Kevin Mahaney has been Olympia’s President and CEO since 1988. Before accepting his present post, Kevin held various positions including Real Estate Manager and VP of Finance, where he managed the capital asset strategy and debt portfolio.
His relationship-building skills, along with his ability to recognize, recruit and empower others with their own inspired talents, has led not only to the creation of a dynamic, successful management team steering The Olympia Companies, but also to strategic alliances that benefit the Company and its clients.
A lifelong overachiever, Kevin infuses all that the firm endeavors with the same “no holds barred” passion. The impossible is only an effort away. And each new horizon is approached as only the limit of sight – a sight soon to be exploded into a new high-definition reality.
The strength of his talents extend beyond the business world and bear testament to the level of capabilities he personally embodies and inspires in others.
He won an All-American selection in lacrosse in 1985 at Middlebury College, an Olympic Silver Medal in sailing and the prestigious title of Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year, both in 1992. Kevin beat cancer in 1993, founded and skippered the Americas Cup syndicate “Young America” in 1995, won a national age-group championship in snowboarding in 2004, and competitively bicycled all 2,241 miles of the 2005 Tour de France, to name just a few of his accomplishments.
Kevin received an A.B. with a Major in Economics and Minor in Physics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, specializing in finance and concentrating in Business Policy. He was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Thomas College in 1996. As a Trustee for the University of Maine’s seven-campus system, Kevin chaired the Physical Plant Committee, overseeing $1 billion in real estate. Kevin has been a Trustee on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors for the LifeFlight Foundation. Kevin is additionally Chairman of the Board of the Walkabout Foundation.
Dan Flaherty is responsible for creating long-term value and sustainability for Olympia’s existing hotel and office buildings assets. In addition, he is responsible for evaluating all new and existing projects for the company.
His previous responsibilities as Vice President of Finance and as President of Olympia Hotel Management give him unique insights into evaluating projects and achieving optimal investments performance. Dan exhibits an intense commitment to excellence, drive for continuous improvement, exacting attention to detail and rigorous work process.
Dan joined Olympia in 2001 as Corporate Controller. In 2003 he was promoted to V.P of Finance and Administration, and in 2004 was promoted to President of Olympia Hotel Management. His well rounded background with the Company allowed him to easily transition into his new role in 2007.
He earned his MBA from Plymouth State College, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. Dan is a Maine Certified Public Accountant and member of the Maine Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
At Olympia, John Schultzel works directly with General Managers, hotel owners, and Home Office staff to ensure that each property reaches its highest profitability and asset value.
He also leads all operational aspects of new hotel openings, acquisitions and conversions. Our clients rely on Mr. Schultzel for his broad experience in operations and hotel portfolio management.
John began by working in hotels and restaurants after earning his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1991. Four years later he earned his Master of Management in Hospitality from the Hotel School at Cornell University. With his academic focus on Hospitality Finance and Food & Beverage, he was recruited by Patrizio Restaurants in Dallas, Texas.
From there he was promoted to General Manager in his first year. He transferred this experience to the hotel industry by joining Bristol Hotels (now Intercontinental Hotels Group) as Food & Beverage Director.
Successive promotions followed, and within three years he became Director of Cluster Sales and Hotel General Manager. From that role, John joined the Asset Management group at Host Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland.
In 2001 he joined Olympia, where his mix of sales operations and portfolio management experience aligns owner expectations with hotel management.
Sara joined Olympia Hotel Management in 2006 as the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown.
In 2007, she became General Manager of Inn by the Sea and guided the operating team through an $18 million renovation and re-positioning as New England’s premier coastal destination.
Inn by the Sea was recognized both regionally and nationally during Sara’s tenure, including: Travel + Leisure World’s Best, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, AAA four-diamond since 2007, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2008 and a top ten American Green Hotel by MSNBC and Forbes Traveler.
Sara now primarily supports Olympia’s independent hotel group with fully integrated approaches to branding, operations, sales and marketing.
Prior to joining Olympia, Sara was a regional director for a Boston-based asset management group for two years. Sara started her career in full service independent hotels on Cape Cod.
Sara graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in History and currently holds board positions with New England Inns & Resorts Association and The Children’s Center of Maine.
Mike Zimmerman is responsible for the delivery of all development and construction projects at Olympia. Mike joined the company in 2007 to manage the ambitious $18 million renovation of the Inn by the Sea.
Since then he has delivered a wide variety of new construction projects, property renovations and commercial office tenant improvements.
Mike is able to provide excellent-value turnkey solutions to his internal and external clients by leveraging his experience in design, estimating, construction and procurement.
Mike builds and manages teams of varying sizes to match project scope.
From small teams of subcontractors completing a tenant fit-out to multi-discipline design and construction teams delivering a new hotel, Mike provides resourceful and focused leadership that ensures a timely and cost-conscious product delivery.
He also provides technical consulting services to the properties in the Olympia portfolio on areas such as energy efficiency, warranty claims, leak remediation, tele communications, and HVAC systems.
Before arriving at Olympia, Mike worked in low-income housing in Washington DC, luxury apartment development in Seattle, WA and major railway construction projects in the United Kingdom.
Mike has worked on nearly $1 billion dollars of construction and development to date. He has also worked as an award-winning educator and faculty leader.
Mike has a BS in Languages from Georgetown University and a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University. Mike is a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction and successfully delivered Olympia’s first LEED Commercial Interiors project at Inn by the Sea Spa.
Alison Briggs brings over 15 years of Human Resource and management experience from a variety of leading companies.
She works directly with the hotels to promote the company values of Fun, Pride, Accountability, Continuous Improvement, and Concern for Others.
She partners with General Managers and provides coaching and guidance on employee relations matters, training, and benefits.
Alison graduated Cum Laude from Boston College on a track & field scholarship. She was awarded All American in track and field – holding state records for over 20 years. Alison joined the company in April of 2005.
Chris attended the University of Massachusetts, earning her B.A. in Hotel Management in 1992. Directly after graduation her career started as a Sales Manager for a convention hotel in Park City UT.
Within a year, she moved back to the east coast where she started her career with Erin Companies, now Olympia Hotel Management where she was the Director of Sales for two properties in Bangor, ME.
Family moved her back home to Buffalo, NY where she spent 3 years as a General Manager of a 78 room independent hotel. From that role, she spent the next 3 years as a HR Director of an Adam’s Mark property.
With Maine in her heart, she and her husband choose to raise their family in the Portland area and she rejoined the Olympia team as the Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront.
On the coat tails of winning the 2008 Hilton Garden Inn Director of Sales, she was promoted to her current position as SR. DOS.
At Olympia, Chris supports, coaches and mentors each Sales Manager to ensure that each person has the tools, plans and strategies in place to be successful in their own market.
Greg got an early start in his hospitality career working after school and on weekends in hotels and restaurants through high school and college. After earning his Bachelors of Science in Hospitality from Johnson and Wales University, Greg began his professional career at The Breakers, Palm Beach Inc. where he spent eight years.
Upon leaving Florida Greg expanded his knowledge of commercial real estate by assisting in the design of several mixed use resort properties in Great Exuma, Bahamas – Puerta Varas, Chile -Kispiox River, British Colombia – Hakai Beach, British Colombia – Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.
Through a variety of roles, Greg participated in the sale of private homes and land, managed private and company owned homes in a comprehensive rental program and directed operations for an upscale independent inn and restaurant.
Greg joined Olympia Hotel Management in 2008 as a Senior General Manager, responsible for three properties in the greater Portland area. In his current role of Senior Director of Operations, Greg brings his expansive knowledge base to our portfolio of hotels by supporting our General Managers in the development of leadership at all levels, monthly financial planning and implementation of service strategy.
We create an environment where we enjoy our work and each other.
CONCERN FOR OTHERS
We show compassion, empathy, and respect for people.
We act in the best interest of others, building a culture of integrity.
We accept responsibility for our own actions and for the actions of our team.
We constantly seek out ways to improve ourselves and the services we deliver.
Our values are at the center of everything we do. We use them as guides to make decisions & chart our course on a daily basis.