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.
Brian joined Emerald Hospitality in 2011 following 6 years with National City and PNC bank as a Financial Analyst. In that role, he oversaw the financial and commission accounting function of the bank’s insurance agency. As Controller, Brian supports all phases of Emerald’s Centralized Accounting system through financial management for the entire Emerald portfolio. Monthly profit and loss statements, management of the accounts payable process and annual budgets are a sampling of Brian’s responsibilities. Brian assists the Human Resources branch of shared services by coordinating the accounting, billing and renewal of the group insurance plans. Additionally, Brian partners with the Hospitality Management Division on asset management by overseeing and facilitating the accounting for property capital expenditures and capital reserve accounts. Brian has a BBA in Accounting from Cleveland State University and a strong analytical and organizational background that is a great asset to Emerald and that will compliment future growth.
Gina joined Emerald Hospitality in 2016 with experience in the Finance and Accounting field. Gina works closely with each hotel’s General Manager to prepare the monthly financial statements and provides support for the financial accounting system. Prior to Emerald Hospitality, Gina worked for a publicly traded company reviewing and analyzing financial statements for company mergers and acquisitions and coordinating general ledger and operational system transitions.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE COORDINATOR
Prior to joining Emerald Debbie worked as a Human Resource Coordinator for JACK Cleveland Casino where she was responsible for the smooth running of the office, gaming licensing, accounts payable, and assisting with recruiting and engagement. Before her casino life she was an educator for 20 years teaching mostly middle schoolers in the Cleveland area. She has a strong passion for helping others achieve their success whether that be in the classroom, casino, or now the hospitality industry.
Jill joined Emerald Hospitality in early 2018 after being in public accounting for the last ten years. While in public accounting, she served as the primary contact for the clients and prepared year end entries, financial statements, and tax returns for the business clients in various states. She also provided consulting services to her clients in the form of valuing their businesses when clients expressed interest in selling and analyzing their financial information for variances from year to year. Prior to public accounting, she worked for several years in the accounting department for a privately owned commercial real estate company where she gained experience in nearly every facet of accounting. She earned a BSBA from Bowling Green State University with a dual major in accounting and human resources and holds a CPA license in the state of Ohio. Jill supports the accounting functions and heads some of the various tax filings.