Our Management Team – Excellence in Leadership

Debbie GoekenOwner/President & CEO

Debbie Goeken joined the K Partners Hotel Management team in 2002. With a background in retail sales and food & beverage/fine dining, she brought a strong, broad-range accounting skill set to the company. As Chief Financial Officer, she was instrumental in guiding K Partners through a period of significant growth. Her role evolved to include developing and maintaining relationships with investment partners, hotel owners, lenders, creditors and insurers. As President & CEO of  K Partners, she oversees and directs an accomplished, well-rounded leadership team focused on new business development, outstanding partner service, and excellence in hospitality.  She purchased K Partners Hotel Management in January 2017 with a goal to expand its portfolio and diversify its management to include golf courses, retail centers, and business condo owners associations.

Shawn KvernenChief Operating Officer

Shawn Kvernen began his twenty (20) year hotel career by working front-line positions in all areas of hotel operations. In 1999, he joined Sage Hospitality as a Food & Beverage Director, and was promoted to General Manager. In May 2007, he joined KPartners as a General Manager, progressing through Area General Manager, Regional Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Hotel Operations,before landing his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Throughout his career, he’s been responsible for property renovations, re-branding, hotel openings and asset management, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of a diverse portfolio of hotels.  In his current position, he’s responsible for the operational and financial success of the entire KPartners portfolio of hotels, as well as positioning the company for continued, strategic growth through strong, organizational alignment and business development.

Jeremy DayVice President of Hotel and Golf Operations

Jeremy Day

Jeremy Day (JD) has more than 35 years of hospitality experience. During his previous 9 years with KPartners, he served as EVP, CEO and Co-President while focusing on directing the growth of the company through new builds, acquisitions, conversions and third party management.  The company’s portfolio achieved growth from 5 hotels to 26 hotels with a focus on building Marriott, Hilton and IHG hotels. Prior to working with KPartners, Jeremy was the vice president of operations for 8 years at Stonebridge companies assisting in the company’s growth from 10 hotels to 38 hotels which consisted of limited and full service properties. His background encompasses food and beverage experience as a chef, food and beverage director and several years as a general manager of full service hotels.  The hands on experience combined with 18 years of leading hotel teams allows for a strategic vision to enhance the management and operations of a variety of assets.

Jack NashNew Business Development

Jack Nash

Jack Nash began his 30+ year career in the hospitality industry as a front desk agent for his family owned hotel. In his career, he has converted and renovated numerous hotels in the Denver area. Jack joined the KPartners team in 2002 as the General Manager at the Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center. While maintaining his position at the Hampton Inn & Suites, he has expanded his career with KPartners in New Business Development. In this role, Jack specializes in Hotel Operations, which includes over-seeing property renovations, re-branding, hotel openings, asset management and day-to-day operations of each hotel in his portfolio. Jack also assists in growing the KPartners portfolio though his extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry and local connections in the Greater Denver Area.

Ted TeruyaRegional Vice President of Hotel Transitions and Procurement

Ted Teruya began his hotel career with K Partners Hospitality Group in 1997, working in a Guest Services position. From 1997 to 2013, his career advancements included General Manager, Director of Internal Audit, Director of Procurement, and Regional Vice President of Hotel Operations. In 2013, Ted accepted a Project Manager position with Denver-based, hospitality supplier Valiant Products. In 2015, Ted returned to K Partners, assuming the role of Regional Vice President of Hotel Operations.   In addition to managing a portfolio of owned & managed properties, he  also oversees Project Management and Property Improvement Plans including furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

Virginia RedmanRegional Vice President of Operations

With over twenty (20) years of experience in the hospitality industry, Virginia Redman has worked for several hospitality management companies, including Sage Hospitality, Stonebridge Hospitality, Destination Hotels & Resorts and Drury Hotels. She’s held management positions with a variety of different brands including Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Drury Hotels, and several other independent properties including the prestigious Curtis Hotel Denver.  In 2008, she began a five-year tenure with K Partners Hospitality Group, serving in the role of General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center.  She returned to K Partners in 2015 to fill the role of Regional Vice President of Operations.  Based out of Denver, she oversees property operations, revenue generation, staff development, expense management, renovation and re-branding.

