Our Leadership Team

“We have the good fortune of having an extremely talented and passionate group of industry professionals. Our corporate team has been involved in all aspects of hotels and resorts, from construction and ownership to brand development and daily property operations.”

James Dina, Chief Operating Officer

Pyramid is comprised of a team of outstanding leaders and associates who are passionate about the hotel business and work together to meet challenges boldly, thoughtfully, and creatively. Above all, we share a commitment to delighting our guests and creating value for our owners and clients. Through the years, Pyramid has built a hospitality company through its team of over 12,000 associates, located throughout the United States. The depth and breadth of the Pyramid leadership team’s expertise sets us apart from other hotel companies and provides our clients and owners with a distinct competitive advantage.

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Our Principals

Richard Kelleher, Principal

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Kelleher is one of the hospitality industry’s most dynamic and accomplished executives. For over 30 years he has built and led strong, diverse teams in the development and management of leading hotel organizations. In 1983, following an early career in consulting, Mr. Kelleher co-founded Beacon Hotel Corporation, a Boston-based hotel development and management firm that grew to 40 hotels in four years. He further directed the company’s growth through acquisition of Guest Quarters Suites Hotels, Pickett Suite Hotels, and DoubleTree Hotels Corporation. The newly formed company was renamed DoubleTree Hotels Corporation, and Mr. Kelleher was named president and Chief Executive Officer. Subsequently, DoubleTree merged with the Promus Hotel Corporation and continued to grow and manage the following brands: Embassy Suites, Red Lion Hotels, Hampton Inn and Suites, Club hotels by DoubleTree, Homewood Suites, Harrison Conference Centers, and RFS Hotels. Mr. Kelleher was named president and Chief operating Officer of the newly formed Promus Hotel Corporation. Under his leadership, Promus expanded to 1,250 hotels, including the acquisition of over $5 billion in hotel companies and real estate. At Promus, Mr. Kelleher and his senior team raised over $7 billion in debt and over $700 million through equity offerings. In 1999, Mr. Kelleher returned to Boston to form Pyramid Advisors Limited Partnership. In 2007, he served as Chairman of the Legacy Hotel REIT, the largest Canadian hotel REIT, where he led the sale of the company for $2.5 billion, at a 20% premium for the shareholders.

James Dina, Principal

Chief Operating Officer

James Dina brings more than 25 years of hospitality management to Pyramid as Chief Operating Officer. His accomplishments include the leadership of two company mergers, the acquisition of the CNL portfolio into Pyramid’s platform, and the brand conversion and management transition of more than 200 hotels. Mr. Dina began his hospitality career in Food and Beverage with the Sheraton and Westin Hotel corporations. In 1988, he joined Guest Quarters Suites Hotels which later merged with DoubleTree Hotels. As part of DoubleTree, Mr. Dina led the merger and integration of Red Lion and DoubleTree Hotels as well as Promus and the DoubleTree hotels and became the Vice President of Pacific Northwest Operations. Mr. Dina was later appointed Chief Operating Officer of Red Lion Hotels. In 2000, Mr. Dina joined his colleagues, Richard Kelleher and Warren Fields, at Pyramid. Mr. Dina is responsible for company operations and maximizing performance of Pyramid’s portfolio. In 2000, Mr. Dina joined his colleagues, Richard Kelleher and Warren Fields, at Pyramid. Mr. Dina is responsible for company operations and maximizing performance of Pyramid’s portfolio.

Warren Fields

Chief Investment Officer

Warren Fields has over two decades of experience in all facets of hospitality finance, acquisitions, and operations. As Chief Investment Officer and founding partner of Pyramid, Mr. Fields has overseen the growth of Pyramid’s portfolio to its current levels of hotels through development, acquisitions, third-party management, and asset management for over 15 years. He is responsible for all aspects of business development, fundraising, acquisitions, and new investment opportunities. Mr. Fields began his career with Beacon Hotel Corporation, a predecessor company to Promus, where he served as Vice President of Development for Guest Quarters Suites, and later DoubleTree. He returned to Boston in 1999 to form Pyramid.

Richard Kelleher is one of the hospitality industry’s most dynamic and accomplished executives. For over 30 years he has built and led strong, diverse teams in the development and management of leading hotel organizations. In 1983, following an early career in consulting, Mr. Kelleher co-founded Beacon Hotel Corporation, a Boston-based hotel development and management firm that grew to 40 hotels in four years. He further directed the company’s growth through acquisition of Guest Quarters Suites Hotels, Pickett Suite Hotels, and DoubleTree Hotels Corporation. The newly formed company was renamed DoubleTree Hotels Corporation, and Mr. Kelleher was named president and Chief Executive Officer. Subsequently, DoubleTree merged with the Promus Hotel Corporation and continued to grow and manage the following brands: Embassy Suites, Red Lion Hotels, Hampton Inn and Suites, Club hotels by DoubleTree, Homewood Suites, Harrison Conference Centers, and RFS Hotels. Mr. Kelleher was named president and Chief operating Officer of the newly formed Promus Hotel Corporation. Under his leadership, Promus expanded to 1,250 hotels, including the acquisition of over $5 billion in hotel companies and real estate. At Promus, Mr. Kelleher and his senior team raised over $7 billion in debt and over $700 million through equity offerings. In 1999, Mr. Kelleher returned to Boston to form Pyramid Advisors Limited Partnership. In 2007, he served as Chairman of the Legacy Hotel REIT, the largest Canadian hotel REIT, where he led the sale of the company for $2.5 billion, at a 20% premium for the shareholders.

