L.K. Eric Prevette, Principal

With more than 30 years of real estate, finance and hotel experience,  Eric is the Managing Principal of KARAS Hotel Advisors, which works exclusively with luxury hotel owners, developers, lenders and operators.

He launched Unique Hotels in 1987 and that same year, co-founded Bel-Air Hotel Company.  Eric has successfully repositioned and assisted in the sale of hotel properties valued more than $500 million and provided valuable asset management and other advisory services to owners and lenders of over 50 luxury hotels in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia.

His extensive experience includes serving as president for the Resort Properties Division of The Irvine Company, president and CEO of Olympus Hospitality Group/RockResorts, and Senior Vice President for finance and development with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

He holds an MBA with a concentration in real estate and finance from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from High Point University.

Carlos C. Lopes, Principal

Prior to becoming a Managing Principal for KARAS Hotel Advisors, LLC, Carlos served as Vice President & Managing Director of Hotel Bel-Air and the Palace in New York as well as EVP and COO of Olympus Hospitality responsible for directing hotel operations, marketing, and branding strategies for eight Rock Resort properties.

Carlos co-founded Unique Hotels and the Bel-Air Hotel Company. Over a period of five years with partner Eric Prevette, he successfully repositioned and managed over 50 luxury hotels and assisted in the sale of properties valued in excess of $500 million.

Previous to that, he served as  Senior Vice President at Rosewood Hotels and responsibilities included  operations, branding, centralizing marketing, and distribution initiatives.   He also served as Sr. Vice President of Marketing of Four Seasons Hotels during their primary expansion which included new hotels in Washington, San Francisco, Vancouver, Newport Beach and New York.

Recently, Carlos redeveloped the new iconic Hotel Californian, one of the newest luxury lifestyle  hotels on the  west coast.

Teresa A. Holden

Teresa has over 20 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive in the hospitality industry and has been affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, W Hotels, Ian Schrager Hotels and St. Regis Hotels. Teresa was a member of the advisory team that participated in the development and launch of the W Hotel brand. This included the development of brand vernacular, guest touch points and sales presentations that resulted in an extremely high brand recognition.

She has developed and implemented marketing strategies for independent luxury hotels including the relaunch of the Hotel Bel-Air, one of the top hotels in the country. She assisted in the marketing effort to maximize the value of Cap Juluca prior to disposition and has developed marketing strategies for the prestigious Paws Up Resort in Montana, Sea Island Resorts off the coast of Georgia, Kona Village on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.

Expertise includes digital marketing strategies, brand development, website assessment, distribution, sales and marketing planning and strategic partnerships.

Hal Thannisch

An architect by training, Hal has been a contributor to the field of luxury hospitality product development for 20 years, and is proficient in the increasingly complex issues of development planning, financing, interdisciplinary management, design management, and implementation.

Hal’s career includes several high profile successes in the luxury hotel sector. Some notable projects are: Las Ventanasal Paraiso, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Pelican Hill Inn & Golf Club, Newport Beach, California; Hotel Bel-Air, Bel-Air, California, Cap Juluca, Anguilla, and Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas.

Terry Petty

Mr. Petty has over twenty years of hotel and resort experience with Marriott International and The Irvine Company. As Executive Vice President for Marriott International, he held P&L responsibility for Marriott’s U. S. and Canadian hotels. In this role he served on the Executive Committee of Marriott Corporation and Chairman of the Hotel Development Committee.

While most of Mr. Petty’s Marriott career was spent in hotel operations, he also served in the role of VP Strategic Planning responsible for developing a sales strategy for Marriott’s hotels, and was in charge of the operations for Marriott’s entry into the time-share business.

Mr. Petty has also worked for The Irvine Company, McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, Ogilvy & Mather, and ABM Industries.

Mr. Petty is a graduate of Stanford University (BA), and Columbia University (MBA).

Marguarite Clark

Marguarite Clark is a dynamic public relations manager specializing in the areas of hospitality, luxury products and specialty services. She launched MClark Public Relations in 2005 and now manages client public relations for a roster of high-end resorts/hotels, spas, golf facilities and restaurants, among them Cap Juluca in Anguilla; Unique Hotels & Resorts, and Grand Del Mar in Del Mar, California. 

A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the Public Relations Society of America, Marguarite is also a certified sommelier. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from UC San Diego.

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