Corporate Team

 

Jay Shinn CEO

Jay Shinn

CEO

Jay Shinn is the CEO of Magnolia Lodging, LLC. A second generation hotelier that has worked in the hotel industry throughout his life. Shinn began working with his father developing and managing hotel properties in 1982. Magnolia Lodging was formally founded in 1998 when Shinn partnered with Wayne and Matthew Newton.

Shinn's industry leadership positions have included serving on the Homewood Suites by Hilton Advisory Council, Board of Directors of the Texas Hotel Lodging Association and the Greater Dallas Hotel Association. Shinn was awarded the Homewood Suites by Hilton Developer of the Year for 2006.

Besides being involved in the hospitality industry, Shinn also is known as a visual artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Shinn has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Because of this, creativity is an important part in the overall culture at Magnolia Lodging.

Matthew Newton President

Matthew Newton

President

Arkansas native and hotel veteran Matthew Newton is the President of Dallas, Texas-based Magnolia Lodging, LLC, a hospitality construction, development and management company.

After earning his BBA at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, he pursued his MBA at the nationally-ranked McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Following his MBA, Matthew transitioned to Dallas in 1992 as a Staff Consultant for Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture), and during his tenure was promoted to Senior Consultant.

In 1996, he joined Shinn and Newton, Ltd., a hospitality company founded by his father, Wayne Newton, and uncle, G. J. “Jay” Shinn. The Shinn family has been active in the hotel industry since the 1940s with their inaugural property – a motor inn – in Magnolia, Arkansas. Matthew joined the group’s hotel development team, a role he occupied for the next three years. In 1999, he transitioned to the property level as general manager at the AmeriSuites DFW North in Grapevine, Texas.

In 2001, Jay Shinn and Wayne Newton created Magnolia Lodging, LLC; that same year, Matthew joined the company’s development team as the Director of Development. In 2003, he was promoted to President of Magnolia Lodging, a role he occupies today.

Active in the hospitality industry, Matthew has held various memberships and positions in industry organizations. He served on the AmeriSuites Franchise Advisory Council from 2004 – 2006, and has been an active member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) since 2004. He is currently the THLA Chairman of the Board. Matthew began his tenure on the Homewood Suites Owners Advisory Council in 2010. He was also an inaugural member of the Home2 Suites Owners Advisory Council and served from 2012-2016.

Wayne Newton Vice President

Wayne Newton

Vice President

Wayne Newton, Vice President of Magnolia Lodging Development, has owned, developed and built residential, commercial and hotel projects since 1967. He attended college at the University of Arkansas and served as a member of the United States Air Force from 1965 through 1968.

Wayne’s talent for hotel construction has produced over 40 hotels, including Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2 Suites by Hilton, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, AmeriSuites, and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Wayne founded Magnolia Lodging, LLC with Jay Shinn and Matthew Newton in 2001 and is active in the direction of the company.

Previous affiliations and positions with trade organizations include president for the Home Builders Association of South Arkansas, two-term President for the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and Board Member for the Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Jeffrey Giangreco Vice President of Operations

Jeffrey Giangreco

Vice President of Operations

Jeffrey Giangreco is the Vice President of Operations for Magnolia Lodging and an industry veteran for over 20 years. A native New Yorker, Jeffrey has traveled the United States and has worked with independent, corporate, and franchises hotel companies. Jeffrey has risen through the ranks of the hospitality industry from food and beverage operations for resorts and full-service hotels to general manager of full and Select Service hotels.

Hospitality has given Jeffrey an avenue to lead and assist the communities throughout his career with raising money for St Jude’s hospital, habitat for humanity, or leading his universities as president of the hospitality club.

Jeffrey has been a part of many hotel achievements and accolades in his career with a major accomplishment of receiving the hotel opening of the year 2009 award for Marriott International.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with 2 years of that degree being in Culinary Arts and as trained classical Chef.

Julie Vogel Corporate Director of Sales

Julie Vogel

Corporate Director of Sales

Julie joined the Magnolia Lodging sales team in June 2012 as Director of Sales of the award-winning Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas/Frisco. Her efforts led her team to record-breaking REVPAR in an aggressive market and helped cement the Homewood Suites as a comp-set leader. Through Julie’s leadership, guidance, and dedication to her clients’ satisfaction, the hotel has remained in the top spot on the STAR report and TripAdvisor.

Her success at the Homewood Suites made her the obvious choice to take on the role of Regional Director of Sales in late 2012, where she continued to oversee both the Homewood and the newly-opened Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas/Frisco; at the time, the newest brand by Hilton, and the 13th hotel in the Home2 Suites brand portfolio. Under Julie’s direction, the hotel enjoyed a very quick and strong ramp-up, and won the inaugural Hotel of the Year award for Home2 Suites as a brand.

