Menin Hotels is a full service hospitality management company providing guests with a unique, memorable vacation or business hotel experience. We have a reputation for maximizing assets and a portfolio of proven results in upscale lodging as well as lifestyle restaurants. Our expertise is respected in the industry and sought after among hospitality proprietors.
A resident of Miami Beach since childhood, Principal of Menin Hotels Keith Menin began his career in the hospitality industry at the front desk of The Shelborne Hotel while he was still in high school. Shortly thereafter, he attended The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and began to design his first hotel, The Sanctuary South Beach, at the age of 24. At 26, Menin had a new idea to convert a residential building on West Avenue, fronting Biscayne Bay to a hotel residence. Partnering with Morgans Hotel Group, Menin successfully created the impressive Mondrian South Beach. Menin has since developed Bentley South Beach, Raffaello Chicago, Shelborne South Beach (where he was employed at the age of 15) and his latest venture Regent Hotel & Gale South set to open December 2012. A portfolio that even the most seasoned hoteliers would be envious of, Menin has added restaurants & Nightlife to the list such as Vesper, Pizza Bar, Lucy’s Cantina Royale and Drumbar.
Regarded as one of the youngest, most successful hotel general managers in the industry, Jared Galbut is well-suited to his role as Managing Principal of Menin Hotels. Galbut grew up on Miami Beach and at the age of 15, began working in acquisitions for Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s largest developers of high-rise, multifamily housing and hotels. After receiving his degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Miami, Galbut joined Keith Menin in the development of the Sanctuary South Beach. Following its success, Galbut relocated to develop the Raffaello Hotel; within four years, he became the youngest general manager in Chicago. Presently, Galbut oversees all hotel operations for each property within the Menin Hotels portfolio. These include Bentley South Beach, Sanctuary South Beach, Shelborne South Beach, Gale South Beach and Raffaello Chicago as well as restaurants & Nightlife such as Vesper, Pizza Bar, Lucy’s Cantina Royale and Drumbar.
Joseph Natale brings his years of experience in the hospitality industry to Menin Hotels as Vice President of Operations. Having graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters in Public Relations, his career immediately started at Morgans Hotel Group’s Shore Club. Just three years later, he was sought after by the W South Beach to be part of their opening team as the Nightlife Operations Manager. In 2010, Joseph was presented with the opportunity to move to New York City to become the Beverage Director for LDV Hospitality. Finding a home in New York, Joseph spent the next year launching properties that he would ultimately introduce to Miami Beach. Partnering with Menin Hotels as the Food and Beverage Director, Joseph played a prominent role in reopening the Shelborne South Beach and its new restaurants – Vesper American Brasserie, Bar Tanaka and Lucy’s Cantina Royale, one of his New York City projects. His role as Menin Hotel’s Vice President of Operations adds Raffaello Hotel, Drumbar Chicago and Miami, Pizza Bar Miami Beach, and Gale South Beach to his already extensive portfolio.
Roden Pangilinan, Chief Financial Officer of Menin Hotels, brings over twenty five years of experience and professional growth primarily in the hospitality industry as a Senior Executive. His experience includes asset acquisitions, managing operations and handling of all financial aspects of individual hotel properties. Together with his excellent understanding of the key aspects of product development and overall business expansion, he focuses on operating individual hotels successfully and profitably.
Roden started his professional career and training in 1985 at the grass roots level at the number 1 auditing firm in Asia, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co., an affiliate of Ernst & Young. His accounting experience includes both public and private auditing and later as head of finance departments for Multi-national Companies.
It was in 1995 when Roden started managing the Accounting department for the 300 room hotel, Holiday Inn Chicago – O’hare. Since then he has managed individual and multiple hotels both as Controller, Regional Controller and Vice President of Finance. Prior to his current position Roden was VP-Finance for the Bays Hotel Group where he was instrumental in bringing in 5 new hotels to their portfolio. Previously, he was Controller (Regional) for a portfolio of brands including Holiday Inn, Radisson Hotels, Conrad Hilton, Wyndham Hotels, Executive Inns and Doubletree Guest Suites.
