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Key Personnel

Brian Stys
President

As President and Founder of the company, Brian is responsible for all operations of the business. Brian brings more than twenty-five years of construction operations knowledge to the business. With the unique perspective of having successfully developed and managed construction teams on a national level, Brian provides a unique value and point of view to the project. He works closely with the client and the team to ensure success and satisfaction on every level.

Throughout his career, he has cultivated relationships with prestigious clients including Nobu, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Union Square Hospitality Group, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, McCormick and Schmick Seafood Restaurants, Tom Colicchio’s Craft, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Dave and Buster’s, Yard House, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Hard Rock Café to name a few.

He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is often used as a resource for many industry articles in national trade publications, newspapers and other media outlets.

Prior to starting Stys Hospitality, Brian was Vice President at Shawmut Design and Construction in Boston where he spent 19 years and is credited with building the nationwide restaurant and hospitality divisions. Prior to Shawmut Design and Construction, he was a Project Manager at William A Berry and Son, Inc.  Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and attended the Harvard Extension School where he studied Business Administration.

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Christopher Zanni 
Vice-President

As Vice President Chris brings more than twenty-five years of architectural and project management experience to the business. Through past experience Chris knows the success of a project starts with establishing the right team, setting the right benchmarks for the budget and schedule, and then managing and measuring the progress of the project against those key milestones throughout the process. Using his past experience on both new construction and renovation projects, Chris will lend his expertise to the client throughout the many different stages of the design and construction management process.

Throughout his career Chris has had the opportunity to work with many clients in the corporate, retail and hospitality sectors such as CWB, Costco, Boston Properties and Liberty Mutual, Chris understands the demands and challenges of delivering a Class A product. Most recently Chris has worked with several of the top rated hotel owners and operators in the business such as Mandarin, Marriott, Sheraton, Host Hotels & Resorts and FelCor Lodging Trust.

Prior to his starting at Stys Hospitality, Chris was a Vice President at Colliers International, formerly Meredith & Grew in Boston. Prior to Colliers, he was an Associate/ Project Architect at CBT Architects in Boston. Chris earned his Bachelor in Architecture from Pratt Institute and his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London. Chris completed associate programs in architecture and construction in Denmark, Italy, Greece and The Republic of Cyprus.

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Matthew G. Russell, AIA 
Vice-President 

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Matt brings more than 20 years of architectural and project management experience. To offer timely cost effective project solutions, Matt is able to draw on his experience as an architect, contractor and client. As an influential decision-maker, Matt is confident with tight budgets and project deadlines. He can visualize, analyze and communicate a projects scope of work and coordinate costs/means. He is able to work in conjunction with multiple consultants, construction, and subcontractor teams to develop commercially viable projects.  While meeting clients’ needs and expectations, Matt is skilled at working in a high paced multi-faceted team environment. He knows how to independently manage multiple teams, offices and projects while maintaining the ability to understand client concerns.  Matt has the ability to integrate construction methodology while facilitating project completion.

Throughout his career, Matt has developed many relationships along the way and most of his success has been with repeat clients. He has worked on projects of varying types and magnitude including large mixed-use projects consisting of millions of square feet with retail, hotel, multi-family and office components. Most recently, Matt was Vice President and Director of Hospitality at Colliers International Boston. His focus was on hotel projects working with FelCor Lodging Trust, Host Hotels, Sheraton, and Westin. Prior to that, Matt worked as a Project Manager / Architect for several architectural firms where his focus was on retail driven mixed-use projects for local, national and international developers and retailers including WS Development, Nakheel Properties, TC Development, Costco Wholesale, Lowes and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Matt earned his Associate and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Craig Scott 
Senior Project Manager

Craig Scott brings over 25 years of Project Management with extensive experience in project planning and development. Craig is skilled in construction management, design management, cost control, bidding and negotiation. With a record for bringing projects in on time and within budget. He is able to utilize value engineering practices to achieve cost savings.

While working at The McBride Company, Craig was responsible for the project management of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville themed restaurants and hotels.  In 2003 Craig founded CLS Project Management, were he successfully managed the construction and turnover of Hard Rock Cafes in the US.  Craig’s other project management accomplishments include: Facilities Manager for Hard Rock Café International and Project Manager for HRCI with successful openings and remodels of Hard Rock Cafés in the US and Canada. Project planning and project management for Disney Village Resort and Pleasure Island.

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Nathan Logan
Senior Project Manager

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Nathan Logan brings the experience of founding his own company ML Restaurant Solutions, after a successful career as an Executive Chef.  Starting in the industry after graduating from Washington State University with Degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Administration and in Business Management, he decided to pursue a more traditional way to connect with food.  Nathan’s experience has been designing and managing several high- profile and successful builds across the country.

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Jeremy Turkel
Project Manager

Jeremy Turkel joined Stys Hospitality Initiative as a Project Manager in 2015. He brings to the team sixteen years of restaurant operations experience and ten years of construction management experience.

Jeremy began his career in construction working with Chef Tom Colicchio taking his quick service brand, 'wichcraft, from three stores to fifteen stores in just under three years while also taking on the role of Director of Operations with the company. It was with 'wichcraft that Jeremy cultivated relationships with various New York City agencies and gained a strong understanding of restaurant operations and compliance. 

Prior to joining Stys Hospitality Initiative, Jeremy spearheaded development for the 16 Handles franchise. During his time there, he oversaw both national and international expansion plans.

Through his years managing the construction process from concept and design through opening, Jeremy has worked with architects, engineers, construction firms, city agencies, and business owners throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, California, and the Middle East. Jeremy builds lasting relationships with his clients and vendors. He knows firsthand the importance of having a strong understanding of restaurant operations and the construction process in order to ensure a successful and timely opening.
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Juan Maldonado
Project Manager 

As a Project Manager Juan brings more than thirty years of architectural and project management experience in the design and construction management industry. He has managed projects in the architectural profession and in the development/ construction industry totaling over two million square feet. Juan has experience with many project types ranging from commercial, institutional, office, retail, residential and mixed-use. He has worked on behalf of owners, clients, developers and the U.S. government.

Prior to Stys Hospitality, Juan worked as an owner project manager and provided services to public, private and non-profit firms. This experience helps him support SHI clients in all phases of the construction process, from overseeing design-build contractors, RFI management, schedule and invoice reviews as well as jobsite inspections.

Juan has also worked for a general contractor firm as well as for architectural firms previously. As a result, he brings a depth of knowledge in all aspects of construction, project management and design expertise to the SHI team.
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Danielle Dioguardi
Assistant Project Manager

Danielle Dioguardi joined Stys Hospitality Initiative as Assistant Project Manager in 2016. Danielle was previously employed by luxury restaurant groups such as Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group, and Orange Brands Management.  She has worked on project development in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas, and Dubai.  Danielle is a member of the New York Hospitality Alliance.

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Erin Hoesly
Director of Operations

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Erin Hoesly brings a range of diverse experience in business strategy, operations, marketing and financial management.  Prior to Stys Hospitality, Erin worked for Panopticon Software and Datawatch Corporation with responsibility for corporate marketing, sales forecasting, partner relationships, and budgets. Erin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a MBA and BBA in Marketing.