Diverse and Cycle-Tested Team
Averaging Nearly 20 Years Together
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 REIT (NYSE: CPLG) and is a member of owner advisory boards with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He is an executive committee member of the board of directors for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and he is a member of its Industry Real Estate and Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC).
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. Brunt is a principal and chief investment officer responsible for leading a team of
investment professionals to accomplish Noble’s strategic acquisition and development goals.
This involves the sourcing and underwriting of all 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 investment roles at Songy Partners and Hardin Capital. He began his career in hotels with Homestead Village, a mid-scale extended stay lodging brand founded by Security Capital Group, and has nearly 25 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Brunt earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA from Trinity College. 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, the Atlanta Midtown Alliance, and the Buckhead Coalition. He is also a member of the AHLA Lodging Investment Council and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Bhoopathy is a principal and head of capital markets responsible for debt relationships,
dispositions, and transaction management. In addition, he leads contract documentation and
related to new acquisitions, development, and financing for all investments.
Mr. Bhoopathy has more than 22 years of hospitality industry experience and has participated in more than $3.5 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 earned a BS from the Cornell University School of Hospitality and is a past-president of the Cornell Georgia Chapter and 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 and head of asset management responsible for leading Noble's
operating strategy and overseeing Noble's third-party hotel operating relationships and
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 earned an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He currently serves as the Past President and member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Hotel Asset Manager Association, on the executive board of the Georgia Hospitality and Lodging Association (GHLA), and is a member of Georgia State University's Hospitality Industry Board and Wesleyan School's Diversity Board. Mr. Nicholas is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Marriott International, Hilton Hotels, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and is a former President of the Cornell Hotel Society.
Mr. Dabney is a principal and chief financial officer responsible for institutional fund
financial administration, audit, and investor relations. He leads a team responsible for
and external reporting, treasury operations, risk management, tax, human resources, and
Previously, Mr. Dabney was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Hotel Properties (formerly known as Thayer Lodging), the hospitality platform for Brookfield, a $575 billion global alternative asset manager.
Mr. Dabney earned his MBA in Financial Management from the University of Maryland, holds a BA in Accounting from Penn State University, and started his career at Ernst & Young as a CPA. He is a member of the Penn State University Philanthropy Council Steering Committee for the College of Health and Human Development. In 2019, Penn State's School of Hospitality Management honored him with their Alumni of the Year Award.
Mr. Grass is a principal and head of development responsible for leading Noble's project
management team to execute 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 US Green Building Council and has nearly 30 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Grass earned a BS 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 compliance officer responsible for the oversight and
administration of Noble's regulatory and compliance function. He helps provide leadership
Noble's commitment to and measurement of our core ESG initiatives along with its duties as a
signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment. Mr. Conley previously
served as Chief Financial Officer for the firm.
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 CPA and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Accounting from Arizona State 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 leading publicly traded real estate investment trusts. He has more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience specializing in real estate accounting and finance.
Mr. Quinlan earned a BS 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 earned a BS 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 nearly 40 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mrs. Payne earned a BS 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 nearly 15 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Fisher earned a BS from the Wake Forest University School of Business.
Mr. Ledet is vice president of development.
Prior to joining Noble in 2006, Mr. Ledet was with Winter Construction. He has 15 years of hospitality industry experience.
Mr. Ledet earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a current board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia.
Mr. Williams is a senior advisor and a member of the investment committee. From 2004
through 2020, Mr. Williams was a Noble principal. He was previously 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 earned a BA in Business and French from Rutgers University. He currently serves on the owner's advisory board for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.