Nikunj ("Nick") Lakha grew up in the hotel industry. His experiences as a young man, performing all the day-to-day activities of a hotel – from cleaning rooms, to manning the front desk, to managing accounts – have afforded him an intimate understanding of hotel operations. This operational expertise, together with an education in management and a professional background in finance and consulting, has guided Nick's acquisition/development decisions and allowed him to create a portfolio of financially successful, award-winning properties.
Nick is a graduate of Auburn University, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration in 1997. He began his professional career as a consultant for companies such as Pannel Kerr Forster Consulting, Horwath Landauer, and Atlantic Hospitality Advisors. In 2001, Nick launched Paramount Hospitality Management and has grown the company ever since.
Today, Nick Lakha works with a team of talented professionals to manage Paramount Hospitality Management's assets while exploring prospective hotel development and acquisition opportunities to expand the company's portfolio. In addition, Nick contributes to his industry and community through membership in a number of professional and charitable organizations. Nick lives in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife, Priti, and two children.
Anthony ("Tony") Ventry's career in restaurant and hotel management spans across more than 25 years. He has managed both franchise- and corporate-owned properties across a variety of hotel segments and brands. The wide scope of Tony's experiences as a general manager and regional manager has yielded him an invaluable understanding of hotel operations.
Tony Ventry joined Paramount Hospitality in 2004. Today, as Paramount's Director of Operations, he works with his team of experienced hotel managers to oversee the operations of Paramount Hospitality Management’s outstanding portfolio of hotels while assisting the executive team with hotel development and acquisition projects.
Becky has been with Paramount since October 2001. She has over 20 years of experience in hospitality accounting. Becky oversees our web-based, centralized accounting system. She is responsible for generating timely and accurate financial data. This function is critical to our business as it allows us to ascertain the financial health of our hotels and make decisions proactively as opposed to reactively. Becky and her team are responsible for processing A/P, tracking A/R, cash management and generating P&L statements.
Brian has over 10 years of hospitality accounting experience having worked with brands such as InterContential Hotels and Hilton. Brian manages much of the day to day accounting functions such as A/P, general ledger and cash management. He also maintains Paramount’s labor compliance and payroll taxes. He works closely with our operations team to develop our annual budgets.
Hulu Berhanu has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. She began her hospitality career at the Le Dufy, a boutique hotel located in West Hollywood, California. Hulu moved to Atlanta in 1994 to pursue her higher education at Georgia State University in the Public Administration Program. The hotel industry had become a passion for her, where she continued to work in Limited Service and Extended Stay hotels while in school.
Upon completion of her Master's Degree from GSU, she continued her career with organizations such as Prime Hospitality and Hilton Worldwide gaining exposure to many to different brands and segments. During her tenure with these companies, Hulu has held positions ranging from Accounting, Operations, and Sales.
Hulu has been with Paramount since 2005 and has played a key role in the growth of the company. She and her husband, Kirubel, reside in the northern Atlanta area with their children.
Sheryl Newman moved to Atlanta in 1993 following her graduation from Purdue University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. During the past 24 years, she has been presented with the opportunities to learn the ins and outs of hospitality by working in positions from front desk to Assistant and General Manager to District Manager and Sales and Revenue Director.
Sheryl’s knowledge of the hospitality industry and the needs of the guests and how to meet those needs are the result of her own experiences in the industry. She has worked both franchise- and corporate-owned hotels for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza of the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Suburban Lodge, and Hilton Worldwide gaining valuable skills and knowledge from each. She has taken the best ideas and procedures she has learned, used, and developed, and since 2008, has incorporated them into successful policies earning recognition from Hilton Worldwide as managing award winning hotels while working for Paramount Hospitality.
Sarah Trillo has been with Paramount since October 2013. She has over five years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting in restaurants and moving to hotels. Currently, Sarah is enrolled at Georgia State University in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and is expected to graduate in Summer 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree from Cecil B. Day’s School of Hospitality Administration.
Ever since she started working in hospitality, Sarah has created a passion for the industry. She strives to learn and experience all the different aspects through working as a front desk agent, to sales assistant, and, most currently, the office manager.