During his 20+ year career in hospitality, Kozlowski has completed more than 80 hospitality transactions, totaling more than $2.5 billion, including workouts and restructurings, property level investments, senior mortgages, mezzanine mortgages, strategic asset sales, private equity placement, and real estate valuations. Prior to forming CooperWynn Real Estate, he was the vice president of hotel acquisitions at Glenmont Capital Management, a private equity firm that invests in opportunistic real estate and real-estate-related investments throughout the U.S. In his role, Kozlowski was responsible for procuring hotel real estate investment opportunities on behalf of the company and its institutional-grade investors. Kozlowski was also the senior vice president at CBRE Hotels Finance, where he was responsible for a variety of hospitality transactions and investment banking services for clients in the hotel sector. Prior to CBRE, Kozlowski was the founder and principal of Forestpark Capital Advisors, a hospitality-specific investment banking company, and a principal at Neptune Hospitality Advisors. In addition, he has held positions with HVS International, Hotel Partners, Sonnenblick-Goldman, and Insignia ESG. Notable transactions in Kozlowski’s career include the development financing of the Courtyard Chelsea on 56th Avenue in Manhattan; the restructuring and sale of the Le Meridien Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico; the restructuring and modification of the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, AZ, and the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, CA; over $103 million of financing for Pinnacle Hotels USA and placing mezzanine construction debt on the Residence Inn in San Diego, CA. Education: Kozlowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in real estate and finance and is a licensed real estate broker in Utah and California.
Ehlias Louis, a Managing Partner of CooperWynn Capital, is also a partner and the Development Manager for Gigaplex LLC, an architecture & development firm based in Park City, Utah. This firm was built by his father and in existence for over 30 years. Ehlias joined Gigaplex as a partner in the fall of 2014. He has successfully led the firm through multi-family projects, condominium projects, and multiple single-family homes in the area, encompassing all development phases from inception, entitlements, and design, through construction, asset management, and sale transactions. His most recent projects include a 43-unit multi-family project and an 11-unit condominium project in the challenging Summit County and Park City, Utah jurisdictions. Both projects exceeded investor expectations. Louis is a native of Park City, having moved when he was months old, and graduated from Park City High School in 1993. Cultivating the advantage of growing up in the mountains and applying dedication, hard work, and his passion for skiing, Louis earned a spot skiing for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association where he enjoyed a 7-year career. When his athletic career was shortened due to injury, he transferred his energy and aim to human spaceflight. Working for Lockheed Martin in Denver, he worked as a Systems Engineer on NASA’s Orion Project (next-generation Human Spacecraft program replacing the space shuttle) in the design and test division. He has found direct translation between managing teams to create real estate assets and holdings and the teams he led to create human exploration spacecraft. However, he found the former afforded a better work-life balance. Louis holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with an emphasis in Systems Engineering and Carbon Fiber Structures, and an International Masters of Business Administration from the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management in Aix-en-Provence, France. As the product of Park City and an architect’s household, he advocates for the built environment to inspire and support a sense of real, active community. Louis’s systems engineering experience with NASA coupled with his MBA enhances a holistic approach to balancing the financial and design constraints presented by the firm’s various and varied projects and solutions.
Steve leads all evaluation and analysis of all assignments undertaken by HVS Capital Corp. He also participates in business development, asset sales, and capital placement efforts. Mr. Pollak’s 35 years in the hospitality industry include operations & asset management, advisory services, as well as development services. Prior to joining CooperrWynn in 2014, Steve spent 14 years as Director of Development and Acquisitions at The John Hardy Group, the preeminent hospitality development services group in the industry. He was responsible for the overall coordination of the company’s hotel acquisition and new development efforts as well as development services for third-party clients. Primary tasks include deal-sourcing, market and financial due diligence, investment analyses, equity, and debt financing, transaction closing and documentation, and asset management. Prior to joining JHG, Steve was Asset Manager for Bristol Hotels and Resorts with responsibility for the development and implementation of construction accounting and project management systems for $120 million of renovations and capital projects. He has worked for several hotel companies as Vice President or Director of Development and Acquisitions where he conducted market, operational and financial due diligence on a wide variety of hospitality assets, negotiated management, and franchise contracts, and assisted in financing. These companies include Prism Hotels, Integra Hotels, & Marshall Property Company. Steve also has worked for over eight years for a variety of hospitality consulting companies performing portfolio acquisition analyses, feasibility studies in over 75 markets nationwide, an operational review of city clubs and five-star hotels, RFP creation, and analysis for foodservice operations for the Library of Congress and IBM as well as managing the development of policy and procedure manuals for the Marine Corps at Quantico. Steve started his career in various capacities in the opening of the 1000-room Westin Hotel in Atlanta. Steve has a B.A. from Cornell University and has taken 90 credit hours in the Graduate School of Hotel Administration at Florida International University.
Keaton graduated from the University of Denver - Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality majoring in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Lodging & Real Estate. Originally from Gilford, New Hampshire, Keaton moved out west where he could be closer to the mountains and enjoy his outside interests. Prior to joining the CooperWynn Capital team, Keaton worked in the hospitality industry in New Hampshire, gaining exposure to the operational side of the industry. During his time at Denver, Keaton interned with HREC Investment Advisors as an analyst where he gained knowledge and insight into the hotel real estate industry through exposure to many high-level transactions. Keaton joins the team as a senior real estate associate and works as an analyst on all hotel business for CooperWynn Capital. Since joining the CWC team, Keaton has been responsible for underwriting new acquisition and development deals for hotels around the country. Keaton has also written multiple investor books and asset management reports for ongoing CooperWynn projects and properties.
Originally from the Chicago-land area, Luke moved out west to attend the University of Denver - Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality, where he majored in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Lodging & Real Estate. While at DU, Luke was named the national winner of the HAMA (Hotel Asset Managers Association) case competition for his research on the impact that COVID-19 had on hotel brands. During his fourth year in school, Luke completed a successful internship with CooperWynn Capital and graduated from DU in the spring of 2021, joining the CWC team full-time shortly thereafter. Luke comes from over 6 years of hospitality industry experience including restaurant management, luxury hotel operations, and property management for vacation rentals. As part of the CooperWynn team, Luke is responsible for underwriting hotel acquisition and development deals, producing asset management reports, and drafting offering memorandums for investors. Additionally, Luke is bringing his management experience to assist in the growth of CooperWynn's partner company, Guard Hospitality, an innovative hotel management group focused on extended stay and select-service hotel products.
A Michigan native and Parkite convert, Jessie has called Park City her full-time home since 2014. After earning a degree in international business, she focused on the world of hospitality. The industry led her all over the country, from Yellowstone to Alaska and beyond, but Park City's lifestyle and endless outdoor activities have kept her planted here. When she earned her real estate license in 2015, her hospitality background lent itself perfectly to CooperWynn Capital's focus. Jessie now has over 7 years of industry experience and specializes in market research and information coordination. A true Operations Officer, Jessie is involved in every aspect of daily operations and corporate organization.