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Professional Team

GF’s founder, Ken Kochenour has been actively involved in the organization since its inception. The GF Management Team is known for commitment, dedication and for creating the right environment to ensure quality guest experiences at all of its hospitality properties.

At the core of the GF Management Team is a group of individuals comprised of experts from all disciplines.

Following is a list of GF’s key Management professionals, along with biographies of the Ownership and Management Teams.

Founder, President & CEO

Executive Vice President of Finance

Executive Vice President

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Senior Vice President of Development

Vice President Asset & Revenue Management

Kenneth Kochenour, Founder, President & CEO

Mr. Kochenour is co-founder of GF Management and brings to the company more than twenty-five years of experience in owning and operating hotel/resort facilities, turnaround deals, property evaluations, market analyses and cost controls.  Mr. Kochenour holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from York College, Pennsylvania.

Ira Lubert, Chairman Emeritus/Co-founder

Mr. Lubert co-founded GF Management with Kenneth Kochenour in 1988. In 1997, Mr. Lubert joined Dean Adler to create the Lubert-Adler Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Mr. Lubert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Robert E. Keith, Jr., Vice Chairman

Mr. Keith provides GF Management with in-depth knowledge of real estate finance and an understanding of financial institutions, management and strategic planning. Mr. Keith is a graduate of Amherst College and Temple University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Barbara Evans, CPA, Executive Vice President Of Finance

Ms. Evans brings many years of diverse business experience to GF Management, including accounting, budgeting and treasury functions. Ms. Evans is a Certified Public Accountant. Additionally, Ms. Evans holds an Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Masters Degree in Finance & Economics.

Andrew S. Tod, Executive Vice President

Mr. Tod is a twenty-eight year veteran of the hospitality industry, specializing in sales and marketing efforts, and new business development projects. Mr. Tod joined GF Management in 1994 and plays a crucial role in the development of new business strategies, property evaluations and hotel operations.

Joseph A. "Jay" Wellenbusher, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wellenbusher possesses nearly thirty years of experience in hospitality accounting and finance, specializing in acquisitions, renovations and finance repositioning. He has held various positions in the accounting field with various hotel groups including ITT Sheraton, Morgans Hotel Group and Helmsley Hotels. Mr. Wellenbusher plays a key role in expanding GF's portfolio through investment opportunities. Mr. Wellenbusher holds a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Vineet Nayyar, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Nayyar joined GF Management in 2000. Having been in the hospitality industry for over 16 years, he brings solid operational experience to the GF team. Mr. Nayyar has management experience in all areas of hotel management, including with major brands such as, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Carlson, and Hilton. Previously, Mr. Nayyar was on the Holiday Inn GM Advisory Board and currently is a member of IHG Owners Association- Holiday Inn Committee. Mr. Nayyar is a graduate of the Alpina School of Hotel Management, Switzerland., receiving a degree in hotel management.

Jeffrey Kolessar, Senior Vice President Of Development

Mr. Kolessar is responsible for hotel acquisitions, receiverships and third party management contracts for hotel properties throughout the country. Mr. Kolessar joined GF Management in 1990. Since then, he has acted as a receiver for hotel properties and has executed hotel management deals, receiverships and workouts, and evaluated over 400 hotel properties for financial institutions. Additionally, Mr. Kolessar negotiates franchise agreements, assists lenders in the sale of hotels and oversees third party management contracts with the company.

Mr. Kolessar’s experience in the transitional and distressed hospitality field has warranted regular invitations to participate as an expert speaker or panelist for industry events. Recent speaking engagements have included the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, regarding Hotel Workouts, Challenges and Solutions, Hotel Business Magazine Roundtable, regarding Making the Right Moves [in Franchising] and at several HREC seminars and webinars covering the topic of the role of a Hotel Management Company in Hotel Loan Resolutions.

Andrew Taymans, Vice President Asset and Revenue Management

Mr. Taymans brings over 30 years of hospitality experience, the last 17 of which have been with GF Management. Having started his hospitality career in various F&B Management roles, MR. Taymans then performed as a General Manager and Regional Operations Manager, and spearheaded the development of the Revenue Management department at GF, prior to his current role as Vice President. Mr. Taymans has a wealth of experience supporting and managing e-Commerce and Revenue Management efforts across multiple brands, which include InterContinental Hotels Group, Carlson, Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham, as well as independent properties and resorts. Mr. Taymans had served as President of the Regional Hotel Marketing Association Board, on the IAHI Distribution & Reservation Channel Committee and the IHG Owners Association Revenue Performance Committe, as an IAHI Ambassador, and is currently active on the IHG Owners Association Distribution & Digital Committee as well as the Book Direct Advisory Council.