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ABOUT

About UsWho We Are & What We Do

City Share Living is a place for movers, shakers and creators to stay and relax in vibrant, quality accommodations at a fraction of traditional furnished housing and hotel prices. Enjoy all of the essentials of extended stay hotels such as comfy beds, fully-equipped kitchens, complimentary toiletries and high-speed Wi-Fi without breaking the bank.

Gateway cities such as NYC, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Nashville’s furnished apartments and hotels are some of the costliest in the country, but they don’t have to be. City Share Living has identified white space in the extended stay and short-term rental market and is quickly becoming the provider of choice for the savvy, self-sufficient business and next generation traveler.

Our Mission

To optimize living space to allow people to do, explore and live more.

OUR TEAM

Jay RobertsCEO | Founder

Jay Roberts is the founder and chief executive officer of City Share Living. Prior to starting the Company, he was an associate in the global real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York (#1 in 2015 real estate investment banking league tables for M&A, Equity and Debt). At the bank his deal team led the MGM Growth Properties $1.2 billion IPO, the largest real estate IPO of 2016. In May 2016 his team raised $1.4 billion of equity to fund Digital Realty Trust’s $874 million acquisition of Equinix’s European data center portfolio. Mr. Roberts’ team also led Paramount Group’s $2.6 billion IPO, the largest REIT IPO in U.S. history.

In addition, Mr. Roberts executed transactions for Extended Stay America, AvalonBay Communities, Education Realty Trust, CityCenter in Las Vegas and Westfield. While at the investment bank, he also worked closely with Starwood Capital, TPG Global Real Estate, Diamond Resorts, RLJ Lodging Trust and LA Fitness.

Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he worked as a teaching associate for Training The Street where he taught investment banking analysts at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Evercore financial modeling, DCF, M&A, LBO and Excel best practices.

Previously Mr. Roberts worked as a multi-family real estate broker for Sperry Van Ness and the Kitty Wallace Team, the number one multi-family broker in California. He also advised multi-family owners on lease-up strategies in Los Angeles.

Mr. Roberts earned his MBA from NYU Stern, where he was awarded the Abraham & Julienne Krasnoff merit-based scholarship. He earned his B.A. in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Adrian LamCOO | Co-Founder

Adrian Lam is the co-founder and chief operating officer of City Share Living. Prior to starting the Company, he was an analyst in the global real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. At the bank his deal team led the MGM Resorts $7.5bn carve-out of MGM Growth Properties, MGM Resorts $5.5bn debt financing, MGM Growth Properties $3.8bn debt financing and MGM Growth Properties $1.2 billion IPO. He was also responsible for underwriting over $10bn of equity and debt financing for public companies in the real estate, gaming and lodging space.

In addition, Mr. Lam’s team executed transactions for RE/MAX, Vornado Realty Trust, Diamond Resorts International, Hersha Hospitality Trust and Equity Residential. While at the investment bank, he also worked closely with Apollo Global Management, TPG Global Real Estate, PIMCO, CNL Financial Group and Lone Star Funds.

Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he worked as a real estate private equity analyst for SHP Capital in Los Angeles where his team was responsible for underwriting and managing over $1bn of commercial real estate properties.

Mr. Lam graduated with a dual B.S. in finance and accounting from Georgetown University, where he also took MBA-level courses in real estate from the McDonough School of Business.

Melanie ShapsisReal Estate Investment Associate

Melanie Shapsis is the real estate investments associate at City Share Living. Prior to joining the Company, she was an acquisitions analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Private Equity Real Estate Investing Group (“MSREI”).

At MSREI, she was responsible for structuring and executing commercial real estate investments on behalf of the firm’s proprietary investment vehicles, including both core and opportunistic strategies, totaling over $25 billion. Ms. Shapsis was the lead investments analyst on numerous deals spanning various real estate asset classes, including hospitality, retail, office portfolios and multifamily developments.

Ms. Shapsis holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management (summa cum laude with distinction in research) from Cornell University and a minor in Real Estate from the School of Hotel Administration. At Cornell, she was a Hon-Nun- De-Kah Honor Society Scholar, Cornell Tradition Fellow and Dyson Leadership Fellow.

Nuha ChowdhuryDirector of Operations

Nuha Chowdhury is the director of operations at City Share Living. Prior to joining the Company, she was an analyst in the corporate credit group at Guggenheim Partners. At the bank, her team managed credit transactions.

Prior to Guggenheim Partners, she worked as an analyst in the prime services group at Nomura Securities International handling hedge fund transactions. At Nomura, Mrs. Chowdhury covered the U.S., European and Asian Prime Brokerage and Equity Finance services.

Previously Mrs. Chowdhury worked as an equity settlements analyst at Nomura Securities where she worked closely with prime brokers and equity sales personnel and monitored trade settlements to ensure a balanced book.

Mrs. Chowdhury graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration, a concentration in finance and management and a minor in economics from Fordham University. At Fordham, she was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi society.

Justin SunHospitality and Strategy Associate

Justin Sun is a hospitality associate at City Share Living. Prior to joining the Company, he was a strategy analyst at The Leading Hotels of the World. At LHW, he established a new member engagement strategy that increased revenue by 4x and created a hotel performance self-auditing tool to examine asset performance.

