Before founding Stayawhile, Janine spent her career financing and building edgy hospitality brands. Previously, she was head of acquisitions and development for Andre Balazs Properties (the Standard Hotels, Chateau Marmont, Chiltern Firehouse) and spent seven years as a portfolio manager at private equity firm NorthStar Capital, where she specialized in hospitality and gaming investments and closed acquisitions for Ian Schrager's Morgans Hotel Group. Over her career, she has managed over $2 billion in private equity investments and structured debt instruments, from origination to exit and IPO. She has seen several investments through to initial public offering, including Morgans Hotel Group (Nasdaq: MHGC) and NorthStar Realty Capital (NYSE: NRF). She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Salomon Brothers. She graduated from Yale University in three years. She also did graduate work in international finance at St. Peter’s College of Oxford University. She speaks Spanish.
Gita is an interior designer with a passion for creating comfortable, luxurious spaces that people want to call home. She rounds out her understanding of spaces and acquisitions from her past experience as a real estate attorney at Shearman & Sterling and Bryan Cave. Her real estate practice included experience in sales and acquisitions (of multifamily as well as single family properties), development transactions (including all types of development rights transactions), fund formation (including review and negotiation of subscription agreements, side letters and governing fund documentation) and related joint venture agreements, mortgage and construction financing, restructures of existing financing and real estate concerns in connection with stock purchase agreements, and negotiating and drafting various types of agreements (including contracts, ZLDAs, mortgages, leases, and promissory notes). She obtained a certificate from the New York School of Interior Design, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. She speaks Gujarati.
TJ is a serial entrepreneur. TJ previously co-founded a 3D e-commerce company and worked with several real estate start-ups focused on flexible housing. At these companies, he oversaw business development and sales. He is an avid investor in several cryptocurriences and successful ICOs. He is a licensed real estate broker in both New York and Florida and graduated from Bates College. He speaks Japanese.
Eli is a writer, marketer, and web developer. He previously worked in marketing and operations for several small startups, and did extensive research on early adopters of Bitcoin in Argentina and the informal economy in Rio de Janeiro. He graduated from Fullstack Academy's Software Engineering Immersive program and holds a B.A. from Northwestern University. He speaks Portuguese.