BD Hotels Appoints Two Hospitality Veterans to Lead The Pod Hotels and Its Flagship Property

/BD Hotels Appoints Two Hospitality Veterans to Lead The Pod Hotels and Its Flagship Property

BD Hotels Appoints Two Hospitality Veterans to Lead The Pod Hotels and Its Flagship Property

|2019-10-25T14:08:09-05:00October 24th, 2019|

New York, NY (October 24, 2019) – BD Hotels announces the appointment of Colleen Heslin in the newly-created role of Vice President of Revenue Management for The Pod Hotels, and Elan Bielski as General Manager of Pod Times Square. The Pod Hotels currently has six properties in the portfolio, including Pod 39, Pod 51, Pod Brooklyn, Pod Times Square and Pod D.C., as well as the just-opened Pod Philly. The brand addresses the rapidly increasing demand for affordable lifestyle hotels targeted at progressively-minded travelers who seek affordable accommodations with smart design, intuitive technology and vibrant communal spaces.

Pod Hotels has announced its first West Coast property with Pod LA slated for 2021 and has plans to expand to even more key markets, including Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Mexico City, amongst others.

“Colleen and Elan join us at a crucial time as we continue expanding The Pod Hotels portfolio in North America,” said Richard Born, Owner of BD Hotels. “They both bring years of hospitality experience, from hotel operations to development, that will be a significant asset as we continuously grow and improve the brand.”

Colleen Heslin – Vice President of Revenue Management, The Pod Hotels

In this newly created role, Heslin will be responsible for the overall vision and strategic execution to drive demand optimization and revenue profitability, and replicate The Pod Hotels’ successful business model in other key markets.  Heslin will leverage BD Hotels’ expertise in hotel development and understanding of the market to expand The Pod Hotels brand across the country and eventually globally. Heslin formerly oversaw a large portfolio of hotels in major markets throughout the U.S. in her role as North American Regional Revenue Director at InterContinental Hotels Group. Prior to that, she held regional and corporate revenue positions at Denihan Hotel Group and Highgate Hotels. Heslin received her Bachelor’s in Economics from Central Connecticut State University and later obtained  her Certificate of Revenue Management from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management.

Elan Bielski – General Manager, Pod Times Square

Utilizing his years of hospitality experience, Bielski will oversee operations at The Pod Hotels’ flagship property in Midtown Manhattan, Pod Times Square. He will have operational, strategic and financial responsibilities for the development and success of the property. Most recently, Bielski was the Hotel Manager at the Stewart Hotel, and prior to that, worked various roles at the Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th and Hilton New York Fashion District. Bielski is originally from Long Island, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelor’s in Economics.

About The Pod Hotels

Hoteliers Richard Born and Ira Drukier developed BD Hotels’ successful micro-hotel concept to accommodate the needs of today’s savvy traveler.  BD was the first to introduce the micro-hotel model to New York City in 2007 with the launch of the original Pod Hotel, Pod 51, in Midtown East. The hotel’s values of affordability, community, and innovation, reflected in accommodations ranging from 110-150 square feet along with vibrant communal spaces, prompted immediate success.  BD launched a second outpost, Pod 39, in June 2012, expanding on the formula of the original. The micro-hotel phenomenon continued with Pod DC, the first Pod Hotel property to be established outside of New York City. In October 2017, Pod BK began welcoming travelers to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Pod Hotels' flagship property, Pod Times Square, opened with 665 rooms and 45 apartments in January 2018. The 2019 appointment of Rani Gharbié as Head of Acquisitions & Development ushered in a new phase of expansion for the Pod Hotels, with Pod Philly opening in September 2019 and anticipated growth to 50 properties within 10 years. Culture, activity, and density are the core components of ideal target markets, which include Miami, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, and Mexico City. For more information, please visit

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