The exceptional team leading Coral Hospitality is comprised of independent-minded, visionary, passionate and dedicated professionals who manage businesses with the utmost integrity, pride and determination. The team represents the top echelon of each respective discipline within the hospitality management industry. Meet the Principals and Executive Leadership team:
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. Lee's vast experience in the hospitality industry has enabled him to develop an unequaled depth of executive management expertise.
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. Today, John continues to find new properties for acquisition.
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.
Mr Cioffi joined the Coral Hospitality partnership in June of 2011, and will focus on capital introduction, strategic planning and deal acquisition. Mr Cioffi brings to Coral expertise in mortgage, finance and structured transactions, as well as deep and broad contacts in the investment banking industry.His career in the investment banking industry spanned 30 years in key roles at major financial institutions.
Mark employs a disciplined, stakeholder-centric approach to solving problems that creates profitable solutions for all involved, based on finding win/win solutions.
Mark’s past 14 years were with Caesar’s Entertainment, where he led the Central Reservations team, as well as multiple properties, in hotel operations, Assistant General Manager and General Manager roles.
Prior to Caesar’s, Mark held executive level positions around the country and internationally with Sun International Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Mark has worked at such renowned properties as 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.
Always respecting the integrity and identity of the established local culture, Mike oversees the rooms divisions including front of house, front desk, housekeeping, spas and fitness centers within the Coral Hospitality resort and hotel collection.
Mike has extensive expertise in a variety of disciplines, including working from an early age in hotels and restaurants in the Detroit, MI area. Shortly after joining Hyatt Hotels in Atlanta, GA, Mike was promoted to Executive Chef, and went on to direct the culinary programs at multiple Hyatt Hotels. Mike's vast career experience includes executive posts within the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, MI, Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Hyatt Regency Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, and the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ.
Corporate Director of Human Resources and Training
As the Corporate Director of Human Resources and Training, Christina brings Coral Hospitality's philosophies to life. Focusing on the culture, orientation, professional training and career development of more than 1,800 staff members across Coral's vast portfolio, Christina is the backbone to the company's employee satisfaction. With 20+ years of human resource and hospitality expertise, Christina customizes and implements programs for Coral Hospitality in all areas of human resources by 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. Prior to joining the Coral team, 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.
For seven years prior to becoming part of the Coral team, Rick held the position of Director of Transient Sales and Reservations at the 660 room Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, MI. He controlled room inventory and maximized the heavy leisure market demand utilizing the resort's golf, spa, tennis and beach assets.
Previously, Rick was Director of Quality Assurance in the corporate office for Kerzner International, owner/operator of upscale resorts on Paradise Island, Bahamas. A move to Director of Hotel Reservations/Revenue Management allowed him the opportunity to control room inventory for multiple properties, including the 2330 room Atlantis Resort and 100 room Ocean Club, part of the One and Only collection.
Before joining Kerzner, Rick was the Reservations Manager for the 5-diamond, 761 room Grand Wailea Resort, Hotel and Spa in Wailea, Maui, HI.
Rick's hotel career began with Hyatt Regency - Savannah, GA where he held a number of positions in the Rooms Division including Front Office Manager, Director of Guest Services and Hotel Assistant Manager.
A former serviceman in the US Army, he attended the University of Wisconsin for Business Administration and entered the hospitality industry at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
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.
James is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Hospitality and Recreational Leisure Management. He is currently 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.
Corporate Director of Agronomics
Bringing over 25 years of agronomic knowledge and expertise to Coral, Augustin possesses a special talent for delivering a quality golf course experience at all of his clubs. Augustin's 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. An extremely hands-on leader of Coral's Superintendents, Augustin has also successfully restored numerous courses to their former glory with a fraction of the budgeted expense and labor. Augustin has also served as the primary consultant on the preliminary construction phase of various exclusive clubs throughout the Eastern Seaboard.
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