About
Stys Hospitality Initiative

Stys Hospitality's core offering is
Owner Project Management and
Representation for the Hospitality Industry.

Stys Hospitality Initiative (SHI) has developed the most comprehensive list of industry experts and vendors, a network that we leverage to ensure the client's needs are met or exceeded.  The team ensures client satisfaction by tailoring project services to the individual client's needs to form the most effective partnership for the successful completion of the client’s project.

The seasoned senior team brings more than twenty years each of architectural, engineering, construction and/or project management experience to the business.  This unique experience gives SHI the ability to enable better collaboration among all project teams, which offers quick resolutions to issues and a better result in the final product.

Through past experience, we know 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 past experiences on both new construction and renovation projects, Stys Hospitality will lend its expertise to the client throughout the many different stages of the design and construction management process.

Meet our team

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.  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.

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.  Erin manages the SHI offices as well as handles business development, marketing, digital networks, and project management work.  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.

Chris 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.

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.  Matt is confident with tight budgets and project deadlines.  He can visualize, analyze and communicate a project's 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.

Craig Scott
Senior Project Manager

Craig Scott brings over 25 years of Project Management experience with extensive knowledge 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, where he successfully managed the construction and turnover of all the Hard Rock Cafes in the U.S.

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.

Abram Adly 
Senior Project Manager

Abe brings over twelve years of project management and architectural experience across the retail and hospitality industries.  He excels at managing client projects to ensure they are functional, code compliant, delivered on time and in budget.  In his most recent position with TPG Architecture, he managed all project phases, from defining project scope and programming, contract execution, project initiation and scheduling, design development, construction documents, through construction administration tasks.  Abe also has international experience, having worked in the Middle East, where he was a Senior Project Manager for a multi-zone entertainment park in Doha, Qatar.

Mike Peterson
Senior Project Manager

Mike brings more than twenty-five years of Preconstruction, Estimating and Project Management experience to the business.  Through past experience he knows the success of a project requires the right budget and schedule and the right tools for measuring actual progress versus anticipated results from a construction standpoint as well as from a financial perspective.  Prior to his starting at Stys Hospitality, Mike was a Vice President of Preconstruction for EMJ Corporation for nearly 15 years.  Mike is currently seeking ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) Certification in addition to his continued Construction Management studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Amanda Tiani
Project Manager

Amanda has a broad range of experience in managing projects including estimating, procurement, contract negotiation, scheduling and earned value analysis with exceptional knowledge in cost variance and cost performance index.  Amanda gained her knowledge and skills through progressive responsibilities throughout her tenure managing various types of projects such as mid-rise, warehouse distribution centers, tenant space, restaurants, and hospitality.  Her wide breadth of experience in multiple facets provides exceptional talent and skills to meet client expectations.

Juan Luis Maldonado 
Project Manager

As a Project Manager Juan Luis 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.

Ray Knappenberger
Project Manager

As a member of Stys Hospitality, Ray Knappenberger brings over twenty years of project management experience in the retail, restaurant and commercial construction space.   Ray specializes in managing complex projects from initial lease negotiations through construction and tenant opening.  He excels at being the team leader for all external consultants on a project including Architects, Designers, Engineers and General Contractors.  Ray has deep industry knowledge on lease review, budget planning and control, submissions/approvals, permitting and on-site administration of projects.

Dawn Thompson 
Project Manager

Dawn is a licensed architect with over 20 years experience in the design and construction industries.  She has worked in small boutique and large corporate firms, both as lead architect and more recently as a senior project manager for arts, education, corporate hospitality and nonprofit clients.  Dawn is well versed in zoning, building codes, and landmarks requirements, construction logistics, budgeting, team assembly and program development.  Dawn assists owners and developers from project initiation and pre-design through close-out of their hospitality projects.

Danielle Dioguardi
Assistant Project Manager

Prior to working at Stys Hospitality, Danielle Dioguardi was responsible for in-house project management for luxury international restaurant groups such as Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group, and then Orange Brands Management. Her previous experience sitting in the client’s seat allows a unique understanding of the client perspective, and enables her to provide bespoke project support accordingly. 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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