The HHG team is rooted in experience, effectiveness, and dedication. We are some of the top hospitality and leisure industry professionals in the world.
Proven. Passionate. Dedicated.
Howard is a successful real estate entrepreneur and formerly Co-CEO of The Sitzer Group, a privately owned property developer and manager. His proven management acumen combined with exemplary personal skills has built a first class reputation of sustained success over many years. He helped to build and develop his family business into a highly respected property developer and manager of shopping centers, before becoming a resident of the Cayman Islands and co-founding HHG to focus on the global hospitality industry. After finishing business school, and before joining his family company, Howard spent several years as a marketing executive with Colgate Palmolive and Campbell Soup. Howard was born in Toronto.
Jim has been involved in commercial development internationally, as both a developer and consultant, for 30 years. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, Jim spent ten years in the advertising business, working at Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson. He moved to Australia in 1987 and managed a hotel design company that was involved in resorts and hotels across the country. Relocating to Singapore in 1990, Jim founded the Asia office of Design International, a commercial development consultancy, and advised on more than 50 large retail mixed-use projects throughout the region. In 1996 Jim became Director of Development, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo, for TrizecHahn, a $6bn NYSE-listed commercial development company, and formed a JV with Seibu Department Stores. In 2006 Jim led development for IMC Group of Singapore and Shanghai and oversaw a large township project in Chengdu and a mixed-use complex in Qingdao. Most recently, Jim was Regional Director of Asia for Forrec, based in Shanghai, and involved in many large integrated resort and theme park projects across Asia.
Michael is one of the most experienced executives in the global hospitality industry. He has led the development and operation of over 200 projects on five continents, maintaining close relations with leading hotel, restaurant, entertainment and fashion brands. Michael has chaired both listed and private companies and was formerly Chairman of the Wilkings Hospitality Group, President of Ministry of Sound International, CEO of Juliana’s International and CEO of Leisure Resources Group. Michael has lived and worked in London, New York, Tokyo, Dubai and Toronto, and is now a resident of the Cayman Islands. He earned an honors degree from the University of Leicester and completed post- graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Michael was born in London.
Julian trained as an accountant before entering the financial services industry over 30 years ago. He worked for some of Europe’s largest financial companies, including Prudential, and has experience in Insurance, Investment, and Structured Risk Transfer. Before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2004, he was Director of Strategic Partnerships in the UK at AXA Life, part of the world’s largest Financial Services Company, and was responsible for devising and implementing joint ventures with some of the world’s major financial institutions including National Australia Bank. Typically these were multi-jurisdictional structures making use of offshore locations. In the Cayman Islands, he set up a specialist provider of Risk Management, Investment, and Corporate Structuring solutions for publicly and privately owned businesses, including BNY Mellon. Julian moved back to Europe in 2013 and provides corporate structuring advice to new or developing companies, including working with Capita to integrate several Lloyd’s of London brokerages, and taking an energy company to the main board of the London Stock Exchange. He is also a director of a number of hedge funds and privately held investment companies.
James is a senior non-executive advisory of HHG, having accumulated a lifetime of diverse experience in financial services internationally. He lives and works in the Cayman Islands in a senior management position for a leading international bank. James previously worked for Coutts Bank, Axa and Barclays Bank. James has held senior positions in financial management as well as sales and marketing and holds a Financial Planning Certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK. James was born in Scotland.
Dylan was brought on to oversee HHG’s signature global steakhouse concept YARA. Most recently, Benoit served as the Executive Chef for Market Street Group where he oversaw six diverse restaurant concepts here in Grand Cayman. Prior to that, Dylan served as Sous Chef at Osetra Bay Restaurant, a fine dining destination located in Morgan’s Harbor district of Grand Cayman, and spent years studying and working in his home country of Canada under Chefs like Mark McEwan. Originally from Barrie, Ontario, Benoit has travelled extensively throughout North America, Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean, Asia and some of Europe. He has studied cuisines and cultures from around the globe and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the culinary team.
Veer serves as Vice President of Finance of Howard Hospitality Group. He has dedicated his career to ensuring the financial viability of complex, high value projects and operations within the hotel and condo-resort industry. Over the course of his career he has served at the helm of financial operations for luxury resorts in several countries. Veer began his financial career as an auditor at KPMG in Mauritius, before joining Kerzner Hotels in 1989. Since then he never left the hospitality industry, and his career has spanned across the hotel, casino, and condo-hotel sectors from Africa to North America and the Caribbean. Veer is a Certified Management Accountant (USA).
Fiona is responsible for the day-to-day management of HHG’s Grand Cayman properties and their staff. With more than 20 years of hotel experience, Leslie has held positions with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in a variety of locations, including Maui, Lake Tahoe, Grand Cayman and Carmel, California. She also held general manager roles at boutique luxury hotels in California, including Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn. Leslie’s passion for hospitality extends into the local community and she has served on executive leadership committees for local chambers of commerce, as well as local charities such as the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in tourism marketing and Spanish from Niagara University in New York.
Marco has been appointed food and beverage director and will lead the strategy, planning and development of HHG’s various dining outlets. An internationally experienced expert in high-end food and beverage planning and operations, as well as restaurant and hotel openings, Mauthner’s comprehensive experience includes working at the Melia and Hilton Hotels in Vienna, the London Hilton, La Cigale in Doha, and Trader Vic’s restaurants in Shanghai, San Francisco and Abu Dhabi. Mauthner holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the International Hospitality School in Retz, Austria.
Carli Ebanks is HHG’s Senior Projects Coordinator. Carli was born in Indiana, USA and has resided in Grand Cayman since 1992. Carli has a vast knowledge of the Cayman Islands systems, policies and procedures and is an invaluable asset for doing business in the territory. She comes to HHG with over ten year’s project management and coordination experience in the corporate administration and commercial real estate sectors. Having been the Operations Administrator for Elizabethan Square and BritCay House for four years, both well-known and high profile office complexes in Grand Cayman, her local expertise and experience are a great asset to HHG. Carli holds her certification in Building and Sustaining Successful Relations (Business) which supports her natural communication skills in coordinating with the diverse and multiple levels of staff, skills and management that it takes to successfully organize and complete sophisticated projects.