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, 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. A regular speaker at private equity real estate, lodging, and investment conferences, Mr. Shah is a frequent commentator on business strategy and trends in such publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today as well as a variety of news agencies that cover the real estate and lodging industries.
Mr. Shah presently serves as non-executive chairman of the board for CorePoint Lodging (NYSE:CPLG). He is also a member of the Industry Real Estate and Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and serves on owner advisory boards with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Mr. Shah is an active supporter of educational objectives and is currently serving his third term as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Wake Forest University.
Mr. Williams is a partner 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 38 years of 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. Rafuse is a partner and chief administrative officer with responsibility
for leading the teams that oversee Noble’s hotel operating strategy and
management companies as well as Noble’s financial and fund administration team.
He has expertise in complex structuring to work with municipalities and other
entities to obtain economic subsidies, tax increment financing, and other
enhancements which add value to Noble’s lodging investments. He is a LEED
Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Prior to joining Noble in 1999, Mr. Rafuse held senior executive roles with Impac Hotel Group/Lodgian, BMH Wood Technologies, Liuski International and Pratt Industries. He has more than 21 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Rafuse received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Loma Linda University. He currently serves as a trustee of the Atlanta Girls School.
Mr. Brunt is a partner 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 21 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 partner with responsibility for capital
markets, 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 joined Noble in 1999 and has 19 years of hospitality experience.
He received a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hospitality and is the past-president of the Cornell Georgia Chapter as well as the past-president of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance. He is a regular panelist at lodging, investment, and financing conferences and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Conley is a partner 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 38 years of lodging 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. Grass is a partner with responsibility for leading Noble’s
project development team in the execution of renovation, redevelopment and new
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. Nicholas is a partner 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 prior to 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 Goizuetta 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.