Getting to the top
Getting to the top wouldn’t be possible without Vrancor’s experienced, high-performing leadership team that offers expertise in multiple disciplines. COMBINED THEY CONSISTENTLY DELIVER market-leading ROI.
President & CEO
Darko Vranich, an entrepreneur, investor and developer, is a Croatian-born Canadian. A skilled leader and visionary, he founded and grew Vrancor Group from a single hotel property into a multimillion-dollar, multi-disciplinary business in less than 10 years. He is best known for careful strategic planning, rigorous financial management and uncompromising commitment to build, acquire and manage globally recognized branded hotels and developments.
His efforts have been acknowledged on many occasions as a recipient of numerous industry and community awards of excellence. These include “Developer of the Year” awards from both Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group and the Outstanding Business Achievement Award (Large Business category), Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of Darko’s professional history, he has donated over $1.5 million to his communities. Today, he is committed to developments that will significantly boost local economies in a number of key markets throughout Ontario – the largest of which is the downtown core redevelopment of Ontario’s past and future economic powerhouse - Hamilton. But of course, as he likes to put it – his work has only just begun!
Regional Director, Hotel Capital Projects & New Builds
A strategic hotel management professional and leader with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Peter brings multidisciplinary experience in managing numerous hotel brand partnerships delivering the most efﬁcient and optimum ROI results across all of Vrancor's properties.
His specialties include: Employee Relations and Leadership, FF&E & Procurement Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Driving Exceeded Guest Satisfaction, Strategic Management of Brand Partnerships
Personal mantra: “Who says OCD is a weakness?”
Regional Director, Sales & Marketing
An accomplished Sales leader, known for driving market-leading revenue by developing winning teams that excel in business development, pricing and marketing innovation. Karen is gifted in her abilities to spot trends, strategically develop opportunities, establish the game plan and provide insightful executive advisory. Her background includes senior regional leadership roles at Tourism Toronto, InterContinental Hotels Group, Westmont Hospitality and Easton’s Group.
Her specialties include: Delivering Superior Revenue Growth, Creating A Winning Sales Culture, Sales and Marketing Innovation, Outsmarting Competitors
Personal mantra: “Good is the enemy of GREAT!”
Chief Financial Officer
Chris is an experienced financial leader with responsibility to drive Vrancor’s high-ROI growth and lead delivery of financial support for all properties & holdings. Chris gained public accounting experience at PwC, where he successfully obtained a Chartered Accountant designation. Working closely with teams across the company, Chris ensures Vrancor’s smart growth initiatives provide maximum return to its shareholders, while providing service delivery excellence and targeted development growth. Chris was a 2018 recipient of a 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award, Hamilton Area.
His specialties include: Strategic Planning, Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Real Estate Development
Personal Mantra: "The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
Director of Finance
Phyllis is a skilled finance and accounting leader, responsible for day-to-day oversight of Vrancor’s head office accounting team, with a focus in producing timely and accurate financial statements and audit results. As a CPA, CGA, Phyllis brings a depth of experience gained from her time in the textile, telecommunication, food and chemical manufacturing industries. Phyllis plays a lead role in budget and forecast processes, while striving for continuous improvement in operating results and growth tactics. p>
Her specialties include: Internal Controls, Audit and Financial Reporting
Personal Mantra: I never lose. Either I win, or I learn.
Regional Operations Manager
A respected & seasoned hospitality leader with progressive experience in the full spectrum of hotel operations, Louis provides key oversight to ensure effective use of brand systems, resources and procedures to maximize brand value, guest satisfaction and profit. With a focus on Vrancor’s Focused Service and Extended Stay hotels, key responsibilities include establishing annual operational budgets, profit & loss reviews and working closely with brands and property teams to execute property improvement plans to elevate operations & asset value.
His specialties include: Franchise Operations, Property Improvement Plans, Team Building & Mentoring, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and Procurement.
Personal Mantra: “You may not remember what a person said to you, but you will never forget how they made you feel.”
Regional Manager - Human Resources & Payroll
An engaging and experienced Human Resources professional with developed abilities to build and support winning corporate cultures through team leading, coaching, employee relations, recruitment, performance management and mentorship. With a key focus on the Vrancor value of “building and retaining high performance teams”, Sabina’s strengths include HR planning and execution, employee feedback and evaluation, compensation/benefits and developing HR policies to meet the evolving needs of motivated associates.
Her specialties include: Employee Relations, HR Planning, Performance Management, Recruitment, Labour Relations, Compensation/Benefits, Payroll Management and Change Management
Personal Mantra: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
Design - Planning
For over two decades, Gunther has been recognized for his planning and design expertise. He has co-ordinated the design and development of many of Vrancor’s signature hotels, banquet halls, restaurants and residential developments. With a background that includes a lead designer role for the International Family Fitness chain and numerous other major commercial projects, his expertise is relied on to deliver extraordinary urban development projects from the conceptual stage through to completion.
His specialties include: Planning, Architecture, Design and Project Management
Personal Mantra: "Live the Dream"
Director, Marquis Gardens &
Ajax Convention Centre
With a background in Economics and Accounting from the University of Ottawa and Red Seal Inter-Provincial Standard & Gold Seal Chef certificates from Niagara College, Paul entered into a partnership with Vrancor in 1998 with the opening of Marquis Gardens Banquet and Convention Centre in Hamilton. He has taken the lead in Food & Beverage service development in multiple hotels, the opening of Ajax Convention Centre and the expansion of the Marquis Garden brand in Ancaster and Burlington, Ontario. Paul maintains direct involvement in all aspects of Food & Beverage within Vrancor Hospitality Group and Vrancor Developments.
His specialties include: Marketing Development; Operational Efficiencies; Large Event Food Planning; Menu Design & Costing; Kitchen & Operational Design
Personal Mantra: “If you’re busy patting yourself on the back for something you did yesterday, you have not yet accomplished anything today.”
Director of Finance - Construction & Development
Danyal is a proven leader in financial management & reporting withsignificantexperience in construction, project management and hospitality sectors. He is responsible for Vrancor’s Construction & Development projects, focusing on financial strategy planning & execution, managing & controlling financial activities and finding efficiencies in financial processes. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Danyal has developed and implemented financial systems, internal controls and accounting policies & procedures.
His specialties include: Strategic Planning, Financial Reporting, Budgeting & Forecasting, Internal Controls and Financial Systems Implementation
Personal Mantra: “Great things never come from comfort zones.”