Our Team

  • Nick Massad, Jr.

  • Vicki Massad

  • Paul McDonald

  • Nick Massad III

  • Scott Austin

  • Steve Scott

  • Craig Kaplan

  • Christine Hsui

  • Jessica Keegan

  • Taylor Tritt

  • Debi Riano

Nick Massad, Jr.

President & CEO


As a 1973 graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, Mr. Massad was assigned to a position as Food & Beverage Director at an American Liberty owned Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, Texas. He later served as General Manager of several of the company’s properties, before becoming its first President in 1983. He, along with his
wife Vicki, purchased all of the stock in American Liberty in 1990, and Mr. Massad has since served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Currently, American Liberty owns and/or operates hotels, inns and resorts throughout Texas and Louisiana, with additional hotels in various stages of development. Mr. Massad has held the positions of Chairman of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, President of the Houston Hotel and Motel Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Texas Hotel & Motel Association. He is presently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston and has served as its Alumni Association president. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad; and has been a guest lecturer to several hospitality and tourism universities in the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Massad has also served on the franchisee councils of Sheraton, Holiday Inn and Hawthorn Suites, representing licensees in North America and abroad. Mr. Massad was awarded the Founding Dean’s Award and is a past Chairman of the Eric Hilton Distinguished Lecturer’s Club. In 2004, he established the Massad Family Scholarship Endowment at the College. In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hilton College Alumni Association and was the commencement speaker for the December graduating class that year.

In 2007, the Nick Massad Family were privileged to donate $1.5 million to the college, the largest gift ever given to the college from a source other than the Hilton Foundation. The gift was be used to rebuild the library and archives of the Conrad N. Hilton College located on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel. The library was renamed the Massad Family Library and Hospitality Industry Archives. Ironically, it was a $1.5 million donation from Conrad N. Hilton which opened the school in 1969.

Vicki Massad

Executive Vice President


Vicki joined American Liberty Hospitality in 1973 and brings abundant management experience to the team. Her background includes Rooms Division experience with business transient and convention hotels, guest service, training, and yield management procedures for several properties of varying sizes and business profiles. Today her day- to-day operations assignment requires her to direct management and capital improvement strategies for owned and managed properties throughout ALH’s portfolio. Vicki’s standards of excellence in property inspections and service audits distinguish her as an industry leader in quality assurance. Interfacing directly with property managers, investors, owners and franchisors, she uses her professional experience to produce desired financial returns. Vicki motivates ALH’s team members to stretch for optimal results while using her owners’ perspective of preserving the asset. In 2003, she was named an honorary alumnus of the Conrad N. Hilton college of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. She is the mother of three children, all graduates of the Hilton College. In 2008, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award for her outstanding service to the College and to the hospitality educational community. Vicki has served as a Best Western Governor for nearly a decade and really enjoys the relationships that come from working with brands and fellow owners. Vicki is originally from Waxahachie, Texas.

Paul McDonald

Chief Financial Officer


As CFO for American Liberty Hospitality, Mr. McDonald oversees accounting and financial operations for all hospitality projects owned and/or managed by ALH.  Paul is a career Hospitality Executive with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of Hospitality Operations, Hotel Asset Management, Finance, and Accounting.  Mr. McDonald was most recently with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where he served for over 22 years.  As Vice President, Owner Services he oversaw Starwood’s portfolio of Joint Venture Hotels, and worked directly with Owners of Starwood’s North America managed hotel portfolio.  Prior to his role in Owner Services, he served Starwood in various Corporate and Operational roles including VP-Real Estate Investment Management and Regional Director of Finance.  Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from the State College of New Jersey.  He completed additional studies in Asset Management from Cornell University and is an active member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP).  Paul is also a Certified Hotel Accountant (CHAE).

Nick Massad III

Vice President of Development


Nick started in the hotel business as a young child, raised in and around hotels by his parents, Nick and Vicki. Prior to graduation from the Hilton College at the University of Houston, he began working for the Four Seasons Hotel company, and held various management positions in both operations and revenue management. After more than six years with Four Seasons, Nick moved to Dallas to work three years for Hilton Worldwide in their corporate office for revenue management.

