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
He 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.
Brian Carney, Vice President Of Operations, Cooper Hotels
Mr. Carney joined the company in 1986 as corporate food and beverage director. Prior to that, he served as department manager of food and beverage for 14 years for Opryland USA and the Grand Ole Opry. He attended Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
Andy Laubscher, Corporate Director Of Food And Beverage, Cooper Hotels
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of Lausanne, Switzerland, Mr. Laubscher oversees all culinary operations and menu development for the Cooper Hotel Group. Prior to joining the company in 1997, he worked for 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.
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.
Alan Jarrett, CPA, Cooper Hotels Regional Director of Development And Operations
Mr. Jarrett joined the company in 1989 as controller. He now serves as the director of hotel development and regional director of operations for selected Cooper Hotels. A graduate of the University of Memphis, he began his career at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, served as the corporate accounting manager of a regional bank and was also controller of an investment banking firm.
Geoff Thompson, Cooper Hotels Regional Director of Development And Operations
Mr. Thompson joined the company in 1994, shortly after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Over his career with Cooper Hotels, he has held various management positions at the hotel level in several of the Cooper Hotels. Mr. Thompson now serves dual roles, as both general manager of the Embassy Suites Detroit Metro Airport and regional director of development and operations, overseeing the company's development and hotel operations for selected Cooper Hotels.
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.
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