Roden believes in equity, quality management and profitability, thereby targeting high yield profits through a disciplined process of revenue management. He advocates a professional working environment and an entrepreneurial spirit to enhance creativity, growth and productivity. Possibly, his most vital contribution to the previous major hotel companies was his consistent growth to every hotel’s financial performance.
Luda Chervona expertise in Revenue Management consolidates both her educational background (Master of Science degree in Trade and Economics and Master’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Marketing from Kyiv State University of Trade and Economics) and over 10 years of hospitality experience.
Her passion for Revenue Management started at the Cluster of Hiltons of Chicago included at that time 4 hotels: the Palmer House Hilton, Hilton Chicago & Towers, Chicago O’Hare Airport, and Conrad Chicago with 4,352 rooms together. As a Revenue Analyst she demonstrated her excellent detail-oriented and strong analytical skills with a strategic vision. She was a winner of a First Choice Service Award in August 2005.
Luda joined the team of a newly opened Raffaello Hotel in January 2007. Her understanding of the complex Chicago market made the positioning of the new hotel very successful. Within only three months she was able to place a comparably small hotel with just 171 rooms to the first pages of almost all internet merchant sites. Her strong belief in constantly finding new distribution channels ensures the hotel’s growth and capture of its share in the market.
Her revenue management strategies continually bring the monthly RevPar Index of the hotel between 98 to 119 points, thereby repeatedly making it to the #1 ranking in its competitive set.
Luda proved herself as a strategic thinker and an experienced (outstanding) negotiator who achieves positive outcomes and able to create and maintain fruitful relationships with business partners. She is a confident decision maker in high-pressure situations and dynamic markets. She likes challenges, believes in teamwork, creates professional and friendly atmosphere and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience to her staff.
After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a minor in Hospitality, Miami native Marisa Marcus, has been on the fast track. Starting with an introduction position as Account Coordinator for Bridgehouse, she quickly made her way to Account Executive working with national developers and real estate companies. Wanting to discover a new city, Marisa moved to Chicago as Assistant to the Director for the Chicago Office of Tourism where she focused her marketing efforts to domestic and international travelers promoting Chicago as a premiere leisure travel destination. Eventually she missed the Florida sun and jumped at the opportunity to work for the esteemed Knight Foundation to help launch the new Arts division. After completion, Hi-Gloss Design sought after Marisa, where she gained additional marketing and advertising experience as Account Executive, representing clients such as the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, the National Hotel and Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Now her priority and focus is the Menin Hotel Group as Director of Marketing.
Mario Casal has always had a passion for travel. Having visited over 100 countries, Mario has become an expert in the industry, immersing himself firsthand in a variety of cultures and languages around the world. He began his career in the Travel and Hospitality Industry as a Reservation Agent for Pan American Airways, working his way up to become one of their Supervisors just a short time after. With his profound knowledge and understanding of International Travel, Mario left Pan Am and took a position at the Dolphin & Majesty Cruise Line, eventually landing the esteemed role of Director of International Sales. Deciding to have his hand in the Hotel Industry, Mario was excited when Hilton Hotel & Resorts approached him to begin a new role as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach. Menin Hotels is proud to welcome Mario as our Vice President of Sales, confident with his mindset to expand our relationships worldwide and generate revenue by attracting a greater international clientele as guests for Menin Hotels properties.
As the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Menin Hotels, Adam Irizarry has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources and has been part of 28 Hotel Openings and Acquisitions. Upon graduating from St John’s University in New York, Adam worked for Marriott International as Director of Human Resources and was involved with the creation and training of its Diversity Initiatives and Mentorship Programs. After his accomplishments at Marriott, Irizarry relocated to Hilton Hotel Brand and was responsible for Corporate training initiatives, and served as a Corporate Director for several independent boutique hotels. In 2012, Irizarry joined Menin Hotels and is responsible for creating and monitoring the policies that govern Menin Hotels.