In late 2010, Nick returned to Houston to join the family business and join the American Liberty opening team of the Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown. He helped lead the Embassy Suites to achieve financial goals and service success.  The team earned multiple awards from Hilton, including two of the coveted Connie Awards.  Hilton’s Connie Award is the most prestigious hotel award named for their founder, Conrad Hilton.  American Liberty then acquired the Sam Houston Hotel in downtown Houston, and Nick moved over as General Manager, and ultimately prepared the hotel to join Hilton’s Curio Collection.  While at the Sam, Nick began working on new development projects for the company and in 2015 moved to American Liberty’s corporate office as Vice President of Development.  Nick handles the complete development process for new ALH endeavors, including financing, construction and pre-opening management.

Scott Austin

Senior Vice President of Operations


Scott Austin, SVP of Operations, joined American Liberty Hospitality in July 2011 as General Manager of the Embassy Suites Houston Downtown.  He has over 20 years multi-brand managerial experience in his role in which he is responsible for all aspects of hotel operations.  He led the Embassy Suites to the forefront of the brand, receiving the coveted Hilton Connie Award twice as the top Embassy Suites Hotel in the world and recipient of Hilton’s highest individual honor for 2015 as a CEO Light & Warmth Award winner.  Scott is an Executive Committee Member of the GHCVB Board and also a member of the Embassy Suite’s Circle of Leadership Team. In addition to his work with the GHCVB, he partners with Special Olympics of Texas for the Over the Edge annual fundraiser benefitting athletes across Texas and specifically Houston.  Prior to joining American Liberty Hospitality, Mr. Austin held General Manager roles in New York, Orlando, and Houston. Scott studied Finance at McNeese State University and Hospitality Administration at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He along with his family have made Houston their home.

Steve Scott

Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing


Steve Scott joined ALH in 2018 with over 35 years of hospitality experience. His positions have led him to Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and Kansas City with Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and Independent brands.  Over the years, Steve has tackled properties with up to 750 rooms, task force assignments in North Carolina and California, as well as been on multiple hotel opening teams. Those foundational years, plus his regional roles with multi state responsibility have prepared him for his position as Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing.  In this critical position, Steve is accountable for all Sales & Marketing teams and results portfolio wide, along with hiring and developing sales talent.  In his free time, Steve loves travel, NFL football and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids.

Craig Kaplan

Vice President of Corporate Operations


Craig joined American Liberty Hospitality in 2003 at Cypress Bend Resort in Many, Louisiana. Prior to ALH, he gained experience and training with Hilton, Choice, Wyndham and Intercontinental Hotels Group in a variety of disciplines including Sales and Marketing, Front Office Operations, Housekeeping, and Accounting. Craig is a valued member of the ALH family. Craig worked both on property and in the corporate office before his appointment as Vice President over the properties in ALH’s portfolio. In addition to his operational duties, Craig handles the negotiation and development of vendor relations and national purchasing programs. Mr. Kaplan studied Hospitality & Tourism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is originally from Gurnee, Illinois.

Christine Hsui

Corporate Director of Revenue Management


Christine’s career began with American Liberty at the Hilton Garden Inn Galleria where she progressed through the responsibilities in Operations. Prior to joining Hilton World wide’s Revenue Management Consolidated Center (RMCC) in Dallas, TX, Christine earned a dual Master’s in Hospitality and Business Administration from the University of Houston. During her tenure with the RMCC, Christine mentored a team of analysts to ensure the successful implementation of revenue strategies for a collection of properties in the North American region. She determined her skillset would translate into other businesses, ultimately transitioning into a career in the energy sector back in Houston.  She successfully completed 2 midstream projects for Williams and decided to focus on her passion- Revenue Management.  Christine is currently with American Liberty as the Corporate Director of Revenue Management where she is responsible for driving market share and revenue for the ALH portfolio.

Jessica Keegan

Director of Human Resources


Taylor Tritt

Director of Special Projects


Taylor is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Go Coogs! Like her family, Taylor grew up in and around hotels. She has worked for ALH in various positions including Guest Services Manager, Director of Sales and General Manager for brands such as Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, and Best Western.  Taylor assists both the Operations and Development teams in the corporate office in a wide range of projects.  When she’s not at work, Taylor loves to be outdoors, preferably exploring the great city of Houston, and values time with her husband and two children.

Debi Riano

Executive Assistant


Debi Riano is a native Houstonian and has been involved in the hospitality industry since graduating high school in 1976. Debi joined American Liberty Hospitality in November of 1981. Debi began her career in guest services and had a variety of disciplines including Front Office Manager, Guest Services, Accounting, General Manager and is currently the Executive Assistant to President and CEO, Nick Massad Jr. Debi is a valued member of the ALH family and her sharp and proven skills are key to her meaningful role on the American Liberty Hospitality Corporate Team.