Senior Leadership

Entrepreneurial, nimble and proactive, HEI’s senior leadership team brings together high-performance experts whose cumulative experience melds decades of top brand operating expertise with legendary market cycle investment successes. Industry-shapers, these individuals have completed billions in hotel transactions, as well as initiated progressive programs and processes that forever changed the hospitality landscape, including repositioning major known brands, pioneering “better bed and shower” concepts, establishing trendsetting culinary collaborations, developing more than 60 training programs still in use by top brands, and creating prescient energy-saving innovations.

Senior Leadership By Department:

Gary Mendell

Chairman & Co-founder

Steve Mendell

Principal & Co-founder

Anthony Rutledge

Managing Partner & CEO

Ted Darnall

Partner & CEO, Lodging and Technical Services

Clark Hanrattie


Rachel Moniz

Chief Operating Officer

Marcus Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Dan Walworth

Chief Compliance and Strategy Officer

Nigel Hurst

Chief Human Resource Officer

Karl Murphy

Chief Commercial Officer

Bradley Koch

Chief Technology Officer

Charlie Colletta

Senior Vice President, Investments

Steen Petri

Senior Vice President, Investments

Brian Russo

Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance

Jeremy See

Senior Vice President, Revenue Management

Aliya Kritzler

Vice President, Food and Beverage

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