Sela Group’s leadership and management team is comprised of real estate and business-management professionals with diverse backgrounds, including: finance, development, accounting, engineering, leasing, property management, legal and capital markets expertise. This diversity has been further strengthened by the knowledge gained through various real estate transactions over several business cycles.
Real estate developer, Founder and President – The Sela Group
Gal Sela started his career in the 1990’s. After noticing the potential of an emerging real estate market, he founded The Sela Group where he specialized in ground up construction, gut renovation and new development throughout New York City.
The Sela Group is a New York based real estate and hospitality firm specializing in the acquisition, development and management of hospitality, lifestyle, residential and commercial assets.
Sela’s reputation is built on experience, creativity and entrepreneurial drive, a unique and diversified portfolio of high quality, full-service hotels located in emerging markets. Sela’s choice in places such as Long Island City is primarily geared towards transforming these neighborhoods into “go-to” destinations. Every location injects a chic, modern aesthetic into the classic archetype of the lifestyle hotel: complete with world-class restaurants, infamously vibrant nightlife, wellness and fitness centers as well as rooms comfortable enough to serve as a second home.
Since its inception in 1998, The Sela Group has formed a proud history of creating quality projects, managing with integrity and harvesting value for its investors and partners. Its goal – creating and enhancing capital values.
Gal Sela remains one of the visionary leaders in the Real Estate industry and has maintained a long history of successful operating businesses impacting the landscape of local communities.
Shiva Maraj has overall responsibility for financial reporting, tax compliance and property accounting. In addition to the financial aspects, Maraj is responsible for treasury, budgeting, compliance, investor relations, and various other operational and administrative responsibilities. Maraj brings a decade of experience in corporate finance, where he specialized in accounting and auditing for various businesses.
Rinat Isrealovich is directly responsible for Sela Group’s human resources strategy to support growth opportunities across the company, and is also responsible for the HR functions at Sela Group’s Hospitality and Real Estate Divisions. Isrealovich also plays an integral role of Sela Group’s business units, and has oversight responsibility for Sela Group’s operational councils, including hotels, dining, lifestyle, and residential and commercial real estate – working with leaders to improve operational excellence and talent development.
Isabel Colon is responsible for the overall management and performance of Sela Group’s portfolio. Colon oversees all aspects of operations for all of Sela Group’s brands, from supporting the company’s active commitment to operational excellence throughout all of its brands to facilitating the collaborative team effort between operations, sales, and revenue management for its real estate and hospitality divisions. Colon has extensive experience in all facets of hospitality management and managing properties nation-wide.
Sophia Goodman is charged with leading Sela Group’s internal operations team which provides service and leadership to Sela Group’s full portfolio of hotels and real estate residential and commercial properties. Goodman brings more than 15 years of experience to Sela Group with proven ability to provide strategic sales, financial and operational leadership.
Engin Beri is an award-winning designer and is directly responsible for web, digital media, graphic design, video and creative marketing for Sela Group. He oversees design and overall imagery for all properties of Sela Group. As a Digital Marketing Strategist and Technologist Beri lives at the crossroads of technology and marketing. He brings over 15 years of extensive experience in conceptualizing and creating digital-marketing solutions that utilize an ever-expanding technology toolset in web, interactive, video, rich media, and social media.
Jeigh Hall leads Brand Development initiatives by developing and managing marketing plans and campaigns across television, print, social, mobile and integrated digital media for all of the Sela Group brands. Jeigh is equipped with a strong entrepreneurial brand development history along with seven years of experience in strengthening and synchronizing multimedia production and communication efforts for both the private and public sector. He acts as a key facilitator in building strong relationships between the Sela Group’s properties and their clients, colleagues, investors and diverse market groups.