"Always Doing the Right Thing, Even When No One is Looking"

Meet our Leadership Team

Stuart R. Newmark, CHA: Operating Partner

Stuart is a veteran hotelier having held senior corporate and general manager positions for over four decades with highly recognized hospitality organizations throughout the United States. These organizations have included: The Kessler Collection, Starwood Capital Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, Davidson Hotel Company, Boykin Management Company, Peabody Hotel Group, Guest Quarters Suite Hotels/Beacon Hotel Corporation, Revolutionary Road Hospitality Group and Yedla Management Company.

He is a hands-on-leader and known as a “work-a-like-it” for the passion he brings to the hospitality industry and focus on maximizing returns for owners/investors, best in brand guest service and development of leadership teams.

Stuart holds Master’s and Bachelor of Science degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

In 2014 he was honored by UCF/Rosen College with the distinguished Professional Achievement Award for his years dedicated to the hospitality industry.

Jenna Muth: Vice President of Accounting

Jenna directs and supports all property level accounting and finance applications. She has held property based positions throughout her career, including controller, accounting manager and front office manager, which has proven highly beneficial in working with and assisting leadership teams at the respective hotels.

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Rob Hanson: Vice President of Sales & Marketing Alaska

Rob is a seasoned hospitality sales professional, responsible for directing the sales, marketing and revenue efforts for our Alaskan portfolio; working directing with area sales managers and hotel leadership teams.

Rob holds an Associate of Science degree from Central Wyoming College in Radio & Television Broadcasting.

Rachael Hodgson: Vice President of Operations Alaska

An accomplished business executive serving as General Manager for twelve years at Aurora Military Housing in Anchorage, Alaska encompassing 3,262 residential homes located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.

Twenty year background with GCI telecommunications in Anchorage serving in various roles in the system, regional and state levels.

Amber Stringer: Director of Human Resources

Experienced in hotel operations and human resources. Oversees all JL Hospitality Management human resources functions, including recruitment, training and development, policies and procedures, associate recognition and onboarding. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University.

Ashley Gardner: Anchorage Area Director of Operations

Ashley oversees operations for our five Anchorage, Alaska hotel properties. An energetic and detail oriented leader, Ashley has been with JL Hospitality Management for five years, joining the team as General Manager for the Courtyard Anchorage Airport and Residence Inn Anchorage Midtown, prior to being promoted to Area General Manager and then to Director of Operations for Anchorage.

Brian Huling: Director of Revenue Management/Alaska

With over fourteen years of revenue and inventory management in the hospitality and tour industries, Brian’s key focus is on maximizing revenue opportunities at all JL Hospitality Management/Alaska hotels and resorts.

A graduate of Ashland University, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Lisa Simons, Area General Manager/Fairbanks, AK

Oversees the SpringHill Suites Fairbanks, Bridgewater Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham® and the seasonal River’s Edge Resort and RV Park.

Chris Scheffer, Managing Director/Denali, AK

Oversees the Grande Denali Lodge, Denali Bluffs Hotel and the Denali Park Hotel.

○ Lisa Williams: Director of Sales & Marketing/Florida

○ Ben Tongue: Fairbanks, AK Area Food & Beverage Director

○ Felicia Williams: Anchorage, AK Accounting Manager

○ Megan Bowring: Anchorage, AK Associate Director of Sales

○ Loretta Vega: Fairbanks, AK Accounting Manager

○ Jamie McKay: Orlando, FL & Denali, AK Accounting Manager

○ Natli Goben: Seward, AK Accounting Manager