The Team

We  are  a  dynamic, seasoned  investment  manager focused on the US hotel market.

While we travel at 30,000 feet, we pride ourselves on our capabilities "on the ground." Our ethos is to distinguish ourselves through execution. Our success is premised upon making money for our partners.

Meet the team

  • Jon Kline - Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Jon Kline is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC. Previously, Mr. Kline was President and Chief Financial Officer of Sunstone Hotels (NYSE: SHO). Prior to joining Sunstone in 2003, Mr. Kline directed the U.S. hospitality and leisure investment banking practice at Merrill Lynch, with responsibility for lodging, gaming, restaurants and other leisure industries. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Kline was a real estate investment banker at Smith Barney, focused on lodging and other real estate asset classes and an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell in New York.

     

    Mr. Kline is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit  Committee of CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRE), the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Conflicts Committee of KBS Growth & Income REIT, the Urban Land Institute and its Hotel Development Council, and the Marriott Owner Advisory Council. Mr. Kline was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Orange County Chapter; the United Way, Orange County; and Heritage Pointe. Mr. Kline was named the Orange County CFO of the Year (2005) and the American Jewish Committee Humanitarian of the Year for Orange County (2007). Mr. Kline holds a B.A. in Economics from Emory University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Mr. Kline lives in Newport Beach, California.

  • Tom Naughton - Chief Investment Officer

    Tom Naughton is the Chief Investment Officer of Clearview Hotel Capital. Prior to joining Clearview in 2009, Mr. Naughton was the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Sunstone Hotel Investors. Over his six years as a Sunstone executive, Mr. Naughton led the effort to source, value, and acquire a wide range of hotel assets. Mr. Naughton also created the plans for the repositioning of those assets through targeted capital expenditures and focused asset management. In addition to leading a team that acquired $2.3 billion of hotel assets, Mr. Naughton oversaw the disposition of over 40 hotels generating approximately $1.0 billion in sale proceeds, many of which were structured as either forward or reverse 1031 exchanges. Prior to joining Sunstone, he held executive positions with ING Realty Partners, Westmont Hospitality, and Goldman Sachs's Whitehall Group.

     

    Mr. Naughton is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. Mr. Naughton lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife and two sons.

  • Lee Grossbard - Chief Operating Officer

    Lee Grossbard is Clearview Hotel Capital's Chief Operating Officer where he  primarily focuses on asset management and renovations. Prior to joining Clearview, Mr. Grossbard served as the Regional Vice President of Operations for Sunstone Hotel Properties (22 hotels). Mr. Grossbard has spent over 40 years in the hotel business, a tenure which has included serving as a Senior Vice President of Operations at Wyndham International (52 hotels), General Manager at numerous hotels, and a Member of the Marriott Food and Beverage Advisory Board. Mr. Grossbard received a B.S. from Cornell University at the School of Hotel Administration.

  • David Jubitz - Principal

    David Jubitz serves as Principal for Clearview Hotel Capital. Mr. Jubitz joined Clearview in June 2007 and has since participated in the closing of over $1 billion in hotel investments. Mr. Jubitz is responsible for sourcing, and underwriting new acquisition opportunities, as well as asset management analytics, investor reporting, and internal forecasting. Prior to joining Clearview, Mr. Jubitz spent three years as an appraiser with Cushman & Wakefield's Hospitality and Gaming Group. During his tenure as an appraiser, Mr. Jubitz completed over $30 billion in valuations for over 150 hotel and casino properties.

     

    Mr. Jubitz received a B.S. from Cornell University at the School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Jubitz lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife and three children.

  • Peter Dorey - Vice President Operations

    Peter Dorey is Clearview Hotel Capital's Vice President Operations where his primary focus is on creating value by working closely with and supporting hotel revenue and operational teams within our asset groups.  Prior to joining Clearview Peter worked as a GM in multiple hotels before spending a combined 20 years with Columbia Sussex Hotel Group and  TPG Hotels and Resorts.  As a Regional VP and VP Operations he managed upscale hotels and resorts during the acquisition, repositioning and operational phases.  Mr. Dorey earned an MBA from Babson College’s Olin School of Business and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts School of Business Hospitality.  He resides in suburban Boston Massachusetts.

  • Irene Chen - Vice President

    Irene Chen serves as Vice President for Clearview Hotel Capital. Ms. Chen joined Clearview in July 2010 and has since participated in the closing of nearly $900 million in hotel investments. Ms. Chen is in charge of accounting and financial reporting and assists in underwriting acquisitions and asset management. Ms. Chen received a B.S. from Cornell University at the School of Hotel Administration along with a Minor in Real Estate. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and a graduate of Taipei American School, Ms. Chen is fluent in Mandarin.

  • Joel Lillegraven - Corporate Revenue Manager

    Joel Lillegraven is Clearview Hotel Capital's Corporate Revenue Manager.  He works directly with all Dolphin Hotel Management properties to develop regionally-specific strategies to increase market penetration and revenue enhancement. Mr. Lillegraven also works directly with Dolphin general managers and sales directors to help them refine local strategies in room inventory and pricing, demand generation, and enhanced market understanding.

     

    Mr. Lillegraven has been in the hospitality industry nearly 30 years, with more than 20 years dedicated to the discipline of revenue management.  Prior to joining Clearview, he worked as an area director of revenue management with Evolution Hospitality, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and Sunstone Hotel Properties.

  • Ian Hunter - Associate

    Ian Hunter serves as Associate for Clearview Hotel Capital. Mr. Hunter joined Clearview in October 2015 after receiving his M.P.S. in real estate from Cornell University. Prior to joining Clearview, Mr. Hunter worked as a development associate with Heyday Partnership and as a project manager with the University of Southern California. Born in Hawaii and raised in Orange County, Mr. Hunter completed his undergraduate studies at USC.

  • Asheesh Patel - Analyst

    Asheesh Patel serves as Analyst for Clearview Hotel Capital. Mr. Patel joined Clearview in July 2017. Prior to joining Clearview, he worked as an Analyst for Core Capital, where he helped asset manage a $400 million hotel investment portfolio. Born and raised in Orange County,  Mr. Patel received a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.

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