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Our team is our core strength. Each one of these superbly talented and driven individuals plots our course and forges our path with character, knowledge and invaluable experiences in a myriad of crucial fields.

The Players

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Principal

Thomas W. Conran

Tom Conran serves as a founding Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group. In this capacity, Mr. Conran has the critical responsibility of growing the group via strategic investments and third-party hotel management assignments. 

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Thomas W. Conran


Tom Conran serves as a founding Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group. In this capacity, Mr. Conran has the critical responsibility of growing the group via strategic investments and third-party hotel management assignments. An industry veteran, Mr. Conran has more than 35 years of hospitality experience in the management, finance, and real estate sectors.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Conran served as Vice President of Business Development for Richfield Hospitality. Mr. Conran expanded the Richfield management platform to include hospitality investments and acquisitions. During his 25 years with Richfield and its predecessor companies, Mr. Conran held several key positions including sales and marketing and property manager assignments. In addition, he was responsible for property management transitions and client relations within the management portfolio.

From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Conran also served as Vice President of Acquisitions for Regal Hotels International and successfully closed on $300 million of hotel acquisitions, including the Bostonian Hotel, the UN Plaza Hotel New York, the Knickerbocker Chicago, and the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. Thereafter, Mr. Conran served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for Millennium Hotels, USA with active involvement in the group’s investment strategies and renovation programs for their portfolio of 13 up-scale full-service hotels. As a frequent guest lecturer Conran recently taught at the prestigious Institut’ Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France.


Mr. Conran earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire and serves as a adjunct professor at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, France. Additionally, Conran serves on the Advisory Council for Marriott’s Autograph Collection and Tribute Portfolio. Tom is married to Sylvia Conran and they have two sons.



Tom’s Mantra: “Follow your passion and strive to be the best.”
His approach to Life: Family, good friends, health and happiness.
Favorite destination: Cayman Islands.
Words to live by: “Do your best to be fair, equitable and respectful.”

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Principal

Aik Hong Tan

Aik Hong Tan serves as a founding Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group. In this role, he is actively engaged in the financial and investment disciplines and growth strategies of the company.

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Aik Hong Tan

Aik Hong Tan serves as a founding Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group. In this role, he is actively engaged in the financial and investment disciplines and growth strategies of the company.

With over 25 years experience in the financial and hospitality arena, Tan served as President of Richfield Hospitality from 2002 through mid-2009. Under his leadership, the company grew to become one of the top-ranked management companies in the U.S. During his tenure he also expanded the company’s role from a third-party property manager to an entity actively engaged in the hospitality acquisition and investment arena.

Prior to joining Richfield, Tan directed one of Asia’s leading e-commerce companies representing over 3,000 hotels worldwide. Additionally, he was a senior financial executive of a publicly traded company on the Singapore Exchange, with emphasis on power plant and energy related holdings.

During his career, Tan has overseen a number of major initiatives including development of mixed-use real estate projects, issuance of bonds to international financial institutions, disposition strategies for power related companies, oversight of e-commerce/GDS and purchasing disciplines in the hospitality arena.

Tan earned a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore, and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore. He currently serves on the Executive Board to the School of Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management at the University of Denver.


Tan’s superpower: The ability to synthesize ideas into clear direction and action.
Words to live by: “Never be satisfied with status quo.”
Favorite destination: Europe
Next dream job: Pro golfer

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Principal

William Kohl

William D. Kohl oversees the strategic and operational direction of Greenwood Hospitality Group's portfolio of hotels. Additionally, he directs the Company's activities in restaurant development, concept design and re-positioning.

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William Kohl

William D. Kohl oversees the strategic and operational direction of Greenwood Hospitality Group's portfolio of hotels. Additionally, he directs the Company's activities in restaurant development, concept design and re-positioning. Mr. Kohl's portfolio experience includes oversight of many high profile assets , direct responsibility for opening eight hotels as well as concept design of over twenty restaurants.

During his thirty-five year career, Bill has received several honors including The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year and the American Hotel and Lodging Association's State Leadership Award. His restaurants consistently achieve the AAA Four Diamond Award and several have won the coveted DiRōNA Award. He has twice been recognized by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine as a Top of the Table Award winner for restaurant design. A wine specialist, Kohl has consistently been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine for innovative wine lists and programs.

Mr. Kohl currently serves on the National Restaurant Association's Board of Directors and is immediate Past Chair of its Political Action Committee. He also serves as a member of the Marriott Food and Beverage Advisory Committee and the Renaissance Hotels Owners' Advisory Board. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Central Pennsylvania College in 2004. He was named Penn State University's Alumnus of the Year for the School of Hospitality Management. Mr. Kohl was recently honored with the 2021 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award for Hotels and Lodging.

