Team

Raxit Shah

Executive Chairman

As the Executive Chairman of Liberty Group, Mr. Shah is responsible for the strategic governance of the company as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Liberty Hospitality Funds I and II.

Since founding the Liberty Group in 1980, Mr. Shah has led the company in commercial real estate investments throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Mr. Shah earned a degree in Credit and Collections by the Canadian Credit Institute from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Punit Shah

Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive of Liberty Group, Mr. Shah maintains executive control over all divisions of the company, and serves as the General Partner of Liberty Hospitality Funds I and II. Mr. Shah is an alumnus of Boston University where he now serves on the Advisory Board and has established the Punit & Carla Shah Family scholarship. Mr. Shah attended the Harvard University Economics and Harvard Business School Real Estate programs, and Political Science and Real Estate Development programs at Cornell University and Emory University.  

Mr. Shah is a member of YPO, and has served on the Global Board of the Intercontinental Hotels Group Owner's Association. His honors include receiving the Florida's Governor's Enterprise award, Florida Business Review “Under 40” and Entrepreneur of the Year awards, named as 25 People to Watch in Florida, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, and serving as the 2017 Boston University School of Hospitality commencement speaker.

Mr. Shah, as part of an investment group led by Derek Jeter, is a Part-Owner of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team, and is the first Indian-American Owner of a MLB team.

Richard Henrikson

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer of Liberty Group,  Mr. Henrikson maintains overall managerial control over Liberty Hospitality Management, with operational and financial responsibility for hotels throughout the United States. Mr. Henrikson is an award-winning Certified Hotel Administrator with significant experience operating Intercontinental, Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton hotels and has served on the owner advisory board of Intercontinental Hotels Group. 

With more than four decades of proven hotel industry experience, Mr. Henrikson previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for GF Hotels, which has operated 500 hotels nationally, and as Executive Vice President at Lane (now Spire) Hospitality, which has operated 100 hotels nationally.

Matthew Ram

Investment and Asset Manager

As the Investment and Asset Manager of Liberty Group, Mr. Ram is responsible for asset and investment management of Liberty Hospitality Funds I & II, and works with the hotel management team to ensure terminal operational performance is achieved in each of Liberty Group's portfolio investments.

Mr. Ram is also responsible for asset managing Shah Family Office investments, and has extensive financial experience with Wells Fargo, Convergent Capital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mr. Ram earned Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of South Florida. 

Erika Brandenburg

Controller

As the Controller of Liberty Group, Ms. Brandenburg is responsible for overseeing the corporate accounting team and preparation and review of all entity financials while ensuring compliance with GAAP accounting standards throughout the Liberty Group portfolio.

Ms. Brandenburg is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 20 years of private and public accounting experience, most recently at Walter Investment Management Corporation (NYSE: WAC). 

Ms. Brandenburg graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.

Dina Lomagno

Vice President Sales & Marketing

As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Liberty Group, Ms. Lomagno oversees the sales and marketing efforts at all hotels throughout the company portfolio. Ms. Lomagno's background includes nearly 20 years of combined experience at Ritz-Carlton and Biltmore hotels in senior sales and marketing leadership positions through the United States. 

A graduate of Florida State University College of Business, Ms. Lomagno serves on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Women in Tourism and the National Association of Professional Women, and was a finalist for Tampa Bay Businesswoman of the Year in 2008.

Carla Shah

Vice President Revenue Management

As the Vice President of Revenue Management of Liberty Group, Ms. Shah is responsible to oversee all revenue managers across all brands in the Liberty Group portfolio.

Ms. Shah has more than a decade of hospitality experience with Kimpton, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the United States.

Ms. Shah graduated with summa cum laude honors from the School of Hospitality at Boston University and was named as the Young Alumni of the Year. 

Cerena Cruz

Hotel Operations Manager

As the Hotel Operations Manager for Liberty Group, Ms. Cruz works with the hotel management team to implement and execute operational initiatives.

Ms. Cruz has more than 15 years of hospitality experience, primarily as a General Manager and Controller with Marriott hotels,  and is responsible for ensuring all hotels within the Liberty Group portfolio exceed performance expectations. 

Ms. Cruz earned a degree in Business Administration from Baylor University and degree in Criminal Justice from Hawaii Pacific University.

Samantha Watkinson

Portfolio Manager

As the Portfolio Manager for Liberty Group, Ms. Watkinson works with the hotel management team to identify efficiencies and provide proactive operational support while reviewing assets within the portfolio.

Ms. Watkinson is also responsible for project management funding schedules, and has extensive financial experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout West Florida.

Ms. Watkinson earned a Bachelors degree in Finance and the Most Outstanding Graduate Award from the University of South Florida.

Nina Osbahr

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

As the Office Manager and Executive Assistant of Liberty Group, Ms. Osbahr is responsible to support the management and leadership teams at the corporate office.  

Ms. Osbahr is a Florida Notary Public, and has extensive experience as an Administrative Assistant at public and private companies. 

Manuel Leonor

Corporate Chief Engineer

As the Corporate Chief Engineer for Liberty Group, Mr. Leonor is responsible for implementation and execution of preventive maintenance, renovation projects, and capital improvements across all assets within the Liberty Group portfolio.

Mr. Leonor has extensive hands-on experience with commercial real estate renovation and construction, and serves as the Owner's Representative on Liberty Group construction projects. 

James Cole

Staff Accountant

As an Staff Accountant for Liberty Group, Mr. Cole works with the hotel management team to provide daily accounting services across the portfolio.

Mr. Cole has extensive financial experience as an Accountant/Auditor at large companies throughout Puerto Rico, and is a certified US Coast Guard Captain. 

Mr. Cole earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from Bayamon Central University.

Darleen Burgos

Staff Accountant

As an Staff Accountant for Liberty Group, Ms. Burgos works with the hotel management team to provide daily accounting services across the portfolio.

Ms. Burgos has extensive financial experience in Accounting at large companies throughout Puerto Rico, and earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. 

Administrative and Operations Team:
  • Jocie Rivera - Area Director of Sales
  • Cindy Fowler, Director of Human Resources
  • Brian Burns, Director of Risk Management
  • Michele Seals, Payroll Administration