New members of the board of directors of Vacasa, CHLA; more people on the move

Vacation rental management platform Vacasa has added a new member to its board of directors, while the California Hotel & Lodging Association has elected its new leadership.

Vacasa appoints Barbara Messing to the Board of Directors
Vacasa has revealed that Barbara Messing is expected to join the company’s board of directors as an independent director following the successful completion of its business combination with TPG Pace Solutions, a specialist acquisition company.

She is currently Director of Marketing and People Experience at Roblox and a board member of Overstock, where she helped guide both technology platforms through different stages of growth. Previously, she was Senior Vice President / Marketing Director at Walmart US and Senior Director / Marketing Director at Tripadvisor.

Messing plans to join Vacasa’s board as an independent director upon closing of the company’s transaction with TPG Pace Solutions, which is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.

The CHLA elects a new board of directors
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) elected its 2022 Board of Directors at its annual meeting on November 18 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Tom Patton, Managing Director / Partner, Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CHLA 2022, with Bijal Patel, CEO / Senior Partner, Coast Redwood Hospitality, becoming the Past President. Patton will be supported by Vice President Hee Won Lim, General Manager, Pacific Palms Hotel, and Secretary / Treasurer Dhruv Patel, President / COO, Ridgemont Hospitality.

The Board of Directors also voted to add Kristi Allen, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments; Matt Humphreys, vice president / regional manager, Hyatt Regency San Francisco; and Perry Patel, partner, BPR Hotels as new members of the board of directors and renew the mandates of nine members of the board of directors whose mandates are about to expire.

These members are:

  • Bimal Patel, Concept Hotels
  • Wes Tyler, Chancellor Hotel
  • Pam Ryan, hostel at the mission, San Juan Capistrano
  • Chip Rogers, American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Daniel Kuperschmid, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • Michelle Millar, University of San Francisco
  • Michael Pace, InterContinental Mark Hopkins SF
  • Terri Haack, Terranea Resort
  • Nic Hockman, Disneyland Resort Hotels

Past board members include Elvin Lai, owner, Ocean Park Inn and Scott VandenBerg, former general manager, Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

CBRE adds Ely in Asia
CBRE has appointed Chris Ely as Head of Hotel Asset Management, Asia.

Based in Singapore, he leads the hotel asset management and operator selection activity of CBRE within the Capital Markets team. Its role is to work with clients to unlock value from hotel and hospitality assets, improve profitability and align stakeholders with investment objectives.

Ely joins a growing team of hospitality industry veterans at CBRE and will serve on the company’s Asia Pacific Hotels & Hospitality executive committee.

He has over 20 years of experience as a hotelier and asset manager. He was most recently Vice President, Business Development and Asset Management, Next Story Group (NSG), where he was responsible for developing and executing NSG’s regional development plans. He also oversaw the asset management of NSG’s hotel portfolio, which included assets in Australia and Southeast Asia, including coworking spaces. Prior to that, he held management positions at JLL, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and Jumeirah Group.

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