Our Team

 
 

Sharon Calhoun
Managing Director

Sharon Calhoun has been in the hospitality procurement industry for 44 years. She joined Creo hospitality in 2008 to lead the company as Managing Director. Sharon has worked with major Hospitality Companies, such as: Tarsadia Hotels, MGM Grand, Win Time Hotels, DKN Properties , as well as Major Design Companies. Sharon has established a culture which puts customer value as top priority in the eyes of every Creo employee and supplier. With an extensive direct sourcing network, developed during her career in the hospitality and commercial FF&E industry, Sharon truly provides Creo's clients a full-service approach and competitive philosophy that offers the highest quality products at the best available value.

 
 
 

Jonathan Lopez, LEED Green Associate
Project Director

Jonathan Lopez brings a diverse wealth of hospitality and managerial experience to the Creo Hospitality team. Beginning his career in New York City, Jonathan spent several years managing high-end residential properties.  Jonathan's hospitality experience includes a position as the Purchasing Manager for Morgans Hotel Group.  Jonathan spent several years managing FF&E procurement projects for a New York City-based procurement firm serving projects for Kimpton, Hilton, Marriott, Ace Hotel, independent brands and New York residential properties. Jonathan’s hands-on experience managing new construction, renovation and capital improvement projects adds the perfect addition to any project team.  As a LEED Green Associate, Jonathan is always conscious of the environmental impact of every project and can also facilitate project LEED certification.

 
 
 

Deanna Henderson
Senior Designer

With 15 years of interior design experience, Deanna has experience on numerous large, high-profile hospitality projects. She brings tremendous talent with in-depth ability to execute well conceived interiors of all genres. She displays excellent skills in FF&E design and space planning for guestrooms, public areas, restaurants, and lounges. In addition, Deanna has served in a project management role, overseeing turnkey projects involving interior design, procurement, and construction services. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA.

 
 
 

Amit Patel
Project Director 

Amit Patel is a driving force in the purchasing department; with over 5 years of residential and hospitality experience, he is focused on delivering a quality product to a satisfied customer every time. Amit is meticulous and detail oriented which provides the client with comprehensive reporting in all areas of their project. From logistics to final installation, Amit’s dedication and focus on his client’s needs are his biggest priority. Amit has a vast network of vendors that he can call on to achieve the client’s goals and because of his strong connections he is able to get the best pricing and quality product available. Because Amit is client-driven, he is well respected in the industry. Amit is committed to getting the job done right, on time and in budget every time.

 
 
 

Jon Tillotson, MA, LEED Green Associate
Project Manager

Jon Tillotson brings diverse brand experience to Creo Hospitality, having worked with the same hotel development team at Extended Stay America and OTO Development on multiple brands and flags. Jon has been involved in hotel projects in markets across the US from the design phase through to installation, hotel opening, operations, and sales.  He has been responsible for procurement of FF&E and OS&E for brands under Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Starwood flags.  He brings myriad contacts and vendor relationships to Creo’s team as well as a relentless drive for innovation, high quality, attention to detail, and cost-savings. Jon has lived and worked in Germany, the UK, and South Africa. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

 
 
 

Jessica Pizzirusso
Purchasing Agent 

Jessica is critical in the purchasing process for all of our projects.  Her past experience managing residential and commercial construction projects has equipped her with a strong foundation in project management and design & procurement experience from an owner’s perspective.  Jessica has been with Creo since 2012 and intimately knows brand design & standards for Hilton, Marriott and Starwood brands. Her past experience working on luxury projects is vital and rounds out the experience of our team. 

 

Erica Dittmann
Purchasing Agent

Erica serves as a purchasing manager at Creo Hospitality.  With a BFA in Interior Design from Kean University Erica brings a wealth of interior design knowledge and is influential in assisting with re-selections, value engineering & space planning.  Erica has over 5 years of experience working with a national home-builder, where she became well versed in the fast-paced needs of design & procurement for construction projects from the ground up. Erica’s organizational and communication skills aid in maintaining the highest level of client satisfaction, ensuring all facets of our projects are delivered on time and under budget.

 

Atilla Aknil
Project Manager

Atilla boasts a strong real estate development and construction background. He has worked on a myriad of projects including Marriott Hotels, 250-unit residential building and an office tower. He was also involved in predevelopment of mixed-use projects in St. Louis, MO and San Jose, CA. Atilla has strategically managed over $100 million in construction loans and has procured +$10 million in materials for these projects. Atilla has travelled around the world vetting and building an impressive network of suppliers and manufacturers. Atilla is a graduate of University of Virginia and can speak Turkish, French and Spanish.