Scott Shoenberger

President & CEO
Scott Shoenberger has more than 30 years of hotel industry experience. He comes to Louisville, the Al J. Schneider Company and AJS Hotels from Milwaukee, where he was senior vice president of operations and acquisitions for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Prior to Marcus Hotels & Resorts, he served in various positions at The Irvine Company, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Olympus Hospitality and Dusit Hotels & Resorts, overseeing acquisitions and managing leading hotel properties that received national and international acclaim. His work prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts included overseeing the assets of Hotel La Jolla, La Jolla, Calif.; LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, Fla.; Grove Isle Resort & Spa, Coconut Grove, Fla.; Ocean Key Resort, Key West, Fla.; Hotel ZAZA, Dallas, Texas; The Warwick Hotel, Houston, Texas; Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester Village, Vt.; Cuisinart Resort & Spa, Anguilla; Hotel Kura Hulanda, Otrobanda, Curacao and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys. Shoenberger has served on various boards including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Owner’s Advisory Council, Florida Gulf Coast University School of Hospitality & Resort Management and the Economic Development Council of Collier County, Fla.
Scott Schoenberger President CEO

Josh Zik CPA, CFE

Chief Financial Officer
Josh began his career working on various political campaigns before moving into retail where he was a regional manager at Thornton’s Inc. Josh then transitioned to public accounting where he worked for Strothman and Company and Ernst and Young.  Josh is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner. After 10 years in public accounting, Josh was brought in as the company’s corporate internal auditor and is responsible for assessing company risks, performing financial, operational, and compliance reviews, and internal controls.  Josh is an alum from University of Kentucky and Bellarmine University.
Josh Zik

Lance George

Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Lance brings over 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry and deep knowledge of Louisville to the team. In his role Lance oversees all brand marketing as well as sales, event, services and revenue management for The Galt House Hotel, The Embassy Suites and Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport.  Prior to joining AJS Hotels in 2019, Lance held leadership positions at numerous properties including Area Sales Leader at Marriott International, Northern Mid-America and Director of Sales for Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, where he developed extensive knowledge in sales and new business development.

Mike Swasey

Senior Vice President of Operations
Mike Swasey has nearly 30 years of hotel industry experience. Prior to joining AJS Hotels he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Crescent Hotels & Resorts overseeing their premier branded and independent resorts and hotels across the state of Florida and Atlanta, Georgia in the upper-upscale full-service and luxury segments. Other previous leadership roles include Chief Operating Officer for Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee, WI; Head of Operations and Asset Management for Alena Hospitality, Orlando, FL; Vice President of Asset Management for Inland American Lodging Management, L.L.C. (now Xenia REIT), Orlando, FL; and serving in operations roles for B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, Bethesda, Md.; Legacy Hospitality, Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.; InterContinental Hotel Group, Atlanta, Ga. and Sage Hospitality, Denver, Colo.  He has served on the Committee for Dulles (airport), the  American Hotel & Lodging Association Food & Beverage Committee, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County representative, and as a member of HAMA (Hospitality Asset Managers Association)

Orson Oliver

General Counsel
Orson Oliver began his career in 1968 as an attorney with the U. S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. In 1975, he joined the Bank of Louisville as general counsel. In 1985, he became president of Bank of Louisville. When Branch Banking and Trust Company acquired the Bank of Louisville in 2003, the Bank of Louisville had assets of $1.6 billion and was the largest locally managed bank in Louisville. Since his retirement from banking in February of 2004, Mr. Oliver has worked as an independent general business consultant for the Al J. Schneider Company. He holds an officer position as General Counsel. Mr. Oliver was a member of the Board of Directors of the Al J. Schneider Company from February 2004 through June of 2016. Mr. Oliver has over thirty-five years of experience in banking and financial consulting.
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Kenny Franklin

Corporate Director of Facilities & Sustainability
Kenny Franklin began his career in hospitality in March of 1972 as part of the engineering team building the Executive Inn Hotel, the first of the properties built by Al J. Schneider. In 1975, Franklin transferred to Executive West (now the Crowne Plaza Louisville) to open the hotel for business. He was also involved in its expansion in 1980 to increase the number of rooms to 611. In 2001, Franklin was transferred to the Galt House to oversee Engineering. In 2016, he was promoted to Corporate Director of Facilities for AJS Hotels. He currently oversees facilities at the Galt House, Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, Waterfront Plaza, and One Riverfront Plaza.
Kenny Franklin

