Lee Jin YongChief Executive Officer
Lee Jin Yong
Mr Lee Jin Yong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Managers and is based in the U.S.
Mr Lee has full executive responsibilities over the business directions and operational decisions in the day-to-day management of the Managers. Mr Lee has over 30 years of relevant hotel management and investment experience, personally closing on US$3.5 billion in acquisitions.
Mr Lee received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, New York, U.S. and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine, U.S.
James S. JungDirector, Investments
James S. Jung
Mr James S. Jung is the Director, Investments of the Managers and is based in the U.S.
Mr Jung will work with the Chief Executive Officer to identify and evaluate potential acquisitions and related investments or divestments with a view to enhance the Trust's portfolio. Mr Jung has over a decade of experience in the full lifecycle of hospitality acquisition, asset management and disposition. Prior to joining the Managers, Mr Jung has reviewed over US$10 billion in asset valuation and was personally involved in closing a US$2 billion acquisition/divestment in partnership with institutional U.S. capital.
Mr Jung holds a Masters of Management in Hospitality (concentration in Real Estate Finance) from Cornell University, New York, U.S. and a Bachelor of Science/Masters of Business Administration from the University at Albany, State University of New York, U.S.
Lisa SwainDirector, Asset Management
Ms Lisa Swain, who is based in the U.S. and employed by the ARA Hotel Manager, has over 25 years of experience and operational expertise in revenue management, sales and e-commerce. Prior to joining the ARA Hotel Manager, Ms Swain was Vice President of Asset Management at Clarion Partners, and oversaw a portfolio of 26 select-service and 6 full-service hotels. Ms Swain also has additional experience in hotel real estate investment consulting and property-level hotel management.
Ms Swain holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) from the University of South Carolina.
Ryan IkemeierAssistant Director, Asset Management
Mr. Ryan Ikemeier is the Assistant Director, Asset Management and is based in the U.S..
Mr. Ikemeier has over 25 years of hospitality industry experience with expertise in hotel operations, revenue management, and sales. Prior to joining the ARA Hotel Manager, he was the Vice President of Operations at Aimbridge Hospitality, the largest third-party hotel management firm in the U.S.. In his role, Mr Ikemeier had direct oversight and accountability for a portfolio of 80+ hotels and 15+ ownership groups.
Mr. Ikemeier holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hospitality, Meeting and Travel Administration) from the Metropolitan State College of Denver in Colorado, U.S..
Ling Hong LiangChief Financial Officer
Ling Hong Liang
Mr. Ling Hong Liang is the Chief Financial Officer of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Mr. Ling is responsible for all finance and investor relations matters for ARA US Hospitality Trust. He was previously Finance Director of the Managers in 2019 to 2022, before assuming the role of Finance Director, ARA Private Funds from 2022 to 2023. He has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting, finance and audit industry. Prior to joining the Managers, Mr. Ling was the Vice President, Group Deputy Controller of GLP. Mr. Ling also spent 9 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Singapore in the audit division where he had been the engagement senior manager for local listed companies and leading clients.
Mr. Ling graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Lim Kai LunAssistant Finance Director
Lim Kai Lun
Mr. Lim Kai Lun is the Assistant Finance Director of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Mr. Lim assists the Finance Director with the finance function of ARA H-Trust. He has more than 15 years of experience in the accounting, finance and audit industry. Prior to joining the Managers, he held various finance and managerial positions in public listed companies, including Singapore Post Limited, ARA Asset Management Limited and SIA Engineering Company Limited. Mr. Lim had previously worked on the initial public offering of a public listed REIT and other corporate projects, including acquisitions of public listed equities and debt financing.
Mr. Lim graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Kate LaiFinance Manager
Ms. Kate Lai is the Finance Manager of the Managers and is based in Singapore.
Ms. Lai is responsible for the full scope of finance and reporting functions of ARA H-Trust. She has more than 14 years of work experience in the accounting, finance and audit industry. Prior to joining the Managers, she held various finance and managerial positions, including the manager of Far East Hospitality Trust, GLP and Revantage Asia, A Blackstone Company.
Ms. Lai graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.