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President, Shaner Hotel Group
As President, Plato Ghinos is a key member of the Shaner Hotel Group management team. Plato joined Shaner Hotels in 1995 and has since participated in the acquisition and development of multiple hotel and restaurant properties and progressed franchise relationships and negotiations with several well-known brands. Plato is also directly involved with the acquisition and sale of hotel notes and mortgages managed by the Shaner Growth Fund. Most recently Plato was named as Managing Director of Shaner Italia and is responsible for expanding the company’s hotel portfolio in Italy.
Plato previously served for 10 years as Executive Vice-President for Federated National, a real estate development group specializing in the management and development of more than 25 hotels, resorts, restaurants and apartment complexes.
He has extensive experience in sales and marketing, as well as in hotel and restaurant operations. A native of Athens, Greece, Ghinos came to the United States to attend college, and worked for an international hotel group during graduate school. He received his B.A. in business administration from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and his Masters Degree (M.B.A.) at the American Graduate School of International Management, (Thunderbird Campus) Phoenix, Arizona.
Ghinos is a member of several boards including the International Advisory Board of the Golf and Tourism Academy in Lucca, Italy and the University of Delaware’s Hotel Restaurant & Institutional Management (HRIM) Advisory Board and the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Advisory Board. He also serves as a franchise advisory member for Marriott International’s Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. Ghinos taught several classes as part of faculty staff at Pennsylvania State University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management and has been a guest lecturer at various Universities and hotel investment conferences. Most recently, Ghinos was honored as a Fall 2011 Conti Professor at the Pennsylvania State University School of Hospitality Management.