Kristie Byrd joined Concord in 2011 and currently oversees the Sales & Marketing efforts for Concord’s Western Region, spanning from Texas to Canada. Kristie has held executive positions within Marriott International and Concord for over 15 years.
Kristie has sales experience with independent hotels and a range of brands including Marriott, Hilton, Choice, Hyatt, and IHG. Kristie has received numerous awards for sales achievement and produced numerous award-winning sales teams recognized by Marriott International and Hilton. She is a certified facilitator of training for Marriott International for multiple disciplines and National Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Communication from Sam Houston State University
Mark Laport founded Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company in 1985. Since then, he has led Concord as both a hotel management company and an active developer of hotels. His leadership and entrepreneurial vigor have earned Concord recognition as one of the largest hospitality companies in North America with hotels in both the US and Canada. His aptitude for locating, developing and operating hotels in niche markets has been crucial to Concord Hospitality’s remarkable sustained growth.
Thanks in large part to Mark’s leadership, Concord Hospitality has been honored with numerous Industry awards over the years and is a ten time winner of Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award, the company’s highest honor for hospitality excellence. Additionally, Marriott and Hyatt has presented Concord with their Developer of the Year Award. Notably, Mark was honored as The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University Leader of the Year 2015.
Mark has served key roles on various franchise committees, ranging from full service to select service hotel brands. He has been a Chairman of the Courtyard by Marriott Franchise Advisory Council and is currently a member of the Renaissance Franchise Advisory Committee, as well as being a member of the Canopy Owner Advisory Council and the AC Hotel Brand Advisory Council.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Union College and a Master of Science degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology
Bringing with him more than 41 years of experience in general construction, construction management and development, Richard Branca reviews all potential Hotel Developments for investment & constructability, concentrating on all facets of hotel documentation from conception to completion. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Colorado and is a professionally licensed engineer in the states of New Jersey, Colorado and Texas.
Nick Kellock joined Concord in September of 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for overall performance and corporate strategy. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of CFRST Franchising for Marriott International’s select service brands including Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites. During his tenure at Marriott International, he facilitated the franchising of over 1,600 hotels. Through his career, he has also served as Marriott’s Group Vice President for Select Service Brands, Brand Vice President and in various senior management positions with Whitbread Hotel Company in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Kellock currently sits on owner advisory boards for Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton as well as the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Julie Richter joined Concord in July, 2007. Prior to joining Concord, she was Vice President and Controller of Boykin Lodging Company, a publicly traded hospitality real estate investment trust, for five years, and she was an Audit Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP for eight years before joining Boykin. She holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Central Florida.
Brian Cornell joined Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company in May 1994. He has worked in various operational and technological capacities such as General Manager, Corporate Director of Management Information Systems and Senior Director of Information Systems. His responsibilities include general business planning regarding technology and systems required to maintain company operations and competitiveness .He received the Corporate Associate of the Year award in 1999 and has earned several merit awards. He is also a member of the Marriott Franchise Technology advisory committee.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Institutional Management and a minor in Business Liberal Arts from Penn State University. He has also studied International Business and Finance as well as Development of European Cuisine abroad at Switzerland’s Ecole Hoteliere Les Roches.
Grant Sabroff acquires third party management contracts, negotiates partnerships, forms strategic alliances and forges industry relationships to support Concord’s growth. He has nearly 25 years of industry experience, completing more than 30 transactions within the last 12 years. He has extensive relationships with capital market providers and many of the leading hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, Doubletree, Starwood, Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Hotel Group, and Choice Hotels. His prior experience includes senior management positions with Boykin Management Company, McDonald & Company Investments, Coopers & Lybrand, and Laventhol & Horwath.
He has appeared as a guest panelist at several industry and trade conferences including the Lodging Conference, Hunter Investment Conference, JMBM Developers/Condo Hotel Conference, IMN, and ISHC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Michigan State University.