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Ana Almada VP of Operations
Ana Almada VP of Operations

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, I currently lead the Operations Team at DKN. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and Tourism and an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

I have a passion to develop team members, provide excellent customer service, and make every hotel financially successful. I’m a part of a team that sets goals and strategies for the hotels and has a true passion to bring the strengths of each person alive and with my role of leading the Support Center Leadership Team (which includes Operations, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management, IT, HR, and Third Party Management) I am able to do what I love every day! My passion for hospitality and people have helped DKN Hotels gain recognition as a company that lives its culture and values and makes a positive difference in people’s lives.

Brian Seeley Regional Director of Operations
Brian Seeley Regional Director of Operations

With 35 years in the hospitality industry, doing everything from washing dishes to owning a hotel, I now work as the Director of Operations, where I get to lead and mentor our General Manager team. I get to add value by teaching the leaders of our business units to think and act like owners, within the framework of DKN’s unique culture. I’ve worked for a lot of companies in my life-long hospitality career, but never one that actually lived the values that it professed. In all of my interactions with with my team in the field and at the Support Center, these principles are our guiding force. I think one thing that’s interesting is how the focus on “Culture” does not mean an acceptance of poor performance or lack of hard work. The values are in place to guide hard work but not to mitigate it, and I constatly see examples of our key people actually being committed to this organization in ways that can’t be just for show.

Ana Almada VP of Operations
Ana Almada VP of Operations

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, I currently lead the Operations Team at DKN. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and Tourism and an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

I have a passion to develop team members, provide excellent customer service, and make every hotel financially successful. I’m a part of a team that sets goals and strategies for the hotels and has a true passion to bring the strengths of each person alive and with my role of leading the Support Center Leadership Team (which includes Operations, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management, IT, HR, and Third Party Management) I am able to do what I love every day! My passion for hospitality and people have helped DKN Hotels gain recognition as a company that lives its culture and values and makes a positive difference in people’s lives.

Brian Seeley Regional Director of Operations
Brian Seeley Regional Director of Operations

With 35 years in the hospitality industry, doing everything from washing dishes to owning a hotel, I now work as the Director of Operations, where I get to lead and mentor our General Manager team. I get to add value by teaching the leaders of our business units to think and act like owners, within the framework of DKN’s unique culture. I’ve worked for a lot of companies in my life-long hospitality career, but never one that actually lived the values that it professed. In all of my interactions with with my team in the field and at the Support Center, these principles are our guiding force. I think one thing that’s interesting is how the focus on “Culture” does not mean an acceptance of poor performance or lack of hard work. The values are in place to guide hard work but not to mitigate it, and I constatly see examples of our key people actually being committed to this organization in ways that can’t be just for show.

Geoff Harris Director of Revenue Management
Geoff Harris Director of Revenue Management

Starting in the hotel Front Office while attending California State University of Dominguez Hills for a bachelor in Business Administration, I worked my way through the hotel industry in a variety of positions, including Front Office Manager, Assistant General Manager and General Manager in multiple hotels across several California markets. As General Manager, my proven financial results and entrepreneurial drive, propelled me to Regional Director of Revenue Management, supervising all Revenue Management and Distribution functions for a diverse group of hotels. // With more than 13 years in the hospitality industry under my belt, I now serve as the Director of Revenue Management for DKN Hotels. In this role, I have effectively merged my skillset with DKN’s profound culture and taken a holistic approach to growing the department and creating synergy with the Sales and Marketing departments.

Jorge Azpetia Support Center Director of Sales
Jorge Azpetia Support Center Director of Sales

I love developing people and guiding them into successful, well rounded sales professionals. My first job at a hotel was Night Audit. I quickly realized that the lodging industry was what I wanted to do. Once I made the decision to make a career out of hotels, the doors began to open. I’ve pretty much held every position a hotel has to offer, from Operations to Sales. I’ve been fortunate to work for amazing companies like Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and now DKN. Having a creative mind has proven a strength for me at DKN. DKN has given me the freedom to innovate and apply my ideas in what I do. My favorite thing about DKN is the Three Legged Stool philosophy. I have embraced it as it comes naturally and I truly believe in it. I feel that my team and I have been successful because of it, and because of it, we will find success.

Angie Huff Director of Human Resources
Angie Huff Director of Human Resources

You could call me the therapist, big sister, old wise one, tear wiper, policy officer, judge, rule maker, enforcer, peacekeeper, life of the party, cheerleader, watchdog, gatekeeper — or as most know it, the HR director. I started in HR in 2002, by happenstance! I was a supervisor in the tele-sales department of MBNA America and the HR admin had gone on maternity leave. The HR Director asked if I’d lend a hand, and it was a natural fit! I’ve been in HR in many fields, but I found my passion in Hospitality. Today, among the slew of HR responsibilities (which I’ll spare you), I also sit on our SCLT (Support Center Leadership Team), manage our onboarding process, and ensure that our DKN team members live by our culture and values.

