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.
Dianne McCaulla, Interior Designer
Mrs. McCaulla is responsible for developing, documenting, and coordinating interior design projects for all Cooper Hotels properties. She has over 10 years of hospitality interior design experience including positions at Adrian, Carr, Caradine Design, where she worked on a wide range of projects for Cooper Hotels, and Rogers Hospitality Design. She holds a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Memphis, and she is an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer.
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 the former Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops (now DoubleTree by Hilton 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.
Horia Vese, Regional Director of Revenue Management
Mr. Vese originally joined Cooper Hotels in 2003 as a member of the Hilton Naples, Florida, banquet department team. He also served in the guest services department and held the position of on-property revenue manager at Hilton Naples until 2021, while completing his bachelor's degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. In November 2023, Mr. Vese rejoined Cooper Hotels.
Anthony Troxel, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Troxel began his career at Cooper Hotels in 2016, serving as director of sales and marketing at DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis. In March, 2023, he was promoted to regional director of sales and marketing for Cooper Hotels. Mr. Troxel previously held multiple managerial and director level roles in hospitality sales and operations with companies in Tunica, Mississippi, and Memphis for eight years. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis and holds an MBA in marketing from Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
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.
Joyce Scianni, Administrative Assistant to Cooper Hotels President & CEO
Mrs. Scianni has over 35 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:
- Sandra Dyer, Assistant to the Controller
- Amy Hall, Accounting