resourceful & Innovative
    • Vendor Relations
    • Research & Forecasting
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Budget Preparation
    • Problem Solving
    • Strong Owner Relations

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