Sentry 

The Sentry Companies  

 

Mark Magarity

Mark Magarity has been in the hospitality industry for more than 38 years. As founder of The Sentry Companies, Mr. Magarity is recognized as one of the Hotel, Resort and Conference Center operations and real estate industry leaders today. Early in his career Mr. Magarity was instrumental in the creation of the conference center concept and the growth of the conference center industry as he personally oversaw $1 billion in conference center and hospitality development throughout the United States. Mr. Magarity has shaped Sentry with the vision of serving today's traveler in a unique and engaging manner with a focus on creating memorable guest experiences. His vision and quest for constant innovation ensures that Sentry's hospitality operating and real estate companies maintain their position as one of the premier operators and investment firms in the industry.


Mr. Magarity was responsible for the creation of the next evolution of the conference center concept with the introduction of the urban nonresidential experience centers which were developed in a series of Class A urban office spaces creating learning and events center designed for a high degree of social interaction desired by the rapidly evolving meetings market. Currently he is in the process of overseeing the development of the next generation of lifestyle hotels, resort, knowledge centers, and private residence clubs that will reflect his vision for learning and social experiences and environments. Mr. Magarity is known for accessibility to employees at all levels and has created a corporate culture driven by customer care, knowledge and technology management, talent management, associate empowerment and solid investment returns.


As Chief Executive of The Sentry Companies, Mr. Magarity oversees every aspect of the organization and is responsible for Sentry’s growth and investor relations. Currently he is overseeing Sentry's development and redevelopment of a series of hotels in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia. As part of the implementation of his next wave of developments, he is working closely with a major hotel brand company on the development of a new lifestyle hotel product. In parallel he has created an innovative local focused food and beverage program for each of Sentry's properties, which reflect the desires of the today's sophisticated travelers. Prior to creating Sentry , Mr. Magarity held key senior level positions with industry leading companies such as Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where his last position was that of Vice President Marketing, Hawaii and Pacific region. He also served as Chief Development Officer for Benchmark Hospitality International and was responsible for major growth in the number of conference center properties in the United States. He is affiliated with American Hotel & Lodging Association and the International Association of Conference Centers and Urban Land Institute. Mr. Magarity and his wife reside in Manhattan.


John Russell 

John Russell is President/COO (Principal) of Sentry Hospitality. In this role, Mr. Russell is responsible for operations, finance, and marketing of resorts, lifestyle hotels and executive conference centers. Among Mr. Russell’s distinguished accomplishments included being a former chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, (AH&LA), vice chairman of the Travel Division of Cendant Corporation, (Wyndham Worldwide), CEO of Cendant’s Hotel Division which consisted of six brands; Days Inn, Ramada Inn, and Howard Johnson among others which totaled 6,500 properties worldwide.  Additionally he was president of Days Inn of America, where he oversaw the chain’s expansion to over 1,500 hotels and helps take the company public. Additional position highlights include he was the president/CEO of Resort Condominiums International, (RCI); president/CEO of Colony Hotels & Resorts; EVP of Radisson Resorts and partner at global marketing firm partnership.


In tandem with his global leadership experiences also comes his entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Russell has launched and served as CEO of NYLO Hotels, where he helped  create the design-centric category of lifestyle hotels. Mr. Russell’s many professional honors include: the HSMAI Hall of Fame, The Lodging Conference Above and Beyond Award, the HSMAI Albert E. Koehl Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality, and the Tel Aviv University Peace and Tolerance Award. A West Point graduate, he served in Vietnam, Germany and State Side before leaving the Army as a Captain.


Joseph Battiato

As President/Chief Operating Officer of Sentry Investment Partners, Joe is responsible for all investments, financing, funding, and logistical coordination with both Sentry’s private investment partners as well as the financial services industry. Turning Sentry into a serious investment company with a focus on the private residential and hospitality real estate sector over the past fourteen months has been seen as a significant accomplishment by Joe. Heading up Sentry’s five year financial investment strategy stands alone as one of the holding companies most important strategies in moving forward as a leader across al hospitality disciplines.


Prior to joining Sentry in this NY role as a Principle/Board Director, Joe was involved in trading physical commodities with a focus on finance and project finance. For 25 years prior, Mr. Battiato held high level positions at several leading Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Dean Witter. In these roles, he oversaw trading, trade desk supervision, structured finance, and sales of operations management. Mr Battiato is supported by a Masters in Business (MBA) with a concentration in Finance and Bachelors of Arts in Accounting.


