Noble principals have worked
together an average of nearly 20 years
As founder and chief executive officer, Mr. Shah provides overall strategic guidance for the
Noble organization and heads its investment committee. He has been profiled in Newsweek
magazine as one of the most influential South Asians in the United States, named as one of
Atlanta's most prominent leaders by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and
as one of the 21st century's most influential hospitality industry leaders by both Lodging
Hospitality magazine and Lodging magazine. He is the most recent recipient of the
prestigious IREFAC C. Everett Johnson Award for leadership in the hospitality industry.
Mr. Shah presently serves as non-executive chairman of the board for CorePoint Lodging (NYSE:CPLG) and serves on advisory boards with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He is also a member of the Industry Real Estate and Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Mr. Shah is an active supporter of educational objectives and is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Wake Forest University.
Mr. Williams is a principal and chief investment officer with responsibility for leading the
teams that source and underwrite new investments and executes project management for new
developments and re-developments.
Prior to joining Noble in 2004, Mr. Williams was a managing principal with Hardin Capital, a joint venture between DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Hardin Construction, where he led investment and asset management activities. Mr. Williams previously held senior executive roles with Coopers & Lybrand, InterContinental Hotels, and Laventhol & Horwath. He has more than 40 years of hospitality industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.
Mr. Williams received B.A. degrees in Business and French from Rutgers University. He currently serves on the owner’s advisory board for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Mr. Brunt is a principal with responsibility for sourcing and underwriting new investments
encompassing individual asset and portfolio acquisitions, land, and new development
opportunities, market, and investment analysis and brand positioning.
Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Brunt held senior executive investment roles at Songy Partners and Hardin Capital. He has more than 23 years of hospitality industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.
Mr. Brunt received a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is a former professional violinist and spent two years as a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brunt currently serves as a board member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Midtown Alliance. He is also a member of the AHLA Lodging Investment Council and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Bhoopathy is a principal with primary responsibility for capital market relationships,
asset dispositions, and transaction management. In addition, he leads contract documentation
and closings related to new acquisitions, development, and financing for all investments.
Mr. Bhoopathy has more than 21 years of hospitality industry experience and has participated in over $3 billion worth of real estate transactions for the Noble organization since joining the firm in 1999. He became a partner in 2006 and is a regular panelist at lodging, investment, and financing conferences.
Mr. Bhoopathy received a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hospitality and is a past-president of the Cornell Georgia Chapter as well as the past-president of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance. He is also a member of the Atlanta Capital Markets Council for the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Nicholas is a principal with responsibility for leading Noble’s hotel operating strategy
and overseeing management company performance.
Prior to joining Noble in 1997, Mr. Nicholas held senior roles at PROMUS Hotels before its acquisition by Hilton. He has more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.
Mr. Nicholas received a B.A. Hotel Administration from Cornell University and an M.B.A from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President and member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Hotel Asset Manager Association and on the executive board of the Georgia Hospitality and Lodging Association (GHLA). Mr. Nicholas is also a member of the Marriott International Advisory Committee for AC Hotels, MOXY and Residence Inn, and is a former President of the Cornell Hotel Society.
Mr. Grass is a principal with responsibility for leading Noble’s development team in the
execution of renovation, redevelopment, and new construction projects.
Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Grass was executive vice president for the Winter Construction Company, where he created the hospitality division and managed all construction-related operations. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and has more than 28 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Grass received a B.S. in Construction Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a past board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.
Mr. Conley is a principal and chief financial officer with responsibility for financial
administration, audit and compliance, and institutional fund management. He leads a team
responsible for internal and external reporting, treasury operations, risk management, tax,
human resources, and information technology.
Prior to joining Noble in 2006, Mr. Conley held senior executive and finance roles at Wyndham International and Embassy Suites. He has more than 40 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Conley is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and an M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Quinlan is senior vice president of fund accounting and finance.
Prior to joining Noble in 2007, he held senior leadership roles with four separate publicly traded real estate investment trusts. He has more than 32 years of hospitality industry experience specializing in real estate accounting and finance.
Mr. Quinlan received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.
Mrs. Smith is vice president of asset management.
Prior to joining Noble in 2003, Mrs. Smith held numerous roles in hotel sales, marketing, revenue management, and operations. She has more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mrs. Smith received a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences from Georgia Southern University.
Mrs. Payne is vice president of treasury services.
Prior to joining Noble in 1997, Mrs. Payne held senior roles at PROMUS Hotels before its acquisition by Hilton. She has more than 38 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mrs. Payne received a B.S. in Business Management from Bowling Green University and is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals.
Mr. Fisher is vice president of investments.
He joined Noble in 2008 and has more than 12 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Fisher received a B.S. from the Calloway School of Business & Accountancy at Wake Forest University.
Mr. Ledet is vice president of development.
Prior to joining Noble in 2006, Mr. Ledet was with Winter Construction. He has more than 14 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Ledet received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a current board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia.