Palisades Hospitality Group Introduces New Hotel Brand For Distinct Boutique Properties: Mosaic Hotel Group

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Recruits Top Hospitality Talent to Support Growth

Palisades Hospitality CEO Tim Harmon

Palisades is applying the same theory to our hotels that has made our restaurants so successful – deliver consistent superior quality and service in authentically distinctive settings. -- Tim Harmon, CEO of Palisades Hospitality Group

Palisades Hospitality Group (PHG), a leading hotel and restaurant management, development and consulting firm, today announced the addition of Mosaic Hotel Group (MHG) to its other businesses. PHG manages and operates more than 35 hotels & restaurants throughout the Western United States and Mexico. With more than $120 million in annual revenues and 1,900+ employees, PHG is rapidly growing both domestically and abroad.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the launch of the Mosaic Hotel Group and the superior talent we’ve brought on board to bring the needs of today’s traveler to life through our hotel and restaurant offerings,” said Tim Harmon, Chief Executive Officer of Palisades Hospitality Group. “Palisades is applying the same theory to our hotels that has made our restaurants so successful – deliver consistent superior quality and service in authentically distinctive settings.”

The Mosaic Hotel Group is a collection of award-winning, small, curated hotels in key leisure and urban destinations, that bring rich, unique architecture and local culture to life through beautiful, crafted design, approachable luxury, genuine guest care and destination-worthy restaurants. From a desert retreat to a wine country home base, Mosaic Hotels evoke a sense of place and are as unique as the guests who visit them. Mosaic hotels provide an immersive experience for the modern traveler, allowing guests to be a part of local culture and the community. From the attention to design detail to attentive guest care to the locally-adored on-site restaurants—Mosaic Hotels are not merely influenced by their environments, but are a piece of them. With a portfolio of small properties featuring fewer than 80 rooms each, Mosaic Hotels are able to deliver truly personal service to each guest in a way that sets them apart. Whether guests are looking for a place to play, dine, work or relax, Mosaic offers a travel experience that allows them to savor the best of what life has to offer.

The Mosaic portfolio includes the charming El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen in the heart of Sonoma wine country; the oasis-like Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California; and the luxurious North Block Hotel in the epicurean enclave of Napa Valley’s Yountville.

MHG will join PHG’s other innovative businesses including the Moana Restaurant Group, which operates a unique collection of restaurants renowned for innovative cuisine in engaging environments; Palisades Hotel Partners, which acquires and develops hotel properties across all regions of the United States, designs them for the modern traveler; Forward Hospitality, which is focused on the acquisition and development of authentic, truly one-of-kind destination properties throughout Mexico; and Logis Hospitality Solutions, which provides financial services, accounting expertise, back office administration and reporting systems for all types of hotels and restaurants.

MHG hotels are renowned for setting the bar for authenticity, quality, style, approachable luxury and incredible customer service among travelers. For example, North Block Hotel is a radiantly inviting mix of luxury, old world charm and modernity, and received a 2014 and 2015 Reader’s Choice Award by Condé Nast Traveler. El Dorado Hotel, located in a two-story building overlooking the bustling Sonoma plaza, is a wine country destination. At the heart of the hotel, travelers enjoy world class dining in its award-winning restaurant El Dorado Kitchen, which serves farm-to-table fare, craft cocktails and a Sonoma-focused wine list.

Mosaic is planning four new hotels in 2016 with more on the way in 2017. To support and fuel the growth of MHG and its other business divisions, PHG has recruited top hospitality talent, including:

Melony Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Mosaic Hotel Group
Melony Williams joins PHG as the Chief Operating Officer of the Mosaic Hotel Group where she will oversee and direct hotel operations of its growing portfolio of hotel properties. Melony brings over 28 years of experience in the hotel business, 19 of which were at Luxury Hotels. Prior to PHG, she was with Commune Hotels and Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hospitality where she served as General Manager of the company’s flagship Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the property’s 200 rooms, including Spa Vitale and the vibrant Americano restaurant and bar. Additionally, she has successfully reinvigorated multiple distressed hotels throughout her career as well as directed Joie de Vivre’s expansion in both California and nationally as Director of Openings and Transitions, during which time she was involved in over 30 projects.

Skylar Skikos, President, Palisades Hotel Partners
Skylar Skikos joins PHG as President of Palisades Hotel Partners where he will lead the acquisition and development of hotel properties across the U.S. and design them for the modern traveler. He brings a diverse background and skillset that encompasses acquisitions, asset management, capital markets, design development and operations. Previously, Skylar served as Vice President at Fillmore Capital Partners, a real estate private equity investment firm focused on hospitality and healthcare, where he played a key role in the formation of its hotel management company and was involved in more than $1.3 billion of hospitality investments. Skylar started his career at Keystone Realty Capital, a real estate capital markets advisory firm where he assisted in the execution of over $1 billion of debt and equity transactions.

Waldemar Franco, President, Forward Hospitality
As President of Forward Hospitality, Waldemar Franco is responsible for development and acquisition of new projects. Waldemar can be best described as an architect, entrepreneur and outdoors sportsman. He has an architecture degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and has designed projects in Mexico City, Acapulco and Valle de Bravo, but his main achievements have been designing his own projects including lodges in Veracruz and in Valle de Bravo.

Michael Wisner, President, Logis Hospitality Solutions
Mike Wisner joins PHG as Co-founder and President of Logis Hospitality Solutions (LHS), the unit within PGH that provides financial and accounting services designed specifically for hotels and restaurants. Mike has been in the hospitality industry for more than 33 years. Prior to founding LHS, he was CFO of Commune Hotels and Resorts for seven years which included Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Tommie Hotels and provided oversight of a portfolio of 37 boutique/lifestyle hotels in the US, UK and Canada. Before Commune, Mike was CFO of Harbor View Holdings/Stanford Hotels Corporation, which included 17 full-services hotels and five global brands – Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Radisson and Holiday Inn, for seven years. He is also a CPA.

Colleen Gray, Vice President of Finance, Moana Restaurant Group
Colleen Gray is a senior finance executive with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is a hands-on leader, having learned the hotel and restaurant industries from the ground up. She attained her certification in Public Accounting following her time with Ernst and Young, and has over 25 years’ experience in financial services. Her leadership strength, exceptional technical expertise, and attention to detail will help position PHG for successful growth in the coming years.

ABOUT PALISADES HOSPITALITY GROUP
Based in San Rafael, California, Palisades Hospitality Group was formed in 2012 by CEO Tim Harmon. The umbrella company for more than 35 award-winning hotels and restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico, Palisades is renowned for delivering superior quality, service, and offering authentically distinctive surroundings designed for today’s traveler. Within PHG are six business divisions specializing in hotel and restaurant management, development, finance and accounting, including the Moana Restaurant Group, Mosaic Hotel Group, Palisades Hotel Partners, Forward Hospitality, Logis Hospitality Solutions and PHG Consulting. For more information, visit http://www.palisadeshospitality.com.

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