John Stuzynski
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My name is John Stuzynski, and I am currently the Area Director of Finance at the Royal Sonesta Philadelphia. I have been with Sonesta since August 2013. I came to the Sonesta prior to the $35 million Transformation/Renovation of the Philadelphia Hotel. Before joining the Sonesta team I was an Area Director of Finance in Northern NJ/NYC area with Pyramid Hotel Group for 7.5 years, as a Director of Finance for the Hilton East Brunswick, and overseeing the Doubletree Somerset Hotel and Executive Meeting center. I have been working with large-scale Full Service Decentralized hotels for 20+ years, in roles ranging from Regional Controller to Area Director of Finance. My hotel experience includes 15+ years with Union Hotel operations, from Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia. I have experience in negotiating CBA agreements and handling contract interpretation, while simultaneously taking the lead for our corporate team; always painting a true picture of CPOR/productivity standard differences against our nonunion hotel assets. Prior to the Pyramid Hotel Group, I worked for Wyndham Hotel Group in many different Financial Services positions across many states in the country, ranging from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Canada, etc. During the Patriot America/Merger with Wyndham, I had worked my way up to a Regional Controller level, performing Due Diligence and Conversions of numerous hotels at different size levels in different US cities across the U.S. In 2002 while the Sarbanes-Oxley act was enacted, I was working at a 757 room Wyndham hotel, which was part of a Public Company and therefore had to be certified compliant in order for the company stock to continue to be a part of the SEC. We put an audit team together to create awareness and were able to pass compliancy. I have played an integral role in converting/creating/developing Financial Reporting for all levels to build better communication within our Accounting/Finance Area, and for our Hotel/Executive operational Teams within other Departments of the Hotel or Corporate Team. I have an exceptional ability to jump into anything within the Accounting-Hotel Industry to create, better develop, unravel and audit any function in the Hotel to make the operation run smoothly or to improve the Financial Results for the Ownership of the Asset. I have created and built ROI’s for different size venues across the numerous hotels that I have been involved in, which have actually proved to turn large profits and increase business beyond its initial planning stages. I have worked with Hotel Development in my numerous roles executing Purchase/Sale Agreements on both sides of the sale, in conjunction with Legal Counsel to prepare and negotiate full proration schedules, following through to the completion of the sale and full funding was established.

I have a unique and interesting background as a Financial Director, initially coming from the culinary side of the Industry, as a Graduate of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) with an Associate in Occupational Studies. After my experience in the Culinary Industry, I decided to pursue a degree that would allow me to use my strengths within the field of Hospitality. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an Associate’s in F&B Management, a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. This has allowed me to further enhance and has added benefit to every financial position I have held allowing me to always see the full circle for each transaction that occurs in the Hotel Industry. I consider myself a Partner with the operation, being able to guide every department financially through tools we have created. I deliver education in our departmental and executive meetings on said tools in order to ensure our processes stay relevant from a technological standpoint and meet the ever-changing needs of our industry. I attend our Sales Strategy and Business planning meetings, costing and analyzing future pieces of business for profitability. During my years in College, I was always employed, and worked for everything that I have created. As an example, in my early College years at Johnson & Wales, I transitioned from my Executive Chef position to entry level positions of a Large Hotel, as a Bellman, Doormen, Front Desk Agent, and Chief Night Audit in the 1990’s. This gave me experience at every level to help me better understand where fraud and theft could occur. I have always worked with Upscale Hotel’s that have large F&B operations, Union/Non Union, and created and developed Budget’s, Forecast’s, and at times PIP’s (Profit Improvement Plan’s) that still serviced at the highest level, and had minimal impact to the guest contact, keeping our Rates in tact the best we can.

I have been married to my beautiful wife for 20 years. Together we have four kids: Johnny (15), Cooper (13), Spencer (11), and one beautiful baby girl, Samantha (7). All four kids are active in a myriad of sports; but all play lacrosse. I am a Head Coach for South Jersey Lacrosse Team in Washington Township, as well as on the board as treasurer in my community. We as a family enjoy all of our time together, from skiing, to boating, to fishing, to football games and college lacrosse. However, none of these quite compare to our annual Stuzynski Family Vacation to Key West, Florida, where we are able to enjoy all of these activities. I haven’t quite lost touch with my culinary roots, and enjoy cooking with my family on the weekends and kicking it up a notch in the meals we create.