Oscar Sanchez, CTARegional Vice President of Operations

Oscar Sanchez has worked in the hotel operations industry for more than twenty-five (25) years. Having spent the majority of his career with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), his training experience began and focused within company managed properties in the mid-scale hotel segment located in the Austin and San Antonio, TX markets. Before joining K Partners in 2012, Oscar served in a corporate capacity with IHG as a Hotel Performance Support Area Manager consulting, servicing and supporting the IHG mid-scale segment ownership in the South Texas region through new hotel openings, regional training events, and property visits that focused on revenue growth (CRS and PMS revenue management), quality assurance, risk management, and brand standards compliance.  He is a past member of the senior management team for Ascension Hospitality Management, L.L.C. (McAllen, TX) and served as Director of Training for Catalyst Technologies, L.L.C. (San Antonio, TX), a developer of a hospitality sales/marketing and yield management system called Hotel Catalyst. Currently, he oversees hotel operations and revenue performance for Hilton, IHG, & Marriott select service and extended stay brand hotels in the K Partners portfolio. In his current position as a Regional Vice President of Operations with KPartners Hotel Management, he leads a Team of highly experienced General Managers in owned and managed hotels consisting of Hilton, IHG, and Marriott and Wyndham hotels.

Leticia Barros, CRMEDirector of Revenue Growth

Leticia Barros has over ten (10) years of experience in the hospitality industry.  She began her career at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center and was promoted to Revenue Manager at an early stage in her career.  She joined the K Partners Hotel Management corporate team in 2008 as a Corporate Revenue Manager overseeing their Hilton portfolio.  In this role, she worked directly with hotel teams to drive top line revenue and grow market share.  This was done thru analysis and consistent monitoring and evaluation of strategies to identify and leverage all opportunities to maximize revenue.  In 2014 she became certified in Revenue Management for IHG and Marriott.  Later, she expanded her certifications to include Choice, Wyndham, and La Quinta.  She gained her CRME in 2016 and in 2017 was promoted to Director of Revenue Growth.  In her current role, she oversees the Revenue Management, Sales and Marketing and e-Commerce teams.


Rick HudsonRegional Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Rick Hudson joined K Partners in 1999 with a strong background in corporate sales management. After three years as a Regional Director of Sales, he was promoted to Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing and moved to the corporate management team. As Regional VP of Sales & Marketing, he began by overseeing sales & marketing efforts in the Texas area.  His vast experience in the Hospitality industry allowed him to assist in the area of Hotel Operations during our regrowth period in 2015 after the sale of 20 hotels from our portfolio.  Over the years his portfolio has grown to include North Carolina, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  His brand experience has grown to include IHG, Hilton, Marriott, La Quinta, Choice, and Wyndham.

Alma BanksCorporate Director of Human Resources

Alma Banks joined K Partners Hotel Management in the summer of 2015. With over 17 years of experience in Human Resources, Ms. Banks has worked for such prestigious firms as Target Distribution Center, Bentec Medical and Mercury Retail Services, as well as two, prominent non-profit organizations. Ms. Banks  oversees all aspects of Human Resources for the entire hotel portfolio including payroll, employee benefits, policies and procedures, and legal compliance.

Alyssa QuezadaCorporate Regional Director of Sales

Alyssa Quezada began her career in the hotel industry in 2013. At an early stage in her career she was given the opportunity to work in sales where she quickly exceeded expectations and found her passion. Alyssa was quickly promoted to Sales Manager and soon after went on to develop strong skills in catering, food & beverage and group sales. Her experience and knowledge includes being a Director of Sales and handling dual properties. Her brand experience has grown to include Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Choice & Wyndham. She has a vast knowledge of Texas markets and her current portfolio includes hotels in California and Colorado. In her current role she oversees sales efforts, assists with distressed markets, training of sales staff, and onboarding new hotels.