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 advice 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.

Meet the Team

Michael Cherry
Managing Director
 Michael is based in our Los Angeles Office and is the company’s lead broker in California . He brings 25 years 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.


Heather Pessoa
Managing Director
Charlotte, NC

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. 

Steve Dorner
Senior Investment Associate
Charleston, SC

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.


Mykel Barthelemy
Senior Investment Associate
Atlanta, GA

Mykel joined our company as a Senior Investment Associate covering the Atlanta, GA Market. Mykel Brings with her vast knowledge in the Hospitality industry with over 21 years of experience in the banking, finance, and residential and commercial mortgage lending.. Prior to joing Mazili Hotel Group, Mykel was part of the executive team of Barthelemy Commercial Capital, a hotel lending and business consulting firm. 

Mykel pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana) majoring in Advertising Design (commercial arts), Fine Arts.

Trishul Kumar
Senior Investment Associate
Tampa, FL

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.  

Lyn SIngleton
Managing Director
New York, NY
 Lyn Singleton  is the head of brokerage services and our Managing director out of our New York office. Prior to joining Mazili Hotel Group, Lyn has managed and operated multiple Real Estate brokerage firms. Lyn has extensive experience in commercial real estate investment brokerage and debt financing representing  high net worth clients in New York City, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and Upstate New York.                                                                                                                 


Jeanne Blomster
Managing Director
San Antonio, TX

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.



Ashish Lall
Senior Investment Asociate
Tampa, FL
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.  
Btissam Jaafar
Senior Investment Associate
Tampa, FL

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. 

Btissam Has bachelors dgree in finance from University of Central Florida.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Bryon Ruben
Senior Investment Associate
Raleigh, NC

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.