More than 50 years of combined international experience in real estate
Michael Merrill is a CPA, Certified Valuation Analyst and has his MBA. He founded Company Prophets which provides budgeting, analysis of operations for efficiencies, cash flow management, job cost analysis, proforma/feasibility models, valuations and business plans for new ventures and procurement of capital which includes detailed revenue and expense projections, ROI/NPV calculations and preparation of GAAP financial statements for companies such as Marriott, The Four Seasons, Aqua-Aston and various developers.
Prior to that, Mr. Merrill worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts as Regional Director of Finance. In this capacity, Mr. Merrill helped developers compile proforma’s for new mixed-use projects and existing hotel owners optimize hotel yield and cost efficiencies. Prior to Starwood, Mr. Merrill also worked at CNL Financial Advisors where he led the Team in deriving proforma’s to take the private REITS public and helped establish a $250M LOC for the Company.
Shawn has more than 20 years experience in consumer products, with 13 years specifically in the development of hospitality assets and corporate strategy.
Shawn's more recent role as Associate Vice President at Marriott Vacation focused on the acquisition and disposition of hotel assets.
Shawn attended Rollins College where he received his MBA, then later worked within Starwood Hotels' residential and timeshare division, where he underwrote ~$2 billion in hotel, timeshare and corporate assets.
Yuksel Dincer, CFA
Yuksel has more than 10 years of CRE experience at hotel operators and investment funds.
Yuksel is currently a Director at Benefit Street Partners, a Commercial Real Estate asset manager based in New York.
Yuksel was previously part of the Corporate Finance and Development team at Vistana (timeshare division of Starwood Hotels sold to ILG). Prior to that, Yuksel was in the financial planning team of Starwood Hotels in the EAME division.
Yuksel holds a Master's degree from ICHEC Brussels Management School and is a CFA Charterholder.