LeximaS Leadership

John Cantele, President

John puts his more than 35 years of experience to work overseeing the third-party management business.

Career Highlights:

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CorePoint Lodging Inc. (2018 to 2019)

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, La Quinta Holdings, LLC (2016 to 2018)

  • Global Head Select Hotels, Hyatt Hotels Corp. (2014 to 2016)

  • Senior Vice President, Hyatt Hotels Corp. (2011 to 2014)

  • Senior Vice President, Partner & Co-Founder, LodgeWorks (2000 to 2011)

  • Vice President, Operations, Patriot American Hospitality, Inc./Wyndham (1998 to 2000)

  • Vice President, Operations, Summerfield Hotel Corp. (1996 to 1998)

  • Early career experience with Guest Quarters Hotels and Residence Inn

  • B.S. in hospitality management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout

  • Sub-committee member for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), a member of the Kansas State University Hospitality School Advisory Board, and a member of the Board of Directors (Past President) for the Wichita Country Club

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David Emery, Chief Operating Officer

David applies his more than 25 years of asset management, financing, and deal structuring experience as the head of the underwriting business.


Career Highlights:

  • Chief Investment Officer, InterMountain Management, LLC (2019 to Present)

  • Chief Financial Officer, InterMountain Management, LLC (2012 to 2019)

  • Led sale of 16-hotel portfolio to Starwood Capital

  • Chief Strategy Officer & Director of Finance, InterMountain Management, LLC (2008 to 2012)

  • Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending, North Louisiana, Regions Financial (2002 to 2007)

  • In partnership with Volunteers for America, led the development and management of a Section 42 tax credit project in Shreveport, Louisiana—McAdoo Hotel

  • B.S. in finance, with English and accounting concentrations, from Louisiana State University

  • Board Member and Past Treasurer for the Center for Children and Families in Monroe, Louisiana, as well as Treasurer/Secretary and VP-Elect of the Bayou Desiard Country Club

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Kay Auer, Chief Financial Officer

Kay applies her more than 30 years of finance, accounting, and hotel development experience.


Career Highlights:

  • Chief Financial Officer, WaterWalk International LLC (2014 to 2018)

  • Board of Directors, WoodSpring Hotels (2014 to 2015)

  • Chief Financial Officer, Quality Solutions, Inc. (2012 to 2014)

  • Chief Financial Officer, Value Place LLC, rebranded as WoodSpring Hotels (2007 to 2012)

  • Vice President, Finance, Gates Enterprises, Inc. (1997 to 2007)

  • Early career experience with Ernst & Young (1989 to 1997); clients included Residence Inn and Summerfield Suites

  • BBA in accounting from the University of Iowa

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Laurie Nitardy, Vice President, Revenue Management & Sales Strategy

Laurie applies her more than 30 years of industry experience as the head of the revenue management and sales strategy business.


Career Highlights:

  • Hyatt Hotels, Select Hotels, Americas: Vice President, Revenue Management (2016 to 2020); Corporate Director, Revenue Management (2013 to 2016); Central Revenue Manager (2012 to 2013)

  • TravelClick: Area Director, Revenue Optimization (2011 to 2012); Revenue Optimization Manager (2008 to 2011)

  • Waterfront Place Hotel (Marshall Management/Interstate Hotels): Director of Revenue (2007 to 2008); Business Transient/Corporate Sales Manager (2004 to 2006)

  • Springfield (MA) Marriott: Senior Sales Manager/Business Transient Sales Manager (2003); Revenue Manager (2000 to 2003); Executive Meeting Manager/Sales Manager (1996 to 2000); Sales Assistant (1994 to 1996); Champions Sports Bar Supervisor/Promotions Coordinator (1992 to 1994)

  • B.S. in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI

  • Member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

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Meghan James, Director of Operations

Meghan applies her more than 15 years of industry experience as Director of Operations.


Career Highlights:

  • General Manager, Hyatt House, Sandy, UT (2016 to 2020)

  • Area Manager, LodgeWorks Partners (2018 to 2019)

  • General Manager, Hyatt House, Salt Lake City, UT (2014 to 2016)

  • Assistant General Manager, Hyatt House, Sandy, UT (2010 to 2014)

  • Front Office Supervisor, Hyatt House, Sandy, UT (2009 to 2010)

  • Assistant General Manager, Solitude Resort, Solitude, UT (2005 to 2009)

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