Stephen Allgood CHA possesses over thirty-five years of experience in all aspects of the hospitality and development industry, twenty of those years being specifically dedicated to the management, acquisition and development of hotels and resorts. Acknowledging hospitality to be his career path, and with his undergraduate studies in business administration, Mr. Allgood has served in myriad position for both domestic and international hotel corporations, including Vice President of Operations for Luxe Worldwide Hotels and Chief Operating
Officer for Personality Hotels.
The combination of his innate talents with such diverse work experience affords Mr. Allgood a significant edge in this very competitive market and forms the basis for his continued successes.
Mr. Allgood’s career has allowed him the privilege of operating a variety of three and four diamond hotel and resort properties in the Central Arizona, Southern, Central and Northern California markets. These locations range from intimate boutique hotels to luxury resorts and spas to expansive corporate and convention hotels.
After opening his first hotel in 1984 as an operations manager for Marriott Hotels, Mr. Allgood went on to play a crucial role in the opening of a further seven hotels. He has additionally been involved in the renovation of over twelve hotels and the change of total brand identity in more than seven hotels. Mr. Allgood has personally consulted on over fifty due diligence projects for potential acquisition or development
by various entities.
In 2005, realizing it was an opportune time Mr. Allgood formed AB Hospitality in conjunction with long time industry colleagues and friends Alan Barmaper, James Deskus and Joe DiStefano. AB Hospitality provides its clients with a broad range of services, which focuses on revenue enhancement and includes cost efficiency, project acquisition, development and management plus the numerous other facets crucial to ensuring a successful operation.
Joe DiStefano possesses over thirty years of senior corporate management in electronics, procurement, construction, administrative and sales. After achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Norte Dame De Namur University, he began his career at a startup Electronics Firm in Silicon Valley California.
Mr. DiStefano’s went on to play many key roles during his 30-year tenure, but none more enjoyable than managing the sales revenue for the entire country.
Mr. DiStefano entrepreneur spirit afforded him the drive in his spare time to acquire real estate holdings throughout the Northern California market, thus obtaining experience with renovating, managing, legal rights and development.
Joe and Stephen met in 2002 and became close friends and together collaborated on several projects and in 2013 Mr. DiStefano joined AB Hospitality as Executive
VP and Partner, strengthening
the Executive Team.
Mr. DiStefano has been busy, involved with $50,000,000
multiple residential developments, managing procurement, oversite
of the construction division,
a senior executive member managing the marketing &
sales teams, architectural
review and city build requirements for a unique building
The past few years Joe and Stephen have focused on the Westin Sapphire Beach Development and have accomplished many objectives,
to mention a few acquiring, the Westin Brand, having the city replace and build a new bridge to the development and creating the stunning Westin Resort and Residences design.
James Deskus, CHA possesses over forty years of experience in the construction, development
and management of a variety
of hotel projects. Although achieving a Bachelor of
Science Degree in accounting,
Mr. Deskus decided against establishing a career within
the normal parameters of the accounting field after serving
as a financial analyst for a
Fortune 500 company in
New York City until 1979.
Instead, he chose to explore a different path entirely and to
utilize his skills for a future within the hospitality industry by accepting a position as the Corporate Controller with
American Hotel Management based in Tucson, Arizona.
In 1982, he co-founded American
Inns Management, Inc. (AIM)
to provide prospective clients
both financial and operational management services for their
full-service hotels and select service properties. Over
the next ten years, AIM
successfully developed and operated approximately
twelve hotels in Arizona.
Mr. Deskus’ background in accounting, finance and computer operations allows him to provide clients with a vast assortment
of financial services that are
crucial to the continued success
of any operation. These services include, but are not limited to, financial planning and reporting; departmental and overall
budgeting; control of payroll, product, administrative and
other costs; property tax appeals and negotiations; property and liability insurance specifications and negotiation; capital expenditure analysis;
and franchise relations and negotiations. In addition, his
most recent projects
include a 100-unit ocean front
condominium project, an
upscale 70-unit town home community and oversite of the Riverside California Light