Kohl is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management. He is founder of Très Bonne Année, a series of wine and food events and international wine auction for charity which raises in excess of $400,000 annually. He is married to his wife Kim and has two adult children.


Bill’s superpower: Leadership, vision, and support with integrity.
A Word of Advice: “Read. Have a passion for service excellence, be enthusiastic.”
Favorite destination: Napa Valley and Sonoma
Go-to comfort food: Roast chicken with caramelized onions, chicken demi glace, and a great Burgundy.

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Senior Vice President

Peter Tziahanas

Peter serves as Senior Vice President of Greenwood Lifestyle portfolio. In his role, he has direct oversight of the operational and commercial strategies and initiatives.

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Peter Tziahanas

Peter serves as Senior Vice President of Greenwood Lifestyle portfolio. In his role, he has direct oversight of the operational and commercial strategies and initiatives.

Peter will work closely with external and internal customers to drive operational excellence and profitability while enhancing guest and employee engagement.

Peter’s superpower: Servant Leadership through a compassionate lens 
Go-to comfort food: Pizza
Favorite travel destination: Greece

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Vice President of Human Resources

Kelly Viscount

Ms. Viscount is the responsible for the Human Resource functions of Greenwood Hospitality. In her role, she is responsible for all recruiting and retention efforts for the portfolio. Kelly leads and develops all human resource policies and services for the portfolio and supports all hotel level Human Resource Directors.

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Kelly Viscount

Ms. Viscount is the responsible for the Human Resource functions of Greenwood Hospitality. In her role, she is responsible for all recruiting and retention efforts for the portfolio. Kelly leads and develops all human resource policies and services for the portfolio and supports all hotel level Human Resource Directors.


Kelly’s superpower: Energy and spirit
A Word of Advice: “Don't wait for a job to open before you learn it. Make it happen.”
Will never forget... Helping an immigrant Ambassador from Cuba get his start in the US.
Next dream job: Bartender at an island cabana bar

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Vice President Revenue Generation

Becky Vealey

Ms. Vealey is responsible for overseeing the sales, revenue management and marketing initiatives for the Greenwood portfolio.

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Becky Vealey



Ms. Vealey is responsible for overseeing the sales, revenue management and marketing initiatives for the Greenwood portfolio. She and her team are responsible for sales training, developing strategic plans, brand relations, e-commerce, implementing standards and procedures, forecasting, budgeting, market development and pre-opening functions.

Becky's superpower: Adaptability
Will never forget... Working with active military and veterans
Go-to comfort food: Pasta
Next dream job: Bed and breakfast owner

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Vice President of Operations

Joseph Shurmur

Joseph Shurmur is responsible for the overall operational direction and supervision of select properties within the Greenwood portfolio, including direct responsibility for The Henry, a multiple award-winning Autograph Collection hotel in Dearborn, MI.

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Joseph Shurmur


 Joseph Shurmur is responsible for the overall operational direction and supervision of select properties within the Greenwood portfolio, including direct responsibility for The Henry, a multiple award-winning Autograph Collection hotel in Dearborn, MI. With over 25 years of multi-brand hospitality experience, Shurmur has held several senior level managerial positions, ranging from full service resorts to city center properties.

Joseph’s superpower: Never allow another to outwork you
Will not forget... Dinner with the legendary Don Shula in Key West
Go-to comfort food: Chicken chili
Next dream job: Charter boat captain in the Florida Keys

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Vice President of Operations

Joe Insernia

Mr. Isernia is responsible for the operations of the portfolio and special projects to enhance service or profitability. With over 30-years of multi-brand hospitality experience, Mr. Isernia has held several senior level managerial positions.

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Joe Insernia


Mr. Isernia is responsible for the operations of the portfolio and special projects to enhance service or profitability. With over 30-years of multi-brand hospitality experience, Mr. Isernia has held several senior level managerial positions. His experience ranges from full service resorts to city center properties, and includes operational knowledge of Holiday Inn, Hilton Hotels, Crowne Plaza.

Joe’s superpower: Passion for the business
Will never forget… Serving lunch to President George W. Bush
Go-to comfort food: Salmon salad
Next dream job: Retirement

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Vice President of Operations

Dan Block

Mr. Block has over 30 years of executive level leadership in the luxury hospitality market.

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Dan Block


Dan Block serves as Vice President of Operations, in his role he has direct operational oversight of a select group of hotels in the Greenwood portfolio.


