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Coral’s Principals and Executive Leadership team members include:
Lee's career encompasses executive positions with world-class five-star, five-diamond hotels and resorts including The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL, the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa in Maui, the Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, and LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples, FL. His responsibilities have spanned the spectrum of hotel, club and resort operations, including food and beverage, golf operations, administration, human resources, finance and accounting systems.
John began his career in hospitality in Bermuda and has worked in every facet of the industry with world-class organizations and properties, including the Hilton and Marriott chains of Resorts and Hotels, The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL and the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, where he was Managing Partner and President for twelve years.
Upon graduation from one of the premier accounting universities in the country, Chris started his hospitality career as the controller of a four-star resort, eventually becoming a regional controller overseeing five properties in Florida. Chris' background in public accounting paved his way to his CPA certification. Prior to joining Coral Hospitality, Chris was the regional controller for Noble House Hotels & Resorts in Naples, FL. Previous positions included, the controller for the Danfords Inn, Marina & Conference Center, in Port Jefferson, NY, and financial positions with the Mystic Hilton in Mystic, CT, and Walter J. Barry CPA & Associates in Waterford, CT.
Ralph joined the Coral Hospitality team in June 2011, focusing on capital introduction, strategic planning and acquisition. He brings a wealth of expertise in mortgage, finance and structured transactions, and deep and broad contacts in the investment banking industry to the team. His career in the investment banking industry spanned 30 years, including key roles at major financial institutions.
Prior to joining Coral Hospitality, Mark spent nearly 15 years with Caesar’s Entertainment, where he led the central reservations team, as well as multiple other portfolio properties, in hotel operations, assistant general manager and general manager roles. Previously, he held executive level positions across the United States and internationally, including positions with Sun International Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Mark has worked at renowned properties including Atlantis Paradise Island, the Rio All Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, the Ritz-Carlton Naples and Hyatt Regency Atlanta, among many others.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Hospitality at Michigan State University and a dual-MBA from the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University in New York City.
Throughout his career Gary has had many notable accomplishments. He successfully oversaw the grand openings for six high profile establishments, including the award-winning Club at Olde Cypress, The Ritz-Carlton Naples and The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Beach in California. Gary has been a consultant for pre-opening training and strategic planning for both The Club at Fiddler’s Creek and the award-winning Fathoms dining room at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. He has been a team member recipient of both the President’s Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award and the Conde` Nast Traveler, #1 Resort Worldwide, Ritz-Carlton Naples.
Christina Jurek brings Coral Hospitality's philosophies to life on a daily basis. Focusing on the culture, orientation, professional training and career development of more than 1,800 staff members across Coral's vast, rapidly expanding portfolio, Christina is the company’s backbone, advocating for employee satisfaction. With 20+ years of human resource and hospitality expertise, Christina customizes programs for Coral Hospitality in all areas of human resources, developing performance-based programs that improve efficiency, increase productivity and enhance quality.
As a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Christina's background in business leadership, strategy, employee organization and development, training, and recruitment are the cornerstones for successfully turning Coral Hospitality's mission statement into reality. Previously, Christina worked with prestigious companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida Gulf Coast University and Oasis Outsourcing. Christina is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management.
Bill's extensive knowledge of building maintenance, engineering and association management facilitated the creation of a new position for Coral Hospitality. As vice president of engineering and property services, Bill has created a homeowner's association management division, where he oversees all associations. In that role, Bill has been able to assist property owners in efficiently maintaining their assets. Asserting a proactive approach, Bill has developed preventive maintenance programs and tracking systems for all property equipment, providing owners with a formalized plan of action for their FF&E requirements.
Holding a CAM license and CEOE certification, Bill's notable professional positions include serving as the Florida Regional Chief Engineer for Noble House Hotels, where he was based out of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL. During his tenure there, utility expenses were reduced thousands of dollars per year; guest repair requests decreased by 35% through the development of his rooms maintenance program; and monthly financial goals were consistently achieved without adversely effecting operations, guest comfort or safety. Bill experienced similar success at The Sunrise Hilton in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sundial Beach & Tennis Resort on Sanibel Island, FL, Cross Keys Inn in Baltimore, MD, and with Stouffer's Restaurant Company, where Bill served as area and regional engineering and maintenance manager, responsible for nine full-service restaurants in the Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey region.
James Mason is a hands-on manager and leader with significant high-level experience in various facets of club development and operations, including golf operations and golf course maintenance. James is dedicated to assessing member and club needs, quickly evaluating and prioritizing possible solutions. Under his leadership, he has significantly strengthened Coral Hospitality’s collection by increasing the emphasis on membership growth, service quality, fiscal soundness, and quality staffing.
Holding Certified Club Manager (CCM) and Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM) licenses, James is uniquely experienced and talented in the design, development, and opening of high-end, exclusive clubs and golf communities for multiple developers and associations throughout the Southeast. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Hospitality and Recreational Leisure Management, and a member of the Club Managers' Association of America and the Professional Golfers' Association of America. James has been a valued member of the Coral Hospitality team since 2001.
With more than 25 years of agronomic expertise, Augustin Lucio possesses a special talent for delivering a quality golf course experience. His agronomic skill has been honed on the East Coast, representing substantial insight into blending the science of agronomy with the various growing seasons and environmental considerations. Specializing in both the pre- and post-construction grow-in of new courses, Augustin's knowledge ranges from Winter Rye Wall-to-Wall to the latest Ultra Dwarf greens plus GN1 and Paspalum turf grasses. A hands-on leader, Augustin has successfully restored numerous courses to their former glory with a fraction of the budgeted expense and labor. He has also served as the primary consultant on the preliminary construction phase of various exclusive clubs throughout the Eastern Seaboard.
Prior to joining Coral Hospitality, Augustin led such distinctive clubs as Naples National, Naples, FL, Shadow Wood Country Club, Bonita Springs, FL, The Club at The Strand, Naples, FL, Audubon Country Club, Naples, FL, Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Cordele, GA, and most recently, The Preserve Golf Club in Ocala, FL. While at Naples National, the Club hosted the LPGA for two consecutive tours, representing clear verification of the quality of his work.
Christopher Niemier is responsible for the company’s revenue management and pricing strategy, covering all distribution channels. Additionally, he leads all technology initiatives on both Coral Hospitality’s revenue management and property management systems. Previously, Niemier spent five years as director of revenue management for Vision Hospitality Group. In his role there, he oversaw revenue management and eCommerce-related activities for a portfolio of 30+ select-service, full-service and extended stay hotels. Having worked with a wide range of brands including Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt, Niemier brings experience and a proven track record of success to Coral Hospitality.
Ed started his career working in operations for Hyatt Hotels then transitioned into Accounting and became a Property Controller. After another Controller position in Chicago, Ed started a hospitality consulting service where he assisted with property openings and closings, management transitions, worked as a temporary Controller, performed Internal Audits, and worked with corporate office facilities for management companies and ownership groups.
Ed’s last endeavor before becoming Corporate Controller for Coral Hospitality was launching Graduate Hotels as a Corporate Controller where he working closely with both property management companies and investors to grow a portfolio from two hotels to ten in less than two years.
Felicia comes from a background in the television industry where she worked for 7 years with a small cable provider who used the burgeoning world of digital marketing to compete in an industry known for large corporate cable providers. She then transitioned into an agency role where she worked with small distributors and large manufacturers of medical technology solutions and home security and automation products to create and launch digital marketing initiatives in order expand the clients’ customer base and promote awareness of innovative new products and services.
Her last position before joining the team at Coral Hospitality was for an industry-leading PPC provider in Automotive where she worked closely with Automotive Dealerships of various brands across North America.