WSManagement's pursuit is to acquire, build and manage profitable hotels through the development of our team members. We consistently support and empower our associates allowing them to connect with our guests, thereby maximizing each hotel's potential.
Our company strives to provide exceptional service, quality and dedication towards our guests, associates and investors of our hotels.
James Woo - Chief Executive Officer
As one of the starting Directors of the company, James Woo brings with him 14 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. He began his hospitality career as a Manager of a Select Service Hotel. Shortly thereafter, James transitioned to acquisitions and eventually, to new development. In 2009, James completed the development of 71 unit Comfort Suites hotel.
With the challenges faced through the “Great Recession”, James helped guide the company through difficult times by implementing programs to increase operational efficiencies while preserving quality of service. This allowed the company to acquire two Premium Branded Select Service Hotels in 2013 and set a foundation to develop new hotels in the future.
James Woo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator.
Sean Woo - Chief Financial Officer
As one of the founding members, Sean Woo serves as CFO of WS Management. Sean is responsible for the company’s financial, accounting and risk management activities. Additionally, he actively participates in the company’s long term strategies through identifying, negotiating and financing real estate acquisitions.
Sean earned a BA from UCLA and a MA from Cambridge University. He held a position at JP Morgan as an analyst prior to joining the Hospitality Industry.
Jeff Swanson - Regional Director of OperationsJeffrey Swanson began his hospitality career over 35-years ago at a full service hotel near downtown Sacramento. From there Jeff has worked in virtually every position in the hospitality industry.
Jeff’s extensive experience, which includes, being a general manager of several hotels, overseeing new properties and their openings, and renovations. Jeff has vast knowledge of sales, marketing, revenue management, food & beverage, accounting, and social media.
In addition to working with independent hotels, he also has worked with Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Choice, and Wyndham hotels.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Sacramento, and was a Board Member for the Sacramento Hotel Association.
Karri Rivard - Regional Director of Sales
Karri Rivard has more than 25-year’s experience in the Hospitality Industry. Karri began her career in Canada with Douglas McDonald Corporation and assisted in opening 3 Full Service Hotels and 3 Select Service Properties developing a strong Sales and Marketing Team while driving volume revenues to each specific property.
In 1997 Karri relocated to Northern California and joined The Central Valley Hotel Group as Regional Director of Sales who owns and Manages multi branded hotels. During her time with Central Valley Hotel she was on the opening team of a Hampton Inn and Suites and a Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites. Karri’s responsibilities included implementation and execution of annual Business Plans; Training key staff to go the extra mile, and ensuring each property was on a cross sell program to maximize revenues to the company.
Her experience and reputation is fueled with an aggressive approach to Customer Service and Key Account Relationship Building. She is currently the Vice President of the Stockton Convention and Visitor Bureau.