Sader Hospitality Worldwide LLC is composed of a variety of professionals that possess a multifaceted and extensive range of experience in every aspect of the hospitality industry. Offering a vast wealth of management knowledge gleaned from around the world, as well as workout and creative problem solving skills, SHW can turnaround any asset in any market.
Led by President and CEO Ghassan J. Sader, SHW has performed management, development, and consulting work for hospitality assets in nearly every established and emerging market around the world. Ghassan is an expert at evaluating all facets of a hotel. From the quality of the staff, daily operations, marketing plan, architecture and engineering to an asset’s standing in the marketplace and its overall food and beverage department, Ghassan is an industrious professional who pours himself into every project SHW takes on.
Specializing in operations and how to efficiently manage a property on a day-to-day basis, Ghassan has been involved in projects of up to $500 million. Currently he is responsible for the daily operations of all SHW assets. Working closely with owners, Ghassan strategically sets management goals and oversees the implementation of new business plans down to the smallest detail. When necessary, Ghassan will even remain on location until an asset is stabilized and producing maximum cash flow.
With an emphasis on financial analysis, business plans, profit and loss responsibilities, pricing strategies, sales and growth, Ghassan is a cost-efficient problem solver. Resourceful, motivated, persuasive and sensitive to the myriad needs of each SHW property, Ghassan effectively utilizes information, establishes priorities, coordinates projects and foresees problem situations… And all while meeting and exceeding highly stringent objectives.
It’s Ghassan J. Sader’s superior ability to effectively initiate, direct, and effect change that has made Sader Hospitality Worldwide LLC the premier management company in its discipline.
Leonard Howell has over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. After earning an MBA in finance from San Diego State University, Leonard began his career as a loan officer and financial analysis supervisor, quickly becoming vice president and CFO of a subsidiary of a NASDAQ-traded technology company.
In the mid-‘80s his career path changed course when he accepted the position of budget director with Forte Hotels Corporation. The next 10 years would see him rise to director of operations administration, and finally to vice president of strategic planning and development.
Possessing an exceptional ability to identify investment opportunities, assess and price risk, develop pro forma projections, determine asset pricing, negotiate contracts and conduct due diligence, Leonard is one of SHW’s most valuable executives.
His talent is such that he even developed the 130-room full-service Hilton Hotel in the international arrivals terminal of Mexico City’s Airport, and was selected by the Port of San Diego to develop a 500-room luxury hotel located adjacent to the San Diego International Airport. From establishing Chartwell de Mexico to acquire and develop hotels in Mexico to working with property level managers to increase sales while managing expenses, Leonard K. Howell Jr. is a hospitality industry professional whose main objective is to maximize ROI.
Ed Anonas is a veteran in the hospitality industry with over 25 years of experience and has held positions with some of the largest and most progressive hotel companies in the U.S.
Ed recently worked for The Langham in Pasadena, formerly The Ritz Carlton Hotel & Spa where he re-organized the finance department to improve employee morale and workflow. Ed also established, coordinated and administered financial systems, capital plan and reporting guideline.
From 2002 to 2009, Ed served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Hotel Bel-Air, a World renowned luxury Hotel. Ed's operational duties included managing the day to day operations of the property, assisting management in establishing cost controls, implementing labor productivity standards as well as monthly profit and loss reports to ownership. Ed was also involved in assisting management lobby for the approval of the additional 15 suites and 15,000 square foot spa. His tenure at Hotel Bel-Air contributed significantly to the hotels profitability.
From 1997 to 2002, Ed worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and participated in the launch of the new W Hotels. Ed was a member of the original team that developed comprehensive financial controls and procedures for the new brand, which led to significant profit levels and financial accountability. He also participated in launching the Six Sigma Program and received certification through various intensive training.
In 1995, Ed joined the trendsetting Ian Schrager Hotel Group where he participated in the renovation and transformation of the Le Mondrian Hotel to be the first Hip/Trendy hotel in Los Angeles with the addition of Rande Gerber's famous Sky Bar.
In 1991, Ed worked for a Japanese owned company under Shinko Management Inc. and served as Corporate Controller where he managed the finance and operations of various entities including boutique hotels and luxury apartment buildings in the US and Japan.
Ed was born in the Philippines, graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting. He is married to Regina and they have seven wonderful children, two daughter-in laws and three grandchildren.
Ed is an active board member of the Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals in Los Angeles where he has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President.
Thomas Bell is an expert construction management and engineering executive with over four decades of experience. Specializing in all facets of facility development, construction, administration, capital expenditure, renovation and maintenance of three- to five-star hotels and resorts, restaurants, casinos, department stores, supermarkets and mixed-use projects, his career achievements are second to none.
From owning and operating over 900 five-star hotels including the Beverly Hills Hotel to being the construction manager of the 218-room Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico, Thomas has completed major hotel, resort and gaming projects in California, Las Vegas, Mexico and Croatia.
With a strictly hands-on approach and exceptional interpersonal planning, organizational and communication skills, Thomas is a creative researcher and versatile problem solver. A proven leader with a distinguished reputation and record of accomplishments across various industries, he is also a former chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Executive Engineers Committee in Washington, D.C., and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), which is the most prestigious certification awarded to a hospitality executive. Having consulted on a variety of projects around the world, Thomas K. Bell has also been an invited guest speaker and instructor for the travel and tourism industry at the University of California, San Diego.