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Senior VP of Sourcing & Hotel Relations
Michael Fox is a founding principal of FoxLin Architects. Prior to FoxLin, he served as an assistant to engineer and inventor Chuck Hoberman in New York and as a design team leader for Kitamura Associates in Tokyo, Japan. In 1998, Fox founded the Kinetic Design Group at MIT as a sponsored research group to investigate interactive architecture which he directed for three years.
He is the author of the books Interactive Architecture, and Adaptive World, both published by Princeton Architectural Press. His practice, teaching and research are centered on interactive and bio-mimetic architecture.
He has won numerous awards in architectural ideas competitions. Fox’s work has been featured in many international periodicals and books, and has lectured and been exhibited worldwide. He has taught on the subject matter of interactive, behavioral and kinetic architecture at MIT, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and SCI_ARC in Los Angeles.
He is a full Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and a regular visiting professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the past President of ACADIA. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Architecture from University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT.
Vice President of Operations
A Southern California native and veteran industry leader, Mr. Pickens brings 25+ years in hotel operations, marketing, F&B, revenue management and budgeting. He holds significant experience in brand conversions, full-scale renovation projects, as well as new hotel openings in full-service properties, including the Five Star – Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California.
Jeff has held General Management positions at Hilton and Marriott properties as well as the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn. These leadership roles and years of “from the ground up” hospitality background, afford him the benefit of extensive operational know-how combined with strong financial acumen. He brings significant expertise in the hiring and training of managers that recruit talented high-performance teams, leveraging employee cross-training to improve guest satisfaction scores and increased operational efficiency.
His sharp eye for detail has proven valuable throughout numerous new construction and renovation projects. Jeff’s focus is delivering ownership satisfaction through consistent P&L improvement, service excellence, and market share growth. Additionally, Pickens has held executive leadership roles with JBI and Kress Industries, firms which specialize in the development and implementation of hotel and restaurant interiors to achieve repositioning and optimization of financial results for their respective owners.
Director of Strategic Projects
A veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Dole brings 30+ years’ experience in hotel operations, sales, marketing, revenue management, convention hotels, and Food & Beverage. Fred’s background includes corporate level and on property leadership including General Manager and Director of sales roles. Fred’s background includes extensive experience in turning around distressed properties, brand conversions, and small to full-scale renovations.
Fred has worked with most major brands and independent hotels including all types and sizes of hotels in small, large and major markets. With IHG for 11 years, Fred handled portfolios of 40+ hotels in major markets including Washington DC, Baltimore and tertiary markets from Pennsylvania to New England. In this Senior Area Manager role, Fred supported both on property hotel leadership and owners. Using his experience, he helped guide on property leadership to provide strong financial and guest service results, while also offering direction and support for owners to ensure strong owner ROI as well.
During his tenure with IHG, due to his extensive sales experience, Fred was appointed to work with the STEP Sales Specialty team. This sales focused team worked with distressed sales offices to turn them around and help motivate the team to re-start proactive selling and in turn achieving budgets. At IHG Fred won the Northeast Area Manager of the Year Award 2 times due to his passion for supporting hotels and hotel owners.
After leaving IHG, Fred started his own hotel consulting business, Proven Results Consulting Group. This role allows Fred to share his knowledge and passion for the hospitality industry with management companies, ownership groups and on property leadership. Proven Results Consulting Group partners with hotels for task force assistance and/or general consulting services to improve operations, sales, and revenue management routines to enhance guest service and revenues.
After working and living in many of the East Coast states from North Carolina to New England, Fred now lives in New Hampshire with his wife Kim and their dog Shelby. In his off time, he enjoys boating, sports and cooking.
Executive Vice President Commercial
Michael Taylor is a Real Estate Professional specializing in real estate sales and contract negotiation for off-market Hotels, Commercial, Fine Homes & Luxury Properties.
He has expertise in Ground Up New Construction and Value Add Consulting for Hotels, Development Projects, Luxury Condos, Mixed Use, and Industrial Properties.
He also has an extensive network of financial institutions, REITs and Property Management relationships.
Michael’s 20-year career in real estate began in Colorado where he was an investor and general contractor during the residential real estate boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
In 2006 he relocated back to Southern California where he worked as a general contractor contracted by financial institutions and REO companies to rehab distressed properties during the market downturn.
In 2011 Michael obtained his California Realtor® license and worked for Keller Williams, Newport Beach until joining RE/MAX in 2014. He currently holds his license with RE/MAX TERRASOL with an office in Dana Point, CA. His focus is commercial real estate sales including boutique hotels, multifamily, and industrial properties.
He resides in Laguna Niguel, CA with his wife Michelle, and their two young children, Joanna and Mikey. He loves volunteering within the Orange County Community and is involved at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. He is passionate about his family, his community, and golf.
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Monty Criss has worked in Sales and Marketing as Directors for Hilton, IHG, and private branded resorts. Mr. Criss has extensive experience in the food and beverage and hospitality industry, including expertise in Pacific Rim markets, the development of market strategies, and in the organization of social media programs.
For twenty years, Monty has served the needs of multiple properties based in diverse locations throughout California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He is conversant in the Japanese language, holds a master’s in business from Chaminade University, Hawaii, and he has authored published works for the Japanese Ministry of Education and Tourism.
Monty has been a valued asset to multiple community operations, including administrative support, counsel, and service to the Monterey Bay Coastal Advisory with the NOAA and the Coastal Armory Commission, Hillside Conservancy, PSUD DAC and Site Council in San Diego. Monty resides in the city of San Diego with his wife and fourteen-year-old daughter, Ruby Maile, while his son, Kiefer, is an executive for Twitter in Tokyo.