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KASA Executive Team

Top Selection of Industry Professionals

KASA has brought together a top selection of industry professionals to manage our hotel collection. With this team in place, its just a matter of adding another location to the corporate structure as new hotels are opened. Each new hotel will also have a General Manager, along with the full staff expected at any KASA Hotel.

Uwe Wagner
Uwe Wagner |Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Uwe is a senior business leader and multilingual hospitality executive with more than 45 years of experience in the global hospitality industry. His professional experience includes executive leadership roles at many of the world’s top hotels and resorts, including the Savoy London, Shangri La Beijing and the Intercontinental Cairo. Uwe has delivered Ivy League MBA-level education services to International hotels and Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as Global Alumni Ambassador for Northwestern University, and as Development Ambassador for Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

As CEO of the Five-Star Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica, he successfully oversaw a major repositioning project and established a long-term development vision for the property as a Luxury Destination Spa Resort affiliated with Leading Hotels & Spas of the World. Uwe’s expert guidance transformed the property into a world-class destination spa resort, while dramatically improving brand image and revenue growth. The award-winning property was also the organization’s first resort worldwide to become Green Certified and was declared carbon neutral by the Costa Rican government.

Uwe is a respected industry leader worldwide in hotel revenue management, marketing and finance. His academic and professional focus includes Revenue Management, Business Strategy and Development, International Marketing and Board Room Accountability Management. Uwe holds Executive Alumni Status from the Kellogg School of Management, and in 2010 he achieved Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Accreditation from Harvard Business School. He also achieved Master Certificate Accreditations in Revenue, Marketing and Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and in 2012 became a senior faculty member at eCornell, lecturing on International Marketing and Hospitality Management.

Víctor Ruíz
Víctor Ruíz |Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Victor has more than nine years of experience overseeing what has grown into a 70-member team at IPM, where he has been responsible for handling all financial statements, budget reports, legal documentation, taxes and external audits for a variety of real estate projects in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

He studied Graphic Design at La Salle University in Cancun, where he developed a strong sense of professionalism, patience, and precise attention to detail. At IPM, he worked to develop and lead the marketing department for more than five years, before moving on to develop the administration team, including finance, HR, accounting and operations. Victor has always demonstrated considerable strength in analyzing numbers, creating order and developing business systems, including successful delegation, administration and managing people from many different backgrounds.

Pablo González
Pablo González |Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Pablo is responsible for positioning the company and achieving strong top and bottom-line growth through the use of digital and traditional marketing, as well as the strategic application of revenue, rate and price management, to secure the best possible ROI for all Stakeholders. He is highly resourceful in developing Asset Value Propositions through core price and value strategies that are focused on a sustainable business model instead of short-term gains.

Pablo’s business conduct approach is extremely well-balanced, with outstanding analytical skills and a hands-on management style. He received intensive marketing training from International Hospitality Brands, where he developed the knowledge, ability and skill set to excel in Senior Business Executive positions. Pablo has been instrumental in all of his prior appointments, successfully transforming no less than eight boutique hotel and resorts for a variety of luxury brands, including Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Gerardo Suárez
Gerardo Suárez |VP Project Management

VP Project Management

Gerardo has over 10 years of project management experience and served as Project Director for Investment Properties Mexico since 2012, overseeing planning, construction and remodeling for new condo developments, hotels, residences and offices in the Riviera Maya. Prior to this, he was responsible for the planning, construction, historic restoration and remodeling of residential and commercial projects in Querétaro, Cancun and the Riviera Maya, including condo developments, hotels, private homes and the Dolphinaris Cozumel marine attraction.

KAI JOCKEL |Area Manager

Area Manager

Kai is an experienced hotel executive with nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is a multilingual strategic leader who drives results with a focus on analytics, operations, sales and marketing. He holds a Chef and Hotel Master’s degree granted by the German government, and has a proven record of managing smaller operations with 100 rooms or less, as well as larger operations with more than 800 rooms.

Most of Kai’s experience has been with major hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton and Starwood in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. He has been accountable for multimillion-dollar budgets and is an expert in property pre-openings, re-openings and positioning, taking responsibility for everything from the initial stages of planning to successful operation and growth.

Kai’s extensive expertise in leadership, finance and crises management also allows him to feel totally comfortable in multi-cultural environments. Since 2014, he has served as an instructor for eCornell, teaching courses focused on Food Service, Marketing and Revenue Management for Cornell University, which is a private and statutory Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York, and one of the most prestigious online universities for Hotel Management.

Andrew Schisler
Andrew Schisler |VP Bussiness Development

Vice President of Bussiness Development

Andrew has more than seven years of real estate experience in Mexico, where he led sales at IPM for three of the five years that he served as an Investment Advisor with the company. For the last two years, Andrew has been dedicated to increasing sales of new projects as a Developer’s Representative for KASA, which includes hand-negotiating offers and evaluating new sites for projects, while working with the marketing team and outside brokers.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, which is also where he grew up, and is currently working to pursue a Master’s of Professional Studies in Real Estate with Georgetown University. Andrew is a top CrossFit athlete and brings a keen ability to analyze situations from different perspectives to the table.

He has proven leadership in business development by successfully evaluating a wide variety of potential deals and negotiating with multiple parties to close deals as quickly as possible. Having been with IPM for his entire career, Andrew has matured professionally with the company as it has grown. This longevity and the knowledge he brings will serve as a major strength as KASA continues to evolve.

Vanessa Infante
Vanessa Infante |Spa Director

Spa Director

Vanessa has worked at some of the best spas in the world, including Viceroy Riviera Maya, Azulik Tulum and One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, which was named Best Spa in North America and South America by Spa & Wellness Awards in 2016. During a previous tenure at Capella in Cabo San Lucas, Vanessa’s expertise also earned the titles of Best Spa in the World 2012 from Travel & Leisure; Best Spa in Mexico and Latin America from Conde Nast Traveler and recognition among the Top 10 Most Romantic Spas in the World from Spa Finder.