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NEW YORK, NY (June 4, 2018) – MCR, the seventh-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, today announced the appointment of executives to oversee MCR’s independent hotels across the country, including the highly-anticipated TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and The High Line Hotel in Manhattan.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time at MCR as we build upon our existing independent and experiential hotel portfolio,” said Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and MORSE Development. “Our new hires add a deep level of expertise to our executive leadership team.”

MCR’s executive hires include:

Stephen Batta, Senior Vice President, Operations: Batta leads the operations for MCR’s entire independent full-service hotel portfolio. Previously, Batta served as General Manager of the 1,780-room Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Batta was also the General Manager of the luxury JW Marriott Essex House New York and the Renaissance New York Hotel. A leader in New York City’s hotel industry, Batta is the Secretary of the Hotel Association of New York City, where he chairs the finance committee and is a member of the audit and nominating committees. He also serves as a Trustee for the New York Hotel Trades Council & Hotel Association of New York City Inc. Employee Benefit Funds. Batta received a B.S. in Business Marketing from Marist College.

Elaine Carter, Regional Director of Sales: Carter implements strategic sales plans that increase revenue and market share penetration for MCR’s independent full-service hotels. Before this appointment, Carter led the sales efforts for 23 Hilton and Marriott properties in MCR’s portfolio. Prior to joining MCR, Carter was a Regional and Area Director of Sales for Remington Hotels. Carter holds a B.A. in Hospitality Management from the University of Maryland.

Anton Liamin, Vice President, Finance: Liamin leads the financial strategy for MCR’s independent full-service hotels across the country. Prior to joining MCR, he served as the Director of Finance at the Sheraton New York Times Square, where he oversaw the property’s $195 million in annual revenue. He also served as the Lead Director of Finance for all New York City and New Jersey Marriott hotels. Liamin received his B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Florida International University and is a candidate for an MBA from Florida International University.

Erik Palmer, Managing Director, TWA Hotel: Palmer will lead the spring 2019 opening and day-to-day operations of the 512-room TWA Hotel. Prior to joining MCR, Palmer served as the Hotel Manager for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, the largest non-casino hotel in the United States, transforming it into one of Marriott’s top performing properties. Previously, he was General Manager at the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE, which ranked among the top five hotels in Marriott’s western region for guest satisfaction. Palmer holds a B.S in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from the University of Delaware.

Victor Thompson, Creative Director of MCR: Thompson oversees the design of all marketing and branding initiatives as well as on-site collateral for MCR and its independent full-service hotels across the country. Prior to joining MCR, Thompson was Creative Director of Us Weekly at Wenner Media, where he directed the design of the weekly magazine and oversaw the extension of the brand to digital platforms. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern University.

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About MCR

Based in New York City, MCR is the seventh largest hotel owner-operator in the United States with a $2.0 billion portfolio of 85 premium-branded hotels across 26 states and 67 cities, including The High Line Hotel, an adaptive reuse hotel in Manhattan, and the TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City opening in 2019. For more information, please visit

Contact: Edith Morris / 646.992.8318

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