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The firm is organized into the following distinct disciplines: Asset Management (including Accounting and Construction), Acquisitions and Research. The professionals operating within these disciplines are fully integrated so as to deliver the institutional asset management service and entrepreneurial vision required by our clients and investors.

Robert D. Kline, President and Co-Founder, is a 20+ year veteran of the lodging industry and a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He has led over $5.0 billion in transactions and is a pioneer in the development of Asset Management practices. Prior to forming Chartres Lodging (formerly known as 'Oxford Lodging') and serving with Chartres Capital Partners, Mr. Kline founded the Lodging Business for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and was the founding Head of Acquisitions for Strategic Hotel Capital. Mr. Kline is also a Founding Director of the Hotel Asset Management Association and a frequent lecturer at universities and industry conferences.

Maki Nakamura Bara is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of The Chartres Lodging Group. She is a leading expert in redeveloping and repositioning luxury resorts, urban hotels, convention hotels and conference centers, which have totaled nearly $800 million at The Chartres Lodging Group. Recently, in recognition of her extensive experience in the lodging sector, particularly in acquisitions, asset management, development management and her role in the growth of the company, Ms. Bara was recognized as the top "40 Under 40" by M&A Advisor. She also received the "Best Executive" Stevie Award for Women in business and was named a "Woman of Influence" in commercial real estate by Real Estate Southern California magazine. Ms. Bara's previous experience includes participating in the formation and growth of the lodging activities of Lend Lease Real Estate and Strategic Hotel Capital. She has also worked at Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the hospitality industry's leading consulting firm. Ms. Bara is a graduate of UCLA, fluent in Japanese and has extensive hospitality industry experience throughout the United States and Japan.

Kirk Pederson, Chief Investment Officer/Chief Operation Officer, Kirk Pederson joined Chartres Lodging Group in 2011 with 15+ years of experience in the lodging industry and is responsible for all new acquisitions, operations and asset management. His diverse background in both the public and private sectors has resulted in the direct oversight of over $5 billion of independent and branded hotels & resorts throughout the United States and Mexico. Prior to joining Chartres, Kirk spearheaded acquisitions and asset management for West Coast and Hawaii lodging investments on behalf of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, Prime Property Fund and Morgan Stanley separate accounts. He also spent 10 years in various development and asset management roles with American General Hospitality, MeriStar Hospitality Corp. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Kirk is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association. He received a BS from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at The University of Nevada Las Vegas.

U.S. Team

Barry Nidiffer, Senior Vice President of Development Management, Mr. Nidiffer is a Real Estate Development Manager with over 20 years of experience totaling over $1.5 billion of project development. He has represented other leading Owner / Developer investment firms in managing and directing the design & construction processes of land and vertical construction. As a Registered Professional Architect, Mr. Nidiffer is experienced with various occupancy and construction types, with his major focus on complex hospitality projects which include; mixed - use urban and resort hotels, destination resort and residential properties. He is experienced in multi-state and international hospitality projects. He brings a disciplined and creative hands-on approach to the development process and is versed in all facets of the development and delivery process. Barry has managed all pre-development, development activities including; due diligence, planning and programming, budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, permitting, project documentation, consultant and contractor qualification and selection process, construction administration, operator facilitation, FF&E coordination, project completion and close-out. Barry is a graduate of California Polytechnic University - Pomona.

Maxine Taylor, Executive Vice President of Asset Management, has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. She has consulted on a variety of international hospitality real estate projects for restaurants, hotels, marinas, golf courses, and clubs for both private and public sector entities throughout the US, Europe and the Caribbean. She also served as an operations manager in a five-star/five-diamond resort and as a professor of hospitality management. At her previous position at CHM she was Vice President, Asset Management. In addition to her asset management responsibilities, over the past four years, Mrs. Taylor has been responsible for overseeing major renovations and construction projects at two urban hotels and has executed several successful restaurant lease contracts.

Yolanda Liu, Senior Vice President, Finance, serves as Chartres Lodging's Vice President of Finance and Administration. She has extensive corporate finance experience and has served as Property Controller of the Pan Pacific San Francisco. Ms. Liu also served as Director of Corporate Finance for Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts for North America. In her capacity with Chartres Lodging she oversees all investment fund tax and accounting, as well as overseeing cash management and operating results at the property level.

Wendy Ng, Controller, serves in San Francisco office and oversees internal accounting, financial analysis, and financial reporting. Prior to joining Chartres Lodging, Mrs. Ng was an Accounting Manager for Textainer, one of the world's largest marine shipping container leasing and management companies. She has over 15 year's financial experience in internal and external accounting, cash management, and financial reporting. Mrs. Ng is a graduate of San Francisco State University's school of Business Administration in accounting.