Jack Reynolds

As Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Jack oversees investments and banker relationships for Sentry. Jack Reynolds began his career in the automobile industry, owning and operating several automobile dealerships. After 20 years of automobile success through hard work and focus on customer satisfaction, Jack re-positioned his entrepreneurial spirit to the financial sector, where he founded International Mortgage Services, a large mortgage banking company. Through the years in this industry, Jack financed many large projects, including many casinos throughout the US. As his business expanded, he launched an insurance division as well as a title agency under his financial umbrella. Jack has most recently served as Director of Business Development for Stalwart Construction an NYC construction and development firm, once again putting to use his skill is customer service. Jack sat on the board of the NY/NJ Oldsmobile dealer council, the board of the Cadillac Tristatesmen and the advisory board of the National Academy of Finance in New Jersey. Jack holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton.


Josef Haas 

Josef was born and educated in Vienna, Austria in the hotel and hospitality industry and subsequently has held Food and Beverage and senior managerial positions throughout prestigious properties spanning Bermuda to the U.S., including Hawaii and Japan. After an extensive career worldwide with Harley Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Keystone Resort and other renowned hotels/resorts, he has proudly joined the Kalahari Resorts organization in 2002 as General Manager and now returned to his current position as Chief Operating Officer since May, 2007. During his career, he has been a key executive in charge of opening four new properties managing the process from pre-construction through the grand openings and responsible for all staffing, marketing, and competitive positioning.


A seasoned Hotelier in food and beverage, marketing and overall management, he hold degrees from Wien Hotel College, Vienna, Austria in Hospitality Management, Holiday Inn University and obtained his CHA certification from American Hotel Association. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, Operations, Josef reports directly to Sentry's President & CEO. He is Sentry's leader and director when it comes to setting company service standards and delivering on such objectives. Josef has his sights on the most impressive service codes within the industry. All operating members within Sentry report directly to Mr. Haas. Prior to becoming a key Executive and leader of Sentry Operating Committee, Josef was Chief Operating Officer, Kalahari Resorts, Water Park & Convention Centers overseeing the 750 room Wisconsin Dells; 884 Key Kalahari Sandusky Ohio Resort and the opening of the new 830 room Kalahari Fredericksburg Resort. Prior, Josef was Senior VP, Cal Neva Resort (Sentry Hospitality), Lake Tahoe, NV and EVP, Keystone Resort, CO. Josef was General Manager of the world-renowned Five Star Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, HI for more than ten years. He was also General Manager of Sheratons Princeville Luxury Resort as well as F&B Director, Sheraton Hotels Hawaii/Japan Division, Honolulu, HI.


Laura Visconti

As Global VP Operations, Laura manages all of Sentry's Morgan Stanley conference and event venues. In this capacity, she sets Sentry Service Code standards throughout the company. In addition, Laura previously served as a Public Relations Associate for Mobil Corporation where she was responsible for event planning and marketing of special projects. Laura currently oversees all management responsibilities associated with the operation of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Conference Centers. She works directly with the Firm’s business unit managers, officers, clients and vendors to manage the coordination and execution of meetings, conferences and events. Laura’s extensive corporate background has made a very positive contribution to Sentry. She is an experienced manager in organizing corporate annual meetings, international conferences and special public relations events. Laura’s professionalism and strong interpersonal skills has been an incredible asset to Sentry. She has established key relationships with individuals at all levels of Morgan Stanley, and has a proven track record of adapting quality management principles to solve business issues.


Laura is an excellent team manager with an ability to motivate associates to achieve desired objectives. Her dedication and commitment is to consistently provide the highest level of customer service. Laura sets the tone for Sentry Hospitality, through seamless logistical coordination and flawless execution of all meetings and events held at our Conference Centers.


Geoff Graham

Geoff Graham is Sentry's "Experienced Economist." Mr. Graham has accumulated over 28 years of experience in the operations, planning, and development sectors of a wide variety of hospitality industry products. His background includes diversified experience in hotel operations; food and beverage operations; strategic planning; and market and financial analysis. Mr. Graham’s varied experience in the hospitality industry enables him to provide broad-scope development planning assistance with property operations, sales and marketing oversight, and implementation.


