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With more than 400 years of collective experience, partnering with Marcus Hotels & Resorts means you can rest assured; your hospitality business is in good hands. Our team consists of experts from all aspects of the industry, including revenue generation, food and beverage, development, operations, marketing, and more.

  • Michael Evans

    Michael Evans became the President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts in January 2020. Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in the hospitality business for almost 60 years and is part of the NYSE publicly traded Marcus Corporation. The company owns and manages a diverse portfolio of hotels and resorts, including properties branded by the world’s largest hospitality companies such as Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt, as well as a collection of unique independent hotels and resorts. Evans leads all aspects of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

    Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Evans was the Chief Executive Officer of Apex Capital Ventures LLC, a real estate company that he founded in 2017 to focus on the development and acquisition of hotels, resorts, and branded residences in high barrier to entry markets in the U.S.

    Evans previously served as Chief Operating Officer for MGM Hospitality, a division of MGM Resorts International that was focused on developing and operating non-gaming Bellagio and MGM hotels in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations around the world. In his role as COO, Evans was responsible for leading the entire MGM Hospitality team. Evans joined MGM Resorts International in January 2008 as Executive Vice President of Global Development, and was responsible for the implementation of MGM Hospitality’s strategic development plan and leading the Company’s gaming and non-gaming development teams.

    Evans is a seasoned executive with global development experience in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. He held several key senior management positions with Marriott International in which he developed hotel brands for the company on a global scale. Before joining Marriott International in 1998, Evans was an attorney in private practice in Miami, Florida.

    Evans received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Miami School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

    Michael Evans
  • Michael Swasey

    Michael Swasey is the Chief Operating Officer for Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

    Swasey joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2015, having most recently served as Vice President of Hotel Operations for Alena Hospitality, based in Orlando, FL. His prior experience includes serving as Vice President of Asset Management for Inland American Lodging Management, L.L.C. (now Xenia REIT) in Orlando, FL, and serving in operations roles for B.F. Saul Company – Hospitality Group, Bethesda, MD.; Legacy Hospitality, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.; InterContinental Hotel Group, Atlanta, GA, and Sage Hospitality, Denver, CO.

    Swasey graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and holds a master’s degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He serves on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Food & Beverage Committee and is a member of HAMA (Hospitality Asset Managers Association).

    Swasey is an avid college football fan, speaks fluent Spanish and loves to travel to Latin America. He spends his time volunteering as a Career Coach for Pathfinders, an after-school program that helps students develop a successful future. He is also actively involved with his congregation’s youth program.

    Michael Swasey
  • Andrea Foster

    Andrea Foster, SVP Development for Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is responsible for marketing the company’s hotel management expertise and identifying and securing acquisition, joint venture, and third-party management opportunities for the company.
     
    Foster’s career began in hotel operations and management positions for branded and independent properties on the east and west coasts. She then joined PKF Consulting|CBRE Hotels in 2002 in Los Angeles where she was a Vice President responsible for hospitality real estate valuations and feasibility analyses. From 2006 to 2011, she was VP Marketing & Business Development for Miraval. She returned to PKF|CBRE from 2011 to 2015 as Managing Director of the New England Practice, based in Boston.
     
    Foster is a key voice at hotel investment conferences and regular speaker at Cornell and Boston University. She is on the Lodging Industry Investment Council, president emeritus of the Cornell Hotel Society New England Chapter, co-founder of Boston Lodging Pulse, and co-founder/co-chair of BU’s  “5th Gear Shift” conference. She was listed in “30 Influential Women in Hospitality” in 2017 by Hotel Management Magazine, and as one of hospitality’s most successful women in Lodging Magazine in October 2016. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
     

    Andrea Foster
  • Jeff Peterson

    Jeff Peterson is the Vice President of Finance and Transaction Administration for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Peterson is responsible for overseeing all accounting and finance functions for the division, as well as oversee new deal structures, joint ventures, management agreements and the implementation of funding investments.

    Peterson joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as Vice President of Operations. In 2015, he was promoted to senior director of finance and transaction administration for The Marcus Corporation, overseeing a wide range of financial and strategic initiatives as well as providing support for MCS Capital, the company’s hotel investment affiliate. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Peterson served more than 17 years with Hyatt Corporation in various real estate, asset management, finance and accounting roles. He also served as chief financial officer of Ticketmaster Resale, a division of Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the second largest company in the online resale ticket industry.