Shanna Davis Director of Marketing
Shanna Davis Director of Marketing

What do you get when you combine creativity, critical thinking, analytical skills, a sharp focus on increased revenues and a notorious passion for writing and grammar? You get me! I am the DKN Hotels marketing megaphone. Almost a decade into my foray into the world of hospitality marketing, I can honestly say that my enthusiasm for the industry is boundless. I found my way into hotels by way of teaching (really!) and worked in the Revenue & Marketing Department of an independent hotel chain for seven years prior to coming on board at DKN Hotels. It’s my job to work closely with our Sales and Revenue Departments and use all available resources to amplify our brand messages and ensure they reach the appropriate audiences. I’m responsible for guiding the hotels in our portfolio to financial success through timely and effective marketing strategies backed by measurable results. The joy I derive from this job every day is the opportunity to build strong and solid relationships with my fellow team members as we work our way toward our shared goals. This means Teamwork is easily my favorite DKN Hotels value as there is nothing sweeter than finishing a project alongside people you truly value and respect.

Darrell Buettner Area General Manager
Darrell Buettner Area General Manager

The hospitality industry has always been my calling. After my first job at In N Out Burger while I was still in high school, I spent the first half of my career focused on Food & Beverage working in different capacities and various restaurants, bars and night clubs. In 2006, I made the leap to lodging as a Guest Service Agent and worked my way up through operations to where I am today. I joined the DKN Hotels family in 2013 and currently oversee the operations at SpringHill Suites Anaheim Maingate as General Manager, leading a highly engaged team in achieving our goals. I also support the General Managers at additional properties on their own roads to success. I get so much joy out of helping to guide and mentor fellow team members in the progression of their hospitality careers as well as meeting interesting guests on property and being able to share in the experiences they are creating. My favorite story about DKN Hotels relates to our value of Teamwork. In the days just before the opening of SpringHill Suites, we were working hard to finish final construction and get the hotel clean for guest arrivals. It was well after midnight as we were cleaning up boxes and trash in the hallways when I turned a corner to see our CEO, Kiran, along with members of the Housekeeping Team, carrying boxes of trash outside. To me, this one instance is the epitome of what Teamwork looks like at DKN Hotels. No matter your role or position, we all work together to get the job done. This is what makes the DKN Hotels culture so unique.

Selene Chairez IT Manager
Selene Chairez IT Manager

I would say at about 16 years old, I knew I liked the hospitality industry. And that never changed, but my attention turned once I started learning IT. I ended up here when I was looking for a change in companies. I came across that DKN job posting and couldn’t be more excited — I’d be able to continue my career in technology and also be involved in the hospitality world. Although I operate out of our Support Center, you can find me regularly at the job site, coordinating our low voltage subcontractor efforts, placing AV systems on our design drawings or developing DKN Pulse – a proprietary software that’s taking us to the next level, operationally.

Charlie Taft Operations Support
Charlie Taft Operations Support

I do whatever is needed at DKN. My official job title? Operations Support Manager, which means I support the hotel with whatever operational support they may need. I lead trainings and workshops for DKN including DKN University, GM Summits, Support Center Open Houses and The Ladder. I love what I do because it’s dynamic — it’s constantly changing depending on the needs of DKN and it’s team members. I got into the hospitality industry about 15 years ago working for the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point as a Guest Service Agent wearing a full wool suite and standing (no sitting unless you were on lunch) for 10 hours a day. I met my mentor there, Brenda Stoner, who brought me to DKN where she had been a GM and 11 years later, here I am — tie, but no wool suit.

Javier Urrutia Senior Accounting Manager
Javier Urrutia Senior Accounting Manager

In 2014, I helped open up the Springhill Suites in Anaheim with DKN. A year after, I was offered a position at Support Center in general accounting, where I learned the ropes from Fred. Another year later, and I took over as Accounting Manager where I now oversee accounting for the properties, and am responsible for P&Ls being completed on a timely and accurate basis. My background is in business, where I received my bachelors from CSUF (I have been contemplating a masters…). One of the reasons I am a part of DKN is because of team work. There was a huge difference between when I helped open up a previous SpringHill Suites to when I opened up the one with DKN. It’s only with DKN that the owner of the company was there as well, helping out until late at night. We’re all equals on our team and we treat each other as family.