New Castle Hotels & Resorts is distinguished by a culture that inspires loyalty, rewards excellent performance, and provides ambitious employees with a personally fulfilling work environment and ample opportunities for growth.

David Buffam

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

David Buffam

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

New Castle’s founder and Chairman Emeritus, David directs the company’s strategic plan and oversees acquisition, development, legal and financing activities. He also guides the company’s asset management, renovation, and repositioning strategies for owned properties and managed assets.

After graduating from Wheaton College, David served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Seoul, Korea, and completed graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Michigan Law School. After five years as an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, David went on to independently represent a foreign investor in the acquisition of US real estate assets.  Beginning with a 103-room airport property in Bangor, Maine, David oversaw several hotel acquisitions and ultimately established New Castle as a management company in 1988 under the leadership of Gerry Chase.

Since founding New Castle, David has been involved in the ownership or management of over seventy hotel properties, guided the company through several investment cycles, and cultivated relationships with strategic partners in the hospitality investment community.

Jeremy Buffam

Partner

Jeremy Buffam

Partner

Mr. Buffam is a Partner at New Castle Hotels and is involved with all aspects of the firm’s day to day operations and strategy.  Jeremy has 30 years of construction & development experience and began his career in the environmental engineering field in New York City, working for several national consulting, construction and engineering groups.  He serves as the main liaison with development partners, oversees the firm’s construction projects including historic property conversions, and tackles challenges with great people and technology.  Leveraging skills learned during a career that has encompassed a variety of leadership roles in the construction and hospitality fields, Jeremy brings a unique insight to each New Castle project.

His experience in construction and development across a wide array of real estate classes and clients is an asset for a firm that prides itself on successfully merging construction, development and operational expertise to provide outstanding hospitality experiences for both our guests and investors.  As a member of New Castle’s Executive Committee, his ability to identify challenges and execute creative solutions is an invaluable asset.

Julian Buffam

Partner

Julian Buffam

Partner

Responsible for the Company’s overall performance and leadership. Julian oversees all aspects of NCH, including corporate strategy, capital formation, human resources, investor relations and the firm’s overall investment and property management. Julian is committed to refining the firm’s investment strategies and achieving excellence in NCH’s underwriting process. Also responsible for all aspects of contract negotiations, due diligence and deal execution and overseeing the firm’s capital markets, investor relations and asset management functions.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining NCH in 2017, Julian was an Investment Analyst with HEI Hotels & Resorts. During his two years with HEI, Julian supported the portfolio management activities of existing investments and had integral involvement in five dispositions totaling $213M. Julian also developed underwriting, business plan and pitch deck material to present value-add acquisition opportunities to prospective partners, resulting in the closing of seven distinct acquisitions totaling $516M. Prior to HEI, Julian was with HVS, in its New York office, performing feasibility studies and valuations of existing and proposed hotels throughout the United States.

Education and Affiliations

BA, Economics & Environmental Studies, Connecticut College

 

Judi Scofield

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Judi Scofield

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Judi directs New Castle’s corporate financial strategies and manages banking relationships, including raising equity and placing debt. She oversees corporate accounting, financial reporting, tax return preparation and tax planning, and evaluates all investment opportunities. Judi is extensively involved in all aspects of hotel acquisitions and development as well as monitoring existing investments.

She joined New Castle in 1993 as Director of Financial Services, was named Vice President, Finance/Treasurer in 1997, and has served in her current position since 2011.

Before joining New Castle, she served as an Audit and Business advisory manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).

New Castle Controller

Bryan Woodhouse

Vice President, Corporate Controller

New Castle Controller

Bryan Woodhouse

Vice President, Corporate Controller

Bryan Woodhouse manages the financial operations of all New Castle properties, which includes financial planning and reporting, cash management, budgeting, and capital planning. He is also involved in owner communications and handles New Castle’s risk management activities. In addition to these responsibilities, Bryan participates in acquisitions, development, design, and renovations across the New Castle portfolio. His expertise and experience, as well as his engagement with all facets of the business, make him an invaluable member of the New Castle team.

Bryan has served in his current position since 1997. Prior to this, Bryan was New Castle’s Corporate Controller.

Before joining New Castle, Bryan was a regional controller with The Flatley Company Hotel Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He serves on the ProfitSage Advisory Board.

