Opened six hotels; participated in project development of twenty two others; oversaw the operation of fifty company owned or managed hotels generating $250,000,000 in revenues.
Guest Lecturer – Johnson & Wales University + Cornell University
Guest lecturer on wine, food and hospitality management
Vice President of Operations – La Mansion Hotels, San Antonio, TX
Founded Phoenix Hospitality Group (1987)
Full Service Hotel Management & Development (See Phoenix Hospitality Group Summary)
Numerous Civic, Community & Corporate Board Positions
President of the Board, Lost Colony Ocean Front Community (8 years) Founding Board Member, Kendall County Economic Development Corporation (8 years) Board Member, San Antonio & Boerne Convention Visitors Bureau (3 Years, 6 Years) Founding Board Member / Chairman, Kendall County Hotel Occupancy Tax Board (8 years)
ELISA MCCLUREPrincipal, Design & Development
Elisa McClure has more than 25 years of experience in hotel management, including eight years with Marriott Hotels and over 26 years as a special projects partner in her husband Ed’s hotel ventures. Elisa oversaw the day-to-day management of the Guadalupe River Ranch Resort and is directly involved in all phases of Phoenix Hospitality project development, including interior design and concept development of each property. Elisa (Dr. E.) is a Doctor of Naturopath, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Certified Natural Health Professional, Certified Aromatherapist, Author, Blogger, Research Chef, Cooking Instructor, Radio Show Host, Speaker, Health & Wellness Educator, Organic Gardener, Backyard Farmer and Hotelier.
John has held various capacities in a myriad of entrepreneurial ventures in the areas of business, marketing and finance. He served as the CEO and President of La Madeleine French Bakeries and Cafe in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as chief financial officer of various hospitality companies including La Madeleine, Innovative Restaurants and La Mansion Hotels. He began his career in public accounting with the national accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. John also served on the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas (the largest non- profit home health care/hospice provider in the Dallas area). He is a past presenter at the Dallas and Houston Entrepreneurial Institute on the topic of leadership and guiding a business from the entrepreneurial stage to a professionally managed business. John makes his home in Dallas and has four children. He graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University in 1979 with a B.S. in Accountancy.
Phoenix Hospitality Team: PHG brings together a closely-knit group of executives with many years of expertise in all aspects of the hospitality industry.
This team approach provides a system of checks and balances to achieve maximum profitability for clients and their properties.
Our Valuable Team Members
EJ SCHANFARBERPresident & Chief Operating Officer
EJ brings more than thirty-five years hospitality leadership, extensive & impressive experience and expertise to his role with PHG. EJ in fact began his career with Phoenix Hospitality Group, he was PHG’s first employee in 1987, and we are excited to have him return to his roots in this leadership role. EJ has worked in multiple facets of the hotel industry and has held top positions with some of the most celebrated hospitality management companies. Prior to joining PHG as President & COO, EJ served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Hospitality, President and Chief Executive Officer for Divi Resorts Group (a premier developer and operator of destination resorts in the Caribbean). Preceding Divi Resorts, EJ held senior management positions with Remington Hotels, Extended Stay America, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Remington Hotel Corporation, Mountain Springs Resorts, and Vail Resorts.
CHARLES STALLCUPExecutive Vice President
Charles Stallcup has over 27 years of hospitality experience, starting as a doorman at San Antonio’s St. Anthony Hotel. Charles holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University. He has been affiliated with Phoenix Hospitality since 1994 overseeing all aspects of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for all Phoenix Hospitality properties and assisting in overall Group Management, Operations and Development.
IAN MCCLUREDirector of Development, Project Manager
From humble beginnings in the kitchen as a dishwasher as a very young man, to becoming Project Manager by age 22 opening the Homewood Suites San Antonio , Ian has literally grown up in the business. In 2009 Ian left to join the United States Army. Ian returned in 2012 and served in the U.S. Army National Guard until 2017. In 2012 he started working as a contractor in the oil field and in 2013 he was hired as a field operator for Marathon Oil, a position in which he excelled. In late 2014 after the birth of his first son, Logan, Ian left Marathon Oil to return to PHG and the family business as Corporate Development/Project Manager and Facilities Maintenance. Ian oversees all current development and construction projects as well as ongoing operations.
TAYLOR MCCLURE-COVINGTONDirector of Administration
Taylor McClure-Covington, a 22 year hospitality veteran, literally grew up in the business. Taylor began her career at the renowned Guadalupe River Ranch Resort in guest services and food and beverage before opening the award winning Limestone Grille at Ye Kendall Inn as Manager. Taylor evolved to Director of Sales and Catering and ultimately Innkeeper/General Manager, excelling in the luxury niche boutique hotel market. Since 2011, Taylor has immersed herself in the Hilton Hotel System and family of hotels. Taylor oversees Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Guest Satisfaction and Standards compliance in addition to taking on every operational management situation as needed. She is the “go to” “get it done” team member for any situation that arises. Experience in each aspect of hospitality from the ground up provides Taylor with a solid foundation and unique skill in delivering hospitality and guest service excellence. Taylor provides oversight and support to all Executive team members at each PHG property, as well as overseeing administration, ownership and brand relations for all current operating and
DANIEL VINHAISCorporate Controller
Daniel Vinhais has over 12 years of hospitality experience. His early management career began working for Johnson & Wales University completing a management development program. During this time Daniel received a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship as well as a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Daniel has been with PHG since 2010.
KC S. FLACHDirector of Human Resources
After receiving a degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University, KC Flach began her career in Environmental Services within hospital systems. KC oversaw all Risk Management and Human Resource functions for an employee force of over 13,000 housekeepers nation-wide. KC’s professional experience made for a seamless transition into the Hospitality industry. KC’s goal is to be an advocate and resource to the ‘front line’ employee, along with focusing and maintaining compliance for all PHG managed properties.
RACHAEL POTTS-VINHAISCorporate Food & Beverage Support Manager
Rachael Potts-Vinhais joined PHG in 2011, with over a decade of experience in the culinary field; Rachael brings with her a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts & Dietary Nutrition, as well as a Masters in Global Business leadership from Johnson & Wales University. Proficient in the field, Rachael has held positions from line cook to Executive Chef at prestigious Private Clubs, luxury hotels & in different facets of the Hospitality Industry. She is currently applying her Culinary Nutrition background to the development & execution of Food & Beverage Concepts, and supporting all food and beverage operations.