The Team: Hotel Development and Management Group

Navroz F. Saju. Esq

Navroz Saju is the President and CEO for HDG Hotels. HDG Hotels is a hotel management and development company which owns and operates 13 hotels throughout Central and North Central Florida and is currently in the development process of two Marriott branded hotels. HDG Hotels has a strong culture whose vision is to positively impact the people and the world around us and whose mission is brilliance in the basics of hospitality.

 

Prior to founding HDG Hotels, Navroz received his undergraduate degree, with high honors, in accounting from the University of Florida. He also received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.. Navroz Saju is a current member of The Florida Bar.


Because of HDG Hotels’ strong company vision to positively impact within its respective community and striving for “win-win” relationships with all our company’s stakeholders, Navroz is an active participant in local organizations such as the Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP). He is also a part of Renasant Bank’s Marion County Advisory Board and serves in various capacities on franchisor-franchisee advisory committees.

 

HDG Hotels prides itself of the fact that it has never sold a hotel as well as successfully operating environmentally friendly hotels.  As such, Navroz and his brother Azim approach all business decisions in a manner that balances the interests of their valuable hospitality team, their respective shareholders, their essential brand partners and all of their other important stakeholders.

Azim F. Saju, Esq.

Azim Saju is the Vice President and General Counsel for HDG Hotels. HDG Hotels is a hotel management and development company which owns and operates 13 hotels throughout Central and North Central Florida. HDG has a strong culture whose vision is to positively impact the world around us and whose mission is brilliance in the basics of Hospitality.

Prior to joining HDG Hotels, Azim Saju practiced law as a trial lawyer for over 9 years. He is a member of the Florida Bar and Federal Bar. Azim primarily practiced in the areas of employment law and civil rights cases. Academically, Azim holds an economics degree from Davidson College and a law degree from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida College of Law, Azim’s notable achievement was serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law.

Azim has been a member of the Choice Hotels Owners’ Council (CHOC) for nine years. In this capacity, he has served as the Director of the Florida Region and has also lead various committees with CHOC, such as Sleep Inn, Quality Inn and Fair Franchising. He currently serves as the Chairperson of CHOC.

Choice Hotels International has also recognized Azim’s achievement and strong track record in the hospitality industry by awarding him its Premier Alliance Award. In addition, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce awarded HDG Hotels its Business of the Year Award for 2012.

Lisa Lombardo

Lisa is the Chief People and Culture Officer for HDG Hotels. Her go-to words include "onward" and "be bold". She has worked in a leadership and mentoring capacity with nonprofits, financial institutions, arts organizations, televised and other high profile events, higher education institutions, start-ups, individual executives and now hospitality.

Before joining the HDG Hotels team, Lisa’s worked in roles such as the Director of Development at the CF Foundation and Campaign Counsel for the Central Florida Y’s DeLuca YMCA and helped each raise their single largest charitable gifts at that time. She was the Director of Communications for Coates Golf, which included building a network of centers of influence from scratch, managing the brand’s reputation, and positioning the start-up to make an $18 million economic impact within its community via the LPGA’s Coates Golf Championship. She has also led organizations through overhauls of mission statements, conducted board development trainings, and represented brands throughout the state of Florida and nationally.

When asked what motivates her, she answers, “People”. She believes the first step toward progress is having clarity of purpose. An Ocala native, Lisa received a bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and a master of arts in Public Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Alex Nowosiadlo

Alex has joined the HDG team as Chief Financial Officer. Alex is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida who prior to joining the HDG team has gained experience over the past four years in both public and private accounting. Alex spent two and a half years at Adams Company, P.A. in Ocala as a project manager with a focus on business financial statements and tax returns. More recently Alex was the senior accountant at Integrated Supply Network, an automotive wholesaler based in Lakeland FL. He was responsible for the financial statements and budgeting of the core business ($400 million annual revenues) on a monthly basis. Through these experiences Alex has communicated with people at all levels of business and as a result has gained a strong financial sense of business operations.

Alex received his BS in Accounting from Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and received his MS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Leo University in St. Leo FL.

Jeff Bailey

Jeff's hospitality career began more than 30 years ago in South Florida and has included more than a dozen full-service hotels in six states as well as owning two restaurants. He has worked with a number of hotel brands, including Marriott, IHG, and Hilton. His awards include General Manager of the Year, Most Improved Marriott in the World for Guest Service and Overall Satisfaction, and Best Customer Experience in for two consecutive years.

"Together, we're stronger" is a quote that has guided much of his career. Jeff has been an integral part of the leadership for several community or state hotel associations. Whether it has included educating politicians, securing additional tourism funds, or focusing various hotel leaders on a common goal.

Jeff understands the importance of using his talents and experience to help the overall industry. Adept at developing talent, his past team members continue to be recognized in their respective communities in high level positions. Jeff's desire to develop others has extended beyond his management teams to organizing hospitality management high school programs and finding ways to help introduce our industry to organizations who focus their efforts on special needs individuals.

Raymond Manaois

Raymond Manaois, Chief Strategy Officer, joined HDG Hotels, LLC in May 2007. Raymond is mainly responsible for the company’s Information Technology needs and oversees Marketing, Sales, and Revenue Management activities for the group. When not preoccupied with analyzing complex data and transforming them into useful information, Raymond spends most of his time developing strategies based on these analyses to drive organizational and operational changes that promote efficiency and growth to the organization. Raymond also helps in opening new or converting existing properties – from procuring materials and supplies, developing business and marketing plans, staff and admin training, and quality and standards compliance.

