Our Team

Julian Mazili

Founder & CEO

Julian A. Mazili is the president and executive officer of Mazili Hotel Group. Julian has extensive experience in the Hotel brokerage industry that spans for over 30 years. Julian’s personal experience covers all facets of the hospitality industry ranging from owning and managing hotels to consulting and advising potential hotel investors His product knowledge and experience allows him to play a major role in the decision making, be it hotel acquisition or development. Julian is well respected in the hospitality industry community and clients lean on his opinion and advise before making that acquisition or development decision. He has also built strong relationships with major brands development teams like Hilton, Marriott, Wyndham and Choice Hotels. He has built a team of talented brokers and advisors to serve clients in all aspects of the industry including brokerage, financial analysis, feasibility study reports and development. He also helped bring the company to a national level by expanding to key markets in the US and abroad.  

Julian’s opinion and insights on the hotel transaction health and status is always sought by major hotel publications like Hotel Business and Hotel management magazines.  He has been featured multiple times in the industry’s top publications.

Mazili Hotel Group has been named among the top hotel brokers in the US for the 10th year running.

Our team

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Michael Cherry

Los Angele, CA Office

Managing Director

Michael is based in our Los Angeles Office and is the company’s lead broker in California . He brings 25yrs of Real Estate and Finance experience to the Hotel Industry. Michael has the Expertise, Knowledge and Passion to deliver outstanding brokerage services to his clients. Michael focuses on Mid-scale to select-service hotels as well as full service hotels and resorts. His pool of clients range from individual investors  to Private equity funds and Reits.

Email:   mcherry@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:       1 562-842-6553

Ahmed Bouanani

Orland, FL Office

Managing Director

Ahmed Bouanani is our hotel lead specialist in the Orlando, Office. Ahmed has been with the company for over 10 years and brings in a wealth of knowledge in the brokerage and transactional business. Ahmed focuses on both single asset and portfolio transactions in hotels and resorts. He is actively involved in all aspects of the company’s hotel brokerage and advisory services. He is also our lead overseas advisor working with real estate funds clients in Europe and Dubai. 

Email: abouanani@mazilihotelgroup.com                                     Tel:     813-868-1880


Ashish Lall

TAMPA, FL Office

Senior Hotel Advisor

Ashish Lall is our lead advisor in the Florida Southwest Market . He brings over 20 years of experience in real estate advisory and consulting services. Previously, Ashish was an Investment Banker at Cantor Fitzgerald where he was responsible for over $1 billion in transactional volume. Ashish graduated with a BA in Economics and Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, earned an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and received a JD from Concord Law School.  

Email: alall@mazilihotelgroup.com                                          Tel: 1 716-796-8439

Jeanne blomster

San ANtoni, TX Office

Managing Director

Jeanne Blomster is our regional managing broker in the San Antonio , Texas Office. Jeanne has extensive experience in commercial real estate and in hospitality. She also practices real estate law and is familiar with complex real estate transactions.


Email: jblomster@mazilihotelgroup.com                                      Tel:     1 210-559-2909


Sam Patel

Jacksonville, FL Office

Senior Hotel Advisor

Sam Patel covers our Northeast market of Florida and South Georgia, Sam is a former hotelier and a seasoned hospitality professional with over 20 years experience in hotel ownership and management. Sam brings a wealth of knowledge in operational and transactional expertise. Sam is responsible of brokering transactions and advising clients with acquisitions and development. 


Email: spatel@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:     1 904-333-8572

Steven Dorner

Charleston, SC Office

Senior Investment Associate

Steven Dorner joined our company as a Senior Investment Associate covering the Charleston South Carolina Market. Steven is a seasoned real estate professional with extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Mazili Hotel Group, Steven was managing a portfolio of midscale hotels in the sub market of Charleston. He knows the industry inside an out.

Email:  sdorner@mazilihotelgroup.com                                      Tel:   1 843-991-9823

Heather Pessoa

Charlotte, NC Office

Managing Director

Heather is our licensed Managing director out of our Charlotte, NC office, as well as, our company’s lead broker for the state of South Carolina.    She has been in the real estate acquisition industry for 20+ years. Heather specializes in hospitality sales  and is passionate about identifying the latest opportunities in real estate, finance and marketing trends which enables her to provide up-to-date information to her specialized clientele. 

Email: hpessoa@mazilihotelgroup.com                                           Tel: 1 704-777-3443

Bryon Ruben

Raleigh, NC Office

Senior Investment Associate

Bryon joined the company as a Senior Investment Associate. He brings with him over 20 years in commercial real estate brokerage and consulting services. Bryon covers the Raleigh sub market and  the west part of the state. He is responsible for overseeing and assisting with the execution of single asset and portfolio hospitality transactions on behalf of our private and institunial clients.


Email: bruben@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:   1 919-698-8195

Nilesh Patel

Tampa Office

Executive Consultant

Nilesh Patel is the company’s main consultant and advisor to current and potential investors. Nilesh is a current hotel owner and hotel developer. He joined Mazili Hotel Group as a senior consultant and Advisor to the leadership and assist the company in bridging the gap between potential and new clients and the brokerage team. Nilesh has over 30 years of hospitality experience and is a great asset to the company


Email: Npatel@mazilihotelgroup.com                                           Tel: 1 863-698-8342

Trishul Kumar

tampa Office

Senior Investment Associate

Trishul first joined Mazili Hotel Group as an intern in 2007. during his time working with the company, he acquired knowledge and skills about the hospitality industry and brokerage in particular. He is currently one of our leading hotel consultant and advisor working with investors and developers to assist with expanding their portfolios.  He brings over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry and has vast knowledge of the hospitality industry.  

Email: Tkumar@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:   1 727-505-7008

Btissam Jaafar

tampa Office

Office Manager

Btissam serves as the company’s administrator and office manager. She is responsible for day today management, director  of operations and a lead marketing strategist for the company. prior to joining the firm, Btissam held a position with Charles Schwab as an associate portfolio consultant. 


Email: admin@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:   1 813-868-1880

Brian Gray

Miami Office

Senior Hotel Advisor

Brian Gray is our lead advisor in the Florida Southeast Market covering the Miami and Fort Lauderdale sub markets. He brings over 20 years of experience in real estate advisory and consulting services. Brian is a former business and real estate counsel representing a multitude of clients ranging from individual investors to large corporations. 

Email: bgray@mazilihotelgroup.com                                         Tel:     1 954-736-6553