Mr. Block has over 30 years of executive level leadership in the luxury hospitality market. His experiences range from Executive Chef with Ritz-Carlton Hotels, several senior property level positions with Destination Hotels and Resorts, area-level responsibilities with Omni Hotels and Resorts and Vice President of Operations with Lewis Properties.

His hospitality debut: I started working in my Uncle’s Restaurant when I was 13 and I was hooked!
Go-to comfort food: A good charcoal-cooked cheeseburger.
Favorite destination: The beach
Fun fact: I have teenage twins who keep me pretty busy in my off hours.

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Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Barry Dively

Barry Dively serves as the Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing for Greenwood Hospitality Group.

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Barry Dively


Barry Dively serves as the Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing for Greenwood Hospitality Group. In this capacity, he oversees the strategic sales processes and productivity of ten properties in the portfolio while providing support and direction over revenue generating initiatives.


Barry’s superpower: Always looking for a better method.
A Word of Advice: “Never give up; each let-down is a learning opportunity to grow.”
Go-to comfort food: Beer and a good burger on the grill.
Favorite destination: Charleston, S.C.

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Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Jeff Spence

Jeff Spence oversees the strategic sales processes and productivity of ten properties in our portfolio while providing support and direction over revenue generating initiatives.

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Jeff Spence


Jeff Spence oversees the strategic sales processes and productivity of ten properties in our portfolio while providing support and direction over revenue generating initiatives. Jeff has close to 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Words of advice: Be a lifelong student and seeker of knowledge
Favorite Quote: “You are either coaching it or you are allowing it to happen” – Mike Leach
Ultimate comfort food: Papusas
Favorite Past Time: Watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Rock n Roll Concerts and Golfing

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Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Michaela Winter

Michaela Winter oversees the strategic sales processes and productivity of seven properties in the portfolio while providing support and direction over revenue generating initiatives.

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Michaela Winter


Michaela Winter oversees the strategic sales processes and productivity of seven properties in the portfolio while providing support and direction over revenue generating initiatives.She has 15 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Words of advice: Take time for self-education and know that sometimes you have to take one step back in order to go two steps forward.
Next dream job: Open a local community center to help kids less fortunate
Ultimate comfort food:  Authentic Mexican street tacos
Favorite travel destination: Tocoa, Honduras as she supports an Orphanage and Girls Home there

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Director of Marketing and Brand Activation

Liz Flurry

Liz Flurry is responsible for the oversight and implementation of all traditional and digital marketing initiatives, social media and reputation management for the portfolio of hotels.

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Liz Flurry

Liz Flurry is responsible for the oversight and implementation of all traditional and digital marketing initiatives, social media and reputation management for the portfolio of hotels. Additionally, she is responsible for brand development and activation for our soft brand collection of hotels.

Words To Live By: “Be proud of what you do and there are no failures only opportunities.”
Go-to comfort food: Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Destination: Anywhere rich with history and amazing food!
Next Dream Job: Travel Photographer

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Corporate Director of Food and Beverage

John Leslie

John serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In his role he oversees the strategic and operational direction of Food and Beverage for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels. Additionally, he supports the company’s initiatives for all new restaurant and hotel openings.

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John Leslie


John serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In his role he oversees the strategic and operational direction of Food and Beverage for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels. Additionally, he supports the company’s initiatives for all new restaurant and hotel openings.

Advice for others: It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice

Favorite Travel Destination: Maui, Hawaii

Dinner after a tough day: Fried catfish with collard greens and black-eyed peas

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Corporate Director of Food and Beverage

Adele McFarlane

Adele serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In her role, she supports the front of house operations to include brand and service training and beverage program development for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels.

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Adele McFarlane

Adele serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In her role, she supports the front of house operations to include brand and service training and beverage program development for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels. Adele works in partnership with our entire corporate team to help guide, support, implement and execute companywide food and beverage initiatives.

Advice for others: We are experts in the art of delivering delight, whether it is on the serving plate or in a cocktail glass. We create moments. The guest experience is everything and our guest engagement is never ending.

Favorite Travel Destination: Everywhere (every destination has worth)

Dinner after a tough day: Mac and cheese; and more mac and cheese

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Corporate Director of Food and Beverage

Gary Richards

Gary serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In his role, he oversees food and beverage processes and profitability for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels.

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Gary Richards

Gary serves as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. In his role, he oversees food and beverage processes and profitability for Greenwood Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotels. Gary works in partnership with our entire corporate team to help guide, support, implement and execute companywide standards and practices for food and beverage.


Next Dream Job: Yacht Captain

Favorite Travel Destination: Christmas Markets, Bavaria

Favorite Quote: “It is kind of fun to do the Impossible”