Anna Barker

Vice President , Corporate Accounting

Anna Barker

Vice President , Corporate Accounting

A member of the New Castle team since 1992, Anna now serves as Senior Director of Corporate Accounting.  She oversees accounting transactions related to income and real estate taxes; property purchases, sales and financing; and general corporate accounting. Anna interfaces with outside tax and financial accountants, real estate tax advisors, and attorneys, as well as operations team members at all owned properties across the New Castle portfolio. She handles fixed asset reporting, lender covenant monitoring and compliance reporting, and New Castle’s cash flow planning and reporting, and monitors capitalization policies.

Anna joined New Castle immediately upon completion of her B.S. in accounting, and has held numerous positions at the company. After only a few months in her initial role with the operations team as Accounts Payable Clerk, Anna was promoted to Staff Accountant and eventually to Assistant Controller. She went on to hold positions for the treasury and finance team that included Corporate Accounting Analyst, and both Manager and Senior Manager, Corporate Accounting. She credits New Castle’s entrepreneurial environment with providing her with the ability to learn and grow in each role that she has held.

Brian Wismar

Regional Vice President

Brian Wismar

Regional Vice President

Brian oversees the operations of individual hotels across the New Castle portfolio, in a variety of geographic locations throughout the Midwest, Southeast, Northern New York, and New England. As Regional Vice President, he leads manpower planning, oversees financial direction, and manages owner relationships at multiple properties.

Before joining New Castle in 1989, Brian served as the Director of Operations at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club in Madison, Wisconsin, and held multiple positions for Interstate Hotels, including Controller for the Charlotte Marriott and Cincinnati Marriott. He has served in a variety of roles at New Castle, including Controller and Corporate Accounting Manager, and was named Regional Vice President in 1997. He credits New Castle’s entrepreneurial environment with positioning him to be involved in numerous exciting ground-up initiatives at various properties, including spas, retail, and operational initiatives to drive revenues, profit, and guest satisfaction.

Don Urbahn

Don Urbahn

Vice President, Revenue Management & Market Analytics

Don Urbahn

Don Urbahn

Vice President, Revenue Management & Market Analytics

As Vice President of Sales & Revenue Management, Don Urbahn is responsible for positioning all of New Castle’s properties to achieve and exceed forecasted and budgeted revenue goals. He works closely with Sales and Revenue leaders and General Managers to ensure proper revenue generation processes are in place at each hotel and consults on the strategies being used to identify the unique opportunities within each market. Don oversees training classes and workshops for each hotel, tailoring programs to take full advantage of their particular strengths – and address the specific needs – of each property.

A forward-thinking leader in the field, Don keeps his finger on the pulse of industry-wide trends, monitoring and assessing the latest strategies and tools. He works closely with property managers, translating New Castle’s company philosophies into recommendations and guiding managers in the implementation of best practices. In addition to his Sales & Revenue responsibilities, Don also serves as area manager for Virginia Beach Homewood Suites and as a former GM of the year, serves as a mentor to new General Managers in the New Castle community.

Prior to joining New Castle in 1999, Don was a General Manager with Vista Host Hotel Group. He has held his current position of Vice President of Sales & Revenue Management since 2011; prior to that, he served as Corporate Director since 2007. He holds a certificate from Cornell University in hotel real estate investments and asset management and is currently working on a certificate in advanced digital marketing.

Brian Reynolds

Regional Controller

Brian Reynolds

Regional Controller

Brian has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations for the hospitality industry. He has served as Regional Controller at New Castle since 2006, working closely with more than a dozen properties. He is responsible for upholding proper policies and procedures to protect the financial interests of investors, ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting, and maximizing value at some of New Castle’s largest full-service locations.

Brian also works closely with the development team to evaluate potential acquisitions and participates in reviewing due diligence during major purchases and sales. Prior to joining New Castle, he held both General Manager and Controller positions with Tecton Hospitality and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Lisa Besescheck

Corporate Secretary & Administrative Manager

Lisa Besescheck

Corporate Secretary & Administrative Manager

Over the course of her 25-year tenure at New Castle, Lisa has seen the company grow from a five-person office to its current stature. Her responsibilities span two distinct roles at New Castle ­– as corporate secretary, she is responsible for forming New Castle’s individual ownership and management entities and serving as corporate secretary for each of the company’s subsidiaries; her position as administrative manager entails office manager and administrative duties for the overall company in addition to serving as a dedicated administrative assistant to the company’s CEO, David Buffam.

Lisa joined New Castle in 1989 as Executive Secretary, and was subsequently named Administrative Assistant in 1993. In 1997, she was promoted to her current position, which also entails collection, organization, and maintenance of all corporate documentation; distribution of financial packages to individual property owners, bankers, and lenders; and detailed administrative support for deal transactions and RFP responses.