Anjali Agarwal, Vice President of Asset Management, is responsible for a portfolio of assets at Chartres Lodging, and also performs acquisitions due diligence and advisory activities. In the past five years at Chartres Lodging, Mrs. Agarwal has been involved in nearly $1 billion of transaction activity. Prior to joining Chartres Lodging, Mrs. Agarwal held responsibility for the revenue management of the South East region at Orbitz Worldwide where she executed significant revenue enhancements across nine states. Mrs. Agarwal has several years of operations experience with major lodging brands such as Hyatt and Marriott. In her most recent operations role with Marriott International, Inc., Mrs. Agarwal obtained experience opening hotels, setting marketing strategy and negotiating valuable deals. Mrs. Agarwal is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.

Deanna Quan, Senior Director, serves on the asset management team and also supports the acquisitions team at the Chartres Lodging Group. With over 15 years of hospitality industry experience, Deanna began her career in restaurant and hotel operations with companies such as Hilton Hotels Corporation, Omni Hotels and Doubletree Hotels. In addition to her role with the Chartres Lodging Group, Deanna serves as Corporate Director of Profit Improvement with Kokua Hospitality. Prior to joining Chartres Lodging and Kokua Hospitality, she performed in both the acquisitions and asset management disciplines at Morgan Stanley Real Estate and its predecessor company, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, where she asset managed a $70 million portfolio and supported a second portfolio valued at $600+ million. In addition, she was involved in the disposition of over $200 million of hotel assets. She also previously performed financial, market and investment analyses as a member of the development and acquisitions team at Carlson Hospitality Worldwide. Ms. Quan received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Derrick Yee, Senior Director, also supports the Asset Management team, as well as Research and Analysis activities at Chartres Lodging. Having spent two summers as an intern with Chartres Lodging, Derrick now joins the firm having completed both a Masters of Management in Hospitality from the Hotel School at Cornell as well as a Masters of Business Administration from The Johnson School, also at Cornell. Prior to graduate school, Derrick worked as a meeting planner for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. While there, Derrick was responsible for negotiating and booking over $6 million in hotel contracts, planning multiple executive conferences and overseeing banquet events at the Association's annual trade show.

Vandana Ahuja, Director, focuses on the New York assets. Before joining Chartres Lodging, she was with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as a Senior Analyst for Distribution Metrics and Strategy. Prior to that, Vandana worked in various capacities with the Airline Industry in India. She holds a Master's from both the Indian Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies, Delhi and Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.

Brian Beglin, Analyst, is a recent graduate of Cornell University's Class of 2010, graduating with a B.A. in History from Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, and Minors in "Law and Society," also from Arts and Sciences, and "Real Estate" from the School of Hotel Administration. Previously, Brian has gained summer experience at both HEI Hotels and Resorts and Torreya Partners, a boutique investment bank in New York City which focuses on biotech and pharmaceutical Sell-Side Licensing and M&A. Brian is working as an Analyst in support of Chartres Asset Management and Acquisition endeavors.

Luke Callinan, Senior Director of Acquisitions, is primarily responsible for the acquisition, disposition, due diligence and research activities of Chartres Lodging. In his time as a member of the group's acquisition team, Mr. Callinan has been involved in approximately $1.0 billion of total transaction volume. Prior to assuming his current role with Chartres Lodging, he held additional responsibility within the group's asset and portfolio management teams where he focused on refinance and recapitalization initiatives, as well as the development of Chartres Lodging's proprietary research models. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Wing Leung, Senior Accountant, serves in the San Francisco office and is responsible for all partnership accounting. Mrs. Leung has over 10 years of financial services experience in accounting, tax, and banking. Prior to joining Oxford Lodging Mrs. Leung was with Quellos Group, LLC in their Wealth Management and Financial Advisory group responsible for private clients accounting and financial reporting. She holds a Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas, Dallas.

Kristine Woo, Accounting Manager, has more than 13 years of hospitality experience including hotel operations and revenue management, and has also held different positions with accounting in a luxury hotel.  She served as a consultant for Marriott International Inc. during the post transition period after the sale of a Luxury hotel in San Francisco.   She is a graduate of City College of San Francisco, Hotel and Restaurant Operations Program and San Francisco State University, School of Business Administration.  Ms. Woo is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Japan Team

Matthew Cox, Executive Vice President of Chartres Lodging Group Japan, GK, graduated from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration's Master's of Management in Hospitality program. Prior to joining Chartres Lodging, Mr. Cox gained experience at JHM Hotels and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. He also founded the Tabibito Travel Agency in Tokyo, Japan in 2001 and, prior to that, worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Tokyo between 1998-2001.

Kaori Hashimoto, Office Manager for The Chartres Lodging Group Japan, GK, has over ten years of hospitality experience in hotel operations and executive management in Tokyo and London with Hilton and Westin. Prior to joining Chartres Lodging, Ms. Hashimoto worked in office management, event coordination, and accounting with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in Tokyo for over seven years.

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