When the time came for Magnolia Lodging to look for an individual to lead the company’s sales focus, Julie’s success and tenure in Frisco made her the leading candidate. Julie assumed the role of Corporate Director of Sales over the Magnolia Lodging portfolio in June, 2016. Her sales excellence has been recognized by the brand every year she has been eligible, and due to her efforts, she received the highest recognition the Homewood Suites brand offers, being awarded Director of Sales of the Year in 2013.

Prior to her roles with Magnolia Lodging, Julie was instrumental on the sales teams with John Q. Hammons Hotels – Embassy Suites Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Resorts as well as Hilton International – Hampton Inn & Suites and Prime Hospitality as a Director of Sales.

Julie graduated with a B.B.A. in Meetings Management and Destination Development from Northeastern State University.

Ellen Austin Marketing Manager

Ellen Austin

Marketing Manager

Ellen Austin is the creative mind behind Magnolia Lodging’s marketing efforts. As Marketing Manager, Ellen spends her time ensuring the hotel and their sales teams have what they need to “wow” their guests and clients making each visit a memorable experience. She creates all collateral and advertising as well as manages all online content including website, ecommerce, and social media efforts.

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

John Reierson Project Manager

John Reierson

Project Manager

Currently, John is developing the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas/Addison, an eagerly-awaited hotel that will be the first new property in Addison in over 10 years. John over saw the completion of the first new property in Addison in over ten years, Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Addison, which was completed in early 2017. John also oversaw the new Home2 Suites by Hilton Plano Richardson that opened March 2018. He is currently overseeing the completion of Home2 Suites Plano Legacy West which is expected to open early 2019.

John holds his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and his Masters of Construction Engineering Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.

Rae Zeller Corporate Administrator

RaeZeller

Corporate Administrator

Rae is our corporate administrator who oversees all the administrative and human resource efforts for Magnolia Lodging. She brings over twenty years of experience, having previously worked in the human resource and legal fields.

Rae Received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans.

Janet Caouette Development & Acquisitions Coordinator

Janet Caouette

Development and Acquisitions Coordinator

Hospitality veteran Janet Caouette brings over 20 years of experience to her role at Magnolia Lodging, and has served in various front- and back-of-house positions. From front desk to Director of Sales to General Manager, Janet’s roles have taken her to acclaimed, award-winning branded properties in San Francisco, New Orleans, Tyler and Lewisville, TX, under the Hilton, Marriott and Best Western flags.

In 2006, Janet moved from the property level to the Magnolia Lodging corporate office in the role of development coordinator, overseeing and assisting with new hotel construction. All of the hotels she has developed, including the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Richardson, the Homewood Suites Dallas/Allen, Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Addison and Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Plano-East, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lewisville, and the Home2 Suites Dallas/Frisco, have all won awards and become leaders within their respective comp sets. Most recently, Janet oversaw the development of Home2 Suites Plano Richardson and is currently working on the Home2 Suites Plano Legacy West, set to open in early 2019.

Janet earned her Business Associates degree from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX.

Kassandra Nordhoff Administrative Assistant

Kassandra Nordhoff

Administrative Assistant

Kassandra joined the Magnolia Lodging team in May of 2016 as our Administrative Assistant. She brings over eight years of hospitality and customer service experience to her role, having worked in the food and beverage and retail industries.

She earned her Associate’s degree in Psychology from North Lakes College in Irving, Texas.

Kelly Decker Administrative & Bridal Coordinator

Kelly Decker

Administrative and Bridal Coordinator

Kelly has been a part of the Magnolia Lodging team for eight years, having started as a front desk agent at the award-winning TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Lewisville, TX. Kelly was instrumental with opening this hotel in June of 2009, and stayed on at the front desk for the following year. Her time at the hotel gave her valuable experience in the hospitality industry, including making reservations, guest check-ins and departures, and providing quality customer care.

Her background in customer service and sales has been the foundation for her current position at Magnolia Lodging. She currently works in the corporate office as an administrative and bridal coordinator for the Magnolia portfolio, where her efforts help secure weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and guest room accommodations.

Ella-Kate Trice Corporate Analyst

Ella-Kate Trice

Corporate Analyst

Ella-Kate has been with Magnolia Lodging for over four years, beginning her Magnolia Lodging career as Corporate Administrator and then transitioning to her current role as Corporate Analysist. As Corporate Analysist, Ella-Kate works closely with our general managers, corporate executives, and vendors to evaluate the efficiency and profitability of each property. She focuses her concentration into analyzing rates, fees, terms, and contracts to ensure our properties are operating as fiscally healthy as possible. She also is instrumental in the success of developments by analyzing the profitability and risk of proposed hotel purchases, sales, and builds.