Prior to joining HDG Hotels, Raymond worked as an Instructor at the University of the Philippines, Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management and at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde where he handled courses in Hotel Information Technology, Cost Control and Analysis, and Rooms Division Management. Mr. Manaois attributes his extensive knowledge and skills in hospitality management from his first job at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Manila where he worked as an Assistant IT Manager directly after college. Raymond also worked as an Assistant Controller onboard the cruise ship Norwegian Sun, part of the Norwegian Cruise Lines. Raymond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Raymond is also serving as a Board of Director of the Marion County Hospitality Council where he is one of the founding members.

Donna Arthur

Donna Arthur, Regional Manager, has been in the hospitality business for over 20 years. Donna started as a housekeeper and joined HDG Hotels in 1998. She has subsequently worked her way up to the position of regional manager. In this capacity, she oversees procurement, scheduling, training, guest service score review and has seven hotel general managers that directly report to her.

Judy Sutton

Judy Sutton has been a hospitality professional for over 20 years. Joining HDG Hotels in 2007, Judy began as a Front Desk team member at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Suites Inverness-Lecanto where she was able to work her way up to the General Manager position. Since, Judy has also managed our Quality Inn Suites Conference Center New Port Richey, and we are now proud to have her as one of our regional managers overseeing four HDG properties. As a regional manager, Judy oversees procurement, scheduling, training, guest service scores and brand standards.

Tammy Buckley

Tammy Buckley has been in the hospitality industry for 34 years and has brand experience with Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Days Inn as well as independent owned properties. Tammy started as front desk clerk, worked her way up to General Manager and now she joins us as a Regional Manager. Tammy will oversee procurement, scheduling, training, guest service scores and brand standards.

Jeff Buchko

Jeff Buchko is an established hotel industry veteran who has worked with all levels of properties, from four diamond resort spas to the economy class. The past 17 years have been spent with one of the Southeast's most established management companies with the majority of that time in the role of Vice President of Hotel Operations and Sales.

Jeff would describe himself as "sales and marketing obsessed" with a particular forte and history of bringing all assets under his watch to above fair market share and performance, even those hotels which many would consider lesser known brands. Jeff has familiarity and history with the major franchise organizations and has served on a variety of industry boards and committees To sum things up, Jeff Buchko loves this business, loves what he does, and has a track record of hotels that perform!

​Jackie Lambert

Jackie Lambert is the Director of Revenue Management for HDG Hotels. She started with HDG Hotels at our Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center in April of 2010 as a breakfast attendant and had worked her way up to the General Manager position by 2012. Currently, she is the Director of Revenue Management and is responsible for overseeing the rates and inventory to maximize the revenues for all of our hotels while also providing training to our team. She is Host Certified and is also a Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager (CHRM). Jackie also plays a key role in investor relations and new property acquisitions. Jackie is passionate about revenue management and continues to expand her knowledge. She will be graduating from the College of Coastal Georgia in December of 2017 with her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA).

HDG Hotels Corporate Office Team

Shaida Saju

Shaida Saju
Office Manager

Gabriela Seratt

Gabriela Seratt
Bookkeeper

Roselyn Gallagher

Roselyn Gallagher
Bookkeeper

Meiri Rodriguez

Meiri Rodriguez
Bookkeeper

Becca Zalak

Becca Zalak
Marketing & Brand Management

Jennifer

Jennifer Mota
Marketing & PR Assistant

I.T. Support

Shaida Saju

Gerald Dabose
IT Support

Gabriela Seratt

Larry
IT Support

Maintenance Leadership

Mike Radwhich

Mike Radwhich
Maintenance Leadership

Paulie Mockler

Paulie Mockler
Maintenance Leadership

Going Green

Helen

Helen Casey 

Howard Johnson Inn – Ocala

Nurjehan Saju

Nurjehan Saju
General Manager

Cedric Trueluck

Cedric Trueluck
Asst. General Manager


Sleep Inn & Suites – Ocala

Margaret Coffin

Margaret Coffin
General Manager

Sleep Inn & Suites – Wildwood

Brian O'Mara

Brian O'Mara
General Manager

Tina Kelley

Tina Kelley
Team Leader


Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Silver Springs

Richard Avery

Richard Avery
General Manager

Peter Madera

Peter Madera
Assistant General Manager 

Autumn Cooper

Autumn Cooper
Assistant General Manager 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Inverness

Megan Wahba

Megan Wahba
General Manager

Angelo Reeves

Angelo Reeves
Assistant General Manager

Hampton Inn – Leesburg

Steve Ball

Steve Ball
General Manager

Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center

Melissa Bayles

Melissa Bayles
General Manager

Ashley Crouch

Ashley Carrillo
Team Leader


Quality Inn – New Port Richey

Honor Mungovan

Honor Mungovan
Assistant General Manager

Raluca Buckle

Raluca Buckle
Team Leader

Quality Inn – Hernando

Sarah Aube

Sarah Aube
General Manager

Sarah Aube

Stacey Douglass
Assistant General Manager

Comfort Inn DeLand

Jennifer Zachary

Jennifer Zachary
Team Leader

Holiday Inn Express Tavares

Sierra Sensabaugh

Sierra Sensabaugh
General Manager

Candice Ball

Candice Ball
Team Leader

Comfort Suites Dunnellon

Michele Coldsnow

Michele Coldsnow
Team Leader

Megan Duhs

Megan Duhs
Assistant General Manager