About Stys Hospitality Initiative

Stys Hospitality’s core offering is Owner Project Management and Representation for the Hospitality Industry.

Stys Hospitality Initiative (SHI) has developed the most comprehensive list of industry experts and vendors, a network that we leverage to ensure the client’s needs are met or exceeded. The team ensures client satisfaction by tailoring project services to the individual client’s needs to form the most effective partnership for the successful completion of the client’s project.

The seasoned senior team brings more than twenty years of architectural, engineering, construction and/or project management experience to the business. This unique experience gives SHI the ability to enable better collaboration among all project teams, which offers quick resolutions to issues and a better result in the final product.

Through past experience, we know the success of a project starts with establishing the right team, setting the right benchmarks for the budget and schedule, and then managing and measuring the progress of the project against those key milestones throughout the process. Using past experiences on both new construction and renovation projects, Stys Hospitality will lend its expertise to the client throughout the many different stages of the design and construction management process.

Meet the Team

Brian Stys

President

As President and Founder of the company, Brian is responsible for all operations of the business. Brian brings more than twenty-five years of construction operations knowledge to the business. With the unique perspective of having successfully developed and managed construction teams on a national level, Brian provides a unique value and point of view to the project. He works closely with the client and the team to ensure success and satisfaction on every level. Prior to starting Stys Hospitality, Brian was Vice President at Shawmut Design and Construction in Boston where he spent 19 years and is credited with building the nationwide restaurant and hospitality divisions.

Erin Hoesly

Vice President of Operations

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Erin Hoesly brings a range of diverse experience in business strategy, operations, marketing, and financial management. Erin manages the SHI offices as well as handling business development, marketing, digital networks, and project management work. Prior to Stys Hospitality, Erin worked for Panopticon Software and Datawatch Corporation with responsibility for corporate marketing, sales forecasting, partner relationships, and budgets. Erin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MBA and BBA in Marketing.

Chris Zanni

Vice President of Project Management

As Vice President Chris brings more than twenty-five years of architectural and project management experience to the business. Through past experience Chris knows the success of a project starts with establishing the right team, setting the right benchmarks for the budget and schedule, and then managing and measuring the progress of the project against those key milestones throughout the process. Using his experience on both new construction and renovation projects, Chris will lend his expertise to the client throughout the many different stages of the design and construction management process.

Matthew G. Russell, AIA

Vice President of Project Management

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Matt brings more than 20 years of architectural and project management experience. To offer timely cost-effective project solutions, Matt can draw on his experience as an architect, contractor, and client. Matt is confident with tight budgets and project deadlines. He can visualize, analyze, and communicate a project’s scope of work and coordinate costs/means. He can work in conjunction with multiple consultants, construction, and subcontractor teams to develop commercially viable projects. While meeting clients’ needs and expectations, Matt is skilled at working in a high paced multi-faceted team environment.

George Monasterio

Senior Project Manager

George comes to SHI with over 25 years of experience with Metro-North Railroad in New York.  At Metro-North Railroad, he held several positions including Chief Architect and most recently the Director of Grand Central Terminal.  In this role, George managed a workforce of 300 people, designed, and implemented all in house construction projects and liaised with all external agencies.  His vast experience, as both a project manager and architect, brings extensive knowledge of project oversight to SHI and its clients.  George specializes in managing a project from inception to completion while supervising all internal and external crews and the corresponding schedules and budgets.

Nathan Logan

Senior Project Manager

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Nathan Logan brings the experience of founding his own company ML Restaurant Solutions, after a successful career as an Executive Chef. Nathan’s firm offers boutique food service consulting, specializing in kitchen & bar design. Starting in the industry after graduating from Washington State University with Degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Administration and in Business Management, he decided to pursue a more traditional way to connect with food. Nathan has been designing and managing many high-profile and successful builds across the country.  He combines his kitchen design skills and project managment experience to offer SHI clients a robust service offering.

Robert Goemaat

Senior Project Manager

Bob has been working in Construction Management for over 20 years. Prior to joining Stys Hospitality, he built his construction career at Shawmut Design and Construction working on hospitality projects nationwide. Bob spent seven years as the Executive Project Superintendent for the NYC and metro area. His responsibilities consisted of managing over 40 project superintendents. His expertise is in managing schedules and manpower, final inspections, and permit close-out, overseeing procurement processes, logistics planning, and building strong sub-contractor relationships. Bob has managed projects in the retail, restaurant, entertainment, and hotel industries.

Amanda Tiani

Senior Project Manager

Amanda has a broad range of experience in managing projects including estimating, procurement, contract negotiation, scheduling and earned value analysis with exceptional knowledge in cost variance and cost performance index. Amanda gained her knowledge and skills through progressive responsibilities throughout her tenure managing various types of projects such as mid-rise, warehouse distribution centers, tenant space, restaurants, and hospitality. Her wide breadth of experience in multiple facets provides exceptional talent and skills to meet client expectations.

Tami Chotkowski

Senior Project Manager

Tami is a hospitality senior project manager with over 20 years of experience in operations, sales, strategic planning, and bottom-line results. She specializes in opening independent and brand hotels, restaurants, and banquet facilities. Prior to Stys Hospitality, Tami was Vice President of Development at Cipriani International where she was involved in all aspects of new business opportunities, project build outs, staff training and budgeting. Her skills in project management, operations, brand development, financial management and reporting are a strong asset to SHI and its clients.