    Peterson, a CPA, began his career in public accounting at the international accounting firm, KPMG. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

    Jeff Peterson
  • Rajiv Castellino

    Rajiv Castellino is Chief Technology Officer for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for providing strategic technology direction and support for the hotel division.

    Castellino joins Marcus Hotels & Resorts with nearly 25 years of experience in IT systems administration and strategy. In his new role, he will provide strategic technology direction and support for the company. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, he served as chief information officer for Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. in Madison, Wis., where he oversaw strategic technology direction, information technology management and technology brand standards. His career includes serving as vice president information technology for Interstate Hotels & Resorts and serving as director of IT support services for MeriStar Hospitality Corporation. Castellino received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pune in India. He holds a master’s degree in marketing from Symbiosis Institute in India and a master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Dallas.

    Castellino received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pune in India, an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis Institute in India and an additional MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Dallas.

    Rajiv Castellino
  • Kent Duncan

    Kent Duncan is the Vice President of Strategy and Asset Management for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He joined Marcus in August 2008 as Corporate Director of Revenue Strategy and currently provides overall revenue management leadership and strategic guidance for our properties.

    Duncan brings over 19 years of hotel experience from Marriott International, including department leadership positions in Conference Services, Sales, and Revenue Management. Most recently, Duncan was Director of Market Strategy for Marriott International overseeing revenue management for several hotels' in the Atlanta area representing the J.W. Marriott, Marquis, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard and Residence Inn brands.

    In addition to his leadership experience, Duncan has gained valuable knowledge through his time spent in all various types of properties including major convention, luxury, resort, downtown, and suburban hotels.

    Kent Duncan
  • Linda Gulrajani

    Linda Gulrajani is Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Distribution for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of revenue management and distribution activities and strategies for all hotels in the company’s portfolio.

    Gulrajani joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2009 as Regional Director of Revenue Strategy. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, she served in a variety of revenue management roles at hospitality companies including TravelCLICK, Walt Disney World, Marriott, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Loews Hotels.

    Gulrajani was elected to serve on the HSMAI Revenue Management Advisory Board for 2014 and 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Linda Gulrajani
  • Erin Levzow

    Erin Levzow is Vice President of Marketing for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of divisional strategies to include marketing, e-Commerce, customer insight, loyalty and public relations.

    Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Levzow served as vice president of customer relationship marketing (CRM), loyalty and marketing for Hathway in Austin, Texas, a customer service experience company specializing in helping billion-dollar brands develop mobile-first strategies. Levzow’s extensive marketing and digital experience also includes serving as senior director of digital, social, CRM and e-commerce for Wingstop Restaurants in Dallas, Texas, and serving as vice president of marketing and technology for Freebirds World Burrito, where she oversaw the marketing initiatives for nearly 100 restaurant chains. Levzow began her career at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas and went on to work for MGM Resorts International and Palms Casino Resort & Palms Place Hotel and Spa.

    She received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and holds a Master’s Marketing Strategy Certificate from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

    Erin Levzow
  • Linda Price-Topp

    Linda Price Topp, the Vice President of Sales, oversees sales efforts for the 18 properties within Marcus’ portfolio as well as managing the company’s Milwaukee market sales team. Price Topp joined Marcus Hotels and Resorts in 1993 in a sales role at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa and over her 24 years with the company has served in a variety of positions including Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pfister Hotel and Market Director of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Strategy for the Milwaukee market where she was responsible for Marcus’ three downtown Milwaukee properties.

    Price Topp has extensive hospitality experience including sales roles at La Costa Resort & Spa and Sugar Bay Plantation Resort in St. Thomas, USVI and further industry experience through engagements in the Travel Management Industry with American Express and Summit Performance Group. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Linda Price-Topp
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin, Vice President of Human Resources

    Steve Martin is Vice President of Human Resources for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for supporting and overseeing operational human resources issues and strategic initiatives for the company’s entire hotel portfolio.

    Martin has over 20 years of human resources and hospitality industry experience. He joined The Marcus Corporation in 2000 as Corporate Human Resources Director of the company’s former Baymont Inns & Suites limited-service lodging division. During his career with the company he served as the Director of Human Resources for the Hilton Milwaukee and held several human resources roles for The Marcus Corporation including Director of Benefits and most recently, Assistant Corporate Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining The Marcus Corporation, Martin worked for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels and Embassy Suites.

    Martin is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, restaurant and institution management from Iowa State University.

    Steve Martin
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    Carl Dees is Vice President of Operations for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for providing operational support to our Marcus Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

    Dees joins Marcus Hotels & Resorts with more than 37 years of industry experience working for leading hotel management companies such as Richfield Hotels, Interstate Hotels & Resorts and most recently Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

    Dees' tenure with Crescent began in 2006 after he joined the company as General Manager of the Livonia Marriott in Livonia, Michigan. In 2008, Dees became General Manager of The Georgian Terrace Hotel, a historic independent property in midtown Atlanta. In 2012, he was promoted to Regional Director of Operations and in 2013 to Vice President of Operations.

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  • Kevin Gallagher

    Kevin Gallagher joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in January, 2004 as Resort Manager and then promoted to General Manager of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa where he was involved in several large capital projects, including the building of the Grand Entry and the Grand Geneva Conference Center. In July, 2007 Gallagher was promoted to Operations Project Manager, responsible for supporting all construction and renovation projects throughout the Marcus Hotels portfolio. Through Gallagher's leadership from 2007 – 2011, more than 55 projects have been completed. The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa underwent a $15 million renovation, including guestrooms, pool and lobby in 2010. More recently, Gallagher oversaw the completion of an $11.5 million multi-phase renovation of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, including guestrooms, lobby area, public spaces, fitness center and more. This renovation assisted in the Hilton Milwaukee receiving the AAA four diamond rating for the first time in the hotel's history. Prior to his tenure at Marcus, Gallagher held various General Manager positions for Adam's Mark Hotels and Resorts. During this time with Adam's Mark Hotels Gallagher was involved in multiple renovation and new build projects including the building of the 1,850 room Adam's Mark Dallas.

    A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Gallagher has a passion for hospitality management, and creating memorable guest experiences. The achievement of an exceptional guest experience through outstanding service and thoughtful design has been Gallagher's mission.

    Gallagher and his wife enjoy cheering for their two sons and daughter in various sporting activities, including basketball, skating and soccer. Golf is also a passion, when work and family do not take priority.

    Kevin Gallagher
  • Mark McDonald

    Mark McDonald is Corporate Director of Event Management for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for leading event teams for the company’s entire portfolio across the U.S. Mark has been with the Marcus Hotels & Resorts for more than 20 years.

    McDonald has held various positions within Marcus Hotels & Resorts, including the roles of Director of Banquet Operations at The Pfister Hotel and Director of Event Management at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Mark most recently served as the Regional Director of Event Management for the Milwaukee market, which included the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee, and The Pfister Hotel.

    In his free time, McDonald volunteers with the Vince Lombardi Foundation and Menomonee Falls Little League. He also enjoys coaching baseball, boating, golfing and spending time with his family.

    McDonald and his wife Rachel have two children, Jacob and Megan. They reside in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

    Mark McDonald
  • Will Geissel

    Will Geissel joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in September 2012 to direct the centralized procurement function for our division. Geissel brings with him a thorough knowledge and passion for the hospitality industry. His oversight includes standardizing and measuring company wide F&B, and Contract Services program.

    Geissel has years of property, corporate, and group purchasing experience. He was the Director of Purchasing at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale and the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. He was also a Regional Director of Purchasing in multiple regions and Director of Procurement Services for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as Director of Sales for BuyEfficient. Geissel's purchasing style focuses on transparency, collaboration, and measurement/metrics. His mentor within the industry taught him that ”Data is Power.”

    Geissel attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA for Business Management where he also played basketball.

    Geissel and his wife Audrey currently reside in the Milwaukee area. Both of their children Cole & Lauren attend the University of Iowa. Geissel's outside interest include biking with his wife, playing golf, spending time with his children, and attending Hawkeye football games (tailgating).

    Will Geissel

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