Martin van der Laan

General Manager & Vice President of Operations
Upon completion of the Hotel School in Europe, he moved to Switzerland and worked as a restaurant manager in a family-owned hotel in the Swiss Alps as his first assignment after college. This was followed by several years working on international cruise ships with Miami, FL as home port. In the late 80’s Martin moved to the New York area and joined the hotel industry in the United States in Princeton, N.J. Over the next more than 35 years, Martin has served in numerous senior hotel leadership roles in both hotels and international luxury cruising. Martin has been a General Manager since 1997 in a variety of locations including Savannah, GA; St. Croix, USVI; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Boca Raton and Orlando, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Scottsdale, AZ; Oklahoma City, OK and Atlanta, GA.  Martin has served with Marriott, Hilton and Westin brands as well as independent hotels in suburban and urban markets, in boutique hotels, convention hotels, Caribbean resorts and on 6-star luxury cruise ships prior to joining the legendary Galt House Hotel as its General Manager and Vice President of Operations in early 2021. Martin has served on industry related boards in almost all destinations, including being a founding member and first Vice President of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Louisville Hotel Association.

Greg Mann

Corporate Director of Food and Beverage
Greg brings 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  He is originally from the Louisville so has a deep knowledge of the surrounding area.  In his role Greg oversees the Restaurants, Bars, Banquets, Event planning and restaurant concept and design for The Galt House Hotel, Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, and Embassy Suites.  Prior to joining AJS Hotels in 2017, Greg held leadership positions at several properties in South Florida including Director of Food & Beverage at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Director of Outlets at the Naples Bay Resort and Food & Beverage Manager at The Waldorf Astoria Naples.  Prior to working in hotels Greg started his career  working in country clubs such as the Naples National Golf Club and Naples Grande Golf Club.

Bill Saffran

Director of Commercial Real Estate
Bill started his career working for Group Financial Partners as the Operations Manager overseeing the Starks Building and several other commercial properties in Louisville Kentucky. When BGK Inc. out of Santé Fe, New Mexico bought the Starks Building he was promoted to the position of President of BGK Kentucky.  With BGK Bill was responsible for the management and leasing of a portfolio of over 600,000 sq. ft. of commercial office buildings keeping the operating expenditures within budget while maintaining a high occupancy percentage. In 2009, Bill joined the Al J. Schneider Company as the Operations and Leasing Manager responsible for the management and leasing of over 1 million square feet. In 2012 Bill was promoted to the position of Director of Commercial Real Estate.

Corie Tanner

VP of Revenue Management
Corie Tanner started her hospitality career in 2002 by joining the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island finance department for 9 years with a focus on income audit, payroll, and Accounts Receivable.    In 2013 she joined The Brown Hotel in Louisville Kentucky as The Assistance Controller then found her love for Revenue Management and grew into the Revenue Manager role for 5 years until joining the Al J. Schneider Company in June 2019 as The Area Revenue Director and now VP of Revenue Management.

Ryan Manning

Corporate Controller

Ryan Manning comes to AJS Hotels with over a decade of experience in accounting. As corporate controller, Ryan directs the day-to-day accounting, treasury management, and payroll.

Ryan has been in both public and private accounting sectors, getting familiar with a variety of industries including manufacturing, defense contracting, construction, healthcare.

Ryan is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's of science degree in business administration from the University of Louisville.

Caroline Shoenberger

Operation Project Manager
Caroline brings a unique set of skills to the team through the various positions she has held at AJS Hotels since 2018. With experience in food and beverage, catering sales and group sales she is well versed with the nuances that the hospitality industry brings. As operations project manager, Caroline is responsible for the coordination of all capital projects working in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer, Josh Zik, and Vice President of Facilities, Kenny Franklin. She engages in all special projects, acquisitions, asset evaluation, financial analysis and facilitates and guides the process in a timely and cost effective fashion. Caroline obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and MBA from the University of Louisville.

Natalie Keel

Marketing Manager
Natalie Keel joined the AJS Hotels team after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. As the companies Marketing Manager, Natalie oversees all Marketing Projects as well as building and maintaining strong, consistent brands through a wide range of online and offline marketing channels for  the Galt House Hotel, Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville, and the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo CTR.