Mike Cleary

Senior Project Manager

Mike brings 30 years of project management experience in both the commercial and residential construction industry to Stys Hospitality. Prior to SHI, Mike worked for the Empire City Casino as the Director of Property Operations. He was responsible for a 98-acre casino property including a 495,000 sq. foot facility, 4 restaurants and 14 additional buildings. In addition, Mike planned and executed all new construction builds and renovations. Mike’s skill set includes creating and maintaining operational budgets, scheduling, managing relationships with state and federal regulatory compliance agencies and overseeing subcontractors on a project.

Chris Cox

Senior Project Manager

Chris brings years of experience as a project superintendent with Shawmut. His skill set includes monitoring and maintaining project budgets and schedules, managing the consultant bid processes, managing subcontractors, compiling, and tracking daily activities and executing the final punch lists. His projects included TAK Room, Eleven Madison Park, MomoFuku Kawi and 601 Lexington Ave Food Hall. Prior to coming to SHI, Chris worked for Cloudkitchens managing the construction of multiple, high-complexity kitchen spaces for delivery-based restaurants and other food establishments. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Construction Management.

Don Hayes

Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager with Stys Hospitality, Don brings over twenty years of project management and facility operations experience in the hospitality and university sectors. He excels at Design and Development, MEP Plan Reviews, Value Engineering, Construction Administration, Project Management including budgets, schedules, and team coordination as well as FFE Purchasing. Prior to SHI, Don worked as an Owner Rep for Alicart Restaurant Group managing $10M-$15M restaurant projects including Carmine’s in NYC, DC and Las Vegas, Virgil’s in Las Vegas, and The Marketplace at Fordham University.

Ray Knappenberger

Project Manager

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Ray Knappenberger brings over twenty years of project management experience in the retail, restaurant and commercial construction space. Ray specializes in managing complex projects from initial lease negotiations through construction and tenant opening. He excels at being the team leader for all external consultants on a project including Architects, Designers, Engineers and General Contractors. Ray has deep industry knowledge on lease review, budget planning and control, submissions/approvals, permitting and on-site administration of projects.

Juan Luis Maldonado

Project Manager

As a Project Manager Juan Luis brings more than thirty years of architectural and project management experience in the design and construction management industry. He has managed projects in the architectural profession and in the development/ construction industry totaling over two million square feet. Juan has experience with many project types ranging from commercial, institutional, office, retail, residential and mixed-use. He has worked on behalf of owners, clients, developers and the U.S. government.

Jenn Holcomb

Project Manager

Jenn is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with over 20 years experience in the field. Over the last 2 decades she has been involved in projects across the restaurant, retail, housing, data center and public works industries. Jenn has experience in all aspects of project delivery from conceptual/schematic design, construction documents, variance/permitting submissions, and construction administration. She is committed to client satisfaction, teamwork, and project success. Jenn graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Computer Information Systems.

Connor Brown

Project Manager

As a Project Manager, Connor Brown brings invaluable experience in project management to Stys Hospitality. Connor previously worked for CM&B Construction where he was responsible for overall project management as well as scheduling, project cost analysis and field supervision. He has managed projects in the hospitality, retail, and automotive industries. Connor graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Management.

Alexa Iammatteo

Project Manager

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Alexa brings strong project management skills to the team. She previously worked at JLL where she was responsible for maintaining budgets and schedules, managing weekly meetings, project documentation and the bid process. Alexa graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Business, Finance, and Real Estate.

Danielle Dioguardi

Assistant Project Manager

Prior to working at Stys Hospitality, Danielle Dioguardi was responsible for in-house project management for luxury international restaurant groups such as Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group, and then Orange Brands Management. Her previous experience sitting in the client’s seat allows a unique understanding of the client perspective and enables her to provide bespoke project support accordingly. She has worked on project development in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas, and Dubai. Danielle is a member of the New York Hospitality Alliance. Danielle is a graduate of Villanova University.

Laura Saniuk-Heinig-Greene

Assistant Project Manager

Laura has spent 10 years in the hospitality industry in various capacities which has provided her with an expansive skill set for project management. Prior to joining SHI, Laura worked for The Bar Room as a general manager, construction project manager, and controller and purchasing agent. She also started her own 2,700 sq. ft. cocktail bar, restaurant & nightclub which hosted dinner, brunch, live music & events in the heart of East Village. In this position, she managed all aspects of the restaurant including brokering the lease, renovating the venue, managing budgets and staff and all marketing content. Laura graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Hotel Administration.

Lexi Lombara

Assistant Project Manager

Lexi brings a strong entrepreneurial set of skills to SHI. Prior to joining the team, she was Co-Founder and CEO of Colby Davis of Boston, a boutique jewelry business. In this role, she developed account management, value chain oversight, accounting, operational and brand management expertise. She also worked as an Analyst for the software company Crayon. As an APM she supports our team and clients with her substantial communication, analytical, project management and multi-tasking skills. Lexi graduated from Boston College with Communications and Economics degrees.

Brenden DiBurro

Assistant Project Manager

Brenden grew up in the hospitality industry, helping his family manage a 6th generation function hall.  Before going to Wentworth Institute of Technology for his bachelor’s degree in construction management, he worked in the construction industry for two years. During his time at Wentworth, Brenden had three co-ops as an assistant superintendent with several GC firms.  In his position at SHI, he brings a strong work ethic, a solid understanding of construction management and the ability to manage the day-to-day tasks required to bring a project to completion.

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