Our Executive Team

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Mihran Kalaydjian

Senior VP of Sourcing & Hotel Relations

Mihran Kalaydjian paints a picture of success for every challenge that comes his way with the mantra: “Believe in your mind that you can, and you will. The impact of his 22-year career in the hospitality industry has spanned continents through his senior leadership positions at some of the world’s most well-known hotel companies.
Mihran Kalaydjian has over 22 years of experience in the hospitality and leisure industry, providing consulting and advisory services to all major brands including Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Wyndham, IHG, and Hyatt Hotels.
His primary responsibility is the development of new management and ownership opportunities for the company as well as disposition and asset management functions.
In addition, Mr. Kalaydjian brings a diverse and successful track record to FA Hospitality, having held senior-level positions in hotel and restaurant acquisition, operations, asset management, accounting and finance for a variety of hotel groups and individual owners/investors, including JW Marriott and Four Seasons.
Mr. Kalaydjian has a passion for new concept creation and implementation, including evaluating new market concepts and demand, new design and décor, pre-opening strategic planning, staff development and retention, re-branding and marketing, menu development, transition strategies, management development and leadership and revenue and profitability goals.

A sought-after industry leader, Mihran Kalaydjian is often sourced for quotes, profiles, and opinions in key forums such as National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Weekly, Hotels’ Investment Outlook, and more.

Jeff Pickens

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.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

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.

Monty Criss

Monty Criss

VP OF Sales

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.