The strength of Linchris Hotel Corporation lies in Chris Gistis' commitment to hiring motivated employees who possess a desire for excellence
Chris cultivates opportunities for people to grow within the hotel management company and supports them when they identify better ways to serve each hotel guest. He is also a trailblazer in understanding the personal and professional commitments reflective of the hotel and hospitality industry, and by doing so has implemented a radical incentive plan that encourages Linchris general managers to take a 3-month paid leave of absence after 5 years of service. These are the convictions and practices that have made Linchris CEO Christopher Gistis one of the hotel and hospitality industry's most admired and respected leaders.
A VETERAN OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
Chris began his career in 1970 as a hotel management trainee for the Inn America Corporation at the Sheraton-Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA.
By 1983, Chris was the company's executive vice president charged with handling every facet of Inn America's hotel operations as well as identifying new acquisitions, arranging renovations, and securing financing for these hotel projects.
In 1985, Chris Gistis formed the Linchris Hotel Corporation to be an innovative hotel management company that could provide a unique blend of hospitality service and quality with a true hands-on approach.
Michael Sullivan serves as Linchris Hotel Corporation's President, with an eye on overseeing hotel operations and improving the bottom line.
Mr. Sullivan began his career at the public accounting firm of Alexander, Grant and Company in Boston before joining Inn America Corporation, where he rose through the ranks from controller trainee to Assistant Corporate Controller. Mr. Sullivan joined Linchris Hotel Corporation in 1989 as Corporate Controller and later held the positions of Vice President of Finance and most recently Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his career in hotel management, he has taken a hands-on approach to operations while staying actively involved in the strategic growth of Linchris.
Mr. Sullivan states, "While we recognize that Linchris' customer is the hotel owner, our success in maximizing the owner's investment is totally dependent on our ability to deliver the highest levels of employee and guest satisfaction." This philosophy has served Linchris well in the past and will continue to guide the hotel management company in the future.
The responsibility for maintaining a smooth financial landscape across all Linchris Hotel Corporation companies lies with Chief Financial Officer Glenn Gistis.
Mr. Gistis oversees all financial matters for the corporation, including approval of each annual budget, preparation, and review of tax documents, and coordination of any hotel property-related financing, from mortgages to leases.
Mr. Gistis began his professional career in 1991 at Diversified Financial Management, an investment advisory company. He entered the hospitality industry in 1995 when he worked as the accountant for two Linchris properties. One year later, he joined Linchris Hotel Corporation as Assistant Corporate Controller and earned three successive promotions: Corporate Controller in 1998, Vice President of Finance in 2000, and Chief Financial Officer in 2003.
Actively involved in his community, Mr. Gistis has served as a coach for Duxbury Youth Hockey since 1990, as well as a member of the Duxbury Youth Hockey Board of Directors since 1994. Mr. Gistis earned a dual-degree BA/BS in economics and biochemistry from Boston College in 1989. He also holds a 1991 MBA in Finance from Babson College.
As Senior Vice President, Bob Anderson oversees the operations of Linchris' full-service and select-service hotels.
In addition, Bob works with the Linchris Vice President of Sales and Marketing as well as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage overseeing their efforts. Bob's years of dedication and commitment to the Linchris Hotel Corporation standards of "Driving Excellence" have allowed him to excel and move up through the ranks of the company.
Bob got his start in the hospitality industry early in life working for his father who was the General Manager of the Sheraton Sturbridge Resort in Sturbridge, MA with Inn America Corporation. Bob later moved to the Sheraton Harrisburg West hotel where he worked up through the ranks from maintenance department to food & beverage to, finally, manager of Inn America's first high-energy nightclub.
Bob began his career with Linchris Hotel Corporation in 1990 as a Lounge Manager with Linchris' Williamsport, PA, Sheraton. He later moved to a similar position with the company's Concord, NH, Ramada Inn, subsequently also beginning his room division training.
Rising through the ranks quickly Bob was then promoted to General Manager of the Days Inn in Lynn, MA. This was followed by a transfer to a Howard Johnson hotel in Springfield, VT where Bob took that hotel property through a $2 million renovation and conversion to a Holiday Inn Express hotel. He remained at the Holiday Inn Express for three years before moving on to serve as General Manager of the Quality Inn of Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod), where he oversaw the $2 million renovations and conversion of the hotel property to a Holiday Inn.
During Bob's tenure as General Manager, the hotel received the Holiday Inn's Quality Excellence Award, ranking it among the top five percent of hotel properties in the Americas based on customer satisfaction. In 2006 Bob was promoted to Linchris' Area Director of Operations overseeing five hotels on Cape Cod in addition to remaining General Manager of the Holiday Inn in Falmouth. In November 2007, Bob was promoted to Vice President of Operations and eventually Senior Vice President of Operations.
Linchris thought highly of Brian's leadership and customer service skills and Brian was offered the top spot at the Holiday Inn Express in Keene, NH where he stayed for 2 years.