Prior to LHW, Mr. Sun worked as a real estate private equity analyst at Phoenix Property Investors, a Hong Kong based fund, where he underwrote hotel assets and performed analysis on the Asian hotel industry.

Previously Mr. Sun worked as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he prepared financial statements for public companies.

Mr. Sun earned his bachelor of science in hotel administration with a minor in real estate and finance from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. At Cornell, he was president of the Hospitality Students International.

Brandon PanRevenue Optimization Analyst

Brandon Pan is the revenue optimization analyst at City Share Living. He is responsible for maximizing revenue for the real estate portfolio and managing the Company’s booking calendar.

Prior to joining the Company, he was a revenue analyst at the Quin Hotel in Central Park NYC, a Highgate Hotel portfolio property. At the hotel, he managed occupancy / ADR and conducted market research on comparable hotels.

Prior to the Quin Hotel, he worked as a global sales associate at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts where he managed daily guest inquiries and prepared marketing materials for the regional sales staff.

Mr. Pan earned his bachelor of science in hotel and tourism management from NYU Tisch. At NYU, he was actively involved in philanthropic and hospitality organizations, including his involvement in the NYU Hotel Sales & Marketing Association and Pi Delta Psi.

Jillian GiannelliGuest Experience Specialist

Jillian Giannelli is the guest experience specialist at City Share Living. She is responsible for all guest interaction and customer service.

Prior to joining the company, Jillian worked as a regional sales manager for StudentCity, a collegiate tour operator. While she was there, she managed trips for thousands of students from over 30 universities. She handled the sales process and assisted with operations and customer service.

Before StudentCity, Jillian lived in Florence, Italy working for Bus2alps, another student tour operator. At Bus2alps, Jillian was responsible for selling, marketing, and guiding trips for study abroad students throughout Europe.

Jillian earned her bachelor of science in communications with a minor in psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jillian went to school with dreams of working in entertainment and television, but after studying abroad in Italy, she found a passion for travel and chose to pursue a career in hospitality.

Sarah HavilandHead of Operations and Hospitality – San Diego

Sarah Haviland is the Head of Operations and Hospitality for the San Diego Region for City Share Living. Prior to starting with the Company, she was the General Manager of a Hilton property where she consistently exceeded profit goals for her owners. In addition she was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016, for averaging above a four star rating from her customers’ reviews.

Prior to holding the General Manager title, Sarah held several operational roles in the seventeen years she worked for the Hilton brand. This included opening a 400 room, specialty Hilton property on the Island of Oahu, as well as undergoing a $20 million renovation of the 350 room Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego, while the hotel continued to serve guests.

Sarah started her hospitality career as a front desk agent for Hilton in 2000. Her passion for her guests and team members, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, enabled Sarah to continue to rise through the hotel ranks.

Noah VitoSoftware Developer

Noah Vito is currently the lead developer of City Share Living’s technology initiatives. He is developing a platform for bookings and property management, as well as planning future systems to gather market data and provide analytics and predictive pricing.

Prior to joining the company, Noah worked at SailPlay, a loyalty and marketing automation tech start-up, where he oversaw all US client integrations. He worked to build integrations between SailPlay Software and client systems including ecommerce platforms, POS systems, and client databases. He also helped plan and develop new features and functionality for the SailPlay platform and maintain documentation.

Noah earned his bachelor of science in Computer Science with a minor in Economics at New York University, where he broadened his liberal arts knowledge while also developing the core of his backend engineering skills and knowledge of computer systems.

Joy ChenReal Estate Office Manager

Joy Chen is the real estate office manager at City Share Living. Prior to joining the company, Joy worked as a Guest Relations Coordinator at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. There, she managed the hotel amenity program and was responsible for coordinating guest requests and preparations for VIPs and groups.

Before her position at The Ritz-Carlton, she had also held multiple operational roles in the finance, food & beverage, and housekeeping departments at luxury hotel brands.

Joy earned her bachelor of science in Hotel and Tourism Management from the NYU Tisch Center. At NYU, she was a member of the Hospitality Business Society and the Order of Omega Honor Society.”

Jaron CastonHead of Operations and Hospitality – Nashville

Jaron Caston is the Head of Operations and Hospitality for the Nashville Region for City Share Living. Prior to his current position in the Company, Mr. Caston was the Assistant General Manager for a Hilton brand hotel in Moab, Utah as well as the Regional Director for Service at a hospitality management company within Hilton branded hotels. During his roles he exceeded in consumer satisfaction, helped to increase revenue through special projects, and simultaneously received optimum efficiency out of employees he personally worked with.

Prior to being the AGM and Regional Director, Mr. Caston was a task force manager who was involved with opening, hiring, and training positions within the properties, including: front desk, housekeeping, and management. 70% of his workload was on the road and traveling, and each property he traveled to he pushed incredible customer service. Learning from his various conferences Mr. Caston incorporated diverse techniques and used them create new ways of catering to both customers and employees.

Mr. Caston began as a front desk agent at a Hilton property in Nashville, TN, where he worked everything from Food and Beverage, housekeeping, and meeting space coordinator. Mr. Caston never stopped asking for more knowledge, training and opportunity, and his matriculation into the Company will help his continued pursuit for his client’s satisfaction. 

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