JEFFREY S. DAGOWITZ

PRINCIPAL

Jeffrey S. Dagowitz is the founder of JHG Holdings and has been actively involved in real estate capital markets and development for 20 years.  Mr. Dagowitz has been directly responsible for the acquisition, development, and financing of upscale and luxury hospitality real estate valued in excess of $1 billion.

Mr. Dagowitz was one of the founding partners of the James Hotel Group in 2002.  In his role as a Managing Partner, Jeff established the management platform and led the acquisitions of trophy hotels and properties in the five largest hospitality markets in the United States (New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale, Arizona), with a total asset value of approximately $450 million. Mr. Dagowitz established a partnership to acquire and reposition the Sereno Beach Hotel in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies to Le Sereno, a super luxury hotel designed by Christian Liaigre. He was also the driving force that united celebrity chef Jean-George Vongerichten and nightlife impressario Randy Gerber at the Icon Hotel, in Houston, Texas. Previously Mr. Dagowitz was Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Development, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and prior to that Jeff was at Bankers Trust and BT Alex Brown.

IGOR KRNAJSKI

PRINCIPAL

With more than 20 years of residential, hospitality and commercial development expertise, Mr. Krnajski has lead all aspects of project development, including acquisitions, design, concept and management, to new construction and interior rehabilitation.

Mr. Krnajski was one of the founding partners of the James Hotel Group, which over a short period of time established hotels and properties in the five largest hospitality markets in the United States (New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale, Arizona), with a total asset value of approximately $450 million. Mr. Krnajski joined Denihan Hospitality as Head of Development in 2008 when Denihan acquired the James Group and its management company, overseeing more than $375 million of renovation and redevelopment projects (including the repositioning of over 2,000 hotel rooms). Previously Igor managed on behalf of Bovis Lend Lease in the US and United Kingdom several noteworthy international projects, including the redevelopment of Terminal 1 at London’s Heathrow Airport and The Manchester City Center retail redevelopment.

 

 

Brett Auerbach

Vice President, Design & Construction

Mr. Auerbach is an accomplished professional with over 18 years of civil engineering, construction management and real estate development experience in the commercial, residential & hospitality sectors. He has successfully managed/supervised the development process on a broad range of projects including core and shell, commercial, hospitality, luxury residential, retail, and other specialized fit-outs for a broad range of clients and industries.

Brett served as Project Executive for a New York-based Hospitality Developer/Operator and managed various new build & major hotel renovation projects for a portfolio of 17 properties in NY, Chicago, Miami & Washington DC.  Responsibilities also included supervision of the capital projects program for all properties under management which totaled $10 Million annually. 

Previously Brett served as Director of Construction for a NY-based Residential Condominium Developer. In this role, he was responsible for the Design & Construction of 1,000+ condominium units in the Financial District and Battery Park.  Responsibilites also included Attorney General offering plan assemblage, and marketing and sales input and meeting with lenders on a regular basis.  Previous to that, Brett served as a Senior Project Manager for Bovis Lend Lease, where he supervised the construction process of 20+ projects for a wide variety of clients including Related Companies, Vornado, Pfizer, KPMG, Philip Morris, Macklowe Properties, MetLife, and Queens Hospital Center in both residential and commercial sectors.  His responsibilities ranged from management of the bid process, Value Engineering, Scheduling, Budgeting, Procurement, Construction and Turnover. 

 

SENIOR professionals

Chris Cocotas
Senior Project Manager
 


 

 

Eric Ord
Procurement Manager

 

Glen Ravn
Strategic Development Associate

 

 

 

Mindy Sue Ross
Controller