Charles Simon is Senior Vice President of Hotel Asset Management at Lightstone, where he is responsible for the development and execution of ownership strategy for the REIT hotel portfolio. With over 16 years of principal side hospitality experience, Mr. Simon has represented ownership in nearly all facets of the investment cycle, from acquisitions and turnarounds to major renovations and brand conversions, to financial restructuring and dispositions. Prior to joining Lightstone, Mr. Simon was a Senior Vice President responsible for all hospitality for a subsidiary of Platinum Equity, a top-quartile private equity firm based in Beverly Hills, CA. He has served as a member of Hilton’s owner’s advisory council, as well as a member of industry associations, such as HAMA. Mr. Simon holds a Master of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics from Baruch College.