large hotel lobby with wood floors, fireplace, and seating area

Hard Work & Dedication

New Castle's dedication and commitment to best-in-class results span more than a generation, during which we emerged as a leading hotel investment, development, and management company with a current portfolio of approximately 2,500 rooms. We continue to push the boundaries of property operations and asset management through an intense focus on talent retention and innovation.

Meet the Team

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David Buffam

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

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Jeremy Buffam

Partner

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Julian Buffam

Partner

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Guido Kerpel

Chief Operating Officer

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Judi Scofield

Chief Financial Officer

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Bryan Woodhouse

Vice President, Corporate Controller

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Anna Barker

Vice President, Corporate Accounting

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Brian Wismar

Regional Vice President

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John Wilson

Vice President, Hotel Performance

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Denise McNeil

Vice President, Digital Strategy & eCommerce

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Glenn Bowie

Regional Director, Sales & Marketing

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Lisa Besescheck

Administrative Services Manager & Corporate Officer

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Denise Henson

Regional Director of Revenue

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Susan Thomas

Regional Director of Revenue

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Francesca Ney

Regional Director of Revenue

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Matthew Phelan

Senior Acquisitions & Development Analyst

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Kareen Jean-Pierre

Payroll Manager

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Ana Lopez

Human Resource Generalist

Our Story

1980
1980


Founded by David Buffam at the Wentworth by the Sea Resort located on New Castle Island, New Hampshire.

1982
1982


Acquires its first hotel property, the Hilton Bangor Airport in Bangor, Maine, a property which remains in New Castle’s portfolio today under the Four Points franchise.

1990
1990


 Emerges as a leading hotel owner, developer, and operator in the United States and develops three prominent Hilton Garden Inn projects following the brand’s launch in 1996, including Shelton, Connecticut; Portland, Maine; and Norwalk, Connecticut.

1996
1996

Launches one of the first Westin franchises worldwide, the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia, paving the way for the Company’s future expansion and success in Atlantic Canada

1998
1998


Partners with Massachusetts Mutual’s subsidiary Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors to acquire the Deerhurst Resort.

2000
2000

Emerges as a leading hotel developer in Canada, opening the Residence Inn Moncton, New Brunswick, and Hampton Inn & Suites Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

2000
2000


Partners with ProfitSword to develop ProfitSage, one of the leading business intelligence and accounting solutions for the hospitality industry today.

2002
2002


The Province of Nova Scotia awards New Castle with a 10-year contract to operate the Province’s three Signature Resorts.

2003
2003


Partners with BayNorth Capital and Carpenter & Company to develop the Courtyard Boston Brookline in Brookline, Massachusetts.

2007
2007


Partners with Starwood to develop the first prototype select-service Sheraton in Tarrytown, New York.

2013
2013


Partners with Rockbridge Capital to convert the historic Eastland Park Hotel to the Westin Portland Harborview. 

2013
2013


Opens one of the first dual-brand Courtyard/Residence Inn properties worldwide and the first new-build hotel in downtown Syracuse, New York in more than five decades.

2016
2016


Opens the Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown, following a gut-renovation of a historic property and brand conversion.

2017
2017


Partners with Southwest Properties on the Courtyard/Residence Inn Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, New Castle's second dual-brand hotel which opened in Q2 2019.

2019
2019


Partners with JLK Fund International to acquire the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, New York.

2021
2021


Partners with Salesforce to develop RevDASH, a proprietary Revenue Management dashboard that utilizes AI to further leverage data analysis and interpretation. 

2021
2021

Partners with LNWHospitality to develop the Courtyard/Residence Inn in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Accomplishments

2009

Winner of the 2009 Hampton Deal of the Year for the Hampton Inn & Suites Halifax Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

2010

Named Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada by Progress Magazine

2010

Named Top 50 Hotel Management Companies by Hotel Business Magazine.

2014

Opens the first Marriott Autograph Collection in Canada, the Algonquin Resort, winning Marriott’s Full Service Renovation of the Year

2015

The Algonquin Resort named by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award as Top 20 Resorts in Canada

2018

The Algonquin Resort completes award winning golf renovation under the guidance of Rod Whitman

2019-21

The Algonquin Resort wins Marriott’s 2019 Distinctive Premium Hotel of the Year, ranks in the top 100 courses in Canada in 2020 by SCOREgolf and wins Golf Digest Editors’ 2021 Choice Award

2020-21

Recognized by Great Place to Work as Best Workplaces in Canada for Retail & Hospitality, Women, Today’s Youth, Mental Wellness and Inclusion