Hilton Garden Inn - Pittsford
Hilton Garden Inn - Pittsford

Leadership Team

Joseph R. Scuderi, President, Widewaters Group

Joe has been with the company since its inception in 1982. As one of the founders, he has guided the company’s growth from a single office building located in upstate New York to a multi-property, retail, hospitality, office and industrial portfolio across the U.S. and Canada. Also, during his tenure, Widewaters formed its own management company, The Widewaters Group, Inc.; construction company, Widewaters Construction, Inc.; and hotel management company, Widewaters Hotels, LLC. Today, he is responsible for new retail development, strategic long-range planning, right-to-build, site acquisition, feasibility studies and acquisition analysis. Joe is a graduate from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

William S. Holstein, Senior Vice President, Widewaters Group

Mr. Holstein is Senior Vice President of Widewaters and has been with the company since 1985. Since that time, he has played a significant role in the growth of the organization and portfolio. Mr. Holstein’s responsibilities include oversight of development, acquisitions, investment strategies and capital raising efforts. As a principle in the organization, he participates in corporate strategic planning and growth strategies. Mr. Holstein helped lead the formation and evolution of Widewaters’ hotel platform including the creation of the hotel management company – Widewaters Hotels, LLC. Mr. Holstein also directed development and leasing of Widewaters Class A Office portfolio. Mr. Holstein graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Hotel Administration.

Robert M. Spoto, Chief Operating Officer, Widewaters Hotels

Bob is responsible for overseeing all Widewaters Hotels managed properties, including sales and marketing, revenue management and overall hotel operations. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry with 14 years as a Vice President for Remington Hotels, as well as experience as a General Manager for various hotels. He has led teams in the opening of numerous hotels, in addition to repositioning and reflagging assets to better perform in their market.

Stephen Ranieri, Vice President Of Design & Construction, Widewaters Group

Steve has been a part of the Widewaters team since 1990. In 1993 he assumed the position of Vice President of Design and Construction, where he remains today. Throughout his time at Widewaters, he is responsible for all aspects of development, design and construction. He works closely with the legal, finance, leasing and property management divisions and has constructed over 15 million square feet of retail and office space, hotels and institutional facilities. He is currently licensed in five states and is registered to do work in an additional 40 states. Steve has been a user of Primavera Contract Manager for over 15 years and has implemented REVIT design into his department since 2004. His prior experience includes real estate development and construction in the Boston and Providence markets. He is a member of the AGC and the CMAA. Mr. Ranieri is a graduate of Syracuse University.

John J. Bellardini, Chief Financial Officer, Widewaters Group

John joined the Widewaters team in January 2019. John is responsible for all of Widewaters organizations – accounting, finance, payroll, human resources and information technology. John has over 30 years of global experience as a senior leader with expertise in management, finance, accounting, sales, information systems and human resources. With his strong leadership and organizational skills, he has experience in building robust organizations, shaping business strategy to support growth, profitability and sustainability of business organizations.
John holds degrees from Sage Graduate School, MBA, Binghamton University, MS and Siena College, BBA and is a Certified Turnaround Professional.

Edward G. Shagen, Vice President of Hotel Development – Western Region, Widewaters Group

Ed oversees development activities in the Western United States and Canada. His responsibilities include project feasibility, site acquisition, right-to-build, construction planning and overall management of active projects. He has over 20 years of experience in development planning and management, corporate real estate and construction management, and was previously a Project Manager for Widewaters from 1996-2000. In the interim Ed was the Executive Director of Aliant Development Services and the Regional Manager of Corporate Real Estate for Whittman-Hart Inc. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction.

Jennifer Olesen, Vice President Of Revenue Management, Widewaters Hotels

Jennifer oversees the management of all revenue for all Widewaters Hotels. She has over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including front office and revenue management positions with hotels of various sizes and brands. She spent 10 years with Remington Hotels as a Brand Revenue Manager, overseeing properties in the Hilton portfolio. Jennifer is a graduate of Virginia Tech University and holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Michael Beardsley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Widewaters Hotels

Mike is responsible for leading Sales and Marketing efforts for the Widewaters Portfolio. His career has spanned over 30+ years in the Lodging Industry, with Hilton, Marriott, Accor Hospitality, Interstate Hotels and most recently Aimbridge Hospitality. The majority of his career was over twenty years with Marriott and held Senior Leadership positions, as one of the first Regional Director of Revenue Management, Vice-President of Sales Development leading the Sales Transformation efforts for Marriott and Senior Vice President of Sales for North America.

Daniel Ambron, Vice President of Food and Beverage, Widewaters Hotels

Dan is responsible for the development and execution of the overall Food & Beverage vision for Widewaters Hotels. He brings over 15 years of experience from upscale restaurants and hotels where he has led teams from both the culinary department as well as the front of house. Prior to his current position, he was with Woodcliff Hotel and Spa for 2 years as the Food & Beverage Director, and assisted in all of the company’s other F&B needs for all brands. Dan is a Certified Food and Beverage Executive with the AHLA as well as a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

John Paul Damato, Corporate Culinary Director, Widewaters Hotels

Chef JohnPaul has spent over 35 years working in the restaurant and hotel industry. For many years, JohnPaul has worked for elite restaurant groups, in New York City and Washington D.C. He also worked abroad as well as domestically for many boutique hotel brands and renown restaurant groups. JohnPaul has a contagious passion for cuisine and brings a wide range of experience to Widewaters Hotels and chef’s.

Eric Busick, Regional Vice President of Hotel Operations, Widewaters Hotels

Eric is responsible for overseeing Widewaters Hotels Mid-Western region managed properties, including sales and marketing, revenue management and overall hotel operations. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry with 10+ years as a General Manager. Eric was twice recognized as General Manager of the Year for Widewaters Hotels. Eric is a graduate of Park University with a Bachelor of Science, Management/Finance and holds a MBA from Baker University.

Ben Howell, Regional Vice President of Hotel Operations, Widewaters Hotels

Ben is responsible for all hotel operations of Widewaters Hotels Western Region managed properties. Ben has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry with 10+ years in Regional Operations and as a General Manager with Remington Hotels and Aimbridge Hospitality. He also has experience in ground-up openings, transition and repositioning of properties. Ben is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a Bachlor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

Tammy Bramer, Director Of Human Resources, PHR, SHRM-CP, Widewaters Hotels

Tammy is responsible for overseeing the Human Resource Management for Widewaters Hotels. She has 15 years of experience in Human Resources and previously worked in the cruise and health care industries. She also worked as an HR Service Representative for a PEO for several years, representing over 100 companies across various industries, including hospitality. Tammy has a degree in Travel & Tourism from Bryant & Stratton and is also PHR-certified.

Joanell U. DeLand, Director Of Communications, Widewaters Hotels

Joanell’s responsibilities include implementing and overseeing all communication programs, brand standards compliance, managing all hotel agreements and contracts, and management of new hotel franchises and openings. She brings to the table over 20 years of experience in management, technology and operations, and previously worked for the cruising and technology industries. She also is an inventor of a patented system of methods used for comparing multiple sets of information. Joanell is a graduate of SUNY Cortland.


5786 Widewaters Parkway
Syracuse, NY 13214