Ella-Kate has over fifteen years of experience in the administrative and financial support fields which have set the foundation for her current position. Her background includes roles managing the billing practices of medical offices and providing executive level administrative support to a chain of 80+ convenience store along the East Coast.


Jay Shinn Jay Shinn

CEO

Jay Shinn is the CEO of Magnolia Lodging, LLC. A second generation hotelier that has worked in the hotel industry throughout his life. Shinn began working with his father developing and managing hotel properties in 1982. Magnolia Lodging was formally founded in 1998 when Shinn partnered with Wayne and Matthew Newton.

Shinn's industry leadership positions have included serving on the Homewood Suites by Hilton Advisory Council, Board of Directors of the Texas Hotel Lodging Association and the Greater Dallas Hotel Association. Shinn was awarded the Homewood Suites by Hilton Developer of the Year for 2006.

Besides being involved in the hospitality industry, Shinn also is known as a visual artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Shinn has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Because of this, creativity is an important part in the overall culture at Magnolia Lodging.

Matthew Newton Matthew Newton

President

Arkansas native and hotel veteran Matthew Newton is the President of Dallas, Texas-based Magnolia Lodging, LLC, a hospitality construction, development and management company.

After earning his BBA at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, he pursued his MBA at the nationally-ranked McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Following his MBA, Matthew transitioned to Dallas in 1992 as a Staff Consultant for Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture), and during his tenure was promoted to Senior Consultant.

In 1996, he joined Shinn and Newton, Ltd., a hospitality company founded by his father, Wayne Newton, and uncle, G. J. “Jay” Shinn. The Shinn family has been active in the hotel industry since the 1940s with their inaugural property – a motor inn – in Magnolia, Arkansas. Matthew joined the group’s hotel development team, a role he occupied for the next three years. In 1999, he transitioned to the property level as general manager at the AmeriSuites DFW North in Grapevine, Texas.

In 2001, Jay Shinn and Wayne Newton created Magnolia Lodging, LLC; that same year, Matthew joined the company’s development team as the Director of Development. In 2003, he was promoted to President of Magnolia Lodging, a role he occupies today.

Active in the hospitality industry, Matthew has held various memberships and positions in industry organizations. He served on the AmeriSuites Franchise Advisory Council from 2004 – 2006, and has been an active member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) since 2004. He is currently the THLA Chairman of the Board. Matthew began his tenure on the Homewood Suites Owners Advisory Council in 2010. He was also an inaugural member of the Home2 Suites Owners Advisory Council and served from 2012-2016.

Wayne Newton Wayne Newton

Vice President

Wayne Newton, Vice President of Magnolia Lodging Development, has owned, developed and built residential, commercial and hotel projects since 1967. He attended college at the University of Arkansas and served as a member of the United States Air Force from 1965 through 1968.

Wayne’s talent for hotel construction has produced over 40 hotels, including Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2 Suites by Hilton, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, AmeriSuites, and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Wayne founded Magnolia Lodging, LLC with Jay Shinn and Matthew Newton in 2001 and is active in the direction of the company.

Previous affiliations and positions with trade organizations include president for the Home Builders Association of South Arkansas, two-term President for the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and Board Member for the Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Jeffrey Giangreco Jeffrey Giangreco

Vice President of Operations

Jeffrey Giangreco is the Vice President of Operations for Magnolia Lodging and an industry veteran for over 20 years. A native New Yorker, Jeffrey has traveled the United States and has worked with independent, corporate, and franchises hotel companies. Jeffrey has risen through the ranks of the hospitality industry from food and beverage operations for resorts and full-service hotels to general manager of full and Select Service hotels.

Hospitality has given Jeffrey an avenue to lead and assist the communities throughout his career with raising money for St Jude’s hospital, habitat for humanity, or leading his universities as president of the hospitality club.

Jeffrey has been a part of many hotel achievements and accolades in his career with a major accomplishment of receiving the hotel opening of the year 2009 award for Marriott International.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with 2 years of that degree being in Culinary Arts and as trained classical Chef.

Julie Vogel Julie Vogel

Corporate Director of Sales

Julie joined the Magnolia Lodging sales team in June 2012 as Director of Sales of the award-winning Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas/Frisco. Her efforts led her team to record-breaking REVPAR in an aggressive market and helped cement the Homewood Suites as a comp-set leader. Through Julie’s leadership, guidance, and dedication to her clients’ satisfaction, the hotel has remained in the top spot on the STAR report and TripAdvisor.

Her success at the Homewood Suites made her the obvious choice to take on the role of Regional Director of Sales in late 2012, where she continued to oversee both the Homewood and the newly-opened Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas/Frisco; at the time, the newest brand by Hilton, and the 13th hotel in the Home2 Suites brand portfolio. Under Julie’s direction, the hotel enjoyed a very quick and strong ramp-up, and won the inaugural Hotel of the Year award for Home2 Suites as a brand.

