Mark G. Carrier, CHA
Mark G. Carrier is the senior officer of the B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. The B. F. Saul Company is a privately held diversified real estate and finance concern based in the Washington DC area. The Hospitality Group owns and operates a portfolio of business class hotels, which are affiliated with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Hilton and The Hay-Adams one of the nation's finest hotels. He represents the company in relation to lenders, franchisors, clients, governmental agencies and industry associations.Carrier is the current Chairman of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the nation's advocacy organization for the hotel industry. He has served as Vice Chairman and Secretary- Treasurer of the AHLA and has a long tern engagement on various committees and task groups.
Carrier is a past Chairman of the IHG Owners Association, the global franchise owners association of Intercontinental Hotels Group. He serves on Marriott's Distribution Advisory Committee and Emerging Technology Advisory Group. He also serves on the Distribution Advisory Group for Hilton.
Carrier is the Chairman of the Tyson's Partnership. This organization represents the interests of the diverse stakeholders in Tysons, Virginia in the focused effort to turn the area into America's Next Great City.
Carrier is the Chairman Emeritus of Visit Fairfax, the county's tourism promotion organization. Carrier is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society as well as the Cornell Real Estate Council.
Carrier has received the Kemmons Wilson Service Award from the IHG Owners Association He was also named Virginia Hotelier of the Year by the Virginia Hotel and Travel Association.
Senior Vice President
Shaun Smithson is the Senior Vice President of Operations with the B. F Saul Company Hospitality Group. In his role, he is responsible for the operations, guest services, purchasing and associate development across a 19 hotel portfolio.
Shaun comes to B. F.Saul from a role with Sodexo where he was Project Director of Global offer Development and Marketing with Sodexo with a focus on global marketing, training and business strategy supporting the Americas.
He has held prior roles with Choice Hotels International, where he served as Sr. Director of Product Development and Design, and Sr. Director of Brand Strategy. He also worked with Hilton Hotels Corporation, where he served as Sr. Director, Hotel Performance Support for the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Mr. Smithson's early career was focused on operations within the hospitality industry where he held various leadership roles from Executive Chef to General Manager.
Mr. Smithson received his culinary training through the Disney Culinary Apprenticeship at Walt Disney World. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Empire State College, and his master's in global business management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management ('08). He holds seats on the Board of Advisors for the start-up Eco Hotel Brand Adoba Eco Hotels, and is a member of the Thunderbird Global Council.
Mr. Smithson lives with his wife, Alexandra Jaritz, and two daughters, Ema and Caroline in Alexandria, VA, and is an adjunct professor of Food and Beverage Management at George Mason University.
Vice President Of Sales And Marketing
Handan is the VP Sales & Marketing of B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. In her role, Handan is responsible for developing and leading the direct sales and market share efforts. Handan provides support and direction to the corporate and field sales teams through maximizing profitable revenue and market share performance.
Handan brings over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience, including 16 years of achievement and growth with Marriott International, culminating in an Area Director role with responsibilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She then spent two years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants where she achieved significant year over year revenue growth results before joining Pyramid Hotel Group as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Washington DC. Handan also worked as a Director of Sales and Marketing for Omni Hotels and Resorts where she led a team of revenue management, group and catering sales, convention services and reservation departments who exceeded revenue goals and delivered exceptional guest service. Most recently, she was the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Hotels Group where she provided sales and marketing support to a portfolio of (30) IHG Hotels within the mid-Atlantic region.
Handan attended the School of Anatolia in Ankara, Turkey, for Tourism & Hospitality Management. Handan serves on the board of the HSMAI's DC Chapter.
Handan currently resides in Northern Virginia. Handan considers herself a "News Junkie" and follows the world current events closely.
Vice President Of Human Resources
Beth McMahon is the Vice President of Human Resources with the B. F Saul Company Hospitality Group. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring that the broad range of human resources programs and services support the company's business operations and are fully aligned with the company's strategies and objectives. The HR team provides programs and services for employees and works to enhance B.F.Saul's reputation as an employer of choice.
Beth comes to B.F. Saul from Au Bon Pain Café and Bakery where she was Regional Director of Human Resources overseeing the HR functions for approximately 45-50 restaurants. Prior to that, she worked with Crestline Hotels & Resorts as Area Director of Human Resources responsible for overseeing HR efforts for 15 hotels. Early in Beth's career she served in a variety of HR Generalist roles in the hospitality industry.
Beth received her Master's in Human Resources Development from George Washington University and her Bachelor's in Journalism and Public Relations from Florida International University. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has served on the board of the Washington DC HR Hotel Association.
Beth's passion is international travel and group fitness classes. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, two rottweilers and new baby boy.