James Dina brings more than 25 years of hospitality management to Pyramid as Chief Operating Officer. His accomplishments include the leadership of two company mergers, the acquisition of the CNL portfolio into Pyramid’s platform, and the brand conversion and management transition of more than 200 hotels. Mr. Dina began his hospitality career in Food and Beverage with the Sheraton and Westin Hotel corporations. In 1988, he joined Guest Quarters Suites Hotels which later merged with DoubleTree Hotels. As part of DoubleTree, Mr. Dina led the merger and integration of Red Lion and DoubleTree Hotels as well as Promus and the DoubleTree hotels and became the Vice President of Pacific Northwest Operations. Mr. Dina was later appointed Chief Operating Officer of Red Lion Hotels. In 2000, Mr. Dina joined his colleagues, Richard Kelleher and Warren Fields, at Pyramid. Mr. Dina is responsible for company operations and maximizing performance of Pyramid’s portfolio. In 2000, Mr. Dina joined his colleagues, Richard Kelleher and Warren Fields, at Pyramid. Mr. Dina is responsible for company operations and maximizing performance of Pyramid’s portfolio.

Warren Fields has over two decades of experience in all facets of hospitality finance, acquisitions, and operations. As Chief Investment Officer and founding partner of Pyramid, Mr. Fields has overseen the growth of Pyramid’s portfolio to its current levels of hotels through development, acquisitions, third-party management, and asset management for over 15 years. He is responsible for all aspects of business development, fundraising, acquisitions, and new investment opportunities. Mr. Fields began his career with Beacon Hotel Corporation, a predecessor company to Promus, where he served as Vice President of Development for Guest Quarters Suites, and later DoubleTree. He returned to Boston in 1999 to form Pyramid.

The Team

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Devine is responsible for overseeing all of Pyramid’s finance, accounting, tax, reporting, treasury, risk management, information technology, and legal/compliance functions. Mr. Devine has extensive experience with joint ventures, debt financing, loan restructuring, analyzing, and assimilating large portfolios, acquisitions, and dispositions as well as equity and debt offerings for publicly-traded REITs. Mr. Devine joined Pyramid in 2007 having previously spent nine years in public accounting working exclusively with real estate and hospitality companies. He was most recently a Senior Manager in the real estate group at PwC. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.


Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Caroline Warren began her hospitality career as part of the opening team for the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago. She initially served as the Human Resources Coordinator and remained with the Hard Rock for 3 years, leaving as the Human Resources Director to join Pyramid's corporate office team as a Human Resources Director in 2005. During Ms. Warren’s tenure, she implemented Pyramid’s training system, PALMS (Pyramid Advanced Learning Management System), and was promoted to Director of Talent Development in 2007, where she oversaw training programs for all associates. Ms. Warren currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer.


Executive Vice President, Operations

Jim Merrill brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience to his position as Executive Vice President of Operations. He began his career with the Sonesta and Hyatt Corporations and then worked at Guest Quarters Hotels (later DoubleTree, Promus, and Hilton Hotels) before joining Pyramid in 2004. He gained extensive operations experience working in several General Manager positions and multi-unit/regional roles. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Operations, Mr. Merrill is responsible for company operations, driving performance, and ownership relations.


Senior Vice President, Business Development and Acquisitions

John Hamilton has been with Pyramid since 2003 and has over 30 years of experience sourcing, evaluating, underwriting, and executing hospitality real estate and management transactions. He has been associated with such prominent firms as Promus Hotels, Carnival Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree Hotels, and Laventhol & Horwath where he was certified as a public accountant (CPA). He is the former Senior Vice President of Business Development for Destination Hotels and Resorts (Lowe Hospitality Group) and was most recently President of Hospitality Management Liaison, a business development consulting firm.


Senior Vice President, Business Development and Acquisitions

Chris Pfohl has developed, owned, and operated hotels throughout the United States leading the acquisition, development, and management contract process for over 150 hotels for 30 years. He joined Pyramid in 2009. Mr. Pfohl has formulated and executed strategic acquisition and development plans that have resulted in over $1 billion in hotel transactions. In his role, Mr. Pfohl is responsible for sourcing and handling acquisitions and new business. Previously, Mr. Pfohl was an Executive Vice President of Acquisition for Bentley Forbes Hospitality Group, and has held senior-level positions for Hilton, InterContinental, and DoubleTree Hotels, and operational positions as General Managers across several hotels.