Our People

These are the nice folks you’ll see around the hotel during your stay. They’d much rather be chatting with you than doing whatever else it is they’re supposed to be doing. So come say hi.

Matt Bagunu
Matt Bagunu

MATT BAGUNU

Director of Restaurants

Hailing from Nashville where he was previously the General Manager of L.A. Jackson restaurant located within the Thompson Hotel, Matt comes from a vast background specializing in hospitality. Besides the fact that he smells good and wears some dope glasses, he also knows a thing or two about beer, warm gin shots and uncomfortable situations. According to him, he’s the most boring person you’ll ever meet.

MATTHEW O’TOOLE
MATTHEW O’TOOLE

MATTHEW O’TOOLE

Rooms Manager

Originally from the northeast, Matthew moved to Southern California to pursue his passion of front and back of house operations within boutique hotels. Having helped open multiple properties in Philly and Chicago, Mathew initially got his start in hotel management in Boston where his family is from. Although he continues to be told he doesn’t have the right “look,” Matthew will never give up on his dreams of becoming a male model. His personal hashtag? #baldisbeautiful.

MATTHEW O’TOOLE
MATTHEW O’TOOLE
DANA KURITZKES
DANA KURITZKES

DANA KURITZKES

Director of Marketing

A native Angeleno whose career in social media, PR and marketing has led her to working with some of the best chefs and restaurants around, Dana has an extensive background in food & beverage. A loyal Taco Bell consumer (her favorite menu item being the Crunchwrap Supreme), she hopes to one day tour their test kitchen. Her motto in life: Pics or it didn’t happen.

Shimon Diamond
Shimon Diamond

Shimon Diamond

Executive Chef

With 19+ years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Shimon Diamond was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where he spent the majority of his culinary training. Most notably working for James Beard Award Winning Chef Gerard Craft at Brasserie by Niche, he also worked for the Four Seasons St. Louis as Chef De Cuisine. Having spent time in some of the most dynamic country clubs, hotels and independent restaurants in the city, he moved to Nashville in 2016 to work for QED Hospitality as Senior Sous Chef. In 2018, Shimon packed up and made the trek out west to California with his beloved dog (and only real friend), Yoshi. Technologically challenged, don’t expect Shimon to text you back. Ever.

Shimon Diamond
Shimon Diamond
Janis Haro
Janis Haro

Janis Haro

Accountant

Born and raised in Palm Springs, CA, Janis has worked in accounting for more than 10 years at various CPA firms throughout the Coachella Valley. A problem solver from the get-go, she never met a number she couldn’t crunch or a person she didn’t like. A self-proclaimed churchgoer, she’s always willing to pray for you…just don’t piss her off. #JanisforJesus.

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