Management

Pace Cooper, President and CEO

Pace Cooper was president of Cooper Hotels from 1991 until 1995, when he also assumed the role of CEO. Mr. Cooper joined the company as a third-generation family member in 1985. He is a graduate of Columbia College in New York City and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Cooper, Executive Vice President

A third generation family member of the Cooper Hotels management team since 1996, Mr. Cooper is involved in all hotel operations and development. Prior to joining the company he owned and operated a business in New York City. He is a graduate of New York University Graduate School of Business and Yeshiva University.

Laurie Cooper, Vice President and General Counsel

Laurie Cooper, a third generation family member, joined the management team in 1996, after representing the company for nine years in private practice. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Radcliffe College, Ms. Cooper also holds a master's degree from Harvard University. She is also of Counsel to Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC.

Corporate Management Support

Cooper Hotels achieves through teamwork. People and talent are paramount throughout in managing the award-winning hotels. Teamwork utilizes the company's resources for maximum achievement so there is a depth of expert management for hotel development, operations, technology, finance, law, and capital improvement.

The Cooper Hotels corporate team of experienced, loyal executives operate in an atmosphere where talent and innovation are appreciated.

David Krueger, CPA, Vice President And Chief Financial Officer For Cooper Hotels

Mr. Krueger joined the company in 1985, after eleven years at Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Krueger directs the financial and accounting functions. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, and he holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Geoff Thompson, Vice President Of Operations, Cooper Hotels

Mr. Thompson joined Cooper Hotels in 1994, after graduating from the University of Mississippi. He has held management positions at several properties and served as regional director of development and operations. Mr. Thompson directly supervises the Cooper Hotel properties in Florida, Michigan and New York

Andy Laubscher, Corporate Director Of Operations, Cooper Hotels

Mr. Laubscher oversees all corporate food and beverage operations and directs the operations of the Tennessee region hotels. Prior to joining Cooper in 1997, he spent 10 years with Swissotel in executive chef and sous chef positions at the Lafayette Hotel in Boston, the Drake Hotel in New York City and the International Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Allen Ruffin, CPA, Cooper Hotels Controller

Mr. Ruffin is responsible for the accounting operations and telecommunications services. He has over 24 years of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining the company in 2000, he was senior vice president of Medshares, Inc. Mr. Ruffin's background also includes an accounting post with the national CPA firm of Pannell Kerr Forster, where he consulted with numerous hotel clients.

Chad D. Udovich, Area Manager and DoubleTree by Hilton Implementation Specialist

Mr. Udovich joined the Cooper Hotels in 1992, holding management positions at several hotels, including general manager of the Holiday Inn Select St. Charles, Missouri and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Johnson City and Jackson,Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee and Lambuth College after graduating with an associate's degree from Jackson State.

Ginger Brown, Director of Purchasing

With over 26 years of procurement experience, Ms. Brown is responsible for the purchasing process and project management for new hotels and renovations. Prior to joining Cooper Hotels in 2015, she held purchasing management positions with Allen & O'Hara, Inc., Hilton/Promus Hotels in Memphis and Hilton Equipment Corporation in Beverly Hills, California. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Arnie Ellison, Interior Designer

A hotel specialist with over 24 years of hospitality industry interior design experience, Mr. Ellison is responsible for the design elements, specifications and aesthetics of new hotel construction and renovations. He was most recently manager focus service design review for Hilton headquarters in Memphis, where he reviewed, consulted and helped develop new concepts. Mr. Ellison has an interior design degree from the University of Memphis.

Shannon Dilworth, Director of Revenue Management

Mrs. Dilworth supports and oversees the revenue management process for Cooper Hotels. She is a graduate of St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. Since joining the Cooper Hotels team in 2001, Mrs. Dilworth has held positions in sales administration, sales management and revenue management.

Debbie Clark, Regional Director of Revenue Management

Ms. Clark joined Cooper Hotels in 1987 on the opening front desk team at Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. She was promoted to front office manager, rooms division manager, and assistant general manager, before being promoted to revenue manager for the hotel and its sister hotel, Homewood Suites at Bell Tower Shops. Most recently, she served as general manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Airport/FGCU.

Adam Rachuy, Regional Director of Revenue Management

Mr. Rachuy joined Cooper Hotels in 2009, serving as assistant general manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit Metro Airport. In December, 2016, he was promoted to regional director of revenue management. Mr. Rachuy previously held sports-related management positions including general manager of nearby Romulus Athletic Center. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University.

Pamela Little, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

With over 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Ms. Little joined Cooper Hotels in 1998 as director of sales, catering and marketing for DoubleTree by Hilton Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Prior to that, she held sales and sales management positions with Hyatt Regency Downtown Nashville and served as national sales manager for Crowne Plaza Nashville. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lisa Vinciguerra, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Ms. Vinciguerra joined Cooper Hotels as a member of the Hilton Naples, Florida, team in 2001, where she held positions of catering manager, director of catering and director of sales and catering. She is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a hospitality management degree.

Amy Witney, Corporate Sales Analyst and Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Ms. Witney joined the company in 2007 as sales and catering manager for Cooper Hotels' three Hilton brand hotels at Detroit Metro Airport. She was promoted to director of sales, catering and marketing, and in 2012, promoted to corporate sales analyst for Cooper Hotels. Ms. Witney's over 17 years of experience includes positions with Dolce International, InterContinental and Marriott.

Hugh Ladd, Director of IT

Mr. Ladd joined Cooper Hotels in 1989 in the company's computer systems and technology department. He is responsible for the technological requirements and operations for company headquarters and all hotels. Previously, he served as lead department engineer at Matsushita Electronics and data processing manager for White Stores, Inc. Mr. Ladd holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Pat Webb, Administrative Assistant to Cooper Hotels President & CEO

Mrs. Webb has over 30 years of experience in support and administrative responsibilities. She is involved in purchasing, scheduling and coordinating overall company activities in the Cooper Hotels headquarters office.

Cooper Hotels Corporate Support Staff:

  • Linda Keeley
  • Joyce Scianni
  • Jenny Prewitt
  • Teresa Clark
  • Dana Sanders
  • Sandi Engel