CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Art joined Emerald Hospitality in 2004. As Chief Financial Officer, Art’s responsibilities are focused on development, finance, accounting, financial reporting, loan procurement, and administration. He oversees all accounting processed for the hotels, escrow management, distributions, investments and other financial and investment related needs. During his tenure, he has coordinated multiple hotel refinances, and helped structure capital stacks for development, ground-up and acquisitions. He works closely with 3rd party CPAs in preparations of year-end tax returns, financial statements, K-1s, as well as coordinating all loan compliance and reporting.
Prior to joining Emerald, Art spent 12 years in Hotel Operations with Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotels. Art’s additional experience in operations includes positions as Front Office Manager, Director of Rooms, and General Manager. Art attended Bowling Green State University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance which along with his “hands on” operational history provides a unique blend of experience and support to the Emerald Hospitality hotels.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Ed Pavente has been with Emerald since 2001 and has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ed is responsible for the overall operations, performance, owner relations and capital planning for all of the properties in the Emerald portfolio. In addition, he oversees the relationship and implementation of several different national hotel brands. His experience and industry knowledge provide a foundation for the company’s core strength of producing excellent results for its employees, owners and investors.
Prior to being appointed to COO, Ed was the Vice President of Operations for Emerald Hospitality where he provided leadership to a group of high performing General Managers and hotel teams in all aspects of hotel operations and revenue generation.
Under Ed’s leadership the hotels he oversees have achieved a multitude of industry awards from several different brands and organizations.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Jeff coordinates Emerald’s business-related legal matters and is involved in managing Emerald’s online presence. He advises Emerald on contract, transactional, and other legal issues and oversees outside counsel when necessary. Jeff graduated from Michigan State University College of Law cum Laude in 2006. After being admitted to the Ohio Bar he practiced commercial litigation for several years before joining the Emerald team in 2010. His experience representing construction companies, real estate companies, banks and other business interests in resolving their legal disputes has given him insight into the legal needs of Emerald Hospitality Associates. Prior to law school, Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and spent a number of years working retail, restaurant, and other service/hospitality positions, giving him a background in the needs of the hospitality industry.