Mr. Graham has overseen development and conducted market analysis throughout the United States and internationally.  These projects include AT&T, IBM, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Bank of America, Empire State Development Corporation, Bank of Montreal, The Gleneagles Hotel, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Benchmark, Pacific Gas and Electric and Chateau Elan. His university hotel and conference center projects range across North America and include Duke University, University of Virginia, MIT, University of Texas, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, Towson University, UMBC, Vassar College and Hope College.


Archana Bhandari

As Regional GM of Sentry conference center operations, Archana oversees our Morgan Stanley portfolio. Archie has over 14 years of hospitality experience specializing in conference center operations, event planning, catering group sales, and rooms operations. Prior to joining Sentry, Archana was with Millennium Hotels and Resorts in New York City. Due to her unparalleled commitment, professionalism and passion for event planning, in all her roles, Archana has established a strong bond with internal and external clients.


Archana's operational background has significantly contributed to Sentry's success over the past seven years. Archana is a hands on team leader with an ability to develop empowered associates committed to customer satisfaction and financial objectives. In her current role, as Regional General Manager, Archana oversees Sentry/Morgan Stanley conference centers in NY and NJ area.


Bill Wong

Bill Wong is the Executive Vice President of Sentry Development Group. Setting Sentry's agenda and foundation for Budget Development, Construction CM Selection, Construction Oversight, Design and Post Construction Services, Bill brings unparalleled experience to the setting. Bill has been in the Commercial Real Estate, Design, and Construction industry for over 25 years. Educated and trained as an architect, he has a passion for design and to create branded spaces for clients. Bill’s career and clients span from Investment Banks, Media Companies, Law Firms, Hospitality, Retail, to Non-profits. His involvement in these firms includes leading design, workplace strategy, and project management. Bill has held positions within the financial investment banking industry as a Vice President, working on leading and designing large-scale multi-million dollar projects and managing project teams for NY Metro area and the Americas.   


Russell Battiato

As Vice President, Development Services for Sentry Development Group, Russ oversees on ground day to day operations for the company. He is the on-site logistics coordinator between architects, engineers, construction teams, interiors, and overall development. Russ works primarily out of Sentry’s Caribbean Regional Operations Offices in Sint Maarten, reporting back to Sentry Corporate.


Russ spent his youth in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY, departing for the US Army at 17 and becoming a second generation Paratrooper in 1976. Serving 29 years in “Elite Units” such as Long Range Surveillance (Rangers) and Special Forces (Green Berets), he then retired in 2005 as a Senior Non Commission Officer.

He has had numerous assignments worldwide which includes being a first responder on 9/11/2001 and remaining on active duty thru his retirement in 2005. The majority of his training was focused on Engineering and Demolitions in conjunction with Security and Anti-Terrorism. In 1981, Russ took a short break from the military to attend college in Pennsylvania, studying Business Management and Finance. Later supervising Avco Consumer Lending then owning and operating American Auto Sales and Finance, he then rejoined the 28th Division National Guard, working as Forward Observer Supervisor for Fire Control.

Upon Russ’s retirement from the military, he represented Ellington Group’s St. Maarten Indigo Bay Project, spearheading the start of infrastructure from 2005 thru 2012 and overseeing the Eco aspect of the project.



Tony Castro

Mr. Castro has been with Sentry Corporate Support Staff since 1997 and has over thirty-five years of management experience. Mr. Castro’s background includes eighteen years with Marriott Corporation, culminating as General Manager of one of the company's first IACC certified Conference Centers. Additional operational experience includes 10 years in Human Resources, with five of those years as Corporate Director of Employee Relations for Marriott. Operational highlights include: maintaining a Guest Satisfaction Index in the 90%+ range; writing pre-opening Departmental SOPs and Job Descriptions; developing and implementing a safety awareness program that resulted in about 48,000 accident-free man hours; designing and implementing a computerized inventory control system for Guest Supplies and Linen, reducing the risk and frequency of running out of these items.


In addition to all the training, he facilitated while with Marriott, Tony has also been certified as a trainer by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Homestead Studio Suites. He has also facilitated extensive union avoidance training for clients of PML Associates. His management experience includes managing in both unionized and union-free environments. Mr. Castro also holds a B.S., Hotel & Restaurant Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and a B.S., Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (Corporate Resources)