Chief Executive OfficerThe strength of Linchris Hotel Corporation lies in Chris Gistis' commitment to hire 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. Contact Chris by email at : [email protected]
A veteran of the hospitality industryChris 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.
PresidentMichael 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.
Chief Financial OfficerThe 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.
Senior Vice President of Operations
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" has 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 renovation 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. Email: [email protected]
Vice President of OperationsNick works closely with the General Managers of the hotels he oversees 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 Managers job in 1986 at a Comfort Inn. Nick has worked in limited service, full service and resort hotels throughout his career with a keen understanding of operational issues and revenue management.
Vice President of Revenue ManagementIn February 2003, Liz Jobin was named Vice President of Revenue Management for Linchris Hotel Corporation. Liz's familiarity with each hotel site's property and revenue management systems allows her to ensure that all Linchris hotels are maximizing their individual revenue potential. This newly created position allows Liz to work closely with each hotel property while serving as a "second pair of eyes" for all General Managers. Liz tracks hotel reservation and occupancy trends, room rates and each hotel's web site on a regular basis to discover strategies that work, and areas that can be improved for greater revenue.
Vice President of Project Management
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. Email: [email protected]
Vice President of Operations
Brian Anderson began his career in the hospitality business in a way that many hoteliers don't—he started working in radio. He was an on-air personality for WILQ and WLYC in Williamsport, PA before making the jump to advertising sales for the station. Brian's sister told of him of an open sales manager position at the Holiday Inn in Williamsport and Brian decided to give it a go. He was there a year and a half before moving on to a Ramada Hotel in Monroeville, PA. After a year, Brian moved back to the Williamsport Radisson where he worked as Director of Sales and started his career with Linchris Hotel Corporation.
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 was in need of a major renovation and assistance with their 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.
Brian and his family loved living in the south shore of Massachusetts, so when Linchris purchased the Radisson Plymouth 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 at the start of 2019. Brian oversees the operations of Linchris' full service and select service hotels. Email: [email protected]
John P. Argonish
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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. Prior to 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 was promoted to Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing and again in 2019 to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Email: [email protected]
Corporate ControllerAs Corporate Controller, 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.
Director of Online MarketingStacia Miele oversees the digital marketing strategy for the Linchris portfolio. She provides regular training to our hotels on reputation management, search engine optimization, social media marketing, public relations and community networking. Stacia and her 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, Hilton and Hyatt. Stacia also assists with digital advertising by grouping available online statistics and sharing data to provide better overall results.
Corporate Director of Food and Beverage
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. Prior to 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. Email: [email protected]
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Jeff Lang 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 prior to this new role, he was the General Manager of seven different Linchris managed hotels and most recently 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.
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.