In 2006, Linchris decided to build a new hotel in Plymouth, MA, and Brian was selected to see that project through from the ground up. After two years there, Brian served as General Manager for two other Linchris Hotels in Massachusetts; Holiday Inn in Mansfield and Holiday Inn in Brookline.
When Linchris was looking to acquire the 25th hotel in their portfolio, the Hilton Hotel in Scranton, PA, Brian was the top choice. The hotel underwent a $3 million renovation and was ranked #5 out of all Hilton Hotels in the Americas.
In September 2013, Linchris Hotel Corporation purchased the 244 room DoubleTree by Hilton Wilmington, DE. The hotel needed a major renovation and assistance with its customer service scores. Brian was chosen to lead this hotel. Brian brought the hotel from the bottom tier of all DoubleTree hotels to being ranked in the top 100 in the 1st year.
When Linchris purchased the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth, MA, and planned to re-position it to an independent hotel, Brian was the obvious choice to lead the team. Hotel 1620 was transformed into a boutique hotel after completing a $5.7 million renovation. In November 2016, Brian was promoted to Area Director of Operations and again to Vice President of Operations in January 2019. In March of 2020, Brian was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operation. Brian oversees the operations of Linchris' full-service and select-service hotels.
Brian began his hotel career in 1999 with M&B Inn Partners as a Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn in Williamsport, PA. After a year Brian was promoted to the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Monroeville, PA. After a year, Brian moved back to the Williamsport Radisson Hotel where he worked as Director of Sales and started his career with Linchris Hotel Corporation.
John P. Argonish oversees the Sales and Marketing activities in support of Linchris' portfolio of independent, branded full-service, and select-service hotels.
John joined Linchris in February 2012 as Director of Sales and Marketing for the award-winning Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and was promoted six months later to General Manager. Before joining the Linchris team John worked for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Essex Partners, and Hersha Hospitality holding roles as Area Manager, General Manager, and Director of Sales.
John has managed hotels within the Hilton, Marriott, and IHG brands. Under his direction John's hotels have won the Hilton Brand Award of Excellence, Make it Right Award, Spirit of Blue Energy, Marriott President's Award, Spirit to Serve, and Hampton Inn President's Award. John was recognized by Hilton with the honor of serving on the GM Roundtable Program in 2015.
John was an adjunct faculty member at Keystone College and Lackawanna College, teaching courses in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He served as Vice President on the Board of Directors at the Lackawanna County CVB and served on numerous boards within his hotel's community.
John is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.
In February 2017, John joined the Executive Team as Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing and in 2019 was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was promoted again in 2021 to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he is responsible for leading the Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Strategy.
John Meunier serves as the Vice President of Project Management at Linchris Hotel Corporation. John leads all hotel product improvement plan projects and capital budgets while serving as an experienced and informed resource for all property engineers.
Additionally, John oversees our loss prevention and safety programs and manages our utility and energy conservation programs. John began his career in the hospitality industry in 1982 as a Regional Director at Allen & O'Hara Developments, Inc. Since then John has worked as a Hotel General Manager, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, and VP of Development. John is a licensed MA real estate broker and a recipient of the Paul Brown Education Award.
As Vice President of Accounting, Janine Hodge is responsible for monitoring and analyzing the operating results of all Linchris' management properties.
She works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to manage the preparation of monthly and annual reports, as well as ensuring internal controls are in place and being administered. Among her many duties, Janine oversees the day-to-day operations of Linchris' accounting staff.
Janine began her accounting career in 1990 at Colonial Management Associates, a mutual fund company. She held three positions in her time there, Control Accountant, Accounts Payable Specialist, and Marketing Budget Assistant.
In 1998, Janine accepted the position of Innkeeper at Linchris' corporate-owned Park View Inn. In 2000, Janine began working at Linchris' corporate office as a part-time Accounting Clerk. She came on full-time in 2003 as the Administrative Assistant, and then had 4 successive promotions from Control Accountant, Assistant Corporate Controller, Corporate Controller, and now as Vice President of Accounting.
Janine graduated from Bay State College with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Finance Concentration. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New England College of Business.
Jeff oversees the operations of a portfolio of Linchris' full-service and select-service hotels.
Jeff provides leadership to the General Managers of the hotels he oversees with a focus on customer service, team member satisfaction, revenue generation, and long-term value creation.
Jeff joined Linchris in August 2007 as a Front Office Manager at the Best Western, Boston, and held his first General Manager position at the Comfort Inn, Cape Cod in June 2010. In Jeff's twelve years of experience with Linchris before this new role, he was the General Manager of seven different Linchris managed hotels and served as an Area Director of Operations.
Jeff has moved through the Linchris ranks with a commitment to the Linchris standards of "Driving Excellence" and by building an effective leadership team at each property he has been responsible for. In February 2020, Jeff joined the Executive Team as Director of Operations and in 2021 was promoted to Senior Director of Operations.
Jeff is a 2005 graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While in school, he played 4 years of Division 1 hockey for UMass and was an assistant captain in his senior year. Upon graduation, Jeff played two years of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and American Hockey League (AHL). During a 1 year leave of absence from Linchris, Jeff earned his Master's Degree in Hospitality and Tourism at UMass in 2010, while serving as the Graduate Assistant of the UMass hockey team.
Greg Nawrocki oversees the digital marketing strategy for the Linchris portfolio. He provides support to our hotels on reputation management, search engine optimization, social media marketing, public relations, and community networking.
Greg and his team develop an annual digital marketing strategy and social media calendar for each hotel to follow. This plan is customized for the recommendations of the individual hotel brands including IHG, Marriott, Best Western, Choice, and Hilton.
Greg joined Linchris when the company purchased Hotel Providence in 2015, where he was serving as Business Transient Sales Manager. He was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing in 2016.
Greg has a strong hospitality background which started in college where he was an event coordinator at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL. After moving back to his home state of Massachusetts, he held several managerial roles with Lafrance Hospitality Company. His career eventually led him to The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina (Shaner Hotels) and then Hotel Providence. In 2018, he was awarded Hotel Employee of the Year by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.
In addition to his extensive marketing and sales experience, Greg was also appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2012 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.Greg holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He currently lives in his hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts with his husband, Jason, his son, Simon, and his rescue dog, Millie.
Gary Nagler oversees the food and beverage operations for the entire Linchris' portfolio of independent, and branded full-service and select-service hotels
Gary was recruited by Linchris in March of 2015 and was retained as General Manager at the award-winning, Inn at Middletown. Before joining the Linchris team, Gary worked for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Harrison Conference Centers, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He held the roles of Executive Chef, Director of Food and Beverage, Regional Director of Food and Beverage, and General Manager.
Gary has managed hotels within the Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott brands, along with independently owned hotels. While with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Gary was a finalist for General Manager of the Year. During his tenure with Interstate, his hotel won multiple awards including Most Consistent Property, Top Sales Team Performance, and Top Food and Beverage Operation.
Gary is active in his community and is currently on the board of the Downtown Business District and CVB in the Middletown, Connecticut area. He's a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality.
Throughout his tenure with Linchris, Gary has played a key role in improving the overall quality and profitability of the food and beverage operations throughout the company. In July of 2019, Gary was promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage.
Jenna M. Bergamino oversees the revenue management team for the Linchris portfolio of hotels including full-service and select-service hotels.
Jenna began her hospitality career in 2004 working at a select service Marriott hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Jenna became well-rounded in hotel operations, holding positions in food and beverage as well as front office before becoming an Operations Manager and an Assistant General Manager.
Jenna joined Linchris in 2013 as General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Jenna relocated to Rockland, Massachusetts, and oversaw the rebranding of the Holiday Inn Rockland to the Doubletree by Hilton Boston-Rockland.
In 2019, Jenna became the General Manager of Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, an independent hotel within the Linchris portfolio. During her time in Plymouth, Jenna was also a board member of the Plymouth County Development Council. In 2021 Jenna joined the Linchris Corporate Office as Corporate Director of Revenue Management.
Jenna graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Muhlenberg College. During her career with Linchris, Jenna has assisted in task force work and has been a member of hotel acquisition teams. Jenna also assisted in the development of Human Trafficking Training for the Linchris portfolio of hotels as well as the development of the Linchris Manager in Training program.
Nick provides management oversight when staffing voids arise as a result of management changes, maternity or medical leave, hotel acquisitions, or additional staffing is required for a short period.
Nick works closely with hotels providing support in operational matters, revenue management, and human resources. A hotel industry veteran, Nick began his career at an early age holding many positions through his school years before taking his first General Manager's job in 1986 at a Comfort service, and resort hotels throughout his career with a keen understanding of operational issues and revenue management.
Nick began his career with Linchris Hotel Corporation in 1999 as the General Manager of the Concord, NH Holiday Inn where we took the hotel property through a major renovation and brought the hotel's service ranking from the bottom of the region to #2 in the region with Holiday Inns. While in Concord, Nick also served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association. In 2003 Nick moved to Colchester, VT Hampton Inn as General Manager and again took the hotel through a renovation project. While the property had initially been underperforming when it joined the Linchris portfolio, under Nick's leadership the hotel steadily improved with increased revenue and occupancy. In 2006 Nick was promoted to Area Director of Operations and moved back to New Hampshire to Manage the Salem Holiday Inn in addition to his other hospitality management duties.
When not working, Nick enjoys the occasional off-the-beaten-path adventure and traveling around the world with his wife Paula. Nick says that working with Linchris has allowed him to continue to fulfill his professional and personal goals.