ANIL VALBH - Founder - Chairman And CEO
Anil Valbh founded and over the years transformed the AVISTA companies to where it stands today. Since arriving from India in 1978, he began in the industry with his first acquisition of an 18-unit hotel in California and has created and nurtured AVISTA with a portfolio presently valued over $100 Million. Over the years, Avista has owned, managed and developed over 65 hotels.
Over the past 35 years, Anil has developed an impeccable record in the hospitality industry. His name is well-recognized today by many lending institutions, hotel franchises, companies and fellow hoteliers. He was recognized by Choice Hotels International as one of their most innovative and successful franchisees. Anil was recognized as America’s Leading Top Twenty-Five Asian-Indian American Business Person. Anil and Avista were placed in the top half of the “Top 100 Owner/Developers” by “Hotel Business”, a semi-monthly lodging industry newspaper published in New York. He was also a finalist in the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award. In 2010, Anil received his Executive MBA from the prestigious Harvard School of Business.
In addition to his active business life, Anil devotes time to his family, a primary focus in his life. Anil is also involved in many community activities. As a man who holds key positions of responsibility in business, family and community, Anil places the utmost importance on having total commitment to excellence in everything he does.
AJIT NANA - Senior Vice President
AVISTA’s Senior Vice President Ajit Nana is responsible for planning and implementing AVISTA’s hotel and site acquisitions and asset management. He also conducts the necessary project analysis and due diligence, and oversees projects from their conceptual stage to their successful completion.
Ajit Nana has over 25 years’ broad-based experience in the hotel industry at all levels – operations, management, accounting and financial management, development, human resources, risk management, revenue management, and sales and marketing. Ajit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Ajit is also a Franchise Advisory Committee member for Radisson® Hotels for the Americas since 2009.
GINA LEMASTER - Senior VP Avista Retail Real Estate
Gina brings more than 20 years experience in the commercial real estate industry. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Avista Retail & Development, LLC and Avista Retail Management, LLC, a Division of Avista Holdings.
Gina has provided brokerage and/or development services to companies such as Advance Auto Parts, 7-Eleven, Inc., LA Fitness, Publix Supermarket, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Racetrac Petroleum, BP Products, McDonald’s, Discount Tire Company, HighFive Frozen Yogurt, Donatos Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, YUM! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, A & W Restaurants), Auto Zone, Wendy’s Restaurant, Church’s Chicken and many more. She is currently the exclusive broker for Advance Auto Parts for 8 counties in central Florida.
PEGGY SHIH - Project Manager
Meiling (Peggy) Shih joined Avista Hotels & Resorts in 2004 working in operations and purchasing at the corporate office. She is responsible for assisting the President, Sr. Vice President and upper management teams with all operation and construction-related projects including local and international purchasing and coordination. Meiling Shih holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism from Ming Chuan University in Taiwan and a Master degree in Business Administration from the California State University Stanislaus.
RYAN IRVEN, CHA – Regional Director of Operations and Openings
As a seasoned hospitality professional with over 20 years in full service and select service hotel operations and management. Ryan joined Avista in 2008 as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Orlando Florida. Over his career, Ryan has operated numerous national hotel brands in the Central Florida region ranging from 100 to over 400 rooms in size with a special emphasis on revenue and yield management, food and beverage operations, and sales and marketing. Over the years Ryan has provided exceptional results in driving top-line revenues, minimizing expenses, and creating strong service cultures at the property level. Ryan presently provides multi-property operations and management including overseeing hotel renovations and pre-openings. In his free time Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.
ANGELA SANTIAGO - Regional E-Commerce, Revenue & Sales Manager
Angela joined Avista Hotels & Resorts in 2011, as a 10+ Year Veteran to the Hospitality Industry, birthed out of a sincere and passionate desire to serve in a personal, professional and memorable way. Angela began, as many Hoteliers do, in Operations, as a Front Desk Agent. As a long term Member of the Carlson Hotels Worldwide Team, Angela made a quick progression into Management, committed to the Hospitality Industry and she continues to accelerate in every area of Hospitality, due largely in part to her uniquely passionate pursuit of knowledge and commitment to excellence.
Angela is rich in experience with all areas of Hotel Management, including; Customer Service & Operations, Accounting, Revenue Management and Sales & Marketing. As a Team Member with Avista, Angela is responsible for Brand Management, Group Acquisitions and she specializes in E-Commerce, Data Analysis and Revenue Management, including Tourism, Online Travel Agencies, along with cultivation and management of Corporate Accounts.
JENNY PAGE - Global Director of Sales & Marketing
Jenny joined Avista Hotels & Resorts in 2006. A sincere passion for customer service led Jenny to begin her professional career in the Food & Beverage department at the Delta Orlando Resort an 800 room full service resort. Where she quickly excelled to become part of the management team for over 13 years, with experience in both the Operations and Sales & Marketing Departments.
Jenny is responsible for overseeing Avista’s overall strategic local, national and international sales and marketing aspects, including multi brand management, full service banquet and revenue management. A 20+ year veteran to the Hospitality Industry; Jenny is extremely well versed in the Florida market and continuously maintains a strong visibility and reputation within the Market and Community.
DMITRY PROIAVKO – IT and Graphic Design
Dmitry has been with Avista since 2007. He was first recognized while working at one of Avista’s hotels in Orlando which has helped him to move up and join the corporate office team at Avista. Currently he is assisting the team on specific projects that Avista has its portfolio and under development. His primary responsibilities are technical support for the properties, designing and building the wireless networks, graphic design, website development, management, and support, research, and presentations documentation.
Dmitry graduated from the National University of Transportation as an Engineer Technologist in Kiev, Ukraine, and he is currently pursuing his Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida.