NEW YORK, April 25, 2019 — sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kevin Rohani as Vice President of Development for sbe. Rohani will be responsible for sourcing new hotel and branded residence deals in targeted global markets while leveraging his extensive owner, investor and developer relationships. Rohani will be key in expanding sbe's footprint at a time when the Company's brand demand is at an all-time high. This important announcement builds on sbe's recent leadership growth as the company continues to make ongoing investment in hiring the best talent to join the executive team.
Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe states: "I am very happy to welcome back Kevin Rohani to sbe as part of our development team. Hiring Kevin is an important piece of continued growth in our development team, especially now as we focus on accelerating our global expansion with our partner Accor. Kevin brings incredible experience, an impressive array of industry contacts and an amazing passion and energy to the team."
Kevin Rohani, Vice President of Development for sbe states: "This is a homecoming for me, as returning to sbe has been a goal of mine for many years. With the recent Accor partnership, the continued momentum within Disruptive Restaurant Group, as well as the incredible global traction of sbe's brands, I can't imagine a better time to be re-joining sbe."
Rohani started his career in hospitality with sbe back in 2010, where he focused on hotel operations and development aiding in the opening of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and SLS Hotel South Beach among other projects. He has experience in portfolio expansion, hotel operations, development, design and architecture. Rohani most recently served as Vice President of Development at Dream Hotel Group focusing on global hotel opportunities in Europe, Central America, Canada and the USA. Rohani resides in LA and will work closely with the sbe and Accor teams internationally.
This hire follows sbe's announcement of the debut of the first SLS Hotel & Residences in Dubai and the announcement of Temple Detroit to open in 2020 as a part of sbe's exciting new collection of iconic properties, The House of Originals. Kevin will also be supporting sbe's residential platform with 1,300 branded residential units sold to date, valued at $2 billion, with another $2 billion in the pipeline.