MANAGEMENT TEAM

James Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer

James has held Senior leadership positions at Marriott International, Kerzner International, IHG, Fairmont Raffles, and recently completed his role as Senior Vice President for development at Minor Hotels.

Jakrapong Techamuanwaiwit
Chief Financial Officer

Jakapong has 30 years of experience in finance and accountancy for hospitality, property management services and manufacturing businesses. He is a chartered accountant in Thailand.

Bernardo de la Garza
Director, Hotel Operations

Bernardo has over 12 years experience in the operations across Asia and the Middle East specializing in operations in both 4 and 5 star branded properties.

Senior Advisors

Police General Pichit Kuandechakupt
Advisory to the Chairman of Senate, Kingdom of Thailand

A two times senator elect who was also in the Committee of Monetary & Financial Institutions, General Pichit served the late King Rama 9 of Thailand, as well as having held the position of Commander in Chief of the Provincial Police.

Gary Murray
Senior Advisor

The founder and CEO of Destination Resorts Co. LTD, with 30 years of hotel development, operations, and ownership experience. Gary has managed the company’s growth into one of Asia’s largest hospitality companies. Gary has an MBA from Dalhousie University and a BA from University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has developed 4 and 5 star resorts overseas and in Thailand under the Hilton, Starwood, Swissotel and Novotel brands; and now is expanding Hooters across Asia.

Ross McClellan
Senior Advisor

Trained as a lawyer, Ross had an extensive commercial real estate legal practice in Canada before beginning his business career in real estate investment in Canada, USA, UK and Europe. Ross has lived in Thailand for 18 years as a permanent resident and is functionally fluent in Thai.

SUPPORT TEAM

Senee Doungsuwan
Executive Vice President, Construction

Senee has 20 years' experience in construction primarily with the Destination Group. He is a special instructor at Ratchaburi Technical College for construction and MRT projects and has extensive experience leading hotel construction and renovation projects.

Albert Van Der Westhuzien
Director, Food & Beverages

A creative, client focused, global experienced and sophisticated hospitality management professional with 20+ years of leadership experience across a broad range of roles in the tourism industry.

Tanun Rungwiwattanakool
Director, Legal Affairs

Tanun’s practice covers a broad range of real estate and financing transactions on a regional and international basis. Tanun specializes in investment and joint venture, as well as over 15 years of legal experience with four international law firms and two public companies in Thailand, of handling entities acquiring and developing mid- to large-size of business entities including some hotels projects

Itipat Charoenkan
Site Acquisition Manager

Itipat holds a degree in International Business from Sussex University, England. He has worked in the real estate services industry in Thailand for the past six years starting off with Harrison Public Company Limited, one of the largest real estate agents in Thailand. He specializes in commercial and hospitality property acquisition and disposal and is skilled in land registration matters.

Thanatorn Tangsomboon
Senior Site Acquisition Manager

Thanatorn received his degree in hospitality & tourism from Dhurakij Pundit University and has eight years of real estate experience focusing on land acquisition and disposal during his service with Shell and CBRE. His experience of working with developers, government agencies and financial institutions, and deep market knowledge across Thailand, puts Thanatorn at the font end of most acquisition negotiations.

Pattanapong Sridech
Group Financial Controller

Pattanapong has over 33 years of overseas management experience, with 20 years as a financial controller. He holds extensive knowledge in hotel accountancy, taxation and audit.

Jourdan Perez
Director of People

With over 16 years of experience in the restaurant industry internationally in Operations, Training, and HR. Jourdan leads and manages the full scope of the HR and Training program.