Our Team

Sharif Khan - CEO & Hotel Owner

  • Studied in Queens College, New York.
  • Founder & CEO of Care Hotel Group, Stay Express Worldwide and Local Suites Worldwide as well as multiple other ventures in the Hospitality & Lodging industry.
  • Over 15 Years of experience as a leader in business, especially in the hospitality & real estate industry.
  • Has vast experience developing franchise properties in advanced markets as well as underutilized markets.
  • Highly accomplished in real estate development, sales, marketing and start-up investment.
  • Industrious corporate leader & negotiator accustomed to dealing with multi-national corporations and making lucrative business decisions.

Raj Vakharia - President

  • Over 30 years of experience in hotel ownership and management
  • Business School graduate from H.R College, Mumbai
  • Certified Hotel Operator
  • Previously served as the Vice President of America's Best Franchising, Inc.

Sandy Perez - VP of Franchise development

  • Studied in the University of Maryland as part of his USAF Education. He also studied Hospitality, Lodging & Restaurant management in St. Phillips College.
  • 22 Years of comprehensive experience as a Lodging Manager of the United States Air Force. He received diverse training in all areas of the lodging industry as well as the food services, quality assurance and supply chain management.
  • Over 20 Years of Hospitality Management experience during which time he managed several hotels & motels as well as travel agency.
  • A True veteran of the hospitality industry with core qualities that position him as a natural leader.

Don Chowdhury - Creative Director

  • Award winning graphic designer.
  • Educated and trained graphic arts and creative design expert.
  • Proven leadership & project management skills.
  • Creative director with 24 years of professional experience.

Suhail Rehman - VP of Operations & Support

  • Studied in the University of Texas.
  • Over 5 Years of experience in Revenue management and hotel management.
  • Extensive experience training & supporting hotel operators & employees.
  • One of the early adopters of the Stay Express concept.

Larry Beltran - Director Implementations and Support.

  • Over 20 Years of experience in the Hospitality industry.
  • Experience in Call Center reservations and Technology.

Jimmy Apostolis - VP of Technology

  • Studied Software Engineering at Control Data Institute.
  • Over 40 Years of experience in the Hospitality Industry with experience in Operations, software development and Internet Marketing.
  • Worked for Hilton International for 13 years in Technology and Operations positions.
  • Hotel owner.

Nomaan Baig - Delivery Architect Technology

  • Studied in the University of Texas.
  • Over 7 Years of experience in building Database Marketing Solutions.
  • Extensive experience managing and delivering Technology Projects.

Philip Gayatin - Sr. Software Engineer

  • Studied Computer Science at California State University of Northridge.
  • Over 17 years experience in the hospitality industry developing software and Property Management Systems.