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Mark Blick
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mark Blick

Giovanna de Barba
Senior Vice President Europe

Giovanna de Barba

Alex Slors
Vice President Asset Management

Alex Slors

Piran Johnson
Senior Vice President - Africa

Piran Johnson

Mark Blick

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mark Blick

Mark’s success in hospitality and leisure industry spans the entirety of the hotel spectrum. Mark has headed the brokerage of hotels such as trophy assets and portfolio property sales whilst also having vast experience in the debt re-financing of assets as well as sourcing equity participation for a range of projects from distressed hotels to new developments. Mark has managed to recruit quality individuals to the Company, including high-level corporate directors from the hotels sector as well as MBA Analysts from leading Universities.

Mark understands the needs of the hotels investors, lenders and financiers leveraging this knowledge to the advantage of Soric International’s clients. His skills within this sector have resulted in more than $3 billion worth of hotel transactions and giving him an enviable reputation as one of the industry’s leading experts in this field.

His previous positions include Managing director of Choice Hotels International European Division headquartered in Paris. Here he directed choice’s growth throughout all European markets growing hotel development in 14 countries of Europe with a total portfolio of 550 Hotels. He managed and prospered joint venture relationships with Choice Hotels Europe, Choice Hotels Scandinavia and launched Choice Hotels India.

Mark also developed his understanding of hotel operations during his time with the Doyle Hotel and the Savoy Hotel Group as an executive. Prior to this he was a Professor for Hotel Consult in Switzerland for a period of 2 years in Hotel management.

Tel:+44 (0) 207 183 8824

Email:mblick@soricinternational.com

Giovanna de Barba

Senior Vice President Europe

Giovanna de Barba

Before joining Soric International, Giovanna previously enjoyed a 20-year career in the hospitality sector. From her time within this industry Giovanna has developed key skills and knowledge relating to the lodging market and also 

managed to create and build investor rapport with many key contacts. Giovanna has excellent relationships with hotel companies and private owners throughout Italy and Europe. Her comprehensive client base also spreads across the full spectrum of the market from 2-star hotels to 5-star trophy assets. Her keen business sense and attention to detail provide the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality to her clients. 

Tel::+39 (0) 333 3967193

Email:debartbag@soricinternational.com

Alex Slors

Vice President Asset Management

Alex Slors

Alex Slors, is a strong leader with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Practical knowledge of hotel operations as well as corporate environments within prestigious international companies defines the balanced approach to business challenges we are facing today.

Having worked his way up through the ranks in hotels in Europe and Asia, followed by regional roles leading up to Vice President of Finance, Alex has in depth knowledge and practical experience that is invaluable for any hotel owner or investor. Alex is based at our London office.

Tel:+44 (0) 207 100 2024

Piran Johnson

Senior Vice President - Africa

Piran Johnson

Piran has twenty years’ experience in real estate and hospitality and tourism development in West Africa. Piran couples expertise in the financial, legal, political and social sectors of the West African market with professional experience in project management and finance. Piran links substantive expertise to insightful strategies and consistently delivers superior results to the advantage of Soric International’s clients.

Piran is currently the lead on several major Soric projects in West Africa, including the finance and brand management of a five star hotel on Sal Island, Cape Verde. Piran is fluent in English, Portuguese and Krioulu.

His previous positions include CEO of Sotavento Consulting, Cape Verde. Here he oversaw the placement of over 7 million Euros in private capital in projects in Cape Verde. He also introduced strategic management partnerships between Viceroy Hotels and one of the largest resorts in Cape Verde and helped deliver over 30 million Euros in project finance through Afrexim Bank.

Tel:+238 (0) 991 12 41

Email:pjohnson@soricinternational.com