When the time came for Magnolia Lodging to look for an individual to lead the company’s sales focus, Julie’s success and tenure in Frisco made her the leading candidate. Julie assumed the role of Corporate Director of Sales over the Magnolia Lodging portfolio in June, 2016. Her sales excellence has been recognized by the brand every year she has been eligible, and due to her efforts, she received the highest recognition the Homewood Suites brand offers, being awarded Director of Sales of the Year in 2013.

Prior to her roles with Magnolia Lodging, Julie was instrumental on the sales teams with John Q. Hammons Hotels – Embassy Suites Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Resorts as well as Hilton International – Hampton Inn & Suites and Prime Hospitality as a Director of Sales.

Julie graduated with a B.B.A. in Meetings Management and Destination Development from Northeastern State University.

Ellen Austin Ellen Austin

Marketing Manager

Ellen Austin is the creative mind behind Magnolia Lodging’s marketing efforts. As Marketing Manager, Ellen spends her time ensuring the hotel and their sales teams have what they need to “wow” their guests and clients making each visit a memorable experience. She creates all collateral and advertising as well as manages all online content including website, ecommerce, and social media efforts.

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

John Reierson John Reierson

Project Manager

Currently, John is developing the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas/Addison, an eagerly-awaited hotel that will be the first new property in Addison in over 10 years. John over saw the completion of the first new property in Addison in over ten years, Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Addison, which was completed in early 2017. John also oversaw the new Home2 Suites by Hilton Plano Richardson that opened March 2018. He is currently overseeing the completion of Home2 Suites Plano Legacy West which is expected to open early 2019.

John holds his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and his Masters of Construction Engineering Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.

Rae Zeller RaeZeller

Corporate Administrator

Rae is our corporate administrator who oversees all the administrative and human resource efforts for Magnolia Lodging. She brings over twenty years of experience, having previously worked in the human resource and legal fields.

Rae Received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans.

Janet Caouette Janet Caouette

Development and Acquisitions Coordinator

Hospitality veteran Janet Caouette brings over 20 years of experience to her role at Magnolia Lodging, and has served in various front- and back-of-house positions. From front desk to Director of Sales to General Manager, Janet’s roles have taken her to acclaimed, award-winning branded properties in San Francisco, New Orleans, Tyler and Lewisville, TX, under the Hilton, Marriott and Best Western flags.

In 2006, Janet moved from the property level to the Magnolia Lodging corporate office in the role of development coordinator, overseeing and assisting with new hotel construction. All of the hotels she has developed, including the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Richardson, the Homewood Suites Dallas/Allen, Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Addison and Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Plano-East, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lewisville, and the Home2 Suites Dallas/Frisco, have all won awards and become leaders within their respective comp sets. Most recently, Janet oversaw the development of Home2 Suites Plano Richardson and is currently working on the Home2 Suites Plano Legacy West, set to open in early 2019.

Janet earned her Business Associates degree from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX.

Kassandra Nordoff Kassandra Nordhoff

Administrative Assistant

Kassandra joined the Magnolia Lodging team in May of 2016 as our Administrative Assistant. She brings over eight years of hospitality and customer service experience to her role, having worked in the food and beverage and retail industries.

She earned her Associate’s degree in Psychology from North Lakes College in Irving, Texas.

Kelly Decker Kelly Decker

Administrative and Bridal Coordinator

Kelly has been a part of the Magnolia Lodging team for eight years, having started as a front desk agent at the award-winning TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Lewisville, TX. Kelly was instrumental with opening this hotel in June of 2009, and stayed on at the front desk for the following year. Her time at the hotel gave her valuable experience in the hospitality industry, including making reservations, guest check-ins and departures, and providing quality customer care.

Her background in customer service and sales has been the foundation for her current position at Magnolia Lodging. She currently works in the corporate office as an administrative and bridal coordinator for the Magnolia portfolio, where her efforts help secure weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and guest room accommodations.

Ella-Kate Trice Ella-Kate Trice

Corporate Analyst

Ella-Kate has been with Magnolia Lodging for over four years, beginning her Magnolia Lodging career as Corporate Administrator and then transitioning to her current role as Corporate Analysist. As Corporate Analysist, Ella-Kate works closely with our general managers, corporate executives, and vendors to evaluate the efficiency and profitability of each property. She focuses her concentration into analyzing rates, fees, terms, and contracts to ensure our properties are operating as fiscally healthy as possible. She also is instrumental in the success of developments by analyzing the profitability and risk of proposed hotel purchases, sales, and builds.

Ella-Kate has over fifteen years of experience in the administrative and financial support fields which have set the foundation for her current position. Her background includes roles managing the billing practices of medical offices and providing executive level administrative support to a chain of 80+ convenience store along the East Coast.