The Team: Hotel Development and Management Group

Navroz F. Saju. Esq

Navroz Saju is the President and CEO for HDG Hotels. 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’s 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) boards of directors. He is also a part of Renasant Bank’s Marion County Advisory Board and serves in various capacities on franchisor-franchisee advisory committees.

 

Navroz and his brother Azim approach all business decisions in a manner that balances the interests of all stake holders – the hotel team members and leadership, shareholders, and brand partners.


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.

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.

Billy Gilchrist

Billy Gilchrist was born and raised in Ocala, Fl. After high school, he attended the University of Florida and graduated with his Bachelors in Finance and Masters in Entrepreneurship. After several years in Jacksonville, Fl, he made his way back to Ocala and went to work in the banking industry. Billy is involved in several community organizations including the Ocala-Sunset Rotary Club, Ocala Main Street, Young Professionals Ocala, and a board member of the Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission.

Betsy Baker

Betsy comes to us with over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry.

After attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI., Betsy found her true calling in hospitality in sales. Betsy worked as a Director of Sales and a Regional Sales Manager in New England before returning to upstate New York to raise her family. Betsy was recruited as the Director of Sales for the Residence Inn by Marriott in Albany, NY., where she was quickly promoted to General Manager. In this role she used her market knowledge to create the culture of "pro-active direct sales" and learned the value of building relationships with guests. This strategy culminated in winning the award for highest Extended Stay Occupancy for the Residence Inn by Marriott brand in 2011.

In 2013 Betsy and her husband decided to move to Florida to buy a Bed and Breakfast in New Smyrna Beach, where Betsy literally did it all. While running the B+B they held the #1 spot on Trip Advisor for 2016 and the property boasted 99% guest satisfaction. Betsy also competed and won the Travel Channel reality TV Show "Hotel Showdown Impossible" in 2015. We are excited Betsy has chosen to bring her extended stay and sales experience to all of HDG!

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.

​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 recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Coastal Georgia with her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA).

HDG Hotels Corporate Team

Shaida Saju

Shaida Saju
Office Manager

Gabriela Seratt

Gabriela Seratt
Director of Engagement

Rosie Gallagher

Rosie Gallagher
Director of Accounting 

Meiri Rodriguez

Meiri Rodriguez
Account Manager / Green Initiatives

Becca Zalak

Becca McCullough
Communications Manager 

Gabriela Seratt

Larry
Accounting Support Specialist

Evan Ryan

Evan Ryan
Human Resources Coordinator

Alexis Creech

Alexis Creech
Accounting Manager

Stacey Files

Stacey Files
Accounting Manager

Shelina Letzring

Shelina Letzring
Green and Sustainability Leader / Project Manager

Sales

Kelsie Ruff Smith
Ocala Area Sales Manager

I.T. Support

Gerald Dabose
IT Support

Crystal Ekker 
IT Support

Maintenance / Going Green Leadership

Mike Radwhich

Mike Radwhich

Paulie Mockler

Paulie Mockler

John Eisele

John Eisele

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


Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Silver Springs

Richard Avery

Richard Avery
General Manager

Peter Madera

Peter Madera
Assistant General Manager 


Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Inverness

Megan Wahba

Megan Wahba
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
Revenue Analyst / Team Leader

Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center – New Port Richey

Jerry Alnemat

Jerry Alnemat
General Manager

Raluca Buckle

Raluca Buckle
Assistant General Manager 

Quality Inn – Hernando

Sarah Aube

Sarah Aube
Regional Manager


Comfort Inn DeLand

Derek Poineau

Derek Poineau
General Manager

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tavares

Sierra Sensabaugh

Sierra Sensabaugh
General Manager

Manny Gonzalez

Manny Gonzalez
Team Leader

Comfort Suites Dunnellon

Sarah Aube

Sarah Aube
Regional Manager


Hampton Inn Debary

David Flower

David Flower
General Manager

LeaAnn Butcher

LeaAnn Butcher
Assistant General Manager

Best Western Ocala Park Centre

Melissa Bigwood

Melissa Bigwood
General Manager

Brian O'Mara

Brian O'Mara
Assistant General Manager

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kennedy Space Center

Betsy Baker
General Manager

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ocala

Chelewa Springs

Chelewa Springs
General Manager

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Clearwater/St.Petersburg

Comfort Suites Ocala

Sarah Aube

Sarah Aube
Regional Manager