Our Team

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Jerald Eichelberger


Jerry co-founded Essex and its affiliates and has served as an officer and director since inception.


John Kattato

SVP Operations

John joined Essex in 2003 as a Regional Manager.  In his current position,  he is responsible for the direction of the operations team.


Chris Mellone

VP Operations

Chris leads the day-to-day operation of our hotel property teams.  He started with Essex in 2008, serving first as a General Manager before joining the home office as Director Hotel Performance. 


Jonathan Clark

Director Finance and Accounting

Jonathan joined Essex in 2012 and currently oversees the accounting operations and financial reporting for the Company and the portfolio properties.  


Yomara De Jesus

Task Force Lead

Yomara joined Essex in 2008 in property-level operations and was later promoted to General Manager at one of our portfolio hotels.  She recently joined our home office to lead our task force group implementing operational strategies and assisting with transitions.

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Barbara J. Purvis


Barbara primarily oversees business development and relationship management.


Cheryl Huhn

Director Revenue and Sales Strategies

Cheryl joined Essex in 2018 and currently oversees Revenue Management and Sales Strategies for our portfolio of hotels.


Keith Shugerts

VP Project and Facilities Management

Keith joined Essex in 1994 and is responsible for coordinating all capital improvement projects, as well as activities related to the development and construction of new hotels.


Kristen Srolis


Kristen joined Essex in 2014 and currently oversees the accounting operations and financial reporting for the portfolio properties. 


Anne Ferrari Mancuso

Assistant Controller

Anne joined Essex Hotel Management in 2021 and brings a wealth of accounting experience across a variety of industries.


HR Works

HR Consultant

Essex contracts with HR works for much of its human resource needs.  HR Works provides the knowledge and expertise that enables Essex to stay abreast of the ever-changing requirements of administering to its employees.   You can learn more about HR Works by visiting www.HRWorks-inc.com