We’re a team of entrepreneurs who measure success one property at a time. Our hotels are located in popular, sustainable markets that have been painstakingly vetted. For this reason, we’re proud to say that during the economic downturn of 2009, when many companies downsized, OmShera continued to grow.
OmShera president and founder Sam Anandani came to the U.S. in 1993 and found early success in the telecommunication business before investing in his first hotel in 2000. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs in his native India, Sam excelled immediately in the hospitality industry, where he is highly regarded for his hands-on management style, skill in assessing a property’s value during pre-purchase site visits and expert analysis of franchise property improvement plans.
Sam is also an enthusiastic traveler. He and his wife enjoy traveling to established destinations and immersing themselves in the local culture. They are also avid philanthropists. Along with local community involvement, they also actively participate in programs that sponsor students who cannot afford to go to college, both in the US and in India.
OmShera Director Kush Anadani got his first taste of the hospitality industry at the age of 15, when he worked in both housekeeping and construction for his father’s burgeoning company. Later, he attended Penn State University, where he graduated with a degree in health policy and minored in finance. A passion for the hotel business and a gift for market research led Kush to set aside thoughts of a career in medicine to join his father in guiding the continued growth of OmShera Hospitality.
In his free time, Kush indulges in a passion for all things automotive. Cars, boats, motorcycles, if it moves, he likes to drive it. He is also an avid traveler, preferring to go off the beaten path and explore places that most travelers would not venture. After college, he backpacked in more than a dozen countries and credits the knowledge he acquired – staying at hotels, hostels and occasionally couch-surfing – with shaping his management style today.
With more than 20 years of management experience, Michelle Baca is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the hospitality industry. Well-versed in everything from hotel openings to revenue management, she has the unique ability to quickly identify key demand generators in a variety of markets and building solid client relationships. Overseeing OmShera’s portfolio of multiple brands since 2004, she is driven by a real passion for fostering a management and sales culture that focuses on training, account development and RevPar growth and profitability.
Michelle began her hospitality career in 1994 as a Front Desk Associate in Southern California. Her strengths led to the position as the Director of Sales of the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites, Pineville, NC, where she was later promoted to General Manager. She later spent ten years in a variety of corporate management positions with Panos Hotel Group before joining OmShera in 2004.
With more than 17 years of hospitality industry experience, Gloria Bell specializes in day-to-day management, training and development and hotel system programs. With OmShera since 2008, she is tasked with overseeing multiple properties across the company. Gloria leads by example, inspiring all of us with her superior customer service skills and passion for problem solving.
Gloria started as a front desk clerk at the Sleep Inn in her hometown of Mount Olive, North Carolina. Later, she became a front office manager for Comfort Inn in Matthews, North Carolina and was later promoted to Assistant General Manager.
Senior Accounts Payable Specialist
A recent addition to the OmShera corporate team, Lindsay Tumlin actively oversees our accounts payable staff. In addition, she is involved in all aspects of our multiple property-level renovation projects, including purchasing.
Lindsay has direct hospitality experience and has worked for brands including Marriott and Hilton in positions ranging from sales and housekeeping to front desk and administration.
Lauren Chavis joined the OmShera Corporate team in early 2016. She is a Charlotte native and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her role as an Executive Assistant involves various levels of helping to manage our multiple properties.