Key Management
 
Dionis J. Rodriguez
Founder & Managing Partner
 
Gaurav Kukreja
Managing Director
 
 

 

 

Hotel-focused, Multi-disciplinary Team
Optimus Hotel Partners boasts a team with extensive experience, ranging from hotel operations and asset management to the investment/structuring of equity and debt transactions, including distressed and work-out situations. Optimus builds long-term relationships with its investors, clients and JV partners. We utilize the complete Optimus team and leverage its knowledge base, network, and business acumen for each investment and asset management assignment.

Our senior management team has over three decades of relevant hotel experience, investing in equity deals exceeding $2.5 billion in total capitalization and providing advisory for over $40 billion of transactions in the hospitality sector, including:
   
• Direct Equity Investments
• Acquisition/Development JV Partnerships
• Asset Management/Dispositions
• Turnaround/Repositioning
• Consulting and Valuation
• Workout Situations
• Debt Structuring and Recapitalizations
• First Mortgages, B-Notes, Mezzanine Loans
• CMBS Securities
• Equity and Debt Capital Raising
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• REIT Privatizations
 
Dionis J. Rodriguez
Founder & Managing Partner
Dionis J. Rodriguez is Founder/Managing Partner and responsible for the daily management, strategic direction and investment policies of the firm. Dionis has extensive experience and expertise in the hotel industry, including consulting, asset management, development, acquisitions and private equity in the USA and internationally.

Prior to forming Optimus, Dionis was Vice President at Amstar Group responsible for private equity real estate investments and for leading the firm's international hotel investment efforts. He was responsible for deal sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, negotiating mergers/acquisitions and joint venture partner relationship management. Prior to Amstar, Dionis was an Associate at AIG Global Real Estate where he completed over $200 million of equity investments and forward commitments in eleven transactions in a joint venture between AIG and Lincoln Property Company. Prior to AIG, Dionis spent four years at New Castle Hotels where he was the Director of Development & Feasibility involved in the acquisition, development and disposition of numerous hotels. As a Senior Associate at HVS International, Dionis appraised and advised on over 30 hotels exceeding $1 billion of value.

Dionis received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was Co-President of the Hospitality & Travel Industry Club, and a BS in Hotel Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance, from Cornell University. Dionis is the Founder & Co-President of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association (HBSREAA) and a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and the Urban Land Institute.
Gaurav Kukreja
Managing Director
Gaurav Kukreja is responsible for capital raising and portfolio management. Gaurav has over 11 years of hospitality experience in private equity, investment banking and hotel management.

Prior to Optimus, Gaurav was Vice President at Amstar Global Advisors overseeing investments and asset management, including eight urban hotel investments. Gaurav also added substantial value to Amstar's fundraising efforts. Prior to working at Amstar, Gaurav was an Associate, Investment Banking in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure group at Deutsche Bank AG, New York, where he executed over 12 major hospitality transactions over four years, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ sale of 33 properties to Host Hotels & Resorts for $4 billion. These transactions included M&A, joint ventures, private equity fund raising, leveraged finance and structured products. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Gaurav was Director of Food & Beverage and a member of the W Hotels Opening Team for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in New York. Before Starwood, Gaurav worked in various hotel management capacities at the Hotel Plaza Athenee in New York City.

Gaurav earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Management and a BS, cum laude, in Hotel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at Deutsche Bank, Gaurav held the NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

 
 
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