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.
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.
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, Trust, 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.
As Director of Revenue Management, Lori Ventimiglia partners with the hotel teams and franchise experts to recognize opportunities for revenue growth. Her focus is on improving market share and maximizing distribution channels to increase top-line revenues.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Hospitality Management, first in her class, Lori began her career at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks as a manager in training.
She soon transitioned to revenue management, where she became a Certified Revenue Management Executive through HSMAI. After a promotion to the Ocean Properties Corporate Revenue Management Team, her focus was to mentor and develop the revenue management team.
During her tenure with Ocean Properties, Lori was recognized by Marriott and Smith Travel for outstanding RevPAR Index performance and market share growth.
Don Hopkins oversees the facilities and asset management for Olympia. He brings to our team a wealth of specialized knowledge in energy management, building and LEED® design, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, capital improvement planning, efficiency software and countless other operational tools.
Don began his career in the construction industry with a background in electrical and high-pressure boiler operation. He has traveled the country working on large projects for companies including General Electric, Boise Cascade, and Chevron.
After helping to build the Inn By The Sea, Don stayed on as Chief Engineer to begin the hospitality chapter of his career.
His relationship building skills and his hands-on style of management helped him excel at directly managing, consulting for and large project management for hotels in Maine, Boston, Philadelphia and Delaware.
He has been with the Olympia Companies since 2006, enjoying multiple roles as Chief Engineer, Operations Manager, Project Manager and now as the Director of Facilities. Don champions continuous improvement in every aspect of operations every day.
As Regional Director of Operations, Jason specializes in the ongoing development of our food and beverage leaders. By partnering with local farmers and wineries in each of our hotel’s markets, Jason is able to explore local trends and create innovative programming to ensure our food and beverage outlets appeal to both in-house guests and locals alike. His passion is in new restaurant startups as well as turning around struggling or financially distressed brands. Areas of Jason’s expertise include concept development and rebranding, food and beverage strategies, menu development and kitchen metrics, marketing and PR relations, staff training for management, culinary personnel, and service team members.
Prior to joining the team at The Olympia Companies, Jason served as the Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef at the Salamander Hotels & Resorts in Virginia. With many awards and accolades to his credit over the years, by far his most impressive is a Michelin-star in 2011. Jason has a drive for creating one-of-a-kind experiences and is always looking to push for more.
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.