Akash Sharma has over 10 years of real estate experience, including sourcing, evaluating and executing direct investments in excess of $1 billion in total capitalization, and asset management of over a two million square feet portfolio of core, value-added and opportunistic assets. Akash formally began his investing career at CIM Group, the $19 billion real estate private equity firm. During his tenure, Akash completed over $500 million in investments and worked on a variety of transformative projects, including the acquisition of 432 Park Avenue (the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere). To complement his equity side transactional experience, Akash joined Clairvue Capital Partners (now Stepstone Real Estate Group) in early 2012. At Clairvue, Akash’s responsibilities entailed undertaking secondary investments in funds and evaluating preferred equity investments in operating companies and joint ventures. Akash graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Economics, Dean’s List.
Ankit Patel is a Certified Public Accountant, with over 13 years’ experience, who has been deeply involved in accounting, valuation, and company leadership throughout his career. Ankit came to Bridgeton from a consulting firm where he spent his time at a large real estate development company working with their controllership group to develop, implement, and improve accounting processes. Prior to that, Ankit worked at Hyatt as a member of the Global Policies and Procedures group where he created and updated company-wide accounting policies, and participated in the AICPA Hospitality Revenue Recognition Task Force. Ankit started his career in Atlanta at Deloitte where he gained experience within their external audit practice before moving to their Transaction Services group working on buy-side and sell-side due diligence. Ankit earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Saint Louis University.
Atit Jariwala is the CEO of Bridgeton, which operates and dynamically develops curated restaurants and bars, boutique and lifestyle hotels, and specialty retail and event venues. Bridgeton also owns a portfolio of office and multifamily properties across the US. A creative visionary with a knack for curating compelling experiences, Atit has been immersed in the hospitality industry his entire life. Notable projects include The Walker Hotel Collection, Society Café, Journey East Hampton, Marram Resort, among others. Each property is comprised of a thoughtful and delicate unity between the natural elements, local community, and design. Several of Bridgeton’s projects are featured in publications such as Forbes, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Atit graduated from Yale University and received his MBA from Stanford University.
Vice President, Asset/Property Management
Bourke Lee is an experienced operator and manager with 16 years of experience in property management. Prior to Bridgeton, Bourke oversaw operations at various luxury and upscale hotels while with Interstate Hotels & Resorts and Tharaldson Lodging. Bourke graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a BA in Economics and Business.
Director of People
Christina Maloney-Dillon has been managing employee relationships and compliance matters for over 25 years, focusing on the management of human capital, employer compliance, liability management and leadership development. She currently oversees Bridgeton’s Human Resources function. Just prior to Bridgeton, Christina spent 4 years as the Head of Operations for the New York and London offices of Ripplewood Advisors LLC, a family investment office, and 20 years as the Human Resources Manager at Ripplewood Holdings LLC, a New York Private Equity firm. Christina began her career in New Business Development at Ketchum, an international advertising agency. Christina earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Conor O’Byrne has spent more than 20 years overseeing construction and development in national and international markets. Project types have included residential, hospitality, sports, entertainment, transportation, and healthcare. Prior to joining Bridgeton, Conor worked with Kiewit Corporation’s Rocky Mountain Region on major projects in excess of $1 billion; New York based Claremont Group on projects in the Tri-State Area and overseas; and in the residential sector in the Northeast, Midwest and abroad. Conor holds a BA in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a BS & MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
General Counsel, Legal
Gary Finiguerra has over 13 years of experience practicing real estate and corporate law, and representing real estate operators and developers in connection with real estate transactions. Gary was previously an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group in the New York office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he represented private equity and real estate funds and other real estate companies in a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, workouts, and restructuring of distressed loans. Gary’s select client representations included: representation of a private equity fund in connection with joint ventures to develop properties in New York City; and representation of a publicly traded REIT in connection with various mortgage and mezzanine financings related to real estate located throughout the U.S. Gary began his legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP in New York City. Gary graduated from Cornell University in 2001 and from the New York University School of Law in 2005. He was selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition by Thomson Reuters, 2014.
Jeffrey Haroldson has over 35 years of experience as a CEO, COO, fund manager, investment banker and lawyer originating and overseeing complex international businesses and transactions. Jeff began his career in 1981 at the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy specializing in banking and securities regulation and transactions. In 1994, the global banking group HSBC recruited Jeff to serve as General Counsel of the Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets (“CIBM”) businesses for North America where he was responsible for legal and compliance matters for a wide variety of financial services businesses, including Treasury, Fixed Income, Equities, Investment and Merchant Banking, and Corporate Banking. While at HSBC, Jeff was promoted first to Chief Operating Officer for CIBM, directly managing and coordinating the support functions for the CIBM businesses, and later to Head of Investment Banking and Merchant Banking for North America. In that capacity, Jeff had responsibility for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Real Estate Investment Banking, Islamic Finance, Private Placements, Mezzanine Finance, Loan Syndications and Private Equity. Jeff was later recruited by HDG Mansur Capital Group, a U.S. real estate development and advisory company, to become CEO of its fund and asset management businesses. Jeff grew those businesses from approximately $650 million in assets under management to a peak of $3.5 billion, representing over 8 million square feet of commercial real estate assets. Jeff graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 (BA with Honors in English) and graduated from Cornell Law School in 1981 (JD; Editor of the Law Review).
Philip Cham brings over 16 years of hotel management experience with a variety of affiliations including Marriott, Hilton, Choice, Wyndham and IHG hotel brands. He has extensive experience in hotel operations, property openings, sales and marketing, property repositioning, revenue management, associate development and profitability strategies. Phil oversees the day-to-day operations of the portfolio assets. Prior to joining Bridgeton Holdings, Phil was the Vice President of Branded Hotel Operations for Gemini Hospitality Management, overseeing the operations of hotel brands including Choice, Wyndham and IHG. Phil’s prior experience includes general manager positions of New York City branded and boutique properties along with Regional Director responsibilities for multiple properties in the Northeast. Phil received his degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Managing Director, Asset/Property Management
Ritesh Jariwala is responsible for Bridgeton’s Hospitality division, overseeing just over 500 employees with nearly $100M in annual revenue. He brings more than 18 years of experience in hotel operations, development, revenue management, sales and marketing, maintenance and ecommerce. His experience includes managing hotels with a variety of franchise affiliation; including Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn as well as non-affiliated hotels such as the Walker Greenwich Village and The GEM Brand. Ritesh also has experience managing banquet halls, restaurants, apartment complexes and condominium buildings. Ritesh’s prior experience includes development and re-development of a number of hotels in the Northeast and Midwest. Ritesh received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business. He